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December 2015

St. Peter’s Basilica transformed into work of art

A picture of a lion is projected onto the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica, as part of an art installation entitled ‘Fiat Lux: Illuminating our Common Home’ as a gift to Pope Francis on the opening day of the Extraordinary Jubilee, at the Vatican, on December 8th, 2015. The St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican was transformed [...]

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 [...]

June 2015

Flashback Rome: go back in time

What shall I do this weekend in Rome? I want to become Caesar for the day, so it’s time to head to Flashback. Three women running a small photographic studio in the Borgo area of Rome can make your dreams come true with a touch of their magic and a chosen robe, from their extensive wardrobe. Whether it be Renaissance [...]

April 2015

The Pantheon

The PantheonThe Pantheon boasted the worlds largest dome when it was built. Today, it is the oldest most intact ancient Roman building in the world. The original Pantheon was built by Agrippa, Augustus’ most successful general, in 27 BC. It was a rectangular building dedicated to all the Gods of the Greco-Roman Pantheon. The term ‘pan’ means all and ‘theon’ [...]

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 [...]

Orvieto: Ideal day trip from Florence or Rome

Orvieto is an ideal day trip from Florence or Rome, as it’s reachable within one hour, has gorgeous countryside views, Luca Signorelli fresco masterpieces,  exquisite food and top notch wines. Orvieto’s fascinating underground tunnels carved out some 3,000 years ago by the Etruscans. In the heart of the town, there is an enchanting underground itinerary  made of caves rich in archaeological [...]

February 2015

Flowers Fiori Flora

Spring is almost here in Italy. Let’s have a look at some of Italy’s favourite flowers. First of all, a lesson on flowers. Floris – Of the flower, also singular. Fiori – Flowers Flora – Flora is the Roman Goddess of flowers, is associated with Spring. Her festivals, the Floralia, were from April to May. I come down from Florence and am Flora, This city takes its [...]

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 [...]