An After-Hours Treat: The Vatican by Night

  When you arrive in Rome you’ll soon realize that you can choose from a plethora of Vatican tours that are offered to the city’s tourists. While these tours will save you time in the long queues and will give you a structured visit to an overwhelming attraction, you might be looking for something a […]

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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 called that small gap between Adam and God’s fingers in the Sistine Chapel “the most […]

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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 in Italy’s majestic capital? We asked our great tour guides in Rome what they would […]

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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 Vatican that go towards the 100,000 or so monuments in Italy. We’ve thrown in a […]

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Bishops check mates: Vatican survey on relationships

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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 bishops around the world asking for opinions on modern families. Pope Francis will then use […]

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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 culture clash. There are many more do’s and don’ts, social norms, expectations and etiquettes and […]

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Easter in Rome 2013

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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 in St Peter’s with Pope Francis at the helm will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for […]

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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 did not rush to St. Peter’s Square for live action all tuned into the TV […]

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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 home town. This is where the Romans are. From kids (of all ages) scooting past […]

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