Roman Quarantine – Day 59

Roman Quarantine – Day 59

Tweet I did another version of yesterday’s online talk “Salt, the She Wolf & and Spin” this evening. It was fun. Also I’ve stopped having nightmares about Zoom, which is something. Once again some really delightful people, good questions, and a generally...
Roman Quarantine – Day 58

Roman Quarantine – Day 58

Tweet This evening I launched Understanding Rome (ie me) into the world of online talks with a chat about Rome’s origins entitled “Salt, the She-Wolf, and Spin”. We spoke of legendary origins, of practical origins, and of how all of those tales were knitted together...
Roman Quarantine – Day 57

Roman Quarantine – Day 57

Tweet On my epic wander yesterday, I dropped into only one church. Santa Maria in Portico in Campitelli. It happened to be open as I walked past, and it houses a protective icon that I felt deserved a nod in these curious times. Also it’s a really lovely church....
Roman Quarantine – Day 56

Roman Quarantine – Day 56

Tweet Today marks eight weeks to the day since the Italian national quarantine was declared. That was how it was described in the Italian Prime Minister’s announcement at the time. This was all very new territory, and words like lockdown weren’t yet part of our...
Roman Quarantine – Day 55

Roman Quarantine – Day 55

Tweet Today is the eighth Sunday of the Roman Quarantine, and the last day (at least for now) of the current stringent restrictions. Tomorrow we’ll still be required to carry a signed letter to show the police to justify our movements if they ask, but solo exercise is...
Roman Quarantine – Day 54

Roman Quarantine – Day 54

Tweet Today I went for a trot along the wild, lonely aqueduct road, which even in normal circumstances is a rather marvellously desolate place. I began this Roman Quarantine on Day 2 happily trotting through Roman parks to the sounds of 90s country music (one of my...
Roman Quarantine – Day 53

Roman Quarantine – Day 53

Tweet I mentioned mosaics in the wilder reaches of the Venetian lagoon yesterday. I’ve no idea when I’ll be able to get on a train to Venice, but there are plenty of mosaics in Rome to sate my thirst for multitudes of tiles glittering in the shadows of solemnly silent...
Roman Quarantine – Day 52

Roman Quarantine – Day 52

Tweet On Day 42 of the Roman Quarantine, I mentioned the fabulous mosaics at Ravenna. Following the post, I got an email from my wonderful uncle Tommy recalling his trip there as a student on a hitch-hiking tour of Byzantine sites in 1969. When I was perhaps sixteen,...
Roman Quarantine – Day 51

Roman Quarantine – Day 51

Tweet I’m very much looking forward to taking a very long walk on Monday. The slight lifting in the lockdown on 4th May means that we will be allowed to take solo exercise for the first time beyond the vaguely-termed “proximity” of our homes. So my first walk will be...
Roman Quarantine – Day 50

Roman Quarantine – Day 50

Tweet Before this quarantine I managed, at a push, to write about three blog posts a year. To be perfectly honest I’m not sure that I would have started this if I’d had any idea we’d still be in this situation seven weeks down the line, but I’m very glad I did (thanks...