CITIES, CULTURE AND ART in Italy

In this Blog you will find The insights, the curiosity and the advice that will be useful and will accompany you in your days in Italy.

Animal sculptures in Rome

Animal sculptures are hiding on every street corner and piazza in Rome, so next time you are sat, sipping a cappuccino, have a look around. Some are hidden and some are staring you right in the face! How many have you noticed? Here are a few of our favourite. LionsPiazza Campidoglio The stairs leading down from the Capitoline hill, have an [...]

Jean Michel Basquiat exhibit at Rome’s Chiostro del Bramante

Jean Michel Basquiat exhibit at the Chiostro del Bramante A tribute to late New York artist Jean Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) is being held at the Chiostro del Bramante, until July 2017. Showing 90 pieces of his large works on canvas boasting his distinctive style, this exhibition explores the origins of street art and graffiti. A native New Yorker from Brooklyn with Haitiian [...]

Made in Italy

Made In Italy with Italy’s Best We love everything about Tuscany, but most of all the expertise and craftsmanship that to this day has managed to maintain it’s deep rooted traditions. Here we have three examples: A leather bound and hand illustrated atlas, from the Gallileo Museum in Florence. Michelangelo’s compass. A Florentine cobbler repairing a shoe. Want to discover the best Italian handcrafted items? [...]

Civita di Bagnoreggio

Civita di Bagnoreggio 120 kilomteres from Rome, not far from Viterbo, is a small village called Civita di Bagnoregio, which perches on top of a mountain in a small hamlet owned by just 30 residents, and inhabited by 7 people. Needless to say, somewhat exclusive! A step back in time no doubt to a quaint medieval town which has been crumbling for [...]

Exciting Italian Masterpieces exhibition in Rome with works by Bernini & Caravaggio

From Carravaggio to Bernini: 17th century Italian Masterpieces from the Spanish Royal Collections An exhibition running at the Scuderie del Quirinale between the 14th of April to the 30th July 2017 displays a selection of paintings from the Spanish Royal Court of the 17th century, reflecting the close political ties between Spain and Italy during that period. The Hapsburg dynasty were given [...]

The Colosseum: An Icon

“The Colosseum: An Icon” A fab new exhibition ‘The Colosseum: An Icon’ opened this week at the Colosseum, on the first floor of the Amphitheatre and runs through to January 2018. Ideal of you are looking for untold stories associated with the monument. Six million tourists a year visit the Colosseum, to marvel at its architectural genius and imagine the gladiators [...]

Nero’s Domus Aurea: The Golden House

Nero’s Golden House: Less is definitely not more when it comes to the Roman domus. A new virtual tour of the Emperor Nero’s Gardens, and access to his golden house has opened in Rome, where tourists are given virtual reality headsets to listen to projected films which guide them with a 3D vision of life as it was during the [...]

Bridges of Rome

A bridge was meant to be crossed, and when in Rome you will see a number of bridges that cross the Tiber, you simply must visit. We all know that London is famous for its bridges and stories that go with them, but less is said of the stories of those in Rome. If you visit Rome you can’t help but [...]