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Keys to the Ancient City

Travel Series


292 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $33.95)

Publication Date: March 2020

ISBN 9781734060201

Rights: WOR

1-Take, LLC (Mar 2020)


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Going to Rome? Do it differently than the mass tourists. Patty Civalleri shows you how to visit the capital of Italy while avoiding the crowds, staying cool, and getting to know its true heart. If you have been to Rome before, Patty will take you deeper by showing you hundreds of other sites that were left behind by the Romans. Most guides focus only on 6 or 7 sites, but Patty has discovered hundreds of exciting, compelling, photographically rich sites that are not talked about by most guides. Do more than eat and drink your way through Rome. While other tourists are battling the mobs and the heat, you will: ~ Walk freely through an ancient shopping mall ~ Don a hard hat and descend into Nero's Golden Palace ~ Put your hand in the Mouth of Truth ~ Explore the ancient Sports Arena UNDER Piazza Navona ~ Discover where to cool off, get refreshed and avoid the crowds in the Getting High section ~ Visit an erotically beautiful sculpture in a gem of a church ~ Seek out the Monster near the Spanish Steps ~ Discover incredible Day Trips during your stay in Rome ~ Find the neighborhood where Dr. Seuss could have lived ~ and so much more! This is the only book ever published for repeat visitors to Rome. You've already done 'tourist' Rome, now let Patty Civalleri take you deeper into the good, the bad, and the beautiful of Rome's past.


"The extensive use of photographs and maps enlivens the text. Sidebars supply anecdotes, definitions, and brief topics. Ultimately, Civalleri delivers on her promise to teach readers about Florence through its fun stories. While this work looks like a traditional Florence guidebook, the author's expert use of facts and illustrations sets it above the rest."  —Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

Patty Civalleri is a historian and armchair archaeologist who has traveled for 17 years to the deepest corners of our ancient past in search of lost civilizations all over our planet. She enjoys the honor of serving on the Director's Council of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), and as a Board Member of the Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies at California State University in Long Beach (CSULB). As a writer and photographer, she has also enjoyed the pleasure of writing and photographing for the Cotsen Institute's prestigious journals, in addition to over 150 business and marketing clients around the country.