The Rise and Fall of Rome Found in Layers of Arctic Ice

A new study shows how scientists can learn about Ancient Rome from layers of Arctic ice.

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Upper Floors of the Colosseum Open to Visitors

Beginning on November 1, the Colosseum’s fourth and fifth floors will open to visitors for the first time in more than a generation. These upper sections contained the “nosebleed” seats, from which regular ancient Romans could watch gladiatorial combats and…

Rome’s Newest Rooftop View

Rooftop views from Rome’s Rinascente

Italian Capital of Culture 2018 Will Be Palermo

Congratulations to the city of Palermo, which has been awarded the distinction of Italian Capital of Culture for 2018. The Italian Culture Ministry (Ministero di Beni Culturali) awards the prize each year in an effort to promote tourism. Along with…

For the First Time in More Than 20 Years, the Facade of St. Mark’s Basilica is Scaffold-Free

With so many ancient structures in need of constant upkeep, Italy is no stranger to scaffolding. Venice’s St. Mark’s Basilica, in particular, is known for constantly being under repair.

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Rome’s Ancient Pantheon to Begin Charging Admission

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

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…