Stumbling on the fairy cottages in Rome’s Quartiere Coppedè

Last week I took a new route to see a student in northern Rome. I was wandering around the streets close to Viale Regina Margherita when suddenly I was faced with a huge building that looked like something from an enchanted world. Turrets and towers soared into the air, angels and gargoyles covered the walls … More Stumbling on the fairy cottages in Rome’s Quartiere Coppedè

Exploring the jewels of Ostia Antica, Rome’s ancient seaport

Ostia Antica is the perfect day-trip from Rome. The ancient ruins of this seaport town hold similar charm to more well-known sites such as Pompeii and Herculaneum, but it is easier to reach from the capital and much less crowded with tourists. You can travel by metro from Rome’s Porta San Paolo station (next to … More Exploring the jewels of Ostia Antica, Rome’s ancient seaport

Pause to ponder: four Italian art jewels based in Edinburgh

At the end of October I returned to Edinburgh, my university town, for a cousin’s wedding. I took the opportunity to spend a morning revisiting the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound. It was a sweet reminder of the various Italian (and other) art jewels that I discovered as a student here more than ten years ago. … More Pause to ponder: four Italian art jewels based in Edinburgh