Tag - Roman Empire

December 2015

Rome via Babuino fountain restored by Brioni

The Fontana del Babuino on the central Via del Babuino, by the  Spanish steps, is undergoing a €25,000 restoration, sponsored by Rome-based clothing company Brioni and overseen by the city. The renovation works on the fountain, currently in poor repair, will take 50 days. Located beside the Chiesa di S. Atanasio dei Greci, the statue depicts a reclining Silenus, the half-man, [...]

What to do in Rome this Christmas?

Rome is a top Italian city to visit during the Christmas holiday season and the place where the celebration of Christmas originated. The first Christmas mass was said at the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore and the earliest known permanent nativity was created for the Rome Jubilee in 1300. Here are the top Rome Christmas sights during the Christmas holiday [...]

Pope Francis opens St Peter’s Holy Door to launch jubilee

Pope Francis opens St Peter’s Holy Door to launch jubilee. What’s what, and what you need to know: Pope Francis pushed opened the huge bronze Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica on the 8th of December, in Rome to launch the Catholic Church’s “Year of Mercy”. Tens of thousands attended a Mass in St Peter’s Square for the start of the Pope’s “revolution [...]

November 2015

Rome in the winter

It’s no secret that we love Italy, but we especially love Rome in the autumn and winter. Why? There are many delicious food festivals to devour, be it the wine, truffles or chesnut festival. It’s a food-lovers dream. During the first and second weekends of October head to Soriano nel Cimino, just a few kilometers north of Rome, for the Sagra della Castagna, or [...]

October 2015

Top Ten things to do in Milan

Heres our top ten things to do in MilanThe Last Supper Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper is undoubtedly Milan’s best-known attraction, but tickets are almost as hard to get hold of as front row seats for a Prada fashion show. Those lucky enough to enter the hallowed refectory (attached to the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie) get 15 [...]

Marmore: the highest waterfall in Europe

“Horribly beautiful” – thus Lord Byron described the Marmore Waterfall, which he saw in 1817 during his Italian Grand Tour; he was so impressed by the falls’ grandeur and the roar of waters he wrote about it in the poem “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage”. The cascata delle Marmore has captured the imagination of writers and painters since the 16th century and was [...]

September 2015

Best views of Rome by day and by night

Where are the best spots to get the most beautiful views of Rome? PincioA beautiful fairytale like backdrop of a city from the Pincio, a balcony within the villa Borghese gardens. Definitely worth the effort to climb up the Spanish steps and make way to these beautiful gardens, dotted with white 230 marble busts. Once upon a time, it was outside the [...]

Best wine bars in Rome

Best wine bars in RomeWine bars: ‘Enoteca’ and ‘Vinoteca’ With these words, you will be welcomed with a wine, and most likely by the in house somellier. With tapas style snacks, to match the wine, more often that not, this will be included in the price of a wine, before dinner, around 6-8pm. A typical Italian tradition, which began in Milan. Most [...]

A day in the life of ancient Rome

Go shopping at the Roman Forums Every town had a big open space where people met, heard the latest news and went shopping. This was the ‘square’, or ‘fora’ in Latin, hence the Roman Forums. High streets were lined with lots of shops and farmers markets. Shops sold olive oil, pottery, cloths, food, wine, meat and spices. Romans love their bakeries too. Farming was important [...]