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Notti Bianche, Rome’s White Nights, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Notti Bianche - Rome’s White Nights

Even statues need sleep. The lucky ones recline on their pediments and snooze in the sun. The rest of us are carthorses, napping on our feet in the...
Roma o Morte, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Risorgimento, Italian History, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Roma o Morte - Pasquino wonders about Garibaldi

When I last saw Garibaldi, he was a broken old man. White streaked his beard. Cataracts clouded and rheum encrusted his eyes. Arthritis crippled his...
Trastevere, Rome, Noantri, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

"Noantri" - Pasquino celebrates Trastevere

Located on the west bank of the Tiber, south of Vatican City, Trastevere is a world apart. For centuries, this district was disconnected from central...
Campo de’ Fiori, Rome, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Campo de’ Fiori: Pasquino reminds us to smell the roses

Wedged between the Regola and Parione districts, Campo de’ Fiori features Rome’s most spectacular flower market. Wassily Kandinsky, the Russian...
Re di Maggio, Pasquino forgives Umberto II, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Re di Maggio: Pasquino forgives King Umberto II

Ever since the Burger King opened on Via Nazionale, teenagers have come to Piazza Pasquino to eat French fries and to place paper crowns on my head...
Abbacchio, Pasquino, tender subject, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Abbacchio. Pasquino discusses a tender subject. Sheep Keeping Along the Appia Antica.

A mile and a half from the Circus Maximus, sheep graze in Caffarella Park. Warming themselves in the April sun, they are indifferent to the ruins of...
Auspici, Pasquino sees signs, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Auspici: Pasquino sees signs in the sky

At dusk, millions of starlings invade Rome. After feasting all day on ripening olives, they fly south from the Sabine Hills and fill the sky. A...
Mondo Cane, it’s a dog’s life, Cave Canem, Rome centro storico, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Mondo Cane - Pasquino explains why it’s a dog’s life

This Valentine’s Day falls on the full moon. Every dog from Rome’s 22 rioni will howl until the Seven Hills echo with their cries. Small packs roam...
Lenticchie, Pope Sylvester, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Lenticchie - Pasquino Audits Pope Sylvester

On New Year’s Eve, Romans stagger into Piazza Pasquino and pelt me with dry lentils. Resembling coins, they symbolize good luck and are consumed in...
the Column of the Immaculate Conception in Piazza Mignanelli

Rose Bianche - Pasquino clears up some immaculate misconceptions

On December 8, a snow-white papamobile leads a caravan of black limos from Vatican City to the Column of the Immaculate Conception in Piazza...

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