Category Archives: Vatican Tours

From Rome with Love – Ponte Sant’Angelo

If you’re looking to cross the Tiber River in historic style as you head from Rome towards the Vatican City*, look no further than Ponte Sant’Angelo.

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The fine art of coffee

As any Italian will tell you, there is certainly a fine art to making good coffee. And now, there is also good coffee making fine art! Artist Karen Eland re-creates classic artworks using coffee. Not only are figures from famous … Continue reading

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Roaming Rome: sights & signs of this great city!

Whether it be getting gloriously lost amongst the cobbled streets, stopping for a glass of wine, shopping, visiting the must-see sights, going to the Vatican, or just taking in the atmosphere, walking around Rome is delightful. We wanted you to … Continue reading

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Art by Women in Florence, Italy

Historically around the world generally, the majority of best-known artists have been men. However, two local women here in Florence are doing their darndest to promote female artists, at least here in the Renaissance city. A new book has been … Continue reading

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Vatican Museum on Time Magazine’s list of The Most Influential Places in History

  And we have no argument with that!* Time magazine states, ‘The museums house Raphael’s The School of Athens, Leonardo da Vinci’s St. Jerome in the Wilderness and the Belvedere Torso as well as Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. More … Continue reading

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Great Italian Christmas Traditions: Il Presepio

In many parts of Italy, particularly in the south, you will not find a Christmas tree as the symbol of Christmas, but rather a ‘Presepio’ – a nativity scene. One of our wonderful Rome tour guides, Chris, who has a … Continue reading

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MONA LISA: ‘Tis the season to be Jolly as ‘La Gioconda’ plays tricks on us again!

Leonardo da Vinci’s artwork of Mona Lisa is possibly one of the most intriguing and debated art works in history. And the theories and ‘findings’ are almost as wonderful as the artwork itself – especially the latest one to emerge … Continue reading

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The bold & beautiful of the Uffizi Gallery – old art, new revelations

Who would have thought that in the 21st century, the world of Renaissance art could contain more drama than a soap opera? First, a long-sought-after Da Vinci is being hunted for as we speak (or rather, write). And now, it … Continue reading

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The Lost Da Vinci: clues, controversy and now conclusion?

Art historians, art lovers, history buffs and Da Vinci fans around the world are anxiously awaiting the results of art sleuth Maurizio Seracini’s controversial investigation in finding a Leonardo da Vinci work which was started in 1505 and lost soon … Continue reading

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Vatican Visits – You say tomato, I say Pomodoro

When we exit from the amazing Vatican corridors to enter out into the Cortile della Pigna (Courtyard of the Pine), the sunlight stings our eyes at first, the sunshine so delicious we instinctively turn our faces to bask in its … Continue reading

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