St. Peter's Basilica is located in the small Papal State of the Vatican in St. Peter's Square in Rome, the majestic facade and its dome visible from every corner of the city make it one of the iconic places of the city of Rome. St. Peter's Basilica is the largest Christian church in the world, symbol of the Catholic Church and seat of the Pope. Con...

Ahead of the Catholic Church’s Jubilee year in 2025, restoration plans have been unveiled for Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s soaring Baldacchino (Baldachin), the 17th-century canopy that towers over the main altar of St. Peter’s Basilica, ceremoniously covering the tomb of St. Peter beneath it. The €700,000 (about $762,000) restoration will be funded entir...

Friar Paolo Benanti wears the plain brown robes of his medieval Franciscan order as he pursues one of the most pressing issues in contemporary times: how to govern artificial intelligence so that it enriches — and doesn’t exploit — people’s lives. Benanti is the Vatican’s go-to person on the technology and he has the ear of Pope Francis as well as...

For the first time, the Vatican is allowing the public to enter a necropolis. On November 17, it opened a gate along its walls to enter the Via Triumphalis Necropolis, an ancient Roman burial ground that lies beneath Vatican City. It is replete with marble sarcophagi, open burial graves, and Roman mosaics and frescoes. The tombs date between the 1s...

St. Peter's Basilica, the world's largest church, stands as a testament to breathtaking architecture and awe-inspiring sculptures. Behind the scenes, a new generation is being trained in the delicate art of preserving the ancient treasures through a revitalized apprentice system.  The new program aims to address the scarcity of skilled restorers an...

The Vatican is celebrating 50 years of the Vatican Museums’ Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art. Commemorating the anniversary as a significant moment for the museum’s youngest collection, the Holy Father met with world-renowned artists in the Sistine Chapel. Addressing them, he praised – like his predecessor Paul VI – the beauty of art, sayi...

Last month we introduced you the Italian company Kefa and their project to produce the first watch in the world that bears the emblem of the Vatican City State and the personal coat of arms of Pope Francis on the dial and back, respectively. When we met the founders of this company Gianluigi Di Lorenzo and Carmelo Caruso, we were impressed, even be...

Today we are telling you a all-Italian story in which we glimpsed all those elements that were imbued in the stories of our loved ones, our grandparents and all those people who with courage, spirit of innovation, imagination and trust set off towards new worlds to build new opportunities, taking their dreams and affections with them. This is a mod...

Rome has unveiled dozens of major infrastructural projects to be carried out ahead of the Vatican's Jubilee Year 2025 when millions of pilgrims are set to arrive in the Italian capital. The city's mayor Roberto Gualtieri, who is also Italy's extraordinary commissioner for the Jubilee, presented the first phase of the plans to Pope Francis during a...

Right in the middle of Rome, within the Vatican City rises the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world. Its impressive dome stands out over all the other roofs of the Eternal City, while the Vatican Museums know that what they hold inside goes beyond the value of the Sistine Chapel alone.  The beating heart of Catholicism,...