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Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino Visits Boston, Mayor Walsh


On Friday, May 30, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh welcomed his colleague from Rome, Ignazio Marino, to City Hall to talk traffic and several other initiatives the two cities will work together on. After the meeting, Mayor Marino headed down to the BSA Space for a lecture titled “Traffic Advisory, From Rome to the North End: Life without driving“. Speaking to a room full of engaged listeners (at least half of which came by foot or bicycle), Marino addressed the goals and challenges his city faces, including dealing with a high number of cars per inhabitants (over 960 vehicles per 1,000 ...

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Ostia Antica Discovery: “Bigger Than Pompeii”


While Pompeii may be the most famous archaeological site in Italy, fans of Ancient Rome often argue that the lesser-known ruins of Ostia Antica, just outside of Rome, surpass Pompeii in quality.

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Rome Food Tour: Shop and Eat As The Romans Do!


Romans take their food shopping seriously. Gathering staples and ingredients for the coming days is more of a time-honored ritual than a series of errands.

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Restoration Begins on Rome’s Colosseum

Rome's Colosseum (photo ©Nicola Orichuia)

Scaffolding is now up around part’s of Rome’s iconic Colosseum, as part of a $33 million repair project funded by the private Italian leather goods company Tod’s.

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Rome’s Catacombs of Priscilla Reopen, Mapped by Google


The Catacombs of Priscilla in Rome, eight miles of tunnels off the Via Salaria, reopened to the public this week after years of restoration.

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Rome By The Numbers

Rome's Colosseum (photo ©Nicola Orichuia)

Ever thought about Rome in terms of numbers? We did and here are the numbers that tell the story of the Eternal City.

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Mayor Wants to Make Ancient Rome More Pedestrian Friendly


The newly elected mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino wants to close down the Via dei Fori Imperiali which runs next to the Colosseum in a bid to make ancient Rome more pedestrian friendly, hoping to double the current number of visitors to the ancient sites to 20 million.

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Is Rome Too Noisy at Night?


An Unbiased Italy Travel Blog Brought to You by Perillo Tours There’s no doubt that Rome is a bustling city. As you explore Rome, you can hear the buzz of Vespas on the road, the trinkle of fountains, the chatter of conversations in Italian. But is Rome too loud? Especially at night? The Italian environmental association Legambiente conducted some noise readings in conjunction with an Italian newspaper and found illegal nighttime noise levels (over 55 decibels) in many areas of Rome. According to WantedinRome.com, “the loudest street in the city is Vicolo del Cinque in Trastevere, which recorded a volume ...

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One of My Favorite Rome Restaurants – Orso 80


If you’re traveling to Rome and looking for an authentic dining experience, look no further than Orso 80.

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Graphic designer Donald Tarallo


Donald Tarallo is a graphic designer and assistant professor and presidential Fellow at Bridgewater State University. Since 2011, he has been researching Italy’s contributions to graphic design and typography, dating from ancient Rome to modern times. Tarallo has exhibited his findings at the Italian Consulate in Boston, Worcester Public Library and Italian American Cultural Center in Worcester. Here, he speaks about the inspiration for researching ancient inscriptions and typography (since they are technically considered different–typography was born with the invention of printing in the 1450s, but the Roman inscriptions are as far back as 62AD), the discoveries he made in ...

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Capitoline Brutus Arrives at Museum of Fine Arts Boston


One of Ancient Rome's most stunning bronze portraits will be on display at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts until May 1, 2013.

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Juno, Largest Roman-Era Statue in North America, Arrives at MFA


The 13-foot tall statue once belonged to the Ludovisi family in Rome. It will be on display to the public starting April 9, as it undergoes conservation work.

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