Tag - vatican

December 2015

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 [...]

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 [...]

November 2015

Bulgari’s domvs exhibit Rome

Bulgari’s designs are much about the magical city of Rome. Which is why the designer has debuted an exhibition about it’s main muse, ‘Bulgari & Rome: Eternal Inspiration’, on display at their New York store until November 25th, with 40 timeless pieces that directly reference Italian monuments. In fact, it was behind the Spanish steps, in Via Sistina, that the founder [...]

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 [...]

August 2015

Best markets in Rome

   Rome’s markets: you don’t have to look far to find the best tomaoes and more delicious Italian products at their freshest. Markets can be found in every rioni (or district) of Rome and are called mercati rionali. Rome locals buy their produce from the descendants of the very vendors their grandparents bought produce from. Banter is expected and usually happens in Romanaccio [...]

July 2015

Movies set in Rome

We’re molto spoilt for choice with epic movies filmed in Rome. Here is our pic of our top favs. Enjoy with popcorn and red Italian wine.Roman Holiday It is the first American movie that is entirely shot in Rome, Italy. A true, good and stylish romantic comedy, contrary to popular belief, is hard to make. 50s, without a doubt was the golden age [...]

Did you know John Keats and Shelley were buried in Rome?

The Protestant Cemetery of Rome Rome’s non catholic cemetery for foreigners in Rome is a beautiful day out, worth it for the sculptures alone, and off the beaten track Rome. Established in 1738, there are 4000 graves. Open: Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Last entrance is at 4:30.) Sundays and holidays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Last entrance is at 12:30.) Keat’s TombIt’s easy to [...]

THE MARBLE FOOT STREET in ROME

Via del Pie di Marmo translates to “Marble Foot Street”, and that’s exactly what you will find on it. A giant, ancient marble foot, clad in a sandal. It’s one of the wonderful things about exploring Rome, finding interesting treasures around each corner.It is named after a large marble foot perched on the side of the street that is all [...]