October 2017

The medieval district of Trastevere

The medieval district of Trastevere in Rome’s beautiful historical centre is a must see and a foodie haven. Trastevere means to ‘traverse’ the ‘Tevere’, in other words on other side of the river, which is a side of Rome brimming with delicious gelaterie and must do boutiques.Santa Maria in Trastevere The church of Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of [...]

September 2017

August 2017

The best 3 churches in Rome

Wandering around Rome, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with a multitude of museums and about a million must see churches. Which is why we have done the work for you, by picking the 3 best Baroque churches. Lets begin with Saint Peters Basilica. Saint Peters BasilicaThe worlds largest basilica housing Bernini’s 1634 bronze Baldacino masterpiece, was designed to overwhelm the viewer [...]

Bramante’s Tempietto in Rome

Bramante’s Tempietto (meaning, mini temple) is off the beaten track Rome beauty at it’s best. A walk up to the Gianicolo hill, from Trastevere will bring you to this hidden corner of the city, with breathtaking views over the the domes of Rome. Bramantes ‘Tempietto’ and the church of Saint Peter In Montorio on this hill is like stumbling [...]

Roman houses beneath Palazzo Valentini

What lies beneath this building is breathtaking….Walking past the 16th century Palazzo Valentini in Rome, you would never think that it was housing an entire maze of ancient Roman houses with exquisite mosaics, waiting to be discovered. It was as much a surprise to them, when they discovered the ruins a mere decade ago, as it was to the Roman [...]

The Roman calendar

Enjoying the month of August? Did you know that Augustus added the month of August to the calendar? There were once ten months of the year. That’s right. The Roman calendar was 10 months, which is 304 days. They ignored the remaining 61 days, which fell in the middle of winter. The months began with March and were named Martius, [...]

Ostia Antica: The perfect day tour

The seaport town of Ostia Antica, is bigger than Pompeii, with minimal crowds, and where the visitor can enter another world. Bakeries, fishmongers and restaurants dating back two thousand years ago, eerily stand empty, but pretty well preserved. Mosaics and frescos are waiting to be discovered and miraculously seem as though they were made yesterday. It’s hard to believe this white marble [...]

July 2017

The Keats Shelley House in Rome

Just beside the Spanish Steps, the Baroque monument that’s on the top of your to do list, is the Keats Shelley Museum. Blink and you will miss it, but it’s definitely worth a visit as one of Rome’s many hidden historic gems. Most tourists don’t realise that the English Romantic Poet John Keats died of tuberculosis in Rome aged 25 [...]

The Rome Carriage Museum

Museo Delle Carrozze D’Epoca: The Horse Drawn Carriage Museum Want to see the original charriots used in the Films Ben Hur and The Gladiator? The Rome Horse Drawn Carriage Museum displays 159 old carriages, which are part of a collection of 600 collected over a 50 year period and on show within a 3000 square foot space. There is even the wagon [...]