Antica Libreria Cascianelli

In the 19th century or earlier this small shop near Piazza Navona sold clothing and textiles to the clergy, but since the 1950s it has sold books, prints and antiquities of various eras. Managed creatively by Valentina La Rocca and colleagues, it is save to say this is one of the most magically beautiful historic shops in the city.

A Modern Itinerary in Eastern Rome

On a recent Studio Rome itinerary we stopped in to visit Villa Torlonia, ducking out of a downpour just in time to take shelter in the grand palace. Remodeled by Valadier in the early 19th century for Prince Torlonia (and later inhabited by Benito Mussolini), today this well-restored building hosts a beautiful collection of neoclassical arts and crafts and, on the second floor, a collection of Scuola Romana paintings. When …

Mercato Centrale

Earlier this month Rome gained a fantastic new gastronomic venue, right inside Termini Station. In the historic Mazzoniana wing of the station no less, where the great Cappa Mazzoniana, a kind of massive fireplace hood in Portoghese marble, designed by architect Angiolo Mazzoni in the 1930s. It would be demeaning (although perhaps helpful) to call this a “food court”. After all, the food is by Rome’s best chefs, such as …