CELEBRATED IN PAINTINGS BY JACOB Philipp Hackert in 1777 and by Bidault in 1790 (a painting currently on display at Paris’ Louvre Museum), the Cascata Grande defines the urban plan of the small town of Isola Liri. The town is just one hour east of Rome in the historical region of Ciociaria. The Liri river splits in two and drops 88 feet (27 meters)...

The Roman Forum was for centuries the center of Rome’s public life. All important social and political events took place here, from elections to public speeches, from triumphal processions to criminal trials, from gladiatorial matches to commercial affairs. Known by the citizens of the time as the Forum Magnum, or simply the Forum (meaning piazza,...

The Eternal City was born for the Silver Screen. Its wealth of history, vibrant art and stunning skyline make it the perfect backdrop for films, whether they’re ecclesiastical dramas in the Vatican or Roman epics in the shadows of the Forum. Here are some of the best films set in Rome to get you excited for your next trip (or just pass a Friday nig...

The Vatican City is now on the UK's quarantine list announced by Grant Shapps yesterday afternoon. I was there at the time, savouring the once inconceivable pleasure of having the Vatican Museums almost to myself. In the Pinacoteca picture gallery I sat alone admiring the larger than life tapestries made from Raphael’s cartoons, Leonardo da Vinci’s...

Rome, the Eternal City, has welcomed the Autumn season with an extraordinary event that involves the global cinematographic industry: the 15th Rome Film Fest. This event has always been held in Rome in a splendid location, the “Auditorium Parco della Musica”, a large public music complex designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano. The fir...

The monumentality of The Eternal City manifests in substantial music with fully-developed harmonic structure. We feature GB Costanzi, a maestro di cappella of the Cappella Giulia at St. Peter's. What Makes It Italian? Discovering Regional Characteristics in Music is a music listening and discussion group that meets online on the Zoom platform and i...

Rome's traditional cobblestones are loved and hated in equal measure.   Rome would not be the same without its ubiquitous cobblestones, known locally as sampietrini, which carpet the streets and alleyways of the city's historic centre. Although an undoubted symbol of Rome, and much-photographed by tourists, the sampietrini are a source of debate an...

Let me confess: although I have called Rome "home" for almost twenty years now, I have never visited the Vatican Museums. Too many crowds too many lines, too much hassle, so I consoled myself by admiring the impressive dome of St. Peter and imagining the magnificence of the Sistine Chapel.  This changed in the middle of July, thanks to a friend who...

Martedì 27 ottobre sarà presentato a Roma alle ore 10,00 il Rapporto Italiani nel Mondo 2020 della Fondazione Migrantes. Si tratta della XV edizione completamente rinnovata e alla quale hanno partecipato circa 60 autori dall’Italia e dall’estero. L’evento si terrà in presenza con partecipazione solo su invito nel pieno rispetto della normativa sani...

Last December I had the pleasure of attending the College Life Italia award ceremony, here in Rome. There were many boys who had finished showing their soccer skills, hoping to be chosen by American university coaches who had arrived from America. After I had provided an award to one of their boys, some parents came to ask me about College Life Ita...