Rome Emergency, Transportation, Beach Volleyball and Other References

Beach and Indoor Sand Volleyball Beach Beach Volleyball Academy, Ostia (last stop Cristoforo Colombo on train from Porta S. Paolo) Passoscuro Beach – Lampara bathhouse Frigene – Tirreno Frigene – Lido Indoor Empire, Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 115 – FL5 train from Roma Ostensie toward Civitavecchi to Roma Aurelia Sport Beach City, Via Cina, 91 – train from Roma Piramide toward Civitavecchi to Tor di Valle Palabeach, via Viale Cortina D’Ampezzo, 379 – train from Roma Ostensie toward Civitavecchi to Monte … more

Migrants in Rome Try to Recover After Ponte Mammolo Camp Is Destroyed (NY Times)

[Difficult for Italians, more difficult for immigrants. No easy solutions, but this sure seems like the wrong thing to do.] By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO MAY 15, 2015 ROME — The bulldozers pulled up after some of the residents had already left for work. They lumbered through the encampment, methodically mowing down corrugated tin walls, laminated sheet roofs and concrete blocks. They razed the camp’s ramshackle lodgings, as well as its whitewashed prefabricated dwellings, indiscriminately crushing their contents: … more

Saturday night in Rome

I met up with sister-in-law Kim Shaw who had a rough first day in Rome – no phone, no cell. She couldn’t connect with me or with her AirBnb host. When we finally got together around 6 pm she was dogeared. A little Rosso di Montalcino, Da Bucatino’s famous carciofa alla piastra and pasta amatriciana, a walk along the Tiber and through the Jewish Ghetto, a cappuccino (and for me amaro averne) at Marenaga’s, and … more

Rome’s Birthday April 21

[Author unknown] The foundation of Rome appears wreathed in myth: after Troy collapsed under the force of the Greek attack, the Trojans, lead by Aeneas, at last reached land, disembarking in the area of Latium on the banks of the river Tiber. Many years later, Ascanius, son of Aeneas, founded the city of Albalonga. He was succeeded by Numitor, whose wicked and envious brother Amulius wanted to reign. He had Numitor imprisoned and force Rea … more

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration on Thursday – March 12, 2015 in Rome, Italy

The Italian State Police informed the U.S. Embassy that today, March 12, a demonstration sponsored by High School student organizations to protest against the Italian Government school reform will take place starting at 09:00 and ending at approximately 14:00. The demonstration will have the following route:  Piazza della Repubblica – via delle Terme di Diocleziano – via Amendola – via Cavour – Largo Corrado Ricci – via dei Fori Imperiali – Piazza Venezia – via … more

The derivation of “fettuccine alfredo” and the only restaurant in Rome where one may order it without embarrassment.

From Paolo Caravani: Michael let me give you a couple more tips on the (perused) topic of italian cuisine: you ought to try, when you have a chance,  a simple pasta dish called “Paglia e Fieno”.  It’s an assembly of  narrow strips of fettuccine of two colors: yellow=Paglia=Straw and green=Fieno=Hay. Usually dressed in white sauce with parmigiano cheese and black pepper.  If well done they should be creamy and light. If you like the genre, … more

Question about Rome and the weather

For my Italian friends: help me understand, why on a day when it is sunny and 65º F/18º C is everyone in Rome – and I mean everyone – wearing a down or heavy coat, and many are also wearing scarves and wool hats? I was sweating so much in my light sweater than I had to take it off, and even walking around in a light shirt – probably fashion-inappropriate – I was still … more

Best Rome Restaurants: See 8,923 restaurants in Rome, Italy with 792,606 reviews – TripAdvisor

Best Rome Restaurants: See 8,923 restaurants in Rome, Italy with 792,606 reviews – TripAdvisor TripAdvisor reports there are 8,923 restaurants in Rome. If we ate at a different restaurant each day, it would take 24 years to get through all of them … Dining in Rome, Lazio: See 792,606 TripAdvisor traveler reviews of 8,923 Rome restaurants and search by cuisine, price, location, and more.