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February 2015

Red, red wine

 A glass of red wine a day, keeps the doctors away. But with 330 DOC’s (Denonimazione di Origine Controllata  – the Italian wine classification system), at least 350 common wine grape varieties and 20 regions, where to begin?Common Italian Red Wine Grapes Sangiovese A grape with many names planted throughout Italy, Sangiovese is the main grape of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino in Toscana. Nebbiolo A grape that [...]

Aperitivo inside an ancient Roman stadium

        An aperitivo, in an ancient Roman stadium, underground. Feel like an archaeologist, with a glass of wine. They say all roads lead to Rome, but if you sight see with us, roads lead underneath ancient Rome, to the hidden corners of the old city. Allow us to show you around this once in a lifetime opportunity, and recently uncovered site. Sample [...]

Spanish Steps in Bloom

  The Spanish Steps definitely has to be one of the most beautiful meeting points in the Eternal City. The best time to see them is in May, when the Spanish steps are decorated with pink Azaleas. Here are ten facts about the Spanish Steps. 1. In the piazza, beside the steps, on the right, is the house where English poet John [...]

January 2015

Colosseum: 35 million donated by TODS

        Diego Della Valle, the managing director of Tod’s, has donated 35 million euros to restore the Colosseum. Here, he is using fashions millions for a good cause, to help restore one of the most beautiful monuments in the world. An Italian marketing mastermind for an architecturally worthy cause. Work started in December 2012. With the damage evident, [...]

Day trip from Rome: Tivoli

Tivoli would make a beautiful day trip from Rome. A short drive from Rome, Tivoli is an ancient town that dates back to 1215 BCIn ancient times, just about anybody who was anybody had a villa in Tivoli, including Crassus, Trajan, Hadrian, Horace, and Catullus. This getaway to the Roman countryside has a nice mix of history and nature. Tivoli [...]

Minerva

Minerva, Rome’s multi tasking deity, was the Roman goddess of wisdom, war and medicine. Not to mention, weaving, crafts and magic. She is depicted with an owl, for wisdom and a shield, to represent her status as warrior goddess and is the Roman version of the Greek goddess Athena. Like Athena, Minerva was born from the head of her [...]

Best Baroque monuments in Rome

Baroque marvels await you at every turn of the mind blowing maze that Rome is. But, where to begin? The best way to see Rome would be by booking a tour with Italy’s Best. In the meantime, here are some of our favourite Baroque monuments and masterpieces by Bernini, Borromini and Caravaggio.        Baroque is a period of artistic style [...]