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Dei Sepolcri: Pasquino rents a tomb

At Campo Verano, Rome’s most exclusive cemetery, the dead keep office hours. Although the grounds are open between 7:30 AM and 6:00 PM, formal...

Scirocco and Wind Rose markers in St Peter's Square

When Juno, Queen of Olympus, needed to vent her spleen, she visited Aeolus, god of the winds, on his draughty island off Sicily. Juno was outraged...

Sant’Eustachio: Pasquino hunts for coffee

Outside Caffé Sant’Eustachio students and cabbies, bankers and brokers, pundits and senators sip espresso and mock the news. Starbucks, the US coffee...

Ferragosto, the traditional Italian mid-summer feast

The exodus begins in early August. Factories in the Tiburtina Valley grind to a halt. Executives abandon EUR’s corporate offices. Shops on Via del...
Madama Lucrezia, Pasquino, Rome, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Lucrezia - Pasquino woos his sweetheart

“Pasquino, my man!” booms Tyrell. Once a sound engineer for Earth, Wind, and Fire, he now lives in the Parione district and works in the Auditorium...
Zafferano, Saffron, Roman, Italian Food, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Zafferano: Pasquino inaugurates a new year

January is my favorite month in Rome. Consecrated to the god of beginnings, it is the best time to recapture the magic those British lords on the...
"Il Piccoletto", Pope Benedict XV, Pope of Peace, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

"Il Piccoletto": Pasquino honors the Pope of Peace

On December 24, 1914, a dejected Pope Benedict XV cel- ebrated midnight mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. His efforts to secure a Christmas truce had...
Crisantemi, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Crisantemi - Pasquino explains a floral taboo

During November, Americans bring chrysanthemums to Roman social events. These New England and Midwestern transplants mean well. What could brighten...
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Squadristi - Pasquino relives the March on Rome

Halloween is becoming more popular in Italy than Carnival, thanks to American TV. Teenaged zombies startle tourists in piazzas and frighten seniors...
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...

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