Category Archives: Vatican Tours

Michelangelo’s art in Italy: Praise & Parody

Michelangelo may not have been well-known for his social skills, however he certainly knew how to express sensibilities in his artwork. Our Florence art historian guides call Michelangelo’s David the most important artwork ever created, whilst my high school art teacher … Continue reading

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Rome in a day: 7 must-see sites of Italy’s capital city

Rome may not have been built in a day, but can you see the main highlights of Rome in a day? If you only have a short amount of time in Rome, what are the absolute must-see sites to visit … Continue reading

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In the round around Italy: great art on the streets of Italy

Italy is said to house more than half the world’s greatest artworks. But they are not all locked away in museums. Here is a tiny selection of statues seen in some of the streets and piazzas of Italy and the … Continue reading

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Bishops check mates: Vatican survey on relationships

In a week in which Italians have been caught redefining the concept of a ‘quickie’ by seeking fast-track divorces abroad and Pope Francis has suspended the so-called ‘Bishop of Bling’, the Catholic church has also sent out a survey to … Continue reading

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Top Travel Tips for Italy Trips: Communication

Visiting Italy? We’ve created a series of fun videos that provide serious points of Italy travel advice and the first one is out now!         Be sure your immersion into the Italian culture doesn’t turn into a … Continue reading

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Easter in Rome 2013

The Columba – traditional Roman Easter dessert With spring in the air and a new Pope in the Vatican, Rome is certainly a great and exciting place to visit this Easter…and that’s before we even start on the chocolate! Attending Mass … Continue reading

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Habemus Papam Franciscum: All your Pope Francis questions answered!

When white smoke emerged from the Vatican chimneys to signal the selection of a new Pope, loud cheers went out, church bells all around Italy sang out a joyous tune and there was palpable excitement on the streets. Those who … Continue reading

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Conclave at the Vatican

In light of the recent shock resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican has announced today that it has already begun closing off areas of the Vatican for the upcoming Conclave. Here is the communication received by the Vatican:

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Roaming Rome: Villa Borghese

Just beyond the bustling city centre of Rome, just up beyond the Spanish Steps, is Rome’s largest public park, the Villa Borghese. Take a walk through on the weekend and you’re likely to be mingling amongst locals out enjoying their … Continue reading

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DOs, DON’Ts & OH NO, YOU DIDN’T?!s: Etiquette in Italy

Part of the joys of travel to a foreign land is about immersing yourself in a new culture, embracing alternative ways of living and experiencing differences. As such, part of any preparations for a trip to another land should involve … Continue reading

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