by Frank J. Korn
A veteran of dozens of trips to Rome, the author delivers a fascinating insider’s look at the “Mother City of us all,” revealing how tourists, while rushing through the “must see” sights listed in conventional guides, are missing treasures steeped in just as much history yet without the crowds and hassles. A delightful read, Hidden Rome looks at Christian Rome, pagan Rome, architectural Rome, and the “Roman’s Rome.” It details many one-day trips like Assisi, Palestrina, and Frascati. It includes such oddities as the secret society of talking statues, an ancient lie detector, the history of Roman graffiti, and more. The book explains not so much what to see but how to see and is perfect for armchair travelers, vacation planners, students going abroad, and those reminiscing about past trips.