Articles by David Levine
The last time I was in Rome, I was 20. I arrived on Good Friday. I spent my first night in a park because I could not find an empty room. Easter weekend is not the best time to be a tourist in Rome. The museums, stores, shops were all closed. I went to the Vatican hoping to see the Sistine Chapel but it too was closed. So I stood with the thousands gathered in Vatican Square and was there when the Pope came out and blessed the crowd. That was cool, but I left a few days later feeling as if I hadn’t really seen Rome.
So when I received an InMail on LinkedIn with the Subject: “Possible Trip to Rome” from Susannah Gold, a person I had never met I was intrigued. She asked if I’d be interested in an all expense paid trip to cover the International Balzan Foundation Prize Ceremony for the sciences and humanities.
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