October 22, 2014 | Rome, Italy | Sunny 20°C

The vanishing act

Being an American in Rome can make you crazy. But for a real treat, try getting a driver's license.

The copper tip-off

Copper theft over the last decade reflects a commodity price boom that is only now slowing.

Not quite Armageddon

There was too much "sharing" after parts of the Maremma were swamped by floodwaters,

Dining with Columbus

Italian food depends on its New World components, and vice versa, making for a rich marriage.

Real cool

If you're gay, size matters — as does summoning the courage to resist fashion world archetypes.


Area 51

Out of Africa

Whether it's terrorism or disease, the spread of alarm has become an industry.

In the Sticks

Not quite Armageddon

Recent La Maremma flooding saw too many locals prefer online posting to shoveling out.


Pain by any name

Killing minor human pain can seem like a simple process. In fact, it's anything but.

Fuori Mappa

Angel's rise

Fashion filmmaker Stewart MacLennan uses Calvino to "reinvent" beleaguered Los Angeles.

Milan Notebook

La Rentrée

September's post-vacation return differs between France and Italy, but both cultures treasure their fuss.

Psych Dept.

The complaint department

Working to suppress loss by keeping a smile on your face can lead into harm's way.

La Una

Little engines that do

Going from a glitzy job to a more modest (and more satisfying) one can be joyous.

American Girl

The longing

A home can be grand and its rooms spacious, but that can miss the point.

History 102

Roman housewife

For Audrey Hepburn, stardom came second to running her Rome household.


Little engines that do


Closing Argument

House of the heart, I

A beloved house on the Maine shoreline can trigger a family feud unless all sides talk.


The Economist

The copper tip-off

Copper theft over the last decade reflects a commodity price boom that is only now slowing.


The Game

Hard core

American sports life, born from boxing, now finds itself at a (violent) crossroads.


That's Queer

Real cool

If you're gay, size matters, as does the courage to ignore fashion world archetypes.


The vanishing act

Being an American in Rome can make you crazy. Now then, try getting a driver's license.

Lost in Translation

Barbie's vagina

Getting sunspots removed can lead you into the (alarming) world of female cosmetic surgery.

2nd Generation

Uncomfortable injustices

Too often, skin color allows Italians to ignore their country's widening multiracialism.



Swept away

Their numbers increasing, illegal immigrants from Africa and Asia face a rough road in Rome.

The Farm

More than a horse

On a farm, having a horse can change the way your children approach responsibility.


"A sizeable rat..."

Letters to the editor in letter form are all but extinct, but their legacy lives on.

Rye Wyt


When your nephew doesn't like what you have on your Kindle, say as little as possible.



Synth man

Lecce-born Massimiliano Pagliara swears by the old to synth in the new.


Insides out

Long associated with offal and innards, Rome's Testaccio now offers considerably more.


The power riddle

Deciding whether 3 kilowatts suffices in your flat depends mostly on appliances.


Into fall

An adaptation of "A Farewell to Arms" in Rome, also films in English.


Pete Pescatore

Meet Pete

Pete Pescatore is a mystery man with a detective's pallet and penchant for being quenched.

In Provincia

Fretting and fennel

Running a rural B&B necessarily comes with smiles, but it's anything but easy.

Suzanne's Taste

Currying flavors

Making good curry can seem daunting, but follow some basic rules can make it easier.

Vino Infinito

How it all began

Learning to love wine can sometimes emerge from a childhood of hating it.

Da Germano

Satanic majesties

Pope Francis has revived Vatican pilgrimages, but he's not the only recession-beater.

In Cucina

Dining with Columbus

Italian food couldn't exist without its New World components, and vice versa.


IN FOCUS: Edge of Tomorrow (Live Die Repeat)

The reset button gets a boost in a sci-fi thriller that lets Tom Cruise mock Tom Cruise.

1,001 MOVIES: Godzilla

Gareth Edward's remake of Japan's favorite monster owes a nuclea debt Fukayama.

ON FILM: Lies and grit

"Shattered Glass" gets to the underbelly of journalism, while "The Hill" is the underbelly of life itself.


DON'T MISS: Zeno's Conscience

Italo Svevo's remarkable Zeno Cosini has the pedigree of a 21st-century neurotic.

SCRIPTORIUM: Kat Zet, née Auschwitz

British novelist Martin Amis offers a fierce satire to revive ever-vital Holocaust themes.

FICTION PICKS: The Underground Man

Ross MacDonald's Lew Archer endures as a detective ahead of his time.

Everything you need to know about visiting or moving to Tuscany, Italy.

Barbie's vagina
Loving flashback
Angel's rise
Pain's language