It’s Raining… Rose Petals in the Pantheon?

Yes. You heard me right. It's raining Rose Petals in the Pantheon. Or, at least it will be, on June 4, 2017 - which is the date on which Pentecost falls this year. The Oculus. Hint: it's not just a VR device. If you are privy to some of the best Rome insider tips, you may have already been told to head for the Pantheon when it rains. Why? Because the gigantic, 27 foot

Uber Tour in Rome

What's Uber? Before we talk about Uber TOUR in Rome, first we must talk about Uber. If you haven't heard of UBER by now, you've probably been living under a rock. The company has been all over the headlines, both positive & negative - with articles ranging in topic from tests with self-driving cars to the war with taxi drivers (of which Rome is a current stage) to

SCIOPERO! What to do when there’s a strike in Rome.

SCIOPERO. The word makes me shiver whenever I hear it. Traffic. Chaos. The entire public transportation system thrown into question. Flights delayed or cancelled. No taxis to get around. It sounds like a nightmare, but a strike in Rome, as all around Italy - it is a very real problem. It's also very common. If you happen to be in Rome when there is a strike, or know

Father’s Day in Italy – Ideas to Celebrate!

While our U.S., U.K, Canada etc. friends have to wait until June for Father's Day -- we here in Italy celebrate it a bit sooner. Father's day in Italy falls on March 19, just three days away! Why, you ask? Look no further than Italy's longstanding Catholic tradition. We celebrate Father's day on the feast of St. Joseph (for those of you not in the know - that would

Sunrise in Rome: when the city awakens

From the top of a mountain to the coast of the sea, the sunrise is always magical. Now, try to imagine the spectacular natural event of the sunrise in Rome, when the early morning light meets the architecture of one of the most crowded cities in the world. I have always seen Rome overfull of visitors: there is only one moment when the city is empty, when I can be alone with my beloved Rome.

5 Things You Should Never Ask Your Italian Waiter for Fear of Being Ridiculed

I have to admit where this post comes from. I love eating, and eating well. But my stomach just doesn't hold large quantities of food at a single time. This puts me in quite the pickle when eating out in Italy. Portions in Italy are smaller than they are in the US, but still generous. I usually end up getting tricked into partaking of some appetizers (antipasti), which

A Domus Aurea VR Experience with the Oculus Rift

OK. We admit it. Us Romans are spoiled! Our patrimony is so vast and overwhelming, that we're really hard to impress. We tend to take our ruins for granted. We undervalue their importance. Where else in the world would you find a landfill entirely made of thousand year old amphorae fragments? It seems, however, that Italy's Ministry of Culture is up to the task grabbing

Vatican Night Tour: a special evening at the Museums

When we talk about Vatican Museums, the first thoughts are always about the long line or the crowd. But what if I tell you it’s possible to do a Vatican Night Tour? From April to October, the Museums organize openings every Friday evening: unique events that you should not miss! I can hear you saying: “Wait, why is it so special?” Well…

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Have you ever seen the snow in August?
We have! Every year on August 5th, the snow will cover the Basilica of St. Maria Maggiore during a special ceremony.

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