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Sharing Lazio with Friends

28 May

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Last weekend friends from Holland came to Rome and we took them on an excursion to Latina. I think Natasha’s photo sums up a Lazio experience. Culture, wine, food and fun.

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Rome in the Spring

22 Apr

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It has been so much fun leading tours in Rome lately. There is wonderful food available during our culinary stroll and it has been great walking through the city for cultural tours as well.

New Website

21 Mar

We have redesigned our website and added more tours that focus.on wine and food in Lazio and Rome.

Check out the site and let us know what you think!

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Sant’Agnese Fuori le Mura

21 Jan
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Mosaics

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Mosaics

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Exterior

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St. Agnese

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Interior of Santa Costanza

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St Agnese

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Close up of an image of a drunk Peter

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Interior shot

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Mosaic depicting the harvest and wine making

A visit to Sant’Agnese Fuori le Mura in Rome is slightly complicated.  You are really visiting multiple sites in one space (including the mausoleum of Santa Costanza).  Since today is the feast day of this saint, I thought I would post a few photos of our visit this past weekend.  Originally erected by Constantina, sometimes known as Constanza in the IV century it has undergone many transformations.    It is a great visit outside the walls of Rome and easy to get to.  It has great examples of Byzantine mosaics, the archeological remains are well preserved to show us how a circiforme church would have worked, there are catacombs as well.  My favorite story is the group of Dutch “intellectuals” in the 17th century who took over the circular Santa Costanza as a place to hold bacchanal.  There is graffiti all over the place.  They mistook all of the artwork depicting the harvest and winemaking as a sign that this was a former place of worship of the god Bacchus.  In fact winemaking and the harvest are common symbols in early Christianity.  Just right across the way, the nuns and priests were devoted to their sweet saint Agnese., who most likely never existed.

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