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 made me feel like I had crossed into an enchanted world. Turrets and towers soared into the air, angels and … 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. I chose it as the main expedition for my mother’s visit earlier this … 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