Travelling Italy: a beautiful Basilica in Rome

A great place to visit in Rome is the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs (Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri). Located in Rome’s Piazza della Repubblica, it is just a short distance from Rome’s main train station, Roma Termini. Owing to its unusual history as well as the unique artworks […]

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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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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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Walking in Rome: the road best travelled

The idea of hiring a car in Italy and driving through the stunning countryside, dropping into a few wineries along the way, visiting cities such as Venice, Florence and Rome in a car… sounds idyllic right? The reality however is that most Italian wines are produced by small, family-run wineries who do not have open cellar doors and […]

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Learning Italian: Italy’s 3 magic words

Travelling to Italy, you may wish to be prepared with a few key words of Italian to get you by. Of course there is ‘Grazie’ (thank you) – making sure to also pronounce the e at the end, like grazi-è, as there are no silent letters in Italian. Same goes for how you say ‘Per […]

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It’s a sign – what to do in Italy

The best way to experience Italy is with the locals. And to do so, there is no better way than to follow the signs. Around cities and small towns, Italians place posters advertising events, markets, concerts, festivals, Renaissance fairs, parades and – some of our favourite events – ‘sagre‘. Sagre – local specialty food festivals […]

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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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