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Comment by Ed Wetschler on February 6, 2011 at 10:41am
Superbowl Fake-out:  Perfect day to visit the Carnegie, Frick, & Warhol museums in Pittsburgh. Ditto, the National Aviary.
Comment by Donna Esposito on December 27, 2010 at 11:29am
A friend called last night to remind me that this is the last week we can see the giant terracotta Chinese warriors at Toronto's ROM. I'm passing along that warning, and she and I will see the show this week (and we won't get any snow!).
Comment by BuzzInRome on December 15, 2010 at 6:11am

Friendly People, Good Food & a Railway Museum: That’s Colonna(Rome, Italy)!



By BuzzInRome


A 30 minute ride by train from Roma Termini, a unique open air railway museum and great Roman food. Don’t they make up for an exciting and relaxing half day escape?

Colonna is on the Rome-Cassino line. If you disembark and walk down the hill to the supermarket rooftop carpark, you will find a convenient coffee shop for first port of call.

Then proceed across the main road, in fact the old Consul road (Via Casilina - Highway 6) between Rome and Monte Cassino, and the axis of much fighting in World War Two between the German Army and the combined USA/NZ Forces. Immediately across the road and just 100 metres from the main station, is the delightful Ferrovia-Museo della Stazione di Colonna, still being developed by a wonderful team of volunteers.

The museum features a great deal of Narrow Gauge rolling stock, an exhibition gallery in the form of a restored goods shed, the Station Master office and residence and much more. On the ground floor are some wonderful displays from the remnant railway, which used to operate all the way in to Termini. Upstairs there are some railway models and also there is a recreation of a wartime radio signals station.

After this inspiring visit, you may choose to walk 200 metres or so back to Rome and on the left hand side you will encounter Osteria Il Bersagliere with regional fresh flavours to die for and good value, regional prices.

With the distant views across Tivoli and snow-capped mountains in winter and early spring, this location is an absolute delight, local people are particularly friendly and helpful, and both the museum and the restaurant are within easy walking distance of the railway station.  

Happily enough, on a Saturday you can take the afternoon trains (you need to double check on day of travel) for a pleasant run downhill back in to Roma Termini.

What are you waiting for, then?

Comment by David Paul Appell on November 5, 2010 at 11:50am
Here's an interesting cultural development: The new digs for the Smithsonian-affiliated Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art is finally opening tomorrow in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA, with a design by Frank Gehry. OK, by now Gehry's done his schtick even my dinky hometown in upstate NY, but nonetheless should add a little more heft/depth to the area's touristic offerings.
Comment by BuzzInRome on October 21, 2010 at 7:45am
Night Hawks, Rome’s Sights Are Open for You, Last Tuesdays Of The Month They’re Free!

by BuzzInRome

“What are you doing Friday night?”

“I’m going to visit the Vatican Museums.”

“Oh, I see, free for dinner on Saturday then?”

“Nope, I’m afraid not, I’m going to the Colosseum!”

If someone declines your invitation for these reasons, they may be telling the truth! After the great success of the summer, Rome’s top monuments night openings were extended until October. Therefore these are the last days for your under-the-stars visits.

The Vatican Museums will be open on Fridays from 7pm to 11pm, last entrance at 9:30pm, until October 29. You’ll be able to see the Museum’s artworks, buildings and yards under a different light, there will be music and poetry shows and Saint Pious V’s Halls with Middle Age and Renaissance ceramics will be opened for the occasion. Booking required:

October 23 is the last Saturday for a moonlight visit of the Colosseum from 9 pm until midnight. Guided tours in English will be provided by archeologists. Booking required: +390639967700. Moreover, the Colosseum has two more suprises for you. Just a week ago, after 40 years, it opened its dungeons, where gladiators were locked waiting for their combats and lions and tigers were kept in cage before being transported by lifts up to the central fighting arena. The upper section of the third ring, also closed for decades, will be accessible to visitors who will marvel an unsurpassed view of Rome’s ancient forum. Both areas can only be visited with a guided tour.

Last but not the least, free night visits will be offered until the end of 2010 in most of the State-owned museums every last Tuesdays of the month from 7pm until 11pm. Just to mention some of my favorites: the Borghese Museum and Gallery, the newly renovated Ancient Art Gallery, Sant’Angelo’s Castle, and Villa d’Este and Villa Adriana in Tivoli. The complete list is available here in the “Lazio” section.
Comment by Tripatini on October 16, 2010 at 3:28pm
How about an art museum where you can actuall stay overnight? They've done it in Japan -- find out more on the Tripatini blog.
Comment by Janet Raines on October 14, 2010 at 9:58pm
Anyone using SMS marketing? If so, would like to get recommendations on what provider to use and how effective it is for you.
Comment by Ed Wetschler on September 29, 2010 at 1:03pm
Duke Ellington, Joseph Pulitzer, and the Whitneys knew this all long: One of New York City's greatest architectural gems is a cemetery:
Comment by Ed Wetschler on August 23, 2010 at 6:17pm
Mary, I'm glad someone remembers Kenneth Keating. Talk about Dinner with Schmucks! And Wendy, I loved the Rockwell legacy even before it became acceptable again to love it. Was that a gauche thing to say?
Comment by Wendy Capra on August 23, 2010 at 5:22pm
I adore the Berkshires! Will all due respect to my beautiful home state of Washington, I think western Massachusetts is one of the most beautiful places I've been. My sig other and I once rented an old house in Great Barrington, and I could swear it was haunted, I kept hearing all these funny sounds. But anyway, somehow I missed the Norman Rockwell museum -- guess I'll have to go back!

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