Holy Week Calendar

Palm Sunday – April 1 – marks the beginning of Settimana Santa, or Holy Week, in Rome. Here’s a brief schedule for attending services over which Pope Benedict will preside. More info is available on the Vatican website. Sunday, April 1…

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Dining Near the Forum

I recently received an e-mail from an Unofficial Guide reader asking about the best places to dine near the Roman Forum. The Forum “complex,” which includes the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Colosseum, and Trajan’s Market (and, to a lesser extent,…

Getting Into the Vatican Museums

It’s getting ever more difficult to get into the Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani), home to some of the world’s most precious and recognizable Western art including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. The Vatican recently raised prices to €13 (ca. $17) for a…

Getting Real In Rome’s Ghetto

An interesting article from the New York Times today profiling the rising real estate rates in Rome’s Ghetto. The area, bordered by the Tiber, Campo de’ Fiori, and the Campidoglio, has long been one of our favorite spots in the…