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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
tours around rome
Alternative Itineraries to Enjoy in the Towns Outside the Eternal City    Tours near Rome: Bracciano   When people think of travelling to Italy one of the first places they think of visiting is Rome, and while the Eternal City should definitely be experienced once or twice, the country has so many other beautiful spots to choose from. If you want to experience the real Italian way of living, if you wish to immerse yourself in a genuine Italian countryside, if you
Monday, December 12th, 2016
Protocol Visiting St. Peter's Basilica
  Vatican City is the home of the Holy See, the body politic of the Roman Catholic Church and the jurisdiction of the Pope. Although the terms "Vatican City" and "Holy See" are often used interchangeably, the Holy See actually extends much further than the walls of the Vatican. The Holy See is the governing authority of Roman Catholic institutions everywhere, and the Vatican City is its home base. The closest analogy is to consider the Vatican City the seat of a federal government, and
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
fountains rome
    The Baroque fountains of Rome: Fontana di Trevi   Rome is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. I mean, let's be honest. Sooner or later we all have to get back to work. And the prevailing atmosphere in your typical eternal city is, well, it's just not conducive to that. Not even when the only work you are doing is following a travel itinerary. Why go back to "work" when you can spend every single day here marveling at one astounding masterpiece
Monday, October 17th, 2016
romantic places rome
 The 5 Most Romantic Places in Rome   Bridge on the Tiber River. Romantic Rome Ph.   If you're travelling to Rome with your partner, there are 5 incredibly romantic places you will not want to miss, especially if you visit the Eternal City during the summer. Visiting these places with your loved one can provide a lifetime experience, a Thousand and one Night story to be told to you friends and make them envious for decades!   Roman Holiday
Friday, September 30th, 2016
jewish rome
Great Synagogue and Jewish Ghetto in Rome Ph.   The Synagogue: This massive building was erected between 1901 and 1904 and designed by V. Costa and O. Armanni. The synagogue stands in the area in which the old ghetto used to be before being demolished by King Vittorio Emanuele II after Italy became united (1870). The king rebuilt the ghetto and gave full Italian citizenship and civil rights to Rome's Jewish community. Since old examples of other
Monday, September 19th, 2016
opera in rome
Rome’s Opera House The official opera house of Rome was originally known as Teatro Costanzi, from its founder Domenico Costanzi. In 1928, the theatre was bought by the Rome’s City Hall and became know as Teatro Reale dell’Opera (Royal Opera House). Today it is known simply as the Teatro dell’Opera. Of course not only operas are featured, but also ballets and other major cultural events are held here.   Rome's Opera House (SpirosK Photography/Flickr)   Before Rome became
Friday, July 8th, 2016
porta portese market
  Chestnuts in Porta Portese. Ph. Giorgio M. on flickr (   Flea markets, thrift shops, farmers’ markets—they have them in every city. You may have already discovered the rush of finding a diamond in the rough, of bargaining for a hidden gem, yet if you haven’t visited the Porta Portese market in Rome, you haven’t seen it all. Rome’s open air market is open from 7am until 2pm on Sundays and is a place where you can buy countless items at great prices. The
Friday, June 17th, 2016
nasoni rome water
Ancient fountain in Rome Ph.   In the world today few things are free, water included, the definitive gift from nature. Many are familiar with Rome’s famous fountains, but few seem to realize that the water coming from the fountains is not only free, but clean and drinkable. So when you’re in Rome be sure to take a sip from the waters of the Eternal City!   Notice this nasone's hole and SPQR coat of arms   The Nasoni: A Draw
Friday, June 17th, 2016
While Rome entices with its extraordinary monuments, Trastevere, one of its many distinct neighborhoods, captures the traveler's heart.   Trastevere, which translates literally to "across the Tiber," was once considered the outskirts of Rome. Allowed to develop its own flavor and now part of il centro storico, it's the perfect place to glimpse a bit of the old world while still enjoying the lifestyle of today's Romans.   Often described as Bohemian, homes bedecked with flower
Thursday, November 26th, 2015
thanksgiving in Rome
The Bird's the Thing   Every continent has a form of "thanksgiving:"  Africa has Kwanzaa, India has Pongal  and China has the August Moon Festival. Even in Italy, when the country still was a predominantly agricultural society, the time of harvest was associated, from north to south, with celebrations and fairs, some of which are still alive today. This is all to say that cultures celebrate the end of the harvest with
Thursday, August 20th, 2015
cats of rome
Cats in Rome are very acquainted with its ruins   When you first arrive at the Torre Argentina cat sanctuary, you are subconsciously reminded of the children's game where the object is to find items hidden in a drawing. As you glance around the ruins of the four temples you spot a black and white feline curled up amid the broken columns, another lazes along the top of the wall, blending in with his coat of gray and white, and a solid black one brushes past your legs. You begin to
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
best restaurants rome
Updated April 2015!   Every year, the famous culinary magazine-website-publishing house Il Gambero Rosso publishes a series of "best of restaurants": from best eateries in each of the main cities in Italy, to the top ten of, say, cheap-and-cheerful cafés, Il Gambero Rosso provides a pretty complete overall guide to the best places to eat in the country.  Of course – and it wouldn't be normal if it weren't so – critics' choices are often, well, criticized. Up to
Thursday, February 26th, 2015
rome transportation
 Public transportation in Rome   In a city of the size and stature of Rome, one would expect a good public transportation system. Europe's other major capitals have set a high standard, offering a variety of extensive and efficient options. After all, petrol prices are far higher in Europe than in the US, so Europeans had to be more innovative with transportation options. Consider London or Barcelona, where the underground map is based on a design that once won a prize at the
Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Travel Diary Rome 2011, July     They say that there are certain sense memories we carry with us throughout our lives. I always thought that was a beautiful idea, however, it had never happened to me.   At least, not until I returned to Italy.   We were on the train, looking through the watercolors of the countryside at 300 km/hour. I could feel the warmth of the sunflowers through the window. We arrived at Termini and I was immediately struck. I was home. Again. I
Saturday, August 30th, 2014
rome budget
If you're like me,  you've dreamed of seeing Rome like a movie star, staying in the Grand Hotel and dining in the best restaurants. But if, again like me, you don't exactly have a rock star budget,  fear not: there are less expensive ways to enjoy this amazing city. In many ways, these cheaper options give an even  better feel of  Rome's true essence, and may help you to love it even more.    Hidden corners of Rome Ph.
Thursday, May 29th, 2014
A spectacularly beautiful city, Rome is, surprisingly, not as expensive as London or Paris. The centre is also fairly compact, which makes it a good walking city. The best and cheapest ways to see Rome are walking and catching public transport, although the extremely heavy traffic and crowded buses and metro are not pleasant. Taxis may not be the best option if you're on a budget, as they tend to be rather pricey.   If you're in Rome, but don't have much cash to spend, you'll still
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. This famous English saying encourages people to behave like locals and adapt to local customs and habits when visiting a place. This is important if one wants to avoid awkward situations, however, even if it is certainly nice to integrate with local people and feel part of a culture, sometimes it's better to think twice before acting.  Not all Italians behave properly and there are certain habits you should not embrace, as they don't truly belong to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Castello Papi della Magliana - Entrance - Photo courtesy of   In the past, when popes wanted to escape the stifling summer heat in Rome, one of their preferred destinations was Castello della Magliana. Located near the Tiber in the old Magliano area outside Rome, the castle is first found in written history when mentioned in an 11th century document as being in the possession of the Santa Cecilia Monastery in Trastevere. The castle's hey day was during the reign of Pope
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Bridge of Love in Rome When one thinks of Rome's Ponte Milvio, also known as the Milvian Bridge, they could be forgiven for not identifying this edifice as a symbol of love. In fact, the opposite has been true for most of the bridge's two millennia existence. Since its very earliest construction in 206 BC, the Ponte Milvio has been a symbol of military might, dedicated to the triumphant victory of Rome over Carthage the previous year in the Second Punic War.   The current bridge, dating
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Making Scents of it All After an afternoon of serious shopping or sightseeing, it would be easy to slide onto one of the modern bar stools at the sleek counter of L'Olfattorio on Via di Ripetta and expect to order an aperitif. However, this is no ordinary saloon, but more of a salon. Instead of "What will you have?" the question is "What scent are you wearing?" The idea here is not to dull your senses, but to heighten them. Stefania Zuccotti At L'Olfattorio, Bar a Perfumes the sole objective
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Only Gothic Church in Rome Façade of Santa Maria sopra MinervaBasilica Sanctae Miriae supra Minervam is a minor basilica located in the ‘Pigna’ district – Piazza della Minerva, near the Pantheon – and is considered the only Gothic style church in Rome. It holds the remains of  St. Catherine of Siena, proclaimed a 'Doctor of the Church' in 1970. Also the painter Beato Agelico, proclaimed the universal painters patron (1984), Cardinal Pietro Bembo (writer and humanist) and Medici Popes:
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Finding just the right gift to take home for someone can be as much fun for the giver as for the recipient. These Trastevere shops, located across the Tiber from the city center, all provide unique (but not weird) and useful (but not boring) gift ideas. You won't find cookie-cutter chain stores here, but rather one-of-a-kind places with their own singular ambiance. Sometimes hard to spot, tucked away in corners and having non-descript doorways, it isn't always obvious what treasures are
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Pantheon Dome The pantheon is one of the most recognized, and oldest monuments still standing in Rome. Originally built as a temple to all of the Roman gods, the Pantheon (originally built around 27 BC) was torn down and rebuilt by emperor Hadrian around 120 AD. That structure is the same as the one you will see when you visit today. The Pantheon is the oldest intact structure still standing from the Greco-Roman world, and has been used completely throughout history.     The Pantheon at
Friday, June 1st, 2012
More Tours of Rome   Piazza di SpagnaUntil you’ve tasted, touched and experienced Rome, you’ll not know the historical authority and wonder this spectacular Italian City demands in its spectators. There’s a tremendous presence about the ancient Roman people, land and the numerous sights this City offers. As a matter of fact, it’s said more than once that a lifetime isn’t long enough to see Rome, instead chose what suits you. This is quite true. Find what interests you and enjoy every bit of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Rome - The Trevi Fountain Rome is a very good choice for a trip if you are a single woman. The city is quite safe overall and offers a range of entertainment and excitement that can satisfy all your needs. Of course, travelling alone could present some risks, whether you are a male or female. Luckily, simply using common sense is more than enough to enjoy your stay in Rome while being safe. The center of the city is rather safe even for a lonely traveler: there are always people in
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Taking Rome Home Luxury souvenir shop with a lot of products Have you ever wondered who buys those glittery miniature coliseums, spoons with the pope's likeness and bronze-like gladiator figurines? And more importantly, why? Whether you call them knick-knacks, keepsakes or kitsch, Rome is chock-full of souvenirs. An informal survey of vendors and tourists provided a glimpse into which products sell best, and what buyers have to say about their choices. Piazza di Spagna was the first stop.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Have you noticed that peculiar pavement of dark cube-shaped stones that the roads of Rome are paved with? These stones are called ‘sampietrini’ and the treacherous space between one another make them a high-heeled lady's worst nightmare. As for the drivers: hit the brakes on a wet sanpietrini pavement, and you'll wish you had ice-skates instead of wheels. Most of Rome’s historical center and main streets, are paved with Sampietrini since, having space between one another, allows the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
 Rome is one of the best-known cities in the world and the list of things to see and do here are almost endless. Your first contact with the Eternal City should be walking the streets of the historic center to better acquaint yourself with what Rome has to offer. Strolling among sixteenth and seventeenth century palaces and rich Baroque churches, we come across gathering places such as Campo dei Fiori and Piazza di Spagna, shopping areas such as the streets Via Condotti and Via del
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Rome Childrens Guide See also Italy with Kids This is a short guide to activities specifically designed for children. A treat to offer them to alternate traditional sightseeing of the Roman Forum or St. Peter's with something that's more child-oriented but can be fun for grown ups too. Indoor activities Time Elevator (Via S.S. Apostoli, 12 - off Via del Corso, 260) One of Rome's newest and most fascinating indoor activities. On board this time machine, you and your children will learn
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Tours of Rome   St. Peter by nightRome was magnificent, overwhelming and our launching pad upon arriving in Italy. We just arrived on a direct flight from a New York City airport after our fabulous wedding. My wife and I had always dreamt of visiting the “old country,” as our grandparents put it. We were both raised in Italian-American homes and only had a distant glimpse of our heritage. After overcoming jetlag, the first thing we attempted to do was to figure out where to go first. There is
Friday, June 1st, 2012
E.U.R. – Esposizione Universale Roma Universal Expo of Rome - An oasis in the city EUR is one of the most beautiful and modern residential areas of Rome. It was commissioned by Benito Mussolini during the fascist era and was originally known as ‘Quartiere Europa’ (Europe’s Quarters, or E42), but is better known as E.U.R. – Esposizione Universale di Roma (Universal Expo of Rome). Its modern and rationalist architecture makes it one of the most outstanding living areas of Rome, some even call
Friday, June 1st, 2012
History of Via Della Conciliazione Via della Conciliazione is the most disliked avenue in Rome. It is a relatively short street, running east/west from the Castel Sant' Angelo on the north bank of the Tiber (here swinging southwest around the historical city centre) to the magnificent Piazza S. Pietro. The walk from the Castel to the Piazza engenders an almost ethereal state of mind and heart. There's a sense that the street, the basilica, the avenue leading not only one's feet but one's
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Rome is a very mysterious city, as we all know. In a period of  27 centuries, of solid, uninterrupted, urban city life, ghosts became part of the city's history. Some are more famous than others, but wonder abounds in these noble palaces, monuments and forums, tied to the events of their past, still looking for eternal rest. The most famous ghosts of Rome certainly belongs to Beatrice Cenci. A beautiful, young, girl who lived toward the end of the 16th century, belonging to one of the oldest
Friday, June 1st, 2012
castel sant'angelo rome
  Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome Ph. depositphotos/GekaSkr   If you are visiting the ancient city of Rome why not stop to see the Castel Sant'Angelo, the mausoleum of the Emperor Hadrian? Named for the gorgeous statue of the Archangel Michael on the roof, today the building is the home of the Museo Nazionale de Castel Sant'Angeo. Erected on the shores of the Tiber the structure is located close to the Vatican and was once used as a military fortress.   The Tomb The Castel
Friday, June 1st, 2012
A Vast Assortment of Festivals and Events to Attend It was a crucial year in Rome - the year of 1911. Everywhere among the tiny villas speculators were stirred up at the exposition taking place in the "Belle Arti." People started recognizing architectures of true value, like the Modern Arts Gallery, the British Academy of Luyens, the Palazzo di Guistizia of Calderoni, the Gallery of Colonna. Exiting the expo world, an inauguration of the controversial monument of Vittorio Emanuele II of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Rome - story of Festivities in Rome - Events in Rome Roman times festivities: Speaking of Rome, and seeing that we are in the Christmas holiday season, let us turn to the subject of Roman festivities. It is well known that the ancient Romans, who dominated the world, liked to enjoy themselves and were certainly not averse to amusement, the more so because they observed a religion that was all but monotheistic, involving instead the veneration of a very long series of divinities. Aside from
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Tiber ( Il Tevere ) Many think that the Tiber is yellow because it became an open sewer over the centuries. Well, believe it or not, the Tiber may be a natural blond, and its a lot less polluted than many other European rivers. As a matter of fact, the Tiber is the main ecological gateway for various animal and plants species throughout the Lazio region. Over 1300 plant species - a good 45% of the region's biodiversity - belongs to the Tiber. The river is a lot better off than his European
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Ride as the Romans Do - With Caution   Imagine a whirlwind tour of the Eternal City - the Forum, Coliseum, Castel Sant'Angelo, Vatican, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and Spanish Steps as today's Romans do; from atop a bicicletta. The best time to peddle through this gorgeous city is from May through September, when the historic center is closed to autos and motorini every second Sunday of the month. During this time, the city center is nicknamed Isola Verde or "Green Island" referring to the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Dressing Up Old as New One of the fun things about shopping in Rome is the variety of great resale boutiques. If you enjoy snooping around second-hand stores, you are in for a treat because there is a wide range and something for every budget. Starting with the broadest assortment of merchandise, "Mercatino" is a juicy find. Founded in 1995, this re-sell franchise has 170 locations in Italy, including seven in Lazio and three in Rome. Its website at www.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Stalls in Via Sannio open air market People living in Rome are accustomed to open air markets and their bustling shopping experience. Traditionally, tourists visit the historical places of any region they are visiting and look for the architecture, museums, sightseeing and alike. However, I believe that for a tourist it is a complete cultural experience and a chance Fish Market to meet ordinary citizens as well selling their stuff in open air. The best way to explore any city is to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Famous Festival All Through the Night To view more pictures please visit the forum about this topic: The White Night fireworks at the white night   The ever amazing Roman sunset light was spreading gold powder on tall pine trees and huge marble balconies. Warm, orange sunlight shone on the microphones of the big stage on the terrace in Gianicolo, where the Maori Manala company was rehearsing one of the approximately 400 events which enlightened he 5th edition of 'Notte Bianca'. Poetry,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Vittoriano at Piazza Venezia After being closed for years and years, the "Vittoriano" at Piazza Venezia was recently reopened to the public. This monument, otherwise known as the "Altare della Patria " (altar of the nation) was nicknamed by the French, because of its appearance, "La grande tarte" (the big cake). Altare In fact the monument looks just like a gigantic wedding cake decorated with cream and meringue. The Roman population, known for being very direct in expressing its views, has
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italy’s Largest Train Station Termini Station train Rome Rome's Termini train station is Europe's second largest station, only Paris' Gare du Nord, sees more travelers. The name derives from the nearby ruins of the Baths of Diocletian, hence the name ‘Termini’ from 'Terme' for baths. After the opening of the two papal railways: Rome-Frascati (1856) and Rome-Civitavecchia (1859), and having another couple of railway lines on the drawing board, a problem arose: should Rome have a train station
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Shortened Opera (La Piccola Lirica) is an original formula of reduction, which without mutilating the opera of their arias and essential music, offers an agile and innovative reading of the most celebrated masterpieces of lyrical repertory. The shortened opera The accurate adaptations which add historical suggestions and citations where they have apparently been removed, the creative direction which interprets and inserts significance, linking music to the theater, to the best, recitation
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Eating, Drinking & Shopping Tour of Rome   Via del CorsoWhen you visit Rome you’ll have to set some time aside to embrace more than its deep history. Touring Rome would be incomplete without embracing the food & drink, the nightlife and the shopping. Rome has maintained its reputation when it comes to great festivals and feasts. Even in ancient times the Romans were known for their ability to celebrate with food and drink. In order to capture Rome for all it has to offer take some