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Posted May 26, 2010
Posted May 10, 2010
We just returned from a three-month stay in Rome. We have visited Rome several times, the previous time for six weeks, and we know the ancient sites very well, since my husband is a professor of Roman history. For this extended stay, we were looking for a book that would expand our horizons beyond the Ancient, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque.
Rome the Second Time was more than we expected. We did not have time to do all the great tours they described.
Thanks to Bill and Diane, we visited the Aqueduct Park and Fosse Aredeatine. For the first time, I understood the basic history of Fascism and the Nazi occupation. I never knew that buildings and even statues from the Fascist era were dated according to the first year of Fascism, but after reading this book, I found them everywhere.
The book more than paid for itself with its restaurant recommendations in the Appio Latino area, where they had lived. Since our apartment was a few metro stops away, we found ourselves going to these restaurants far more than to those in the central part of Rome. They just felt more "Roman."
Bill and Diane have a great webpage for updates. But you need the book to follow the tours.
Some of the guide books we had with us were extremely heavy. This book is very lightweight, and that makes a huge difference in comfort.