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The Villa Agrippina

Every day on my way to class I pass the front gate of a luxury resort hotel on the Janiculum hill, called the Villa Agrippina. It looks like a very nice (if expensive) place for family and friends to stay, … Continue reading

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Flashback: May 1, 2009

If you go out in Rome today, you’re in for a big surprise: today’s the day the Anarchists have their festa. (Reminds me of a song I knew as a child.) We don’t have classes today, so I don’t plan … Continue reading

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Saint Pius V, Pope

The Pope was in his chapel before day or battle broke, (Don John of Austria is hidden in the smoke.) Today is the memorial of St. Pius V, who was Pope from 1566 to 1572. He is an important figure … Continue reading

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“Cultural Day” in Rome

The Italian government periodically declares “cultural weeks,” when they offer free admissions to some state-run museums, which is a nice way to make some of its cultural treasures available to the poor, etc. (The Vatican Museums also offer free days—more … Continue reading

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