Tag Archives: Rome

Go For the Food: Yes, you can do brunch in Rome

The Associated Press

ROME (AP) — Rome is a sightseer’s dream, and for many visitors, indulging in authentic Italian cuisine is one of the biggest draws.

But for non-locals, the first meal of the day can be a bit of a letdown. Breakfast in Italy is a stand-up affair: You crowd at the bar, scarf down a stale pastry and a shot of espresso, and in five minutes flat, the day has begun. Tourists quickly learn that if they dare to plop down at a table in the center of Rome, they may be slapped with an extra “table service” charge and ushered out once when they’ve finished.

Long family lunches on Sundays are an established tradition in Italy, but a casual cross between breakfast-and-lunch with friends is almost a foreign concept.

But escaping from the hurried morning routine may be why weekends at Necci, a bohemian outpost in Rome’s edgy Pigneto neighborhood, have become something of an institution to the artists and creative types who live nearby.[Full Story]

Italy opens theme park in tribute to film industry

The Associated Press

ROME (AP) — A new amusement park outside Rome celebrates the world of cinema, taking visitors back to the golden age of Italian film production when the Rome-based Cinecitta Studios — still in operation — were known as “Hollywood on the Tiber.”

“Here, the idea is that people will also enter not only sets, but the confusion of a place where we are shooting movie. Everything will be illusion,” said Emmanuel Gout, president of Cinecitta Parks. “The visitor will become a protagonist of the day, becoming a star, becoming involved in some fake movie.”

At a submarine set, visitors get into character by donning marine helmets and racing through an action-packed movie scene. These marines bark orders and frantically spin valves, trying to avert an impending disaster. [Full Story]

Experts: Cut trees to rescue Nero’s fabled palace

The Associated Press

ROME (AP) — Experts say they’ve discovered how to rescue Nero’s underground Golden Palace from further decay and eventually reopen the ruins of the ancient emperor’s entertainment complex to the public: uproot the trees in the park above it.

Archaeologists and restoration experts said Wednesday that research, including digital simulations, aimed at solving the Domus Aurea’s chronic humidity problems indicates that removing the trees will help prevent further damage. Currently tree roots and rainwater sink into the walls, damaging frescoes and causing parts of the ceiling to fall off.

“It’s a radical choice, but we have to do it,” said Fedora Filippi, director of the restoration effort. “It’s either the roots or the Golden Palace.” [Full Story]

Rome seeks money for neglected cultural artifacts

The Associated Press

ROME (AP) — Rome’s mayor met with a group of foreign diplomats Monday in an effort to raise some 200 million euros ($271 million) to help restore some of the eternal city’s most neglected artifacts.

Mayor Ignazio Marino told the assembled diplomats from around the world that Rome’s cultural treasures should be considered heritage “for all mankind” and asked for their help in creating a foundation to manage cultural sites.

The foundation would oversee the cataloguing of 100,000 boxes of excavated Roman-era artifacts and restore the unkempt gladiator training grounds next to the Colosseum, among many other projects on the mayor’s wish list.[Full Story]