Massimo Gatto

  • Why the Pope Wears Red Shoes

    March 12, 2013

    The pope’s red kangaroo-leather shoes may symbolize the blood of Christian martyrs, but when red shoes were the height of fashion in Etruscan Rome, that is, five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, they designated the wearer as an aristocrat.

  • A Roman Cat Fight

    November 16, 2012

    Who knows why the Rome edition of the left-leaning newspaper La Repubblica decided to pick on the cat ladies just before Halloween?