Roma Nova on Jo Frances Penn's Books and Travel podcast

Travel is a wide concept. It doesn’t just mean trotting up the steps to a plane or sitting back looking out of a train window, or even visiting entrancing and exotic places.

Travel can be in the mind, across hundreds or possibly thousands of years, into other realities and mentalities, even into an alternative […]

Taking the plunge - Roman baths

The Baths at Caracalla, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1899

Baths were such an intrinsic part of the Roman world that we can’t think of one without the other. Everybody went to the baths – everybody.

Today we see bathing as something we do privately in the home, but bathing in Rome was a communal, social […]

Sunday picture - Villa Jovis, Capri

Villa Jovis, Tiberius’s palace on Capri, completed in AD 27 and from where he then ruled until his death in AD 37.

The entire complex spanned several terraces with a difference in elevation of about 40 metres and covered 7,000 m² (1.7 acres).

Reconstructions by Carl Weichardt (1846-1906), German architect – Das Schloß […]