Rome

Hadrian's Villa - Photo by alessandro0770

Walking in the emperor’s footsteps: Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli

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...
Swiss Guards at the Vatican— Photo by LuckyTD

The Swiss Guards: Pope's Private Army since 1506

After seeing La Guardia Svizzera , or in English, the Swiss Guard, standing at attention at the gates of the Holy City, donned with their halberds,...
The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as Castel Sant’Angelo is one of the main tourist attractions in Rome.— Photo by GekaSkr

Secret History of Italy: the Prisons of Castel Sant’Angelo

When visiting Rome, I like staying close to the Vatican: there’s something magic in seeing “il cupolone” first thing in the morning that I wouldn’t...
Spanish Steps Rome

Spanish Steps in Rome To Reopen Sept. 21

After a €1.5M restoration, Rome’s Spanish Steps are set to reopen on Wednesday. La Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti, as it is known in Italian, was...
Those hot summer nights along the Tiber!

Those hot summer nights along the Tiber!

If you have ever been to Rome in the summer you surely have walked along the waterfront of the Tiber river at dusk. It is a happening place! It is a...
How Much Do You Know About the 5 Triumphal Arches of the Roman Forum?

How Much Do You Know About the 5 Triumphal Arches of the Roman Forum?

When I had my first visit to Rome, I bought a little book from a vendor called “Rome Past & Present.” It has photos of each ruin in the Roman...
Via dei Fori Imperiali Project to Make It Pedestrian-Site By 2017

Via dei Fori Imperiali Project to Make It Pedestrian-Site By 2017

Rome has approved a plan that will make Via dei Fori Imperiali as a pedestrian-only starting in 2017. Buses and taxis can now drive down the street...
The Restoration of Palazzo Venezia's Hercules Room

The Restoration of Palazzo Venezia's Hercules Room

As reported by Italian Press Agency, ANSA, the Hercules Room of 15th-century Palazzo Venezia in Rome is now under restoration and will be open to the...
Hall of Emperors at Capitoline Museums Back To Its Beauty

Hall of Emperors at Capitoline Museums Back To Its Beauty

The famous Hall of the Emperors at the Capitoline Museums in Rome has been restored to its original beauty. The hall is home to the busts of 67...
Villa Giulia's Nymphaeum Has Been Restored By Some Mysterious Donors

Villa Giulia's Nymphaeum Has Been Restored By Some Mysterious Donors

A group of mysterious benefactors have helped the restoration of a part of the 16th-century Villa Giulia that formerly attracted the likes of Giorgio...