Enlightened Rome

Discover the Magic of Piazzas and Public Space
Centers of the arts, of street theater, of dreams and aspirations.
Great places to bask, absorb and relax in.
Stimulate imaginations, encourage aspirations.

Praise for Enlightened Rome

What People Say

“If you really want to be enlightened about Rome, its history and it’s wonderful monuments this is the book to have. It takes you to beautiful and important sites and presents them in such a way that they come to life. A few days in Rome with this book and you will not want to leave.”

Peter Rockwell, Artist/Sculptor

 

“This is a lushly written, beautifully illustrated guide that is geared to enrich your soul as well as your vacation. Go. Read. Enjoy.”

 

Rena Pederson, Author of “The Burma Spring”, Pulitzer Prize Finalist

“In Enlightened Rome, Diane Van Buren shares the magic of her memories and experiences of the piazzas of Rome. She invites us to come with her and bask in the soul-expanding and heart-changing moments of stopped time and beauty that Rome offers in such glorious generosity.”

Karen Blessen, Pulitzer Prize Winning Artist

Musings

News and Articles
Sunbeams to Sea Bream

    On my most recent visit to Italy, I’d found an apartment a block or so away from Piazza S. Maria Maggiore. Located quite near the Staztione Termini train station,…

Oh, Arezzo!

It was well after midnight. I was comfortably settled into sleep, when the merriment reached my ears. I rolled over, confident that the revelers would soon find their ways to…

Secrets and Serendipities

    My Italy and Rome stays are forever changed! Early last November, I had no idea that I’d make two new friends and find a home in not just one,…

La Dolce Vita/The Sweet Life Masterclass!

  Calling all fabulous women 50 and beyond to experience La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life) If you are a woman who is seeking to get Unstuck, Revitalized, and re-inspired…

A Star Is Born: Rome’s MAXXI Shines Bright

Rome’s hottest iconic museum for modern art and newest star burns brightly near the Flavian Stadium. The Museo delle Arti XXI/ Museum of the Arts of the Twenty-first Century showcases…

Feeling of Victory: Vrooming on a Vespa

Had I gone pazzo/crazy? I could hear the voices of tourists expressing their less than favorable opinions of Italian drivers as I fastened my helmet. Between my experience and genuine…