Tag: Rome

The Man, the Myth, the Legend: Saint Valentine of Terni

Basilica di San Valentino (facade)

Not many tourists make it to Terni. But many of those who do come to Umbria’s second largest town come specifically to see the church of Saint Valentine.

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Ancient Ruins, Virtual Reality: Archaeological Sites Embrace VR For Enhanced Experiences

Domus Aurea, Sala Ottagona

Last weekend the Domus Aurea, also known as Nero’s Golden Palace, became the latest attraction to offer visitors the chance to wear virtual reality headsets while touring the site.

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Best Places to Kiss in Rome

Before I tell you about the best places to kiss in Rome, you’ve got to really want to kiss and be kissed.

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Rome’s Museums On A Metro Map

Rome is often called an outdoor museum. But the capital also has dozens of museums to explore, not only in the Centro Storico but beyond the walls. Helping us locate all of these museums and galleries is a new map showing Rome’s museums as they relate to metro stops.

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Five Lessons Learned While Living and Traveling in Italy

Roman Forum - Thinking Girl

Reflection is part of the prescription for moving from one year into the next. So while I wanted to write a year-end round-up a month ago, I realized that such an article would not fully capture the joys, sorrows, and idiosyncrasies of being an expat resident and traveler in Italy. Five is an arbitrary number, …

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Rome’s Ancient Pantheon to Begin Charging Admission

Pantheon

The Pantheon, one of the last major landmarks in Rome with free entry, will soon begin to charge admission.

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Palazzo Colonna: A Hidden Palace in the Heart of Rome

The Palazzo Colonna is a luxurious house museum, noble residence, and oasis tucked into one of the busiest areas of central Rome.

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Veni, Vidi, Bici – Luxury Caesar Bike Tour From London to Rome

Photo of Lake Como via Ride & Seek

Ride & Seek’s Caesar bike tour is an epic bicycle tour that will take participants “in Caesar’s footsteps” from London to Rome.

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You Now Have to Pay to See Rome’s “Mouth of Truth”

Truth is, it was bound to happen. Church officials at Santa Maria in Cosmedin, site of Rome’s “Mouth of Truth” (Bocca della Verita), have decided to charge visitors €2 for the pleasure of taking one (just one!) photo with the ancient sewer cover.

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Rome’s Spanish Steps Have Re-Opened Following €1.5m Refurbishment

The Spanish Steps have finally re-opened after a lengthy refurbishment project funded by Bulgari. But will the steps be fenced off at night to keep “barbarian tourists” from trashing them?

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Things I Love (and Hate) About Rome in August

August - Leo and Gemini share a plaque in Piazza San Pietro

The calendar shows that Ferragosto takes place on August 15. The mid-August break coincides with the Assumption of Mary, in the way that Christmas conveniently takes place around the Winter Solstice. The further south from Rome that you go, the more you’ll find towns that celebrate the Assumption. Romans typically use the old pagan name as …

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One Year in Italy: 12 Months of Memories

Amalfi

Living in a new place, especially for an extended period of time, fills me with a sense of duty that I have to write everything down, commit every moment to memory, take a photo every day if not every hour. But eventually, that initial motivation turns to dread and an overwhelming feeling that I should be more …

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Cool Italian Street Art from The Drawing Bike

Rachele del Nevo, aka The Drawing Bike

Rachele del Nevo parks her bike every day on the corner of Piazza Della Rotonda within view of the Pantheon. It is here, right outside of Tazza D’Oro (one of the city’s best known coffee shops) that she sells her one-of-a-kind souvenir drawings of some of the city’s gorgeous landmarks.

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Photo of the Day: A Ray of Light in San Giovanni in Laterano

While hundreds wait in lines in the harsh sun to get into Saint Peter’s, the Archbasilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, also known as the Cathedral of Rome, is practically empty. San Giovanni is the oldest and largest papal basilica in Rome, although it has gone through many reconstructions over the years due to earthquakes, …

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In Rome, Communing Over Coffee

In the mornings after I’ve sent the kids off to school and tidied up the house I go down and have my morning cappuccino.

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The Pantheon On Pentecost Sunday

Boy playing soccer in front of the Pantheon on Christmas Eve morning 2014

Easter may have come and gone but the ceremonies and spectacles surrounding this holy time continue long after Easter Sunday mass at Saint Peter’s. Fifty days after Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate Pentecost Sunday, a day when the Holy Spirit is said to come down to earth. Rome celebrates this day by raining rose petals down …

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In Rome, Hoteliers In Revolt Over State of the City

Selfie Stick seller down by the Colosseum

On Tuesday, coincidentally Rome’s 2,768th birthday, more than 200 city hoteliers wrote an open letter to Mayor Ignazio Marino about the “embarrassing situation” that the capital is facing. As reported in La Repubblica, the members of ADA Lazio, headed by Roberto Necci, said that the city is in a state of “filth and degradation” and is not …

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Natale di Roma: Rome Celebrates Its Birthday

She Wolf in the Capitoline Museums

This post is about the birth of Rome, not about the birth of Christ. Both occasions use the word “Natale” in Italian. For posts about Christmas in Rome and Italy, click here. Most city foundation stories are pretty straightforward. But the origin story of the city of Rome is more akin to something you would read …

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The Colosseum, On High and Down Low

One of the things you need to know about touring Rome (and many other places in Italy) is that if you want to see something really special, then you’ll have to pay extra for it by going on a guided tour. While tours can certainly eat into your travel budget, they can also transform a …

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Will the Vatican Museums finally limit the number of visitors?

The Vatican Museums welcome up to 25,000 visitors per day. Is it time for them to limit the crowds?

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