Rome

The Basilica of St. Mary Major

The Basilica of St. Mary Major, is one of the four papal major basilicas, and the largest, and perhaps oldest church dedicated to the Blessed Mother in the western world. It is also known as “Our Lady of the Snows” … Continue reading

Christmas in Rome

“O Christmas Trees” ‘O Christmas Tree” is a well-known Christmas carol, but in Rome, all of Italy actually, it should be “O Christmas trees” as in plural, and in abundance as they’re everywhere along with the beautiful nativity scenes.  Rome … Continue reading

The Sistine Chapel & Michelangelo

The Sistine Chapel & Michelangelo The Sistine Chapel was built in the Vatican between 1473 and 1481, on order of Pope Sixtus IV, and dedicated on August 15th, 1483, the Feast of the Assumption. It is the Pope’s private chapel. … Continue reading

Andiamo “T’s Italy” – Let’s Go!

It just had to be something more than answering numerous questions as well as responding to e-mails. At least that’s what those who’ve benefited from my Italy obsession have told me.  Time after time whether it was a friend, colleague, … Continue reading

“Dolce Far Niente” – The Sweetness of Doing Nothing

Italians have a famous saying, “Dolce far Niente”, which means “the sweetness of doing nothing.” It does not refer to being lazy, it refers to the similar saying “take the time to smell the roses” and the pleasure one gets … Continue reading