Italy's presidential palace in Rome - the 16th-century Palazzo del Quirinale - is open for guided tours in Italian on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 09.30-16.00. There is a choice of two guided tours, both of which must be booked in advance: the first tour is free (apart from a €1.50 booking fee), lasts an hour and 20 min...

Never mess with Cupid. He is easily offended. When Apollo, the god of sun and music, of poetry and art, mocked Eros (Cupid), the god of love and desire, taunting him as the lesser archer, Cupid decided he would prove Apollo otherwise. So he shot Apollo with a golden arrow, making him fall hopelessly in love with the river nymph Daphne; at the same...

Who doesn’t remember Russell Crowe as Maximus, the strong, loyal general who becomes a gladiator and sacrifices himself to free Rome from the tyranny of Commodus, interpreted by the handsomest Joaquin Phoenix to have appeared on the big screen? Historically speaking, the movie was not particularly accurate, but it was entertaining, well acted and w...

Archaeologists in Rome are to embark on a quest for a 2,500-year-old stone sarcophagus linked to the legend of the city’s fabled founder – Romulus. They believe it lies hidden in a chamber deep beneath the Forum, once the heart of ancient Rome and now an area of ruined temples and imperial palaces that attracts millions of tourists a year. The ston...

The world's first operation to repair a prematurely aged heart was carried out successfully at Rome's S. Camillo hospital on 23-year-old Italian Sammy Basso. Basso is one of about 130 people in the world, and only four in Italy, who suffer from progeria, the extremely rare genetic condition that accelerates ageing. The complicated operation, carrie...

Emilia-Romagna is home to one of Italy’s oldest springs: Galvanina, which is located in the town of Rimini, birthplace of famed director Federico Fellini. The mineral water from this natural spring has been renowned since ancient Roman times when nobility would vacation near the source to enjoy the water’s many health benefits. The spring sits 1,00...

Via Condotti is one of Rome’s most exclusive streets. Lined with designer shops leading up to the Spanish Steps, the elegant road is also home to Rome’s oldest coffee bar – Antico Caffe Greco. Decorated with oil paintings, gilt mirrors and plenty of red velvet – Antico Caffe Greco does feel somewhat like a period cafe. But having been open since 17...

È il piatto icona della cucina italiana secondo gli statunitensi, mentre in Italia quasi nessuno lo conosce. O meglio quasi nessuno lo chiama così. Le Fettuccine Alfredo sono un concentrato di golosa cremosità: sottilissime tagliatelle fresche all’uovo, mantecate con generosa dose di burro (“doppio burro” o “triplo burro”, addirittura), Parmigiano...

The Artichoke originating in the Mediterranean region, is commonly used in Italian dishes such as salad, pizza, and pasta. Common preparations of the artichoke include roasted, grilled, pickled, and cooked Jewish-style. Otherwise known as carciofi alla giudia, the Jewish-style artichoke is a staple in Jewish-Roman cuisine. This dish referred to as...

Rome has no shortage of beautiful art museums, but one of my favorites must be the Doria Pamphilj Gallery on Via del Corso. The main gallery is made up of four golden hallways that surround a small courtyard filled with trees. However, the entire palazzo is much larger. You see, the Doria Pamphilj family does not mess around. The palace, and thus n...