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 …

Santa Maria Antiqua

Built in the 5th century, Santa Maria Antiqua was one of the earliest churches dedicated to the virgin Mary and one of the few located in the ancient city center, in the Forum Romanum (where it reused structures from the imperial palaces. The recently-restored church contains the earliest Roman depiction of Santa Maria Regina, the Virgin Mary as a Queen, from the 6th century.   http://www.coopculture.it/ticket.cfm?office=Foro%20Romano%20e%20Palatino&id=4 Palatino, 00186 Roma +39 06 …