S.P.Q.R.

Four letters that bring to mind the Roman Empire and which are equally commonplace around the modern city, but how many of those familiar with the abbreviation know what it represents? Even forty years after my school years I remember Senatus Populus Que Romanus, which simply means The Senate and People of Rome, and for…

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Getting Around and Getting It Wrong

If like me you've been to Milan, then you're doubtless familiar with the world's oldest shopping mall. Even those who've never been may well have seen pictures of the intersecting glass roofed arcades that are populated by famous caffé shops and top end fashion houses. McDonalds were famously refused the renewal of their lease, allowing…

Red, White and… You’re Letting the Side Down

The crown jewels of the magnificent buildings of Genoa's Strada Nuova could be said to be the three palaces run by the city's museum's service.  The buildings themselves are magnificent, but with the added incentive of some interesting contents I was keen to visit them early in my itinerary.  In common with many Italian museums…