Tag - Caravaggio

March 2015

Borghese: Beautiful day out in Rome

   The Borghese gardens and villa is one of Italy’s Best top recommended sites to visit in Rome. With the Borghese’s beauty, art, views over the city, nature, treasure hunts and a boating lake, it really does have it all. It is Rome’s answer to Central Park in it’s enormity, and being an escape from the city, within the centre of [...]

January 2015

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 [...]

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 [...]

January 2014

Ruins from the Flavian Dynasty in Rome

Remains from Domitian’s Palace on Palatine Hill Part of Rome’s charm and appeal is the juxtaposition of the modern with the ancient as traces of nearly all eras of the Eternal City’s past can be found throughout. Just like the Julio-Claudian Dynasty, there are ruins remaining from the Flavian Dynasty, the Roman Empire’s second reigning dynasty. Here are some of [...]

Roman Emperors: The Flavian Dynasty

The Colosseum was known as the Flavian Amphitheatre Following the fall of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty, Rome underwent its first Civil War since the defeat of Mark Antony in 30 BC; this time was known as the Year of Four Emperors as the year 69 AD saw, well, four emperors starting with Galba (June 68 – January 69) then Otho [...]

Remains from the Julio-Claudian Dynasty in Rome

The obelisk in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, which was brought to Rome by Caligula Although the Julio-Claudian dynasty ended in flames as the Great Fire of Rome occurred during the reign of Nero, the dynasty’s fifth and final Emperor, there are still remains to be found from this era all throughout Rome. Five of our favorites are listed below. 1) [...]

Novels Set in Ancient Rome

I, Claudius and Claudius the God, both by Robert Graves and both set in Rome The fact that we’re born and bred Romans doesn’t render us jaded when it comes to being mesmerized by the Eternal City’s magnificent history. From Rome’s founding in 753 BC to its current role as Italy’s capital, it’s no wonder that an estimated [...]

Italian Director Paolo Sorrentino

Italian Film Director Paolo Sorrentino (photo: Wikipedia) As proud fans of the cinematic work created by the talented film industry professionals in our native Italy, we’re beyond pleased that Paolo Sorrentino took home the trophy for Best Foreign Film at the 2014 Golden Globes this past Sunday for “The Great Beauty” (La Grande Bellezza), a gorgeous film depicting contemporary Rome starring Toni Servillo, [...]

December 2013

Barolo Wine Tour

Enjoy a private day-trip with your Italy’s Best tour guide dedicated to a wine of prodigious quality that is worshipped by wine lovers around the globe – Barolo. Travel through the Barolo area of production, and discover some of its 11 villages. The main highlights include: – The tour is focused on the different techniques used by the several wine-makers of [...]