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...

Many strains run through Italian cooking, and the Jewish influences in Roman cuisine extend far beyond the prevalent carciofi alla giudia (Jewish-style fried artichokes). Cucina ebraica romana (Roman Jewish cuisine)  is a fusion of culinary influences and styles springing from the religious community’s various geographical origins. Iberian and Medi...

Google is a tool that is now an integral part of the daily life of each of us. Searching for songs, recipes, information and much more on the well-known search engine is a natural action, almost like drinking a glass of water. Among the numerous Google tools there is Destination Insight which is part of Google Travel Insight, useful for monitoring...

An 11th-century castle. A grove of olive trees. The remains of an ancient Roman villa. Views of St. Peter’s Basilica on the horizon. The terrain surrounding and comprising the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club on Rome’s outskirts that will host the 2023 Ryder Cup is quintessential Italy. And no one knows that better than fashion designer Lavinia B...

Rome is an immense, multifaceted, grandiose capital city. Perhaps the only real metropolis among Italian cities. For an on the road trip, starting from a photo catching a glimpse of the Isola Tiberina, embarking on a cross-cutting route, rather than the architectural grandeur that tells the story and the glories, exploring the most fascinating and...

The 5 most beautiful lakes in Lazio where you can spend your holidays away from the noise of the city and enjoy the spectacle they offer in peace and quiet. The Lake of Nemi Lake Nemi is located 33 km from Rome in the Colli Albani, is 33 metres deep and 1.5 km long and is 316 metres above sea level. Lake Nemi is in the heart of the Castelli Romani,...

Italians call their home country il bel paese for good reason. “The Beautiful Country” more than lives up to such a lofty moniker with miles of gorgeous coastlines, soaring mountains, and lush terrain stretching from the tip of the boot in the south to the peaks of the Alps in the north. Italy is synonymous with incredible food, glorious wine, anci...

These three recurrences in August suggest that a reflection on Europe is timely: the birth of Altiero Spinelli on August 31, 1907; the founding meeting of the European Federalist Movement in Milan on August 27 and 28, 1943; and the death of Alcide de Gasperi on August 19, 1954. Spinelli and De Gasperi, two Italian statesmen, belong to a group of me...

All roads lead to Rome” the popular saying goes about the eternal city. Of course, like for any saying, there is some truth to it. Just like the consular roads end and start from Rome, also one of the most famous historical itineraries was created to connect Rome with the rest of Europe: the via Francigena. Let us see the paths of the Via Francigen...