The Orto Botanico in Rome's Trastevere district offers a beautiful escape from the bustle of the city’s streets. For images of paradise, visitors flock to the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. Yet the Orto Botanico, its azure flecked with parakeets – a recent invasive species – provides an earthly alternative for which you needn’t stand in line....

It almost felt torturous to watch the premiere of Stanley Tucci's Searching for Italy in February this year. The CNN series debut came right on the heels of initial vaccine distribution — a time where normalcy, including the ability to travel overseas again, seemed so far away, yet also so close. You could almost taste it. But still, I became enrap...

Following the success of the Raphael 500 exhibition, the Scuderie del Quirinale returns with a new show marking another important milestone: the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri. Titled Inferno and running from 15 October to 9 January 2022, the exhibition will comprise more than 200 artworks from over 80 museums, public collections...

Last May, the remains of a beautiful Roman mosaic floor were found under a northern Italian vineyard. This caused great excitement and was a fresh reminder of ancient Romans’ huge influence on our wine culture. Roman soldiers who marched north to conquer Gaul, as France was called then, and other parts of Europe carried great amphorae of wine along...

The Roman church of S. Ivo alla Sapienza - a masterpiece of Baroque architecture designed by Francesco Borromini - has undergone the first phase of a major restoration project after it suffered earthquake damage five years ago. The special superintendence of Rome is overseeing the restoration of the magnificent church complex which was designed by...

The expression "ottobrata romana" generally conjures up images of basking in Rome's Indian summer sunshine in October. However the phrase has its origins during the time of the traditional vendemmia, or grape harvest for wine, when Romans would hop on horse-drawn carts and head to vineyards outside the city walls for wine-soaked festivities. This t...

Last July Tirana hosted the conference ‘Montessori Road – I 100 anni del Metodo Montessori. Le case dei bambini nel mondo‘ (Montessori Road – 100 Years of the Montessori Method. Children’s Homes Around the World). The event was organized by the Le Talee Association of Rome, in collaboration with the Opera Montessori of Rome and with the patronage o...

In a city as old and large as Rome, there's bound to be interesting nooks and crannies that fly under the radar. As it turns out, one of those semi-secret spots has been hiding right under the noses of millions of tourists — beneath the Trevi Fountain, to be exact. Federica, the local tour guide behind the Instagram account @livevirtualguide, re...

Its Italian name is “Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti” and composed of 12 ramps and 135 travertine steps, it is considered the widest and longest staircase of Europe, welcoming millions of tourists and Romans who visit at all times of the day. Its central position in the city of Rome allows it to be an inevitable stop for everyone walking through...

The Italian government is to propose Rome as a candidate to host the 2030 Universal Exposition, or Expo, premier Mario Draghi announced on Tuesday. "It is without doubt a great opportunity for the development of the city," Draghi wrote in a letter to the candidates vying to become the next mayor of Rome in elections this weekend. The news was welco...