Writer/photographer/translator has keen interest in art, archaeology, architecture, theatre, dance, film, nature, food, thermal baths, and wine (not necessarily in that order). A former director of public programs in museums, I still keep abreast of exhibits and collections in Rome and across Italy. This quirky crash pad is surrounded by ancient wonders, medieval mysteries, elegant Renaissance palaces, and splashy baroque fountains. My breakfast generally begins in a forno (bakery), (email hidden) in one of Rome's most beautiful piazzas- all steps from my door. Emperor Claudius declared the city limit to end just two blocks from my door. As an enthusiast of ancient wonders that suits me perfectly. I walk or bike Rome’s winding narrow streets. Major sights-Coliseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline, Vatican- I see regularly. The local bike shop keeps my wheels working, my speedier transport for appointments. Sunday is the perfect leisure bike day in Rome and outskirts. Rome is a photographer’s dream- ancient & modern, intimate & grand, elegant & raw, refined & kooky (sometimes all framed together). As one who relishes full immersion in city life, I overlooked tripping out my apartment with the latest high-tech gadgets. No TV (programs are awful, radio is somewhat better). I prefer to sink into nearby Cinema Farnese that has a balcony, good selection of films, and great mini-festivals to see trendy French, arty Iranian films, or a favourite Korean horror director. Or rent films and watch on a laptop. Transport systems intrigue me, so I know Rome’s quite well. On rare occasions when I drive, usually it’s in a convertible with top down. More often I’ll be on foot, bike, train, bus, ferry, or the occasional plane. Periodically I crisscross Italy (esp. Southern), but not necessarily in a logical order.
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