Bravo, Maestro! I’d cry so, at the end of a live performance by Pavarotti. Nothing strange in that, as I’m Italian. But a bit stranger for the Americans who sit around me in the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. Are they…Read more
Information on aspects of history in the cities covered by Context Travel.
In pre-Christian Rome immortality was tied to memory. If your name was carved into monuments, your portrait displayed on busts throughout the city, and your memory associated with monumental works through the empire, you were, in a sense, immortal. Emperors…Read more
At the height of the Roman empire, the capital city boasted nearly 900 public bathing establishments where everyone from emperor to laborer could come to wash himself, exercise, and (most importantly) socialize. The most beguiling of the bath ruins in…Read more
For the past few weeks, the world’s interest has been centered on Rome. The illness and death of pope John Paul II in late March and early April had major television and Internet news services providing 24 hour coverage. Journalists…Read more
After a long illness, Pope John Paul II died on Saturday evening April 2, 2005. By early Sunday morning, St. Peterâ€™s Square was filled with thousands of mourners, with thousands more flooding in from Trastevere, Prati, and across the bridges…Read more