Imagine being able to experience the Colosseum in a similar way to how an ancient Roman citizen would have experienced it.  The new night tour of the Colosseum’s underground passages and arena floor promises to do just that.  “La luna sul Colosseo” (Moonlight over the Colosseum) experience isn’t new, but for 2022 it offers a new path through the ma...

The Fondazione Sicilia and the American Academy in Rome have announced the selection of the inaugural Fondazione Sicilia Affiliated Fellowships at the American Academy in Rome following a competitive selection process. In the category of visual arts, the artist duo Antonella Genuardi and Leonardo Ruta won. In the humanities competition, the scholar...

When, in the 1920s, farmers on the Via Appia Antica in Rome in search of a space for garden produce opened the doors of that sort of bunker they found, by lamplight, wheelbarrows, pickaxes, work benches, sacks of bricks and a cool, humid temperature. Those constant 17 degrees that guaranteed the optimal environment in summer and winter for growing...

Raise your hand if you like time travel? Well, not that I can actually see any of your hands, but I would assume some of you have them up — or at least thought about it. And why wouldn’t you? The idea of traveling back in time appeals to so many of us. In fact, if I could have one superpower, it would be the ability to travel through time, but sinc...

New technologies have enabled us to travel even by just moving a finger on our smartphones. Here tourism has become somewhat virtual. And we have noticed it in these two years of lockdown and pandemic. Enabling it was the innovation introduced in 2007, just 15 years ago, by Google, which after changing our lives with the Maps application, launched...

There were scenes of euphoria on the streets of Rome on Wednesday night after local team AS Roma beat Dutch side Feyenoord 1-0 in the inaugural Europa Conference League in Tirana. The winning goal was scored by 22-year-old Nicolò Zaniolo, in the 32nd minute, to grant the Rome club its first major European title since the Fairs Cup in 1961. Zaniolo,...

Beyond Los Angeles, few cities hum with the memory of cinema’s golden age as loudly as Rome. In the 1950s and ’60s, the Italian capital had more cool per capita than anywhere on the planet. Both responsible for and synonymous with the fashion, music, nightlife – and, of course – cinema of the day, Rome was at the centre of it all, with the biggest...

For some years, the buzzing sound of mechanical digging has been emanating from a green-screen enclosure standing beside Rome’s monumental avenue, the Via dei Fori Imperiali. This is because an excavation site lies entrenched between the broad avenue and the adjacent portion of Caesar’s Forum, which is open to the public as part of an archaeologica...

Writing about Agostino Tassi concisely and without falling into immediate preconception is difficult, but it is also very interesting because the artist, the greatest quadraturist of the early Baroque, in this case is decidedly overpowering as a thug. Probably as a result of his conviction for a brawl, served in part on the grand ducal galleys, he...

Stazione Tiburtina, Rome. Here I am, ready to discover the new Grand Tour from Rome to Paris launched by Venice Simplon-Orient Express, a homage to the great voyages of the Golden Age of travel. The same carriages where Graham Greene set his Stamboul Train, and Agatha Christie imagined Murder on the Orient Express. I ask myself, ‘What am I going to...