New Rick Steves’ shows

Hello friends,

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated my website. I hope you all are well!

If you’ve enjoyed the Rick Steves’ radio and tv shows on aspects of Roman life and history, there are some new ones you may want check out that I am especially proud to have participated in.

First, a timely investigation on Fascism in Europe and its lessons for the contemporary world- Rick recently released a one hour PBS special (click here for more).

On the radio/podcast, we cover more ideas for tackling Rome’s beautiful complexity. Find the podcast here.

Thank you for your interest. I wish you happy travels, whatever adventure you are planning!


Water and the city

Ciao a tutti! It’s late September and it is still quite hot in Rome. On a recent radio program, I joined Rick Steves and Gene Openshaw to talk about water and Rome. I always thought that if I could choose two themes for Rome they would be Power and Memory and if I could choose two identifying materials they would be water and stone. The extraordinary capacity of the ancient Romans to move enormous amounts of water with their 11 aqueducts allowed them to use it for hygiene (the great baths), survival (access to clean drinking water), entertainment (mock naval battles in the now disappeared specialized structures called naumachiae), and decoration (the ancient city’s many fountains). Still today as I walk through the streets of the busy city, I always love to hear the trickling sound of the water falling into the basins of my favorite fountains like the hidden, delicate Fontana delle Tartarughe (Fountain of the Turtles) near the Ghetto, and to fill up my water bottle at the nasoni (nearly 2,000 constantly running drinking fountains). You can find the podcast here. I wonder what you associate the place where you live with?

Buona Pasqua (Happy Easter) a tutti!

Happy Easter from Rome! The city is in top form and full of visitors from all over the world, celebrating Easter with Papa Francesco. The traditional Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) blessing will be imparted from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica tomorrow morning. If you wish to travel there in the imagination, Rick Steves has just aired a new radio program in which he and Gene Openshaw (Rick’s lifelong friend and collaborator) explore the great church. And I’m there too! You can find it here. I hope you enjoy it and that you’ll come and see it person soon.


It’s live! Rick Steves’ Europe PBS show comes to Rome

Look for the three episodes Rick recently filmed in Rome. Rick and his crew (producer Simon Griffith, cameraman Karel Bauer, and editor Steve Cammarano) did a fantastic job, showcasing the city at its best. I was pleased to be a part of it (and appear in all three episodes!). More general information about the project here. Or you can watch the show directly from the links below:

Rome: Back-Street Riches

Rome: Baroque Brilliance

Rome: Ancient Glory

Rick Steves and Francesca Caruso

On “Travel with Rick Steves” public radio show!

Listen in as we chat about several topics. You can hear the interviews on his website (links below) or download the show as a podcast from iTunes here.

Rome After Dark (originally aired 10/26/13)

Waters of Rome (8/24/13)

Visiting St. Peter’s Basilica (3/30/13)

European Impressions of America (6/23/12)

Rome: Beneath the Surface (7/30/11)

Art in Italy with Gene Openshaw (11/27/10)

Rome City Guide (1/30/10)