Kenneth Scambray

Amedeo Gìacomini (1939-2006) was a prolific writer: literary scholar, essayist, translator, and poet. He was born in the northeastern border of Italy in Varmo, Udine. Though he wrote and published widely in a variety of genres, he was mostly at …

The Mattatoio is Rome’s most unusual museum. It can only be compared to the city’s other unique museum: Centrale Montemartini Museum in Ostiense, a 1930s electric power station, where first-century Roman marbles share the museum space with the power generator …

With all the museums and churches that Rome offers, it seems futile to suggest one over another, especially when the average visitor is in Rome for only a few days. But the Palazzo Massimo’s superb collection of marbles and bronzes, as …

In the 1950s English novelist Elizabeth Bowen announced to her friends that she planned to write a book about Rome.  Concerned about her image as a writer, her friends warned her that better writers than she had attempted and failed …

  Since the advent of travel in the Medieval period, Italy has always been the focus of European voyagers. In the beginning, early travel books were written as guides for the Medieval religious pilgrim seeking Christian sites in Italy. With …

  In the early 1980s, the Los Angeles Times ran an article on what was purportedly an unknown collection of 620 marbles dating back to the Roman era. The truth was that the collection was known, but not by the …

When we think of sculpture and architecture in Italy, we think of Carrara, the main source of the marble that was the material of choice for Italian sculpture’s great works, and the stone adorning the interiors and façades of Italy’s …

John Keahey is a journalist turned travel writer who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Some years ago on a visit to Italy he became enamored with Italian culture: its history and art. His falling for Italy in such a …

It is impossible to visit Naples and not see the thousands of ceramic and plastic images of Pulcinella in shop windows lining Via Spaccanapoli that cuts through Naples’ historic center. A commedia dell’arte figure, dating back to the sixteenth century, Pulcinella served in his improvised roles …

          For centuries travelers have visited La Piazza della Bocca Della Verità located just south of Rome’s busy center. The significance of this piazza is that the traveler can see in one-stop Rome’s many layers: from the Roman temples, Temple …