The Basilica of San Clemente

It begins, as so many things in Rome begin, with a stout foundation of antique travertine, and rises high, in delicately quaint mediaeval brickwork – little tiers and apertures sustained on miniature columns and adorned with small cracked slabs of green and yellow marble, inserted almost at random. Henry James, Italian Hours The quotation fromContinue reading “The Basilica of San Clemente”

Olive oil

This morning  it was raining  hard over Rome so we decided to drive to the Roman Hills (Castelli Romani) to buy some good olive oil.  Our olive oil  supply bought in Tuscany last summer was at the end: I had been trying desperately  to squeeze the last few drops  from the bottle last night butContinue reading “Olive oil”

Vatican museums Sistine Chapel tickets

If you plan to visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel in the busy season you may like to prepurchase tickets to avoid long lines. Normally worst days for linewise are Saturdays and Mondays since on Sundays the Vatican Museums and the Sistine chapel stay closed (except the last Sunday of the month whenContinue reading “Vatican museums Sistine Chapel tickets”