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Rome Coffee Prices Face Hike
Published on Sunday, March 26, 2017 by Coffee, a cultural staple in Rome, has long been among Italy’s, and the world’s, cheapest cups of espresso. That may change, though, as coffee prices are set to increase at bars all over the city. Romans, entrenched in the national coffee culture like most Italians, will have to pay 10 to 20 cents more for their morning jolt. Currently, espressos commonly cost onl...
Mausoleum of Augustus To Be Restored
Published on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 by With a grant from an Italian telecommunications company, restoration work on the Mausoleum of Augustus is finally set to begin. The mausoleum, built for Augustus, the first emperor of Rome, is more than 2,000 years old and has been showing its age due to neglect that has allowed it to become overgrown by grass and trees in recent decades. Among Augustus and other prom...
Rome’s Pantheon May Charge Entrance Fee
Published on Friday, January 27, 2017 by The Pantheon, one of the few ancient Roman sites that does not charge admission, is mulling an entry fee beginning in 2018. Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini told ANSA the fee would be low, but did not say exactly how much the monument would charge. Around 7 million visitors came through the Pantheon in 2016, and according to Franceschini, the proposed entry...
Renovated Section of Circus Maximus Reopens in Rome
Published on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by Circus Maximus, an ancient Roman gathering space and chariot racing venue located between Palatine Hill and Aventine Hill, has reopened a newly excavated and renovated section to the public after being closed for seven years. Circus Maximus dates about 2,800 years back to the founding of Rome, when King Romulus ruled the city and hosted horse races to honor the Roman ...
New Star Wars Exhibit in Rome
Published on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 by If you're a fan of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, don't miss a new exhibit at the Vittoriano Complex in Rome is dedicated to the history of the Star Wars movies, which have created millions of dedicated fans over the past three decades. The exhibit, titled Star Wars: Play, showcases more than 1,000 rare and classic objects including toys, action figures, vintage pri...
Travel to Rome & Tuscany With Baseball Greats
Published on Thursday, October 20, 2016 by What are you doing in January? As Mario Perillo always said "off-season is the best season" for Italy and boy do I have a unique opportunity for our guests! Hurry, and be one of the few fans to tour Rome and Tuscany with baseball greats Didi Gregorious, Jim Leyritz and Wade Boggs on Perillo's once-in-a-lifetime 9-Day Baseball Greats Rome and Tuscany Tour! Get ...
New Nighttime Tours at the Roman Forum
Published on Sunday, June 5, 2016 by A new feature will allow the public to see the Roman Forum in a new light this summer – literally, as the Forum will be illuminated by LEDs and open for nighttime tours for the first time. The lights cast white and yellow highlights onto the site’s most famous structures, drawing attention to details on parts of the Forum including the via Sacra, the monument...
New Look for the “Sistine Chapel of The Early Middle Ages”
Published on Saturday, April 2, 2016 by The Basilica di Santa Maria Antiqua has had its light hidden under a bushel for quite some time—through no fault of its custodians. The “Sistine Chapel of the early Middle Ages,” as experts now refer to it, was buried in 847 AD by an earthquake, but has finally be restored. The sixth-century Santa Maria Antiqua fresco-laden interior, indicative of the late E...
New Movie: All Roads Lead to Rome
Published on Monday, February 29, 2016 by There's a new movie out for Italophiles... Sarah Jessica Parker and Under the Tuscan Sun actor Raoul Bova have joined up to star in a new romantic comedy set in Italy, All Roads Lead to Rome, about love and family. The movie, filmed in Rome and surrounding areas, follows uptight, New York City college writing teacher Maggie (Parker) and her unwilling, troubled teen...
Dinner In The Sky Coming to Rome
Published on Friday, February 12, 2016 by One of this year’s most-anticipated dinners in Rome is not for the faint of heart – not because it features unusual food, but because the table is set and suspended five stories in the air. This unique opportunity is the creation of Dinner in the Sky, a fine dining concept that rotates between 45 countries for short periods – it will be in Rome from Sept. 15 to ...
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