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Rome the Second Time: 15 Itineraries That Don't Go to the Coliseum. Paperback – Mar 1 2009
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About the Author
William Graebner is Professor of History and Chair of the department at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He received the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians for Coal-Mining Safety in the Progressive Period: The Political Economy of Reform (1976). He is also the author of The Engineering of Consent: Democracy and Authority in Twentieth-Century America (1987); Coming of Age in Buffalo: Youth and Authority in the Postwar Era (1990); The Age of Doubt: American Thought and Culture in the 1940's (1991); and an edited collection, True Stories from the American Past (1993). In 1993, he was Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the University of Rome. He currently serves on the editorial board of The Historian and as Associate Editor of American Studies.
Top Customer Reviews
It has information that will help one see the 'real' Rome and not just the 'tourist' part of it.
I have been to Rome many times and still cannot see everything this great city offers. In fact I married a 'Roman' and he doesn't even know his city well. Next time I will surely bring this book with us.
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When I first saw the title of this book, I got quite excited. As I began reading Rome The Second Time, I actually gave out a little cheer. I started sending emails to friends to tell them about the book. The authors have written a terrifically entertaining and fact-filled travel work about what to do in Rome after you've seen the major tourist sites. The book is a must-have for those making their second, third, fourth, fifth (etc.) trip to Rome. Even those on their first trip to the Eternal City will get a lot out of it.
The authors detail their visits to interesting Roman neighborhoods, churches, museums, restaurants (trattoria), wine bars (enoteca) that might be off-the-beaten path, but are all worth a visit for any tourist. What's also a pleasure is that they occasionally write about each other's reaction to the place they're visiting - it's as if you're eavesdropping on their private conversations. There are photographs as well as precise neighborhood maps for each interesting chapter, and there are clear and concise directions to their favorite places from the Rome Metro (subway) or bus or trolley stops. The authors write about favorite and unusual cinemas and museums; there's even a section on aqueducts, which still bring Rome its cold, delicious, drinkable water, which is often flowing out of centuries-old fountains on hundreds of street corners
I have been to some of the places about which they write, and I can attest that their information is spot-on. Very few, if any guidebooks, direct you to the giant Sunday flea market on the Tiber, or to Mussolini's haunts, or to family-owned restaurants on quaint streets where real Romans eat. If on your first visit, tourist Rome is too crowded for you, some of the places in Rome The Second Time will have fabulous, sometimes quiet, often uncrowded appeal, too. (Except for the flea market, which is crowded and absolutely amazing.)
This very affordable book has become my favorite guide to Rome. It's obvious that the authors, Americans who love Rome and have been going there for years (renting apartments during their stays), take great joy in sharing their experiences. It's pleasurable just reading the book, but I can't wait to use it in Rome.
The itineraries are detailed and easy to follow and took me to places I would never have found on my own. The sights selected introduce the
wayfarer to Rome's history, architecture, infrastructure, neighborhoods, politics and political movements, archaeology, ethnic and immigrant communities
high and popular art, night life, music scene, social classes, sports stadiums, schools and universities and much more. The commentaries describing the sights are lively and entertaining and explain succinctly the history and significance of what one is looking at. They tell us what to look for; what to see that we might miss otherwise.
Although I was not able to walk all 15 itineraries, the book guided me to an intense connection and bond with the city And reading it cover to cover on my return home helped me cope with feelings of Rome withdrawal and to anticipate and plan my second time. I highly recommend Rome the Second Time to first, second or tenth time visitors to Rome.