Italian Magical Mystery Tour

ILLUSTRATION FOR TIME BY PETER AND MARIA HOEY

People say that John Keats' ghost haunts his house below Rome's Spanish Steps. And, according to legend, a dragon lurks beneath the columns of Castor and Pollux's temple in the Forum. These are just a few of the tidbits to be found within the new Rome edition of The Ruyi, a series of guidebooks (www.theruyi.com) that turn visits to Italian cities into intriguing treasure hunts.

Springing from the fertile imagination of Venetian writer Alberto Toso Fei, this game-as-guide centers on a hunt for the Ruyi of the title, a mythical magical scepter stolen from Kublai Khan...

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