The legendary Torlonia Collection, considered among the world's most important private collections of Greek-Roman classical art, will at last come to light after being largely hidden away for more than 70 years. Palazzo Caffarelli, a newly-restored exhibition space in Rome's Capitoline Museums, will display 92 pieces from the priceless collection o...

The Rome-based United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger. WFP has acted "as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict" said the Norwegian Nobel Committee. The 101st winner of the prize, worth about $1 million, was announced tod...

Rome archaeologists have unveiled the remains of a magnificent Roman villa, or domus, buried for almost 2,000 years under an apartment block at the foot of the Aventine Hill. The spectacular discovery was made in 2014 during works to earthquake-proof the foundations of the 1950s-era building in Piazza Albania, not far from the Circus Maximus. Archa...

About 50 kilometres to the north of Rome lies a vast site which is encircled by an intact, ancient wall. The 2.4 kilometre-long wall is overgrown with weeds. The area confined by it measures 32 hectares and, apart from a church, an abbey and a farm, is mainly an agricultural field containing mainly corn and figs. In the south-west part of the site...

NEAR THE CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING TRACK on Terminillo, a winter resort famously developed by Italian Dictator Mussolini in the 1930s, a mysterious medieval sword stands as a testimony to an ancient local legend. The sword is set in the stone in an area known as “Cinque Confini” (Five Borders), at a spot where traditionally the territories of five towns...

ORIGINALLY PRECEDED BY A WOODEN bridge, the Pons Aemilius was the first of many stone bridges constructed in Rome. It was designed between 179 BC and 151 BC. The bridge connected the central part of the city to the neighborhood of Trastevere, just south of Tiber Island. Initially, only the pylons were made out of bricks. However, in 142 BC the orig...

After a long six months empty in the hills of Marino, Italy, the Due Santi Campus finally welcomed students Sunday, Sept. 12.   In the midst of travel restrictions and COVID-19 safety protocols, classics professor and vice president, dean and director of the Rome programs Dr. Peter Hatlie said that it was a real possibility that the campus would no...

TARPEIAN ROCK (RUPE TARPEA) IS A steep cliff located on the southern side of the Capitoline Hill, just above the Roman Forum. For centuries, the location was used to execute criminals by throwing them from the 80 foot(25-meter) high cliff ledge to the Forum below. This method of execution carried a stigma of shame and was considered a fate worse th...

Italy offers many ways to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. You can breathe the refreshing mountain air, or the energetic sea breeze, but surely nothing is more refreshing than a long weekend at the spa. After all, let's not forget that thermal baths are a pastime, or perhaps a real tradition, very old. It was the Romans who built the first spa...

To pay homage to Raphael on the 500th anniversary of his death, here’s a walking itinerary in the center of Rome to visit the places that contain his works or that were designed by the artist himself. This itinerary features well-known and lesser-knowns palaces and museums, so it’s a great chance to see Rome in an original way.  One day in 1508, Po...