An Ancient Roman Light Show

I stood under the oculus and felt the light shining down on me. Like a crew member on the Starship Enterprise or a saint chosen by God, I felt I could be beamed up at any moment and transported to another time and place even into heaven.   My first experience standing in the Pantheon, Rome’s ” temple …

Florence’s Once Abandoned Orphan

You do know that the 17 foot statue in Florence's Piazza della Signoria is an imposter, a body double of Michelangelo's David. The original "Davida" is safely housed under a doomed rotunda in Florence's Accademia Gallery safe from the elements and the city's roosting pigeons. After all, he's been through a lot and the somewhat …

Monochromatic Medici –the Church and Chapels of San Lorenzo

The Medici were living large from the 13th to the 17th century. This powerful Florentine family produced three popes (Leo X, Clement VII and Leo XI), numerous rulers of Florence (notably Lorenzo the Magnificent, patron of some of the most famous works of Renaissance art) and later members of the French and English royalty. They …

Signore Pig

The Italian pig is revered. One of Italy’s most famous salumi comes in the form of cured hams known as prosciutto crudo. The celebrated hams of San Daniele, Parma and Toscana are so valued for their flavor, aroma and methods of preparation that they are given DOP aka PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) certification, the …