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An Emperor's Country Retreat

From Ninfa, it’s an easy hour drive to Rome, even for an unabashedly cautious Canadian driver.  I had been to Rome a few times before, but having spent my formative years, as far as all things Italian go, in Tuscany, among Tuscans whose attitudes towards Rome are best left undescribed, Rome was a hard sell for me.   1,095 more words

Central Italy

Rome Travel Journal - Day Five

4th Oct 2014

After a couple of days in the city it is time for an escape to the countryside. I had a few places to choose from as there are many places within short striking distance of Rome to tempt a traveller. 589 more words


Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Statue of the young god Hermes, known as 'Capitoline Antinous'

This week’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a marble statue of a young nude, the so-called ‘Capitoline Antinous‘. It was found in 1723/24 during the time when… 322 more words