Tag - Medici family

April 2015

Michelangelo: The Divine one

 Did you know that Michelangelo Buonarotti was known as the ‘divine one’, during his lifetime? He was considered the greatest living artist in his lifetime, and has since been held as one of the greatest artists of all time. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Barberini Bees Rome

   Bumble bees are carved into marble and wood, woven into curtains, and dominating just about every square in Rome. The bee is the crest of the powerful Barberini family. The Barberini family were originally a family of minor nobility from the Tuscan town of Barberino Val d’Elsa, who made their money as wool and textile merchants. Their influence peaked [...]

Treasure Hunt: Dragons

   Dragons of Rome What better way to explore the maze of Rome, than a treasure hunt. By looking for particular details on different monuments, you will appreciate and rediscover well known buildings in a completely new way. Thus, benefiting from more details that the traditional guidebooks don’t give you.   Discover the history and legends of Rome’s monuments [...]

January 2015

Best Mini Squares in Rome

What are the best ‘mini squares’ of Rome? Whilst the bigger more famous, Bernini made squares will be in your Rome guide books, the mini square,whilst they may not be as touristy, do offer magnificent ‘madonelle’, churches and wine bars to tempt you with.  A mix of off the beaten track and on the main drag, blink and you’ll miss [...]

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 [...]