In 1775, the Marquis de Sade wrote of it, “I have never seen anything more striking.” Granted, the crypt was to his tastes. Mark Twain wrote about it in his 1869 book Innocents Abroad. When Twain asked one of the monks what would happen when he died, the monk responded, “We must all lie here at last.” And lie there they do. Some 4,000 Capuchin fria...

A new cooperation project between Enel Foundation and the Fulbright Program, an educational and cultural exchange initiative between the Italian and US Governments, will offer four internships to US students in the fields of electricity, energy transition at large and climate mitigation, to be carried out at Enel Foundation in Rome. The scholarship...

Al via la terza edizione di "Meraviglie - La penisola dei tesori", il seguitissimo programma condotto da Alberto Angela, che sarà trasmesso anche su Rai Italia. Quattro le puntate di questa nuova stagione, che costituiscono un viaggio tra opere, luoghi, sistemi di vita assolutamente particolari che testimoniano la creatività e l’ingegno dei nostri...

While looking for more information on the photos I saw in November at Biblioteca Nazionale di Rome’s Sala Pasolini, I came across a fascinating website (in English!) that provides every single location in Rome frequented by Pier Paolo Pasolini. “Pasolini Roma” provides a virtual tour of sites relevant to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s filmmaking and writing...

The Alberto Sordi Museum and Foundation said Friday it would hold a show marking the 100th anniversary of his birth in the great actor's Roman villa from March to June this year. The foundation proposed the exhibit and the administration of Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi agreed to it, the foundation said.  The show will be in "various areas of the villa...

Rome’s Mausoleum of Augustus is set to reopen to the public this spring following a €6.5 million restoration funded by Italian telecommunications company TIM, according to Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica. The monumental tomb of Rome's first emperor is destined to become a major draw for tourists, after decades of abandonment, and is expected...

Italians are very serious when they talk about pizza. You may not know that there are two different pizza philosophies in Italy: the romana and the napoletana, one comes from Rome, the other from Naples. ARE YOU ROOTING FOR NAPLES OR ROME? Let’s start with the history. Even though Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans had some “prehistoric” pizzas, the bir...

A mega exhibition of more than 200 works of art from Raphael will open in Rome in March to mark the 500-year anniversary of the death of the Italian Renaissance master. The exhibition, which opens on March 5 at the Scuderie del Quirinale, is the culmination of the world-wide celebration of the artist, who died in Rome on April 6, 1520 at the age of...

Palestrina is a town not far from Rome, at the foot of Mount Ginestro. Here, the Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia (or Fortune of the First Born) was built in the 2nd century BC: inspired by the monumental complexes in the eastern Aegean Islands, today it is considered one of the most relevant examples of Hellenistic architecture in Italy. In its day...

Around 10million self-taking tourists cram into Rome's streets and around its ancient sites each year. But it wasn't always so. These fascinating vintage pictures taken in 1956 show a far less hectic Eternal City. The black-and-white snaps were captured by photographer Allan Hailstone, from Coventry, on a trip to Rome as a schoolboy in August 1956...