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)

Upcoming class in Edmonds, WA

Ciao a tutti!

If you are in the Seattle area on February 22nd (14:00-15:30), I’ll be giving a free talk at Rick Steves’ Travel Center. The topic is:

Rome Beyond the Basics: Art & History– With nearly three thousand years of history, Rome can be overwhelming and exhausting. Join us as we identify key ideas and concepts that will help you navigate the artistic splendors of the Eternal City with ease and pleasure.”

If you’ve been on tour with me in Rome and enjoyed my approach, it would be a great opportunity to see you again and to revisit some of the themes we discussed. If we haven’t met and you are interested in Roman art & history or you are planning a trip, please join me so we can create a conceptual framework you can take with you to truly engage with the city.

Space is limited but if you like, you can sign up here.

Hope to see you there!

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.