In Rome, NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli covers crises and eats well
After more than 30 years in Rome, where she lives with her husband, Piero Benetazzo, a retired foreign correspondent for a major Italian daily, Sylvia Poggioli has an intimate sense of the changing city, its people, its politics, and its food. She walks or bikes everywhere — she says this is good for her health — minding the weaving cars and heaved cobblestone roads. Home is the charming Trastevere section in the center of Rome. From there, in the last three decades, she has covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, the war in Bosnia, and the plight of refugees fleeing the fighting in Libya to Italy’s southernmost islands. For the past year, the European financial crisis has consumed her time. Today, she is shopping for vegetables at a market she knows well.