Rome

How strange to feel nostalgic for the 1970s

11 July 2015 9:00 am

The 1960s were already more than halfway over when I realised that I was living through what was supposed to…

Italy’s highest-paid heart-throb, Mastroianni as Guido Anselmi, a film director in ‘creative limbo’

How Fellini made his modernist masterpiece

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Ian Thomson on the creative limbo that spawned Fellini’s modernist masterpiece, 8½

Let there be light: Saint Peter’s at dawn

Rise early to see the Vatican at its best

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The sun has only just risen in Rome and we are standing bleary-eyed in a short queue outside the Vatican.…

An earthquake with a Baroque legacy in Sicily

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Syracuse is a handsome place, steeped in a rich historical broth. At the tip sits Ortygia, an island offshoot, which…

The Magna Carta was hopelessly behind the times

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Important as the Magna Carta (ad 1215) has been as a founding myth for everything we hold dear about law…

The Sixtus V cabinet: the supreme example of the art of pietra dura

Cabinet of curiosity: we do not even know for sure the maker of the Sixtus Cabinet at Stourhead

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Italian cabinets and tables decorated with inlaid semi-precious stones known as ‘pietre dure’ were a ‘must-have’ for English milords returning…

Rome, Open City still shocks

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Roberto Rossellini shot his neorealist landmark Rome, Open City while the war still raged and rubble littered the freshly liberated…

Hadrian on the Somerset levels

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Since the Somerset Levels are a flood plain, nature will flood it. Romans had no problems with that. Much of…

Marble portrait of Augustus, c.40 BC

What Emperor Augustus left us

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Roderick Conway Morris on the influence and legacy of Augustus

The death of Tory Anglicanism

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Women bishops, gay marriage, and the death of Tory Anglicanism

Italo Calvino's essays, Collection of Sand, is a brainy delight

26 October 2013 9:00 am

The Japanese are sometimes said to suffer from ‘outsider person shock’ (gaijin shokku) when travelling abroad. Recently in London we…

Romans always love a Vatican scandal. But what if this time they're right?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

The people of Rome have always liked to believe the worst of their bishop. When I was a correspondent in…