Masters’ Gallery Rome is a labor of love. Born not only from the passion of a team of Roman tour guides for their native (or adopted) city, but also from the fervent desire to inspire that love in others who, at least for now, don’t have a chance to experience the seduction of the Eternal City in person. Masters’ Gallery Rome offers online courses, with videos featuring Rome’s best guides, edited with great footage, important facts and humorous surprises to recreate the sparkle of learning about Rome.
“I want to come back here every year for the rest of our lives.”
I made this declaration to my husband thirty years ago on our first trip to Monte Argentario on Tuscany’s western coast. We did indeed return annually—until this Covid-cursed year. When LoveItaly, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Italy’s cultural heritage, invited me to participate in its podcast on the country’s “Hidden Treasures,” I immediately thought of this magical place.
She was one of the first women in Italy to earn a living as a journalist and a writer, the first female columnist for the leading Italian daily Corriere della Sera, and the author of 45 books. She called herself Marchesa Colombi, but she had no noble blood in her veins.
Her real name was Maria Antonietta Torriani, and she was born poor in 1840. She decided to adopt the pseudonym Marchesa Colombi so she could more easily challenge conventional thinking. Maria was an extraordinary woman, a witty feminist even before the word existed. Her style was biting and ironic; her ideas about women, marriage, and social conventions, far ahead of her time.
July was named in honor of Rome’s slain leader Gaius Julius Caesar (100–44 BC). “Veni, vidi, vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered), he declared after one victory. These three words summarize his passion. Caesar lived to conquer—by sword, word, or seduction.
In 1995 on my first trip to Italy, the past I had buried so deep crept closer. Italy yanked the strings, pulling bits and pieces to the surface, pressing me to unravel. Italy called me to reveal myself, but I wasn’t ready.
The editors at Outwit Trade recently asked an array of language learners and experts “What is the best way to learn a foreign language?” Here are the strategies I suggested for studying Italian: