Texting for a Cab in Italy

With the recent news that Italy has banned Uber, here’s an easy way to call a cab while in Rome or Florence by using a text message.  This is a great tip when your language skills are limited to “Grazie” and “Prego”.

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Michelangelo Plays with Light

Rays of light fill the dome inside  the Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano – St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Rome. It is the tallest dome in the world and was built with the explicit instruction that it was to rival Brunelleschi’s dome in Florence. Do you think he accomplished this?

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It’s a Caravaggio!

Do visit the Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi while in Rome.  Take your time and marvel at the three Caravaggio paintings – including the The Calling of St Matthew , The Inspiration of Saint Matthew and The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew.  I found them by happenstance, as I did the church. I ducked in while waiting for a walking tour to start and the Caravaggio paintings cascaded into my lap reminding me that this is the BEST part of visiting Italy – finding out what you don’t know and then starting to understand how the pieces fit together. Magic.

What have you found lately?

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Pentimento. A Roman Thing.

A photo of Rome I snapped late in the afternoon in the fading sunlight. The quintessential nature of this fascinates me. The old overlays the new  – or is it the other way around? The past intertwines with the present. The word Pentimento describes it beautifully.  I first read this word in a Lillian Hellman biography of the same name.  It is defined as an alteration in a painting, evidenced by traces of previous work, showing that the artist has changed his or her mind as to the composition during the process of painting. The word is Italian for repentance, from the verb pentirsi, meaning to repent.  Something for us to think about.