UPDATE: Now available in print from all major booksellers, including amazon.com
We offer four new, alternative Rome walks, all outside the city’s tourist core, all easily accessible by Metro or tram, and all in neighborhoods where Romans live and work. As the readers of our blog have put it, "Rome with the Romans."
|Entrance to Garbatella, early 1920s|
“Garbatella—Garden City Suburb” is a guided tour through one of the world’s most engaging and mysterious planned communities, a 1920s creation featuring curving streets, enchanting stairways, interior courtyards, and some of the most unusual public housing ever built.
|Fascist-era spectacle at the Square Coliseum|
“EUR: Mid-Century Spectacle” features a dramatic locale, now a center of Rome’s business community, but planned and constructed in monumental style to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1922 Fascist March on Rome.
|Zaha Hadid's MAXXI|
On the opposite end of the city, a walk through Flaminio introduces Rome’s sensational 21st-century, Starchitect-designed cultural centers, and across the Tiber, the suggestive site of the 1960 Olympic Games, the Foro Italico, a virtual “Mussolini theme park” built by the Duce in the 1930s.
|A medieval-style tower, in the heart of Villa Sciarra|
A fourth, stairways walk begins in Trastevere’s back yard, winding up, down, and around Rome’s 8th hill, the Gianicolo, traversing a 17th-century villa, a compelling 1941 monument to the Italian unification movement, and one of the smallest, and most charming temples in all of Italy.
Modern Rome is available now for Kindle at the Kindle Store at Amazon. It will soon be available in several other formats, including iBooks (through iTunes), Nook (through Barnes and Noble), and through Smashwords. You can also download the book onto an iPad or iPhone through Amazon’s Kindle Store, using a Kindle app on your device. Modern Rome features more than 100 hyperlinks, 63 photos, and 4 detailed maps. $1.99 in all formats.