Capodanno is, on the Italian calendar, the second most important holiday in the season,  just after Christmas and just before Epifania. From a religious point of view, of course, the day of the Befana is more important – and not because of the Befana – but all in all, we tend to celebrate the 6th of January, the day when the Wise Kings met Baby Jes...

Lunchtime, somewhere in Trastevere, Rome. The lard is sizzling in the pan, wine is poured by bartenders and the delicious aroma of slow cooked lamb fills the air. Roman cuisine is all about strong flavours and generous portions, with nutritionally-heavy dishes. This is a cuisine shaped by the poor people, the result of a culinary tradition that had...

While there are enough attractions in Rome to keep you busy no matter how long your vacation, should you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the Eternal City, or are looking for new parts of Italy to explore, you don’t have to travel far to do so. About an hour’s drive northeast of Rome, you’ll come across the Sabina, or Sabine Hills, a pastora...

Rome will illuminate the city hall building at Palazzo Senatorio with a light show of Roman Renaissance drawings over the Christmas period. Titled Nascimento. Ispirazione Romana, the project will see city hall lit up with Renaissance images of a city model "based on the concepts of harmony, symmetry and proportion." In addition two landmark buildin...

Many are the Italian cities where every year local traditions are carried on and events are held to celebrate the festivities. Here are some of Central Italy’s Christmas markets that come to life every year in the month of December. Here it is possible to find many gift ideas or local and traditional products. Furthermore, you will live the magic o...

It's not easy to capture images of the International Space Station (ISS) from down here. The space station orbits Earth at a speed of 17,500 mph (28,000 km/h) and it's visible only as a tiny speck of light when seen from below. Imagine that small speck flying over the Rome Colosseum and you'll understand why this photograph is a once in a lifetime...

The Temple of Venus and Roma, located in the Roman Forum opposite the Colosseum, has undergone a €2.5 million restoration sponsored by the luxury fashion house Fendi. The results of the 15-month project, which included structural work and new lighting, were unveiled by Fendi and the Colosseum Archaeological Park on 20 December. Fendi, founded in th...

When reading up on a place where unending successions of peoples become part of that place’s tapestry and of its layers of development down through time, I find a mind boggling collusion between geography and history that won’t let up. This is exactly the experience I had while researching the Abbey of Montecassino. Montecassino. A rocky hill with...

Rome's fountains are only part of the wide variety of treasures scattered around the city. Many of them have a very long history and were designed and then built during significant periods in the history of Rome and Italy as a whole. In the squares and streets of the capital, you can see how important the issue of public water (and freely accessibl...

The radical revamp of Italy’s Cinecittà Studios, which has been underway since May, is gaining traction with a rise in occupancy of its sound stages and backlot, realistic prospects for profitability, and new state-of-the-art filming facilities on the way, according to managing director Nicola Maccanico. Maccanico, a former Warner Bros. and Sky Ita...