Osteria Margutta

Just a side step from the main shopping strip, Via del Corso, lays Via Margutta. A quiet street with a color palette of earthy terracotta brown, amber and orange. Trailing ivy and wisteria plants climb across the stone buildings and give the road a secret garden feel. The rushed pace of the city center, which […]

Triumphs and Laments

  Anita Ekberg stands 10 meters tall along the banks of the river Tiber. In this interpretation of the iconic scene from La Dolce Vita, she isn’t cavorting in the Trevi Fountain but standing in a bathtub. Further down the river, Daphne spurns the advances of Apollo, metamorphosing into a laurel tree as her only […]

Triumphs and Laments

One of the most ambitious works of a renowned artist was able to find its spot in Rome, thanks to the aid of Roma Capitale and the organization TEVERETERNO. The artist, William Kentridge, famous for his different approaches to art, was born in 1955, in Johannesburg, South Africa. His works (performances, films, sculptures, etc.) have […]

GG-loop Presents

  In 2015 GG-loop, an architectural practice set in Amsterdam, released an extremely unique project called The Seed of Time, composed of three different parts: the Gentle Genius, the Infection, and a culinary artwork. The latter was by artist Monika Kisic from Lima, a member of the art collective Elephants & Volcanoes, also called The […]

Forty Minutes with Photographer Arash Radpour

Over the clink of espresso saucers, mopeds, and distant train station announcements, Arash Radpour finishes up a phone conversation. He is casually dressed in a t-shirt, jeans, and a light trench coat. Next to him sits a suitcase. We are standing at a café’s high-top table just across the street from Rome’s Termini station. I […]

MAXXI

  Located on the site of a former military barracks, the grey concrete structure of the MAXXI museum is a stark contrast to its residential surroundings. It’s situated in the Flaminio district of Rome, just north of Piazza del Popolo, where the majority of the neighborhood’s buildings are multi-story palazzos with muted beige, orange and […]

Douglas Dean Directs an All-Female Hamlet

  I‘m headed into Trastevere to talk with director Douglas Dean about his newest theater production of Hamlet. I cross the Tiber and head towards the statue of poet Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli, who surveys the piazza in his top hat and coat, gripping his cane maybe a bit too tightly. There is a slight irony […]

Rovescio Street Art Tours

It’s a bright, blue-sky day and I’m standing outside the old Testaccio slaughterhouse. Built in the late 19th century, it was a busy, industrial part of town, home to the hard-working people of Rome. In use for almost 100 years, it closed in 1975 and was then left abandoned. As weeds and ruin crept in, […]

Valentine’s Day with Antonella Salvucci

      It’s Valentines Day and I am meeting Antonella Salvucci at Zanzara, a trendy bar near the Vatican. We are standing outside when Keanu Reeves walks past us and gets into the passenger side of a vintage Fiat 500. I look at Antonella and she exclaims, “This is Rome!” Antonella Salvucci’s interest in […]

Tiffany & Co and Elsa Peretti:

“Jewelry is not fashion. It has to last, not be discarded as soon as something else comes along.” Elsa Peretti, world class jewelry designer, has been with Tiffany & Co more than 40 years. At 76 years of age, her life has been an epic adventure. She ran in the same circles of art giants such as Dali, […]