The new Orient Express ‘La Dolce Vita’ luxury train is set to take passengers across Italy from 2024, with the first pre-bookings available from 6 December. The five-star service, run by the Accor group with the support of Trenitalia, will travel between the north and south of Italy along six exclusive itineraries. The various routes will take visi...

The 2022 edition of 100 Presepi, Rome's international nativity crib exhibition, takes place under the colonnade in St Peter's Square until 8 January. The annual exhibition was founded in 1976 and each year it hosts more than 100 Nativity scenes from Italy and other countries around the world. In addition to contemporary reproductions of traditional...

Rome marks the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday 8 December - a Catholic holy day and a national public holiday in Italy - with a series of traditions and special events. Pope Francis will pay homage to the Virgin Mary by making a pilgrimage to Piazza Mignanelli near the Spanish Steps at 16.00. In a tradition dating back to 1958, the p...

Italy's capital has been named the best place on the Continent for a festive break. When most people think of Rome, the first images that come to mind are probably of the Colosseum or Forum in the high Italian summer.  While the historical city is the perfect place to visit for fans of drinking spritzes outside late into the summer's evening, it's...

During World War II, the Allied push to rid the Nazis from the peninsula began with the invasion of Sicily in 1943. This was followed with the long, yet successful campaigns of Naples and then finally in 1944 with the beach head landing on Anzio beach. Nearby is the town of Nettuno, only 35 kilometers from Rome. This city would play an important ro...

Rome's popular Befana market returns to Piazza Navona this Christmas, running from 1 December until 6 January 2023. The event, a traditional fixture on Rome's Christmas calendar, was cancelled for the last two years due to the covid pandemic. This year the city published tenders to assign 22 operating licenses to stall-holders, with the goal of fil...

Italian sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) was a genius of the Baroque era who left an indelible mark on Rome's artistic and architectural heritage. Almost three and a half centuries after his death, Bernini's masterpieces can be found in Rome's streets as well as its churches, museums and palaces. This short guide highlights t...

The Roman Colosseum is a treasure trove of historical facts for archeologists who continue to make discoveries even after 2,000 years. Since January 2021, a study has been conducted to clear around 70 meters of ancient drains and sewers beneath the iconic construction. The Colosseum was the biggest amphitheater in the Roman Empire, the first super-...

Studying abroad is a global phenomenon, with more students looking to enjoy a different kind of university experience. Students get to examine subjects from a global perspective in an environment that encourages the exchange of different cultures, ideas, and backgrounds. At the same time, an international degree is an excellent way to bring somethi...

Deep in the south of Egypt, on the west bank of the Nile facing the historic capital Thebes, stand two 60-foot-tall statues of the pharaoh Amenhotep III (14th century BCE). By the time the Romans annexed Egypt in 30 BCE, these colossi were an ancient remnant of the grandeur of the pharaoh’s mortuary temple, doomed by the Nile’s floodwaters, that th...