By car, you can reach Palombara Sabina from Rome in about an hour. It’s a small village that lies between Italy’s capital city and Monte Zappi, the highest peak west of it. Despite the proximity to the Colosseum, Vatican City, or even the natural parks that border it, Palombara Sabina has not always been a very popular stop for tourists. That was,...

Christmas is a magical time in Rome, particularly for children. Streets in the historic centre twinkle with traditional street light displays, shops lay red carpets outside their premises, and the city's churches come to life with Nativity scenes, several of which feature real, live people. It is a far cry from the tinselly excesses of North Americ...

Passing by the vineyards at Monastero Suore Cistercensi, you may see figures pruning the vineyards or checking out clusters of grapes. What’s unique about these figures, though, is they are each wearing a nun’s habit. We’ve all heard of beers made by Trappist monks—Chimay—and liqueurs by Carthusians—Chartreuse—but there is wine made by religious wo...

Discover another side of the Eternal City with tips from some of the most influential bloggers and online contributors in the city! After all, who better to tell the secrets of Rome than nine acclaimed insiders? Maria Pasquale (Heart Rome): You can’t beat roman cuisine at a good trattoria but uncover contemporary dining in Rome and dine at Pianostr...

Many times my interviews have given light to people and institutions born in America who work to help Italy, improve the bridge between our two countries, and represent in an excellent way an aspect - territorial, thematic, professional or cultural - of being part of the Italian American community. The friend who is today the protagonist of this in...

Ever since Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni cavorted in its waters in "La Dolce Vita," the Trevi Fountain has become a symbol of Rome. But its extraordinary popularity with tourists seeking their own slice of the sweet life has led to the fountain -- and the tiny piazza in which it sits -- becoming almost permanently overcrowded. That's not to...

Rome is known all over the world for being a centre of ancient architecture and classic art; home to works created by Michelangelo, Botticelli and Caravaggio. But for many years it has also been a hub of eye-catching street art; a scene which was fully brought to the fore in 2015 with the introduction of Big City Life.  What is Big City Life? Non-p...

L’università italiana alla conquista dell’America: a New York nasce l’Italian Academic Center. Nel cuore del campus della Cornell Tech, la “Silicon Valley verticale” sulla Roosevelt Island, nasce un nuovo spazio che ospiterà progetti di innovazione e iniziative di formazione e ricerca promossi da Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, Sapien...

I wonder how many people think of spending a bit of time in a library when they’re in Italy. Of course, I’m not talking about your average small town affair, filled with tattered 1960s editions of the classics and a bunch of recent best sellers. No, nothing like that. I’m talking about ceiling-high bookshelves, carved wood reading tables and fresco...

Archaeologists Paul Scheding and Francesca Diosono of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich announced that they have uncovered traces of a structure in southwestern Italy that may have been the first Hellenistic temple constructed in the region of Latium. Dated to the second century B.C., the small temple stood on the Monte Sant’Angelo, in a terra...