|Publisher||Andrew L. Giarelli|
|Publication Date||December 1, 2012|
American Romanista is the ultimate Rome travel book, the only one to explore all 22 of the historic center's "rioni" as well as many of the 35 modern outer "quartieri". Evocative forays into history, reportage on contemporary life, and the author's 40-year love affair with Rome inform the book.
Giarelli encounters Roman bureaucrats, radicals, refugees, fellow romaniste, and priests (including one from the ancient Syrian Antiochene rite, another helping illegal African immigrants, and an Islamic janitor-scholar). What can Rome teach America? The author searches for lessons across Rome’s 28 centuries to the modern city of 2.5 million.