Religion – Rome – The Catholic Capital

The dominant feature of Rome is the religious feature, and it is fitting that it should be so, for here the soil was stained with the blood of those who first hearkened to the voice of the Nazarene—here a cruel Nero lighted his garden with human torches, little thinking that the religion of those whom […]

Fourteen Months Abroad – Rome, Italy

December 19..—We left Florence December 17th at 1 :20 in the afternoon. At 5 :10 the same day we reached Arezzo. We walked from the station to our Hotel Angleterre where we found, not unexpectedly, a cold room and a cold stone floor. L. asked for “fuoco in letto” (fire in bed). Willingly they placed […]

Italy – Tea Drinking In Rome

THE first lesson that many Americans who come to Rome have to learn of the Eternal City is the art of relaxation. Days in Italy are much longer and much more leisurely than in the United States. You may make the morning what you will, for the light breakfast served in your room with your […]

Italy – The Rome That Horace Knew

THERE is a certain haunting quality in a place that comes from association with a person. Some particular name rushes into memory and a vast throng of ideas and feelings whirl after the name until for us that special individual becomes in a very real sense the genius of the place, genius loci, the immanent […]

My Italian Year – Social Rome

I SUPPOSE that I shall scarcely be forgiven by many of my English readers for declining to join the ranks of those among my compatriots who are evidently under the impression that it is they, and not the Italians, who ought to manage the internal affairs of the Italian capital. I know quite well that […]

Italy – A Piazza In Rome

ONE of my greatest joys in Rome has been my window. Not that my room boasts fair casement or bright stained glass through which light filters across floor in patterns or in pictures. My window does not shut me in with beauty but leads me out to life. It is a high casement window, for […]

Rome – the ancient cloisters of St. Paul’s

A monastery has always been connected with the church, but here, as in many of the fairest paradises of the tropics, miasma lurks with its deadly poison and, on this account, but few monks are attached to the place. These beautiful twisted columns were not made by machinery and turned out at so much a […]

Rome – The Great Altar—St. Peter’s Church

Like a burst of supernal grandeur is the scene which here greets our eyes ! The church rises about us like a glistening mountain of precious stones, its huge rectangular columns (portions of three of which can be seen to our right) covered with rare marbles. Through the numerous arches, we discern imposing chapels, each […]

Rome – Gate of St. Sebastian

Who could help admiring those two massive semi-circular towers? They are part of the old Wall of Aurelian, though the basement upon which they rest is more recent, having been faced and strengthened by marble blocks taken, in all probability, from the Temple of Mars, which stood to our right along this Appian Way. It […]

Rome – Along the Appian Way

What changes the centuries bring ! If Julius Cæsar should rise from his grave, he would scarcely recognize this as the renowned military road of the Romans ; indeed, the only thing by which he could identify it at all would be that imposing round tower rising so majestically on the summit of the road, […]