Around Italy by train: a quick guide

If you’re travelling to Italy, and you want to see more than one city – then travelling by train is your safest bet. Not only are the main cities well-connected between one another, but they’re also connected to smaller, sometimes more authentic towns close-by. Travelling by train in a new country might sound pretty daunting […]

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‘Round Rome: The Pantheon

Rome, Italy The Pantheon is one of the most famous buildings in Italy’s capital city and a must-see site on any visit to Rome. It is also is the oldest domed building. The dome itself, the top of which is an oculus (an open hole), is to this day still the largest dome of unreinforced […]

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Easter in Florence, Italy

Today marks the start of Holy Week, the run up to Easter Sunday on April 20th, 2014. It also sees the start of a range of interesting religious and cultural Easter-time customs in Italy. ‘Pasqua’ is the Italian word for Easter, followed by ‘Pasquetta’ (Easter Monday). Olive branches are common around Easter time in Italy. […]

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Obama to meet Pope Francis in Rome, Italy

Obama is set to meet Pope Francis in Rome, Italy tomorrow, 27th March. In Italy, Obama will also be meeting Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano, having already met Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the recent Nuclear Security Summit in The Netherlands. But all work and no play can make even Obama a dull boy. So […]

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HIP TO BE (A SATOR) SQUARE – in Pompeii, Italy

Sator Square

What is a Sator Square? It is an ancient four-time palindrome* in Latin that can be read in every direction – that is, from  left-to-right, right-to-left, top-to-bottom and just to mix things a bit, even from bottom-to-top. The oldest Sator Square was found in Pompeii, Italy. Given that Pompeii was an ancient Roman city wiped out […]

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