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Meet Pope Francis While Visiting Vatican City
Published on Friday, March 15, 2013 by All eyes were on Rome and Vatican City this week as Pope Francis became the 266th pope in the history of the Catholic Church. There has never been a better time to visit the Eternal City and Italy and  ItalyVacations.com has put together  an amazing package for you to meet the new pope! Meet Pope Francis at a Papal Audience at the Vatican - a once-in-a-lifetim...
What the Pope’s Resignation Means for Travel to Rome
Published on Monday, February 11, 2013 by Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world today with the announcement that he will resign the Papacy effective February 28th. If you have a trip to Rome planned for March or Easter (which is March 31 this year) or you are thinking about visiting Rome in the next two months, there are a few things to know now that all eyes will be at the Vatican during that time: Technic...
News From Rome: Restoration at Raphael Rooms, Colosseum Reveals Colors
Published on Friday, February 8, 2013 by Rome - both an ancient and modern wonder - is constantly evolving. Renovation and restoration are an ongoing part of the landscape of the Eternal City. At the Vatican Museums,  restoration has now finished on frescoes in one of the Raphael Rooms -  the Room of Heliodorus. The rooms are named after the High Renaissance master painter Raphael.  They were ori...
Photos: Christmas Lights in Rome
Published on Thursday, December 6, 2012 by   Rome's Colosseum Rome's Piazza Venezia The Fendi Store Photos by Victoria Reay,  ARoadRetraveled, ndrwfgg...
Protective Barrier to Be Erected Around Rome’s Colosseum
Published on Thursday, November 29, 2012 by Officials in Rome have announced that a protective barrier will be erected around the Colosseum in order to protect visitors and passersby from falling chunks of the ancient structure.  Over the past year, the pieces have presented more and more of a safety hazard. According to Wanted in Rome, "The impassable security barrier will be composed of cast iron and cement...
Happy 500th Birthday to the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel
Published on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Slightly belated birthday wishes to one of the most famous sites in all of Italy - the Sistine Chapel - a must on every tour of Rome. The Vatican beauty turned 500 years young on October 31st. But you don't get to such a ripe old age without some controversy, some are calling for visits to the Sistine Chapel to be limited. The grand dame is a popular lady and five ...
The City of Rome Has New Logo
Published on Friday, October 26, 2012 by The city of Rome has a new logo.  Rome's city council approved the new logo which features a wolf on top of an ancient monument. The wolf is the symbol of Rome. According to The Florentine, "At the centre of a new merchandising campaign, which kicks off in November, the logo will appear on souvenirs, ranging from mugs to T-shirts, hats and even jackets and other gar...
Where to Go in Italy: Visit Rome, Venice, Florence On Your First Trip
Published on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by So you're planning a trip to Italy - probably your first - and can't decide exactly where to go. You're not alone, this is a problem most visitors to Italy have. There's simply too much to see! You need to start with the realization that there is no way you are going to see everything so don't even try.  The key is to prioritize. If it is your first trip to Italy, s...
Site Where Julius Caesar Was Stabbed Has Been ID’ed in Rome
Published on Friday, October 12, 2012 by There were few moments more dramatic in ancient Rome than the stabbing of Emperor Julius Caesar; but until now the details have been murky. Archaeologists from the Spanish National Research Council say they have now pinpointed the location and details of the famous act. According to the Huffington Post, "The scientists said in a written statement that they found a ...
Basta!: Rome Prohibits Snacking On/Near Monuments
Published on Monday, October 8, 2012 by In Rome, they've dubbed it "the War on the Sandwich." Starting October 1, it is  illegal to snack on or near any monuments in the Eternal City. Rome's mayor spearheaded the new legislation. According to NBC News, "Tourists will still be allowed to eat while they walk, but stop with a bag of chips in your hands or sit down while chewing on your panino, and you are...