81 episodes

Get Ready for Rome helps the thoughtful traveler prepare to visit the Eternal City by introducing the city’s main monuments and the sometimes acrimonious dialogue they imply. Add value to your visit to Rome by getting to know in advance the ideas and history that stand behind St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel and other familiar but put poorly understood sites of one of the world’s greatest cities.

Get Ready for Rome Wayne Ambler

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

Get Ready for Rome helps the thoughtful traveler prepare to visit the Eternal City by introducing the city’s main monuments and the sometimes acrimonious dialogue they imply. Add value to your visit to Rome by getting to know in advance the ideas and history that stand behind St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel and other familiar but put poorly understood sites of one of the world’s greatest cities.

    Five Little Lessons from my Recent Return to Rome

    Five Little Lessons from my Recent Return to Rome

    This short Mini Pod makes five points based on a recent trip to Rome and towns in northern Italy.

    • 12 min
    On Returning from Rome, Part II

    On Returning from Rome, Part II

    In this second report on my return from three weeks in Italy, I consider some evidence suggesting Rome is as postmodern as it is modern.

    • 22 min
    Stepping Outside of Central Rome

    Stepping Outside of Central Rome

    Today we venture beyond the central core of Rome to survey the most important sites on Rome’s periphery.

    • 13 min
    On Returning from Rome

    On Returning from Rome

    I've just returned from a three-week trip to Italy, and I here begin a retrospective look at our travels, which were not much affected by COVID.

    • 21 min
    Getting Ready for the Vatican and Trastevere

    Getting Ready for the Vatican and Trastevere

    Today we survey the main sites to visit in Trastevere and in the area around the Vatican, an important step in preparing for a visit.

    • 11 min
    Exploring Rome's Campus Martius

    Exploring Rome's Campus Martius

    Centered on the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, the Campus Martius is for good reason Rome’s most popular zone. Today we note its main sites to visit.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Pokhofdszr ,

An Incredibly Insightful guide to Rome!

There are travel podcasts about Rome and history podcasts about Rome, but this podcast combines those approaches in a very thoughtful and engaging manner. I’ve taken a couple of student groups to the Eternal City and diligently prepared for those trips, but with this podcast, I’ve learned a great deal. If you’ve been to Rome or plan to travel to Rome or just have interest in Rome, you will enjoy this podcast. The host’s affable style makes you wish you could walk around Rome and its surrounding areas with him.

RenewedAgora ,

True scholar & scholarship

Fantastic and delightful work by one of our primo Xenophon scholars.

North Carolina prof ,

Wonderful podcast

People don’t understand quite how lucky they are Wayne is conducting this podcast. A real treat from a serious — and engaging — scholar.

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