Michelangelo's Rome: A Great Gift

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Looking for a Christmas or Hanukkah gift for a traveler in your life? Give my book, A Journey into Michelangelo's Rome! And, if you buy it directly from me, I'll inscribe it to whomever you wish and ship anywhere in the US. 

Price: $25 including shipping and custom inscription

To Purchase: Comment below, and have your PayPal ready. I'll be in touch soon! 

What do the critics say about this little volume?

"Nickerson's book seamlessly interweaves the genres of biography, art history, and travelogue into a convenient . . . portable package."  —Art Blog by Bob

"Well-written, lively without being pat, informative without being burdensome, and at 163 pages, it's easily readable."  Grizzled Old Traveler

"Works well on many different levels . . . a great book."  —Wandalust

"Chockablock with information about the artist and his creations . . . that anyone interested in Michelangelo would want to see."  —New Jersey Star-Ledger

"An incredible read. Heading to Rome? Don't go without this book."  —Wandering Educators

"The richness of your visit will only be compounded by this insightful book."  —examiner.com

"There aren't many times I would be willing to carry two books around on a trip, but . . . this is a great addition to one's day pack."  —gogalavanting.com

"The combination of both personal and professional, with photos and maps, results in an art history book that invaluable to the Roman visitor and a joy for the armchair traveler."  —Bookstorepeople.com

Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! And Happy New Year!

My Day with Michelangelo

St. Peter's Basilica: Michelangelo designed the Great Crossing and the dome

St. Peter's Basilica: Michelangelo designed the Great Crossing and the dome

Michelangelo's Pieta, the work of a man who lost his mother when he was six years old

Michelangelo's Pieta, the work of a man who lost his mother when he was six years old

It sounds crazy, even to me, but I feel like I know Michelangelo -- as if across the centuries we have become friends in all the time I have spent with him. So I am always happy to be in his presence -- to study and admire yet again the indelible marks he left on Rome. Today: the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. 

The Sistine Chapel: an illicit photo

The Sistine Chapel: an illicit photo

Tomorrow: Ancient Rome. 

The weather is gorgeous! And the Euro is at a historic low -- $1.05. Come to Rome with me!

Pilgrimage to the Pantheon

For many years my first stop in Rome has been the Pantheon. This ancient building speaks to me. So many Roman ruins require a great deal of imagination to see what the Romans saw, but not the Pantheon. And the roof with the oculus... amazing! 

 

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I have always wanted to be in the Pantheon on Pentecost. As part of the service they shower red rose petals through the oculus into the church. Someday…

It is busy now in Rome. The students and tour groups have begun to arrive for the season. And there are programs here because it is Lent. But the crowds don't bother me.  It's beautiful – – sunny and in the 60s. Perfect weather for sightseeing.

More tomorrow! Ciao! 

 

 

Andiamo! Off to Italy!

A little light reading... 

A little light reading... 

It has been far too long, Italia, but I am on my way. This is my first international trip without my wee bambino... But there have been big changes in my life, and I am back to writing, traveling, and snapping photos with much more frequency.

A new life and a new website! I hope you like the new digital digs! They are a work in progress, but I hope it will be easier to find what you need. 

Take me a minute and subscribe to my blog, and updates will find you in your inbox. And You will find me on Facebook, too: Pining for Rome. 

Ok. We are somewhere over the Atlantic. Time to get back to my book -- one I missed in my post-partum fog. More from Italy! Ciao!

Goodbye to The Gypsy's Guide

After many years and a few thousand posts, it is time for a renaissance. So today's post is the last here on The Gypsy's Guide. You'll find me from now on at: www.piningforrome.com.

Join me there! And did I mention I have two upcoming trips to Italy? Come along! All the details are on Pining for Rome!

Thanks to all of my faithful readers! Ciao!

Travel with Angela: 2015 and 2016 Dates

Journey to Michelangelo’s Rome with author Angela K. Nickerson as your guide.

October 8-18, 2015 or February 11-21, 2016  

The proposed itinerary includes:
  • 8 nights at a charming hotel in Rome 
  • dinners in some of Rome’s best restaurants
  • daily excursions with Angela as your guide 
  • a private tour of the Sistine Chapel 
  • escorted visits to Rome’s highlights including the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and the Roman Forum as well as places beyond Rome including Hadrian’s Villa and Ostia Antica 

Optional Add-Ons:
Questions? Email Angela

Travel to Italy with Angela Nickerson


Journey to Michelangelo’s Rome with author Angela K. Nickerson as your guide.

October 8-18, 2015 or February 11-21, 2016  

The proposed itinerary includes:
  • 8 nights at a charming hotel in Rome 
  • dinners in some of Rome’s best restaurants
  • daily excursions with Angela as your guide 
  • a private tour of the Sistine Chapel 
  • escorted visits to Rome’s highlights including the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and the Roman Forum as well as places beyond Rome including Hadrian’s Villa and Ostia Antica 

Optional Add-Ons:
Questions? Email Angela

Dates Announced: Journey to Michelangelo's Rome with Angela


I have two trips to Rome scheduled: October, 2015 and February, 2016. I hope you'll think about joining me! 

Michelangelo’s Rome [Proposed Itinerary; Subject to Change]
October 8-18, 2015 or February 11-21, 2016

Florence Add-On: Your trip could start with the optional 4 days in Florence. Read on here for more!

Day 1: Depart USA for Rome

Day 2: Arrival in Rome, the Eternal City
Your plane will be met by a driver who will take you to Hotel Santa Maria, our accommodations for our stay. Once every one has arrived and is settled in, we will gather walk through the city center.
We might visit: The Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and Santa Maria sopra Minerva: Michelangelo’s Risen Christ.


Day 3: Imperial Rome and the Tragedy of the Tomb
We will visit several ancient sites which influenced Michelangelo’s work in addition to one of his greatest sculptures. Walking and taking the subway, we can visit:
The Colosseum, San Pietro in Vincoli: Michelangelo’s Moses, San Clemente

Dinner together at a local restaurant.

Day 4: The Capitoline Hill
Michelangelo was commissioned to rebuild the hilltop which was muddy and disheveled. What resulted was a masterpiece of civic architecture.
We will visit: The Forum and the Capitoline Hill


Day 5: Ostia Antica
Today we can take the train out to the ruins of Rome’s port city, Ostia. Located on the sea shore, Ostia Antica is an amazing park to explore with a theater, a Jewish temple, stores, homes, and houses of worship – all open for visiting.
Lunch or dinner together at a local restaurant.

Day 6: San Pietro
We will begin with a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo’s Rome Pieta as well as the dome. In the evening we will have an exclusive tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel.
We will visit: St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums


Day 7: Free Day to explore the beauty of Rome ● Dinner together at a local restaurant.

Day 8: Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este
Today we will drive beyond Rome’s city limits to Tivoli and Hadrian’s Villa. The spectacular grounds of Emperor Hadrian’s estate sprawl across acres of olive orchards and active archeological digs. Following a lunch together, we will visit Villa d’Este -- the summer home of the Este family and site of a truly remarkable garden and Renaissance fountains now restored to their original beauty.
Lunch together at a local restaurant.

Day 9: Galleria Borghese
Michelangelo’s influence spanned centuries and can still be felt today. We will visit the Galleria Borghese which houses a large collection of sculpture by Bernini -- one of Michelangelo’s philosophical heirs. After our timed entrance to the museum, we will explore the grounds of the Villa Borghese, a beautiful park in the heart of Rome.

Day 10: Free Day to explore the beauty of Rome 
In the evening we will gather one last time for a celebration dinner together at a local restaurant.

Day 11: Depart Rome for home (or continue on to Venice on the Venice Add-on

Interested? Email Angela for pricing and more information. 

I'll be in San Francisco: Sunday, February 8

If you live near the Bay Area, I hope you'll plan to join me in San Francisco on Sunday, February 8 for a wonderful Italy event!

A Celebration of Italy's Big Three: Rome, Florence, and Venice

Sunday, February 8 at 4:30 pm 

Museo Italo Americano at Ft. Mason Center in San Francisco

Cost: free, but space is limited! 

Please RSVP: 415.673.2200 

Moderated by Susan Van Allen (author of 50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go), the panel will feature:

  • Angela Nickerson: author of A Journey into Michelangelo's Rome (that's me!)
  • JoAnn Locktov: author of Dream of Venice
  • Joe Wolff: author of Cafe Life: Florence

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session, book signing, and a reception.

I hope you will join us for this fantastic event! It will be a great time!

The Gypsy in San Francisco: Sunday, February 8

If you live near the Bay Area, I hope you'll plan to join me in San Francisco on Sunday, February 8 for a wonderful Italy event!

A Celebration of Italy's Big Three: Rome, Florence, and Venice
Sunday, February 8 at 4:30 pm 
Museo Italo Americano at Ft. Mason Center in San Francisco
Cost: free, but space is limited! 
Please RSVP: 415.673.2200 

Moderated by Susan Van Allen (author of 50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go), the panel will feature:

  • Angela Nickerson: author of A Journey into Michelangelo's Rome (that's me!)
  • JoAnn Locktov: author of Dream of Venice
  • Joe Wolff: author of Cafe Life: Florence

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session, book signing, and a reception.

I hope you will join us for this fantastic event! It will be a great time!

2015: A New Year!

Dear friends,
It has been a long time. And a lot has happened in the last year -- heck, a lot has happened in the last few months. In December my family and I moved from San Francisco to Dallas, Texas. A big change! But it is one which allows me to get back to writing projects and away from a "day job." That is a wonderful change! So, I'll be back to blogging a bit. I have some big projects to tackle. And I'll be traveling again. Yippee!

All of that, and at long last I'll be fully transitioning this blog over to the new platform. So stay tuned for all of those changes!

My next trip: Rome, Florence, and Venice in March! I can't wait, but I have a lot to do to get ready.

Ciao!
Angela

An Open Letter: HPISD Book "Suspensions"

As an alumna of Highland Park High School, an author, and a former AP English teacher, finding reports in my Facebook feed that HPISD allowed the shrieks of unhappy parents to undermine the integrity of the HPHS’ English Department curriculum is disturbing.

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Help Reunite these People with their Vacation Photos

A friend of a friend found a memory card today (May 14) at O'Hare. It contains over 800 photos of these people and appears to be from a trip to the South Pacific. Help reunite these people with their memories via social media!

How can you help?
If you know them, put us in contact!
If not, post this on Facebook or Twitter and help spread the word.

I know firsthand how horrible it is to lose photos from a trip. Hopefully we can reunite these people with theirs!


Electing a Pope in the Sistine Chapel

Curious about what will happen when the conclave begins tomorrow? It is a fascinating and secret process all carried out beneath Michelangelo's frescos in the Sistine Chapel. I thought this article in the New York Times summed it up well (and shame on the Cardinal who leaked his journals! But it makes for good reading...):

http://nyti.ms/14O9caq

Enjoy!

A Note to My Readers

Dear friends,
I just wanted to update you a bit. The last year and a half have been very busy in my home. I now have a very busy toddler who is simply energy embodied. My husband's job has changed significantly, and he is traveling every week now. And I still have a day job. All this leaves very little time for blogging. But I am still here. I often think, "I need to blog about this experience... or that experience..." and then my head hits the pillow, and I am unconscious.  So know that I still have lots to say, and hopefully in 2013 I'll have a little more time to share it with you.

Happy Holidays to you all!  And I hope you'll check out this year's Passports with Purpose fundraiser. We are raising $100,000 to build wells for clean water in Haiti.  You can learn more here: Passports with Purpose.

Blessings!
Angela

Sunset over Rome from the roof of St. Peter's

A Simba moment with Bambino
Tonight we watched the sunset over Rome from the roof of St. Peter's Basilica. Totally magical! Added bonus: lots of room for Bambino to run around! How do you get there? I'll fill you in later. For now just enjoy the view!



Michelangelo's dome over St. Peter's Basilica at sunset

As the lights warm up, they first glow green and then amber which is rather magical against the darkening sky.

I had never been inside the basilica at night before. It is beautiful!

Parmigiano-Reggiano Night in Italy

Last night while I was soothing a jet-lagged toddler and searching for lost luggage, thousands of Italians were sitting down to eat one dish all across the country. It was a culinary act of solidarity in support of the cheese producers recently devastated by an earthquake in which they lost millions of dollars of aging cheese.

Read on and enjoy the recipe for what all of Italy was eating here:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt2012/10/27/163700590/for-the-love-of-cheese-diners-unite-in-italy?sc=17&f=1001

Seeking Tips for Traveling with a Toddler

Bambino is already a well-traveled little guy, but later this week we head off on our first international trip -- to Italy!! All you moms and dads out there: give me your best travel tips for taking a toddler on an international trip. How do you manage the flight? What do you do about jet lag? If you have blogged about your experiences, give us the links, too!
Ciao!