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  •  I'm going to Rome next week. (6+ / 0-)

    First time trip.  I'm concerned that the pope thing will have the Sistine Chapel closed up & we won't get to see it.  There is lots of other stuff to see in Rome, but I really wanted to see that....I read The Agony & The Ecstasy too.  Wanted to reread it before the trip, but can't find my copy!

    •  Here are three lists of books about Rome (4+ / 0-)

      But first let me say, how wonderful for you. I hope it all goes smoothly. If The Agony & The Ecstasy is the only thing you can't find, then you're pretty well prepared. Then again, you never said it was the only thing you couldn't find.

      If you want a replacement read, here are Malcolm Burgess' 10 best Roman reads, mostly fiction, mostly 20th century, with 3 ancient and one from the 1700s.

      His eighth choice is The Silver Pigs. The author did some pretty serious research; she has nine shelves of books on Rome. Here are Lindsey Davis' 10 best Ancient Roman reads. She picked the most scholarly yet user-friendly from her shelves.

      Finally, here's a list of 332 books about Ancient Rome, in order, as voted for by 395 readers.

      Yes, this is far more books than you possibly need. But I figure if I put them all here, others reading this diary can find them.

      Have a great trip!

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 11:40:59 PM PST

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    •  I'm afraid you're right. (1+ / 0-)
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      I live in Rome and I can guarantee that the Sistine Chapel will be closed next week.  I don't know if they close the Vatican Museums entirely.  

      They're saying that the Conclave will start on the 11th, so I imagine that things will start closing up once the cardinals start to arrive.  St. Peter's should be open for the duration, except for when the new Pope is announced.  

      Hit me up with Kos mail if you want alternative suggestions.  I teach art history here.

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