Alexandra Turney

Can you name the seven hills of Rome? Even most locals struggle to remember, but along with the Palatine and the Capitoline, the Aventine is one that everyone should know. The Aventine is often overlooked by visitors, who assume that …

Most Roman emperors liked to get out of Rome every now and then. Julius Caesar, Nero and Caligula favoured Baiae in Campania, enjoying its mild climate, thermal baths, and, in Nero’s case, opportunities for matricide. Fearing assassination, Tiberius left Rome …

The influence of the powerful Medici dynasty can be seen everywhere in Florence. Palazzo Vecchio was once the home of the Medici; the Uffizi Gallery began as a collection of Medici art; the churches of Florence are filled with famous …

One of the most macabre and moving self-portraits in the world is in the Borghese Gallery in Rome. It’s not labelled as a self-portrait – it’s David with the Head of Goliath. This late painting by Caravaggio depicts the young …