Rome

Tips and Articles in Rome

It's 6 p.m. in Rome and a stately woman of late middle age wearing big sunglasses and a white shearling coat sweeps into the discreet lobby of the Hotel d'Inghilterra. It's Carla Fendi, of the Rome fashion family, here to be my Virgil for a night ...
Looking to maximize shopping time on your next European trip?These new personal concierge services will escort you to all the hippest stores and fit in the odd museum, restaurant, or theater visit, too. In Paris, So French! (8 Rue de la Baume; 33-...
Dedicated style hounds are honing their hunter-gatherer skills by tracking down secret addresses known only by word of mouth. Five of our favorite private shops: LONDON: Ring the doorbell at Saturday (26 Chilworth St.; 44-207/706-7271; open Saturd...
(14) Four Seasons Punta Mita High style, south of the border The rocky road that snakes from Puerto Vallarta to Punta Mita is about as raw as it gets. But don't fret, for at the end is true luxury, Four Seasons-style. Resting between the Pacific O...
"Riding a GPS-equipped bus in Barcelona," says Maxwell L. Anderson, director of New York's Whitney Museum of American Art, "I got a hilarious glimpse of the future. If a bus driver needs a satellite to tell him where he is, there really are no lim...
Starting this fall, visitors to the Roman Colosseum's Web site (www.colosseumweb.org) will be able to embark on a tour of the ancient amphitheater without ever leaving home. The landmark arena has been outfitted with more than 40 Web cams and mile...
Signore e signori, prepare your markers. Bingo is the hottest hobby to sweep Italy. Two years ago, the Italian government realized the money-making potential of the game of tombola and legalized bingo parlors; within months "la bingomania" explode...
Rocco DiSpirito, star of NBC's The Restaurant, filmed the reality show in his kitschy Manhattan trattoria, Rocco's (12 E. 22nd St.; 212/353-0500; dinner for two $70). There he riffs on his Italian-American heritage: eggplant parmigiana, Foosball, ...
Europe's major metro areas have come up with some splashy ways to sightsee (and beat the traffic) that are just as enjoyable in the winter as they are in the summer. LONDON The Tate to Tate boat (44-207/887-8888; www.tate.org.uk; $7.50 for a day ...
If Renzo Piano, New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp once wrote, "He can give lightness of being...to solid brick walls." This is certainly true of his first-ever building in Rome, the Parco della Musica, a music center whose audito...
OCCUPATION Gallery owner HOME BASE New York ROMAN HOLIDAY Marks, who represents 25 international artists at his namesake Chelsea gallery, frequently travels abroad for art fairs and studio visits. He recently attended a show of new work by British...
Chief Environmental Officer Tom Arnold of TerraPass, a San Francisco–based organization dedicated to helping Americans decrease their carbon footprint, calculated the emissions produced by traveling round-trip from Paris to Rome by train, plane, ...
The first time I went to the Vatican, I didn't get in. I turned up just as they were closing. The second time, a year later, I missed again, once more cutting it too close. I have a chronic lateness problem. But 20 years later, on a typically hot ...
VIENNA AUSTRIA $236 At the 16th-century Hotel König von Ungarn (10 Schulerstrasse; 43-1/515-840; www.kvu.at; breakfast included), just a short walk from St. Stephen's Cathedral, gilded mirrors, boldly graphic wallpaper, and ch...
It was midnight and I was sitting outside Bar della Pace, located on Piazza della Pace, just off Rome's Piazza Navona, when Rino Barillari walked by. Here was "the King of Paparazzi," the most famous paparazzo in the world or, at least, the first,...