Many observers of Italy often presume that the nation's origins can be traced back to ancient Rome. And while the Romans undoubtedly had a huge influence on a lot of what came after, earlier civilizations made their own key contributions. The myth of the abandoned brothers Romulus and Remus, that lies behind the foundation of ancient Rome, is often...

Rome’s historic center is chock-a-block full of age-old cafes, each recounting a piece of the story of the Eternal City. Some of the most charming, antique cafes here include Antico Caffè Greco, located in elegant Via dei Condotti, and considered to be Italy’s oldest after Caffè Florian in Venice.

On January 1, 1945, a day of celebration despite the breakdowns of the war, in the stadium of Florence (Toscana) two teams of American soldiers, the 5th Army and the 12th Air Force, face each other in the first and only edition of Spaghetti Bowl. The correspondent of the Armed Forces newspaper, the Sunday edition of Star&Stripes Magazine, tells us...

These antique rooms are not only a worthy refuge for ancient manuscripts and rare book collections, they are also a time machine into a bygone era of religious institutions and distinguished scholars such as Galileo Galilei. When you walk past the celestial globe of Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, perhaps Albert Einstein, who was a member of the ac...

Milan and Florence serve up the latest in Italian ready-to-wear, but Rome, Italy’s fashion capital during its dolce vita heyday in the 50s and 60s, has its own distinct style, one that manages to be both timeless and timely. “Roman fashion is very personal and not global,” says Barbara Lessona, founder and owner of Countess Concierge, a custom trav...

This month, Italian physicists will turn on an experiment hunting for a fifth, dark force of nature, the Guardian reports.  You may be familiar with the hunt for dark matter. Measurements of the universe imply that there should be five to six times more mass than experiments can observe directly. Many scientists hope to find this missing mass. A ne...

The romantic English-style gardens of Ninfa, situated about 80 km south-east of Rome, have reeived a prestigious European Garden Award from the European Garden Heritage Network (EGHN). Ninfa came second only to London's Kew Gardens in the "European heritage of gardens and gardening" section of the EGHN network which comprises 190 parks and gardens...

The Spanish steps are one of Rome's most popular tourist sites. But how much do you know about the famous landmark? Many a tourist has grumbled that they are 'just steps' - but this staircase is an institution in Rome. Here's everything you need to know about Italy's most famous steps. 1. There are exactly 135 steps However, if you try to count the...

For my summer vacation, I got to choose where to go to on a trip in Europe. It was between Rome and Greece because I wanted to see the old temples of the Greek gods, but I settled on Rome because it has a Colosseum and cool sculptures to see. It also is home to my favourite foods, pizza and pasta. And of course gelato! My mom and I arrived in Rome...

As Italy commemorates the 75th anniversary of its wartime surrender, signed on September 3rd, 1943 and made public five days later, researcher Anne Saunders tells the stories behind some of the most evocative World War II sites you can visit today. Perhaps the best-known WWII sites in Italy are those at Cassino. However, the war also is commemorate...