Porta Maggiore: a tangle of ancient and modern

Porta Maggiore: a tangle of ancient and modern

Tweet A couple of posts ago I finally got round to mentioning the largest ancient Roman monument in the city: the Aurelian Wall, which manages somehow to be simultaneously both ever present and elusive. The closest point of the Wall to my apartment is one of its most...
A few thoughts on sources

A few thoughts on sources

Tweet When showing people around Rome I think it’s important to mention how we know what we do (& indeed whether that information can be trusted). I can tell you that the Colosseum was inaugurated with 100 consecutive days of games, or that a 120 ft statue...
The Medici’s White Elephant

The Medici’s White Elephant

Tweet One wall of the Gallery of the Tapestries in the Vatican Museums is lined with wool tapestries telling stories from the life of Christ. They were woven in Brussels at the workshop of Pieter van Aelst in the early 16th century. Roman in design (they are the work...