Week 15

Week 15

Tweet Exactly three and a half months after my last tour, in which I was the last person to leave the Forum after the Parco Archeologico del Colosseo was shut down by governmental decree, I returned to work. At least for a few days. We were driven (masked, as per...
Week 14 – Clouds, and silver linings.

Week 14 – Clouds, and silver linings.

Tweet Nearly a week ago, as those of you who follow me on Instagram or Twitter may know, we decamped to Venice. An extremely generous offer of an empty flat in the centre of town with super-duper state of the art WiFi, perfect for my new line in Zoom Rome chat, was...
Week 13

Week 13

Tweet This week’s Zoom talk is about medieval fortresses, so I took myself for a spin around the biggest of Rome’s castles, the Castel Sant’Angelo to take some photos. After a night of thunderstorms, and lowering skies this morning, the afternoon was glorious. The sun...
Week 11: Freedom!

Week 11: Freedom!

Tweet A quick bit of self-promotion: the calendar for my June online talks is now up, please do take a look! What a difference a week makes! Last Monday all restrictions on movement within the region were lifted, yesterday we went to our local, Pigneto Quarantuno, for...
Week 10 – The End of the Roman Quarantine?

Week 10 – The End of the Roman Quarantine?

Tweet Today ten weeks have passed since the Monday evening when, while making pasta e fagioli (it was still winter back then) I heard the announcement of the national lockdown. And so the Roman Quarantine began. Over the past couple of weeks there was a slight...
Roman Quarantine – Day 63

Roman Quarantine – Day 63

Tweet Day 63. Nine weeks since the Roman Quarantine began. We’re now a week into the so-called “Phase 2” and things are definitely getting a little more normal: the streets are no longer as deserted as they were, but it’s all very cautious. Masks are being...
Roman Quarantine – Day 62

Roman Quarantine – Day 62

Tweet First things first: here’s a quick plug for the online talks I’m doing for the rest of this month. Email me for bookings info at understandingrome dot com. This morning I took a trot through the Aurelian Walls, where caper flowers are already in...
Roman Quarantine – Day 61

Roman Quarantine – Day 61

Tweet This evening my third online talk on Rome’s origins: Salt, the She Wolf, & Spin was once again fully booked and was great fun. I’ve outlined a programme for the rest of the month here, and also have requests for some private groups including one for a bunch...
Roman Quarantine – Day 60

Roman Quarantine – Day 60

Tweet I went on another epic walk across town today. Porta Maggiore, 8 May 2020. Photo by the author Past the Baker’s Tomb at Porta Maggiore, over the Esquiline Hill to Santa Maria Maggiore, where I popped into say hello to the Salus Populi Romani which Pope Francis...