We might as well get the cliches out of the way: Leonardo Da Vinci was a genius of unparalleled stature. During the course of his life, he created some of the greatest paintings of his (and any other) age, as well as inventing machines and recording anatomical observations that wouldn’t be surpassed for centuries. However, we often overlook the som...

Many artists worked at the Trinità dei Monti convent, next to the church of the same name, opposite the iconic Piazza di Spagna’s 18th-century staircase. One of them was Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820), who decorated the cell for father Le Sueur – one of the convent’s erudite monks – with a run-down Pantheon meant to inspire meditation on the...

Without a doubt, the city of Rome, also known as the 'Eternal City' has touched the hearts and minds of many. Proverbs such as "All roads lead to Rome" are no accident but instead come about due to the enormous feats that this empire created, such as an impressive road network of over 50,000 miles spreading its culture, politics, trade, commerce an...

“Late have I loved you, beauty so ancient and so new.” When reflecting on my semester studying abroad in Rome, Italy, these words of St. Augustine come to mind. Not only do they aptly describe how living in Rome sparked my own love for beauty, but they also remind me of my experience volunteering with the Missionaries of Charity at San Gregorio tha...

Rome archaeologists have presented the well-preserved remains of a ancient Roman workshop with large-scale furnace, or kiln, used in the commercial production of glazed ceramics and tableware, at Palazzo Corsini in the city's Trastevere district. The hidden treasure, complete with earthenware bowls, pots and kitcheware, was discovered under the law...

As have many peoples and cultures around the world, Italy and Italians have exhibited an infinite passion for music for centuries. Italian music in particular boasts a reputation that is tightly bound to the names of important individuals, from singers to orchestra conductors and composers. In reality, the renown of music from the Bel Paese could n...

“Il mercato USA apprezza molto il Made in Italy anche come espressione della nostra cultura e quindi il nostro artigianato che è sinonimo di alta qualità manifatturiera. Tuttavia, dobbiamo fare di più per aiutare i produttori italiani perché spesso si insinua un concorrente sleale che mette sul mercato prodotti contraffatti oppure che evocano origi...

The Romanesco artichoke variety is widely considered among the best. Its shape, size and almost round flower head make it the ideal artichoke to be stuffed. It’s mainly grown on the coast north of Rome near Ladispoli and Cerveteri, and used in kitchens around the world. It derives from the castellammare and campagnano cultivars and produced in the...

The ruins of the sumptuous Domus Transitoria, once decorated with gold leaf, precious stones and mother of pearl, lie next to a well-preserved 50-seat latrine used communally by builders and slaves. Nero claimed to be a descendant of Aeneas -- a legendary hero of the Trojan War, as Homer tells it in the Iliad -- and was a big fan of Trojan heroics....

Spring is the ideal season to visit the beautiful gardens of Italy. One to take note of, which is about to reopen for the season, is the Garden of Ninfa in Cisterna di Latina, near the walled hill town of Sermoneta, about 80 km south of Rome; it’s possible to plan it as a day trip from the Italian capital. The Giardino di Ninfa is a ‘Natural Monume...