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January 31, 2013

Dining with the Mayor of Rome

Dinner with the Mayor of RomeI just returned from a tourism symposium in Rome. The first evening, after a day packed with informative meetings, Mayor Gianni Alemanno of Rome hosted a gala dinner for about 60 of us. The event took place in the Palazzo Esposizioni Museum after hours, which meant we were treated to a private viewing of the ‘On the Silk Road’ exhibition.

Rome never fails to lift my spirits and make me feel priviledged to be there. To walk past ancient structures mingled with the new, the many beautiful piazza’s, fountains, and historic buildings and monuments in this very ‘lived in city’ is a joy.

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January 2, 2013

Hadrian’s Theatre in Rome Discovered

Piazza Venezia, RomeArchaeologists who have completed the excavation of a 900-seat arts centre under one of Rome’s busiest roundabouts are calling it the most important Roman discovery in 80 years. The centre, built by the emperor Hadrian in AD123, offered three massive halls where Roman nobles flocked to hear poetry, speeches and philosophy tracts while reclining on terraced marble seating. “Hadrian’s auditorium is the biggest find in Rome since the Forum was uncovered in the 1920s,” said Rossella Rea, the archaeologist running the dig. The complex was only unearthed thanks to excavations to build a new underground railway line which will cross the heart of Rome. The site is under Piazza Venezia, a main transportation hub in central Rome and site of the Victor Emmanuel II monument, Italy’s first king.

For the full story published by the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/26/hadrians-hall-roman-emperor-arts-centre

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