Atlas of Ancient Rome

The Atlas of Ancient Rome: Your New Favorite Coffee Table Book

The Atlas of Ancient Rome, a gorgeous, new two-volume set edited by Andrea Carandini, promises to be an “authoritative archeological survey of Rome from prehistory to the early medieval period.” The slip-cased set is available now. Advertisements

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The Monumental Trees of Italy

  Have you seen this book? Many years ago, I found this book while browsing the clearance stacks at a used bookstore in Washington, DC. Published in 1990, Gli Alberi Monumentali d’Italia is a beautiful coffee table book full of…

Smoking in Italy

A lot of Italians still smoke. This is hardly a newsflash for many. I have always known¬†that Italians are more relaxed (than Americans, for example) about smoking. But it is still a surprise coming from a culture where smoking is…

The Roman Spring of Tennessee Williams

In the late winter/early spring of 1948, American playwright Tennessee Williams arrived in Rome in need of a change of scenery. Williams, of course, is known for his writing set in the American South, including¬†“A Streetcar Named Desire” (written in…