The New Roman Times was created and is run by me, Laura Itzkowitz. I’m an award-winning American journalist based in Rome. While I write about Italy for many publications, this newsletter is different. It’s a bit more personal (though sometimes I write personal essays for traditional media outlets, and I will link to them when I do). It’s a bit more niche and granular, devoting more space to places and people that might just get a passing mention in my articles. It tells the stories behind the stories I write for publications like Travel + Leisure, AFAR, Fodor’s, Hemispheres, and others. I bring to it the perspective of a seasoned journalist with a decade of experience in the field as well as an American living in Italy and navigating daily life here. I hope it will entertain, inform, and enlighten you.

I decided to call this newsletter The New Roman Times as a play on Times New Roman (I am a writer after all) and as a nod to newspapers like the New York Times and the Times of London. It certainly won’t be published with the same frequency as those papers, but my aim is to write about people, places, and things in Rome and beyond that matter to Romans and anyone who loves Rome. That might mean an in depth feature about an under-the-radar place like the Sacro Bosco di Bomarzo, a 15th-century Mannerist park filled with larger-than-life stone sculptures an hour from Rome. Or an interview with a local business owner or artist who you might meet on a future trip to Italy. Or the story behind a dish I ate during my travels and instructions for how to make it at home.

I also want to know what you’re most interested in reading about, so don’t hesitate to get in touch and tell me. I sometimes dedicate whole issues to answering reader-submitted questions, such as this one offering some advice for traveling in Italy in July and August and this one responding to a reader trying to plan a beach getaway to Sardinia after visiting Rome. To ask me a question, email or leave a comment on any of the issues.

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Laura is a Rome-based journalist who covers travel, arts and culture, lifestyle, design, food and wine for publications like Travel + Leisure, AFAR, Hemispheres, Architectural Digest, Fodor's, and others.