Rome’s ultra-wealthy took weekend trips here to party. Powerful statesmen built luxurious villas on its beach, with heated spas and mosaic-tiled pools where they could indulge their wildest desires. One resident even commissioned a nymphaeum - a private grotto surrounded by marble statues, dedicated solely to ‘earthly pleasure’.   More than 2,000 y...

A 15-year-old boy, known as Simone, has become an overnight internet sensation after standing up to far-right activists during violent protests in Rome. The teen defended minority groups alone while hundreds of far-right activists marched in the streets of the Roman suburb Torre Maura. And the video went viral in hours. The protesters were demonstr...

Tuesday, April 16 at 6:00 PM, Rainey Lecture Room, Penn Museum (3260 South Street, Philadelphia). Free admission. Brian Rose, Ph.D., Peter C. Ferry Curator-in-Charge, Mediterranean Section. In this lecture, Dr. Brian Rose reviews new archaeological discoveries in Rome and Pompeii during the last 30 years. In Rome, in particular, increased construct...

Rome has more fountains than any other city in the world. You can live here for 5 years, visit a new fountain every day and still you wouldn’t have seen them all! They are free to view and open both day & night and that makes them a popular attraction.  Add to the fact, that famous artists throughout the centuries have designed and laboured on thes...

Continua inarrestabile la crescita del turismo nelle città d'arte italiane: hanno chiuso in crescita anche il 2018, con un aumento sostenuto sia degli arrivi (44,4 milioni, 600 mila in più rispetto al 2017) sia delle presenze (da 110 milioni a 113,4 milioni, il 26,3% delle presenze complessive in Italia che hanno toccato i 430 milioni). Il rapporto...

The way that tourists and locals consume the history of Rome is about to change. In an article published in Forbes, Italian travel writer Livia Hengel reports on how technology is changing the way that people view the historical sites scattered around Rome. Spearheading the project are Italian physicist Paco Lanciano and Italian television host and...

Covered in frescoes by Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel is truly one of the unmissable spots in Rome. There is something so unworldly about the celestial paintings in this Vatican church. You may be completely surrounded but once you look up, the crowd fades away and you cannot help but be astounded by the detail in the colorful ceiling and walls o...

Gladiators: the stars of the ancient Roman world: but it’s not gold all that glitters.  Before Pompeii and Hercolaneum were rediscovered by archaeologists in the 18th century, we knew relatively little about them and the way they lived, but today, also thanks to the findings coming from these  two cities, we can reconstruct fairly well the way thes...

A beloved icon of la dolce vita and modern Italian culture, the stylish scooters are celebrated in a small permanent exhibition located beneath a bike hire store near the Imperial Forum. Visitors who venture into the basement of the Bici & Baci shop will find a Vespa shrine with vintage models from across the decades. On display alongside the scoot...

Teatri, musei, gallerie, biblioteche: l'Italia è un immenso giacimento culturale. Misurando la quantità dei siti culturali il portale Holidu ha fatto una classifica delle città perfette da questo punto di vista, quasi un Grand Tour delle 10 città con più cultura d’Italia. Come disse Elio Vittorini “La cultura non è professione per pochi: è una cond...