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Three Lesser-Known Architectural Sites in Rome
Published on Monday, October 14, 2019 by The beauty of Rome is that the city’s vast collection of art and architecture means there’s always something different and unexpected to see beyond the usual tourist haunts. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler to Rome looking to discover new sites or a first-time visitor seeking to escape the crowds, on your next trip to Rome, visit these lesser-known archite...
Molise Will Pay People $27,000 to Move There and Start a Business
Published on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by Molise, one of Italy’s lesser-known and rural regions, has been experiencing a population decline as residents increasingly move to urban areas. So Antonio Tedeschi, a regional councilor, had an idea: Entice people to move to Molise by paying them $27,000 to settle there and open a small business. "I want my region to undergo a renaissance and avoid its authe...
Rome to Relocate Cobblestones on Major Streets
Published on Sunday, August 25, 2019 by When you think of images of Rome, you probably think of the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain and, of course, the cobblestone-lined streets that have been an iconic part of the city’s landscape for centuries. Unfortunately, as beautiful as the cobblestone streets are, they are also becoming more of a nuisance. According to an article in The Local, the blocks are too e...
Don’t Swim in the Trevi Fountain
Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 by Italy is cracking down on misbehaving tourists and bad behavior. First, it's handing out fines for blasphemous cursing, hanging in a hammock and brewing coffee in unacceptable places. Now, tourists need to be aware that stepping into Rome’s 18th-century Trevi Fountain is not allowed either and if you’re thinking about taking a dip in this historic monument, throw ...
Rome Bans Sitting on the Spanish Steps
Published on Monday, August 5, 2019 by If you are a fan of the 1953 classic film Roman Holiday you probably want to walk the same Spanish steps that its stars Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn walked when you visit Rome. Walking up or down the steps is okay, but just don’t plan on sitting down on them. It could cost you hundreds of dollars in fines. This Spanish Steps regulation is just one of the many...
Explore the “Google Maps” of the Ancient Roman Empire
Published on Thursday, July 25, 2019 by What’s the old expression? When in Rome do as the Romans do, right? What about the Romans from centuries ago? Many tourists visit Rome because they are interested in its rich history and plan to visit such iconic spots as the Coliseum and the Forum of Caesar, but there’s only so much you can see with the naked eye. Picturing the daily life and times of those wh...
New “Gelato Restaurant” Opens in Rome
Published on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by Geppy Sferra’s new gelato-themed restaurant stands out from the 1,400 other gelaterias in Rome: It is the only one to serve a full dinner menu, with gelato incorporated into each dish. Gelateria d’Essai, in Rome’s Centocelle neighborhood, employs chef Marco Mezzaroma to invent creative dishes and spin traditional favorites that include gelato. “My goal is t...
Gucci to Restore Rome’s Tarpeian Rock
Published on Saturday, June 1, 2019 by Gucci will pay 1.6 million euros to fund the two-year restoration of Tarpeian Rock in Rome which badly eroded last year. The project, a partnership between Gucci and the Capitoline Superintendency, is called “Tarpeian Rock, Between Legend and Future.” The Tarpeian Rock is located on the Capitoline Hill and overlooks the Roman Forum. The 80-foot cliff was an exe...
Domus Transitoria Reopens in Rome
Published on Thursday, April 25, 2019 by For the first time, the public can see how Emperor Nero lived in his first private palace, the Domus Transitoria, which opened this month after a 10-year restoration. The palace has been off-limits for centuries, since it burned down in the Great Fire of Rome. After a fire destroyed the Domus Transitoria (Transit House) and much of Rome in July of 64 AD, Emperor Ne...
Easter Week in Rome
Published on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by Easter (Pasqua in Italian) is a magical time to visit any part of Italy. In 2019, Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 21st.  The Easter season  is filled with food (yes, even Easter eggs have made their way here), family and religious rituals.  But there's something very special about spending Easter in Rome, with the Vatican taking center stage in the fes...