The famed Seven Hills of Rome – i Sette Colli di Roma – Palatine, Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Quirinal, and Viminal have loomed over The Eternal city ever since its existence. Though the city now contains more than seven hills, (like The Janiculum, for example), these seven were the ones all contained within The Servian Walls, which w...

The Barberini family, an aristocratic Italian dynasty, attained enormous riches, power and influence in 17th-century Rome, peaking with the election of Cardinal Maffeo Barberini as Pope Urban VIII in 1623. The two-decade long pontificate of the new Barberini pope - a passionate patron of the arts - was marked by ecclesiastical, diplomatic and cultu...

If you’re looking for a really original way to get to know Rome, if you want to discover the secret of the dreamy atmosphere that makes it so truly unique and inimitable, try a trip on Tramjazz.The Stanga 1947 model isn’t just any old tram; it’s a legendary vehicle, the first “bendy-tram” in the capital, the jewel of the historical collection of AT...

The Rape of Proserpina is a masterpiece by the great Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini, on view inside Rome’s Borghese Gallery.  It was commissioned by cardinal Scipione Borghese, a patron of the arts, and executed between 1621 and 1622. Bernini was only 23 years old when he executed the sculpture.   The subject of the sculpture is taken from O...

Roman cuisine is as iconic as the city it was born in, with many of its most typical dishes having become integral part of our national food tradition, from carbonara to pasta alla gricia, all the way to deliciously cheesy supplì and decadent carciofi alla giudia, artichokes  fried in plenty of extra virgin olive oil, twice.  The name itself of thi...

The small villages off the town of Viterbo, in Lazio, central Italy, are rather unremarkable as a whole. One of them however has been attracting tourists and artists since the Sixteenth century. The Sacred Grove of Bomarzo, better known as “Monster Park of Bomarzo” is an astonishing work of art with a touching story to it. The slanted terrain it is...

Ever wondered what a walk through the history of art would feel like? The Palazzo Barberini and the Galleria Corsini, one museum split into two galleries, comes pretty close. It is to be experienced as a passeggiata of incredible depth and richness, that will make you travel from the 13th to the 18th century, taking you from Gothic, sacred art to g...

There is no more enduring symbol of Rome than the Flavian Amphitheater, aka the Roman Colosseum. It was built by the Flavian Dynasty – Emperors Vespasian, Titus, and Domition – over the course of some 25 years in the first century AD and remains the largest amphitheatre, or open-air venue, ever built. Almost 2,000 years ago it served the same purpo...

There is a fairground carousel in the parklands of the Villa Borghese. In the evenings, as we made our way home after a day out, we liked to stop for a ride. Sometimes it was late, the merry-go-round empty, the horses still. But the old attendant knew us. He cranked up the motor and, as the lights flickered, I lifted Sophia onto her favourite mount...

St Peter’s Basilica is one of the many symbols of Rome. Majestic, elegant and towering, overlooks the near square and is admired even year by millions of visitors. Let us find out the history and some interesting trivia about this artistic and architectonic masterpiece. August is about to end which, strange but true, this is also one of the best ti...