Rome celebrates its 2,774th birthday on 21 April 2021. Known as Natale di Roma, the annual birthday celebration is based on the legendary founding of Rome by Romulus in 753 BC. Traditionally the celebrations include historical re-enactments such as costumed parades and gladiator fights however in 2021, for the second year in a row, events will be m...

The publication of Judith Harris’s latest book is very timely as real estate brokers are noting a surge of interest for spacious residences in small towns outside of major cities around the world. Why live in a cramped apartment in Rome, New York or London when you can enjoy a quieter, healthier and less expensive lifestyle with more space for fami...

Researchers at Rome's Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital and the Italian capital's Tor Vergata University, working with other European and US research centres, have discovered the missing piece of the jigsaw explaining how tumour cells proliferate, according to a study published in Nature and backed by Italian cancer research association AIRC. The st...

The Botanic Garden Museum of the Sapienza University of Rome, in collaboration with the city's Japanese Cultural Institute, organises the sixth edition of “Hanami all'Orto Botanico" on the weekend of 17-18 April 2021. This year online booking is obligatory for the popular annual event which is dedicated to the blossoming of the cherry trees in the...

Gianluigi Colalucci was 91 years old when he died in Rome on March, 28. The former chief restorer of the Vatican Museums spent 14 years of his life brining Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel back to life. Colalucci made his mark in history by erasing the dulling marks of history from masterpieces. Centuries of dust, soot from candles, an...

Whether you visit Rome for a quick 24 hours before heading off to explore other regions of Italy, or you plan to stay longer in the Eternal City, there is a list of must-do’s which I consider obligatory. While you may have a list of all the monuments you wish to see, I know there will be another list of all the foods you will be desperate to eat on...

First there were the covid-free flights between Rome and Milan airports. Now it is the turn of trains. Italy's first covid-free trains will operate between Rome and Milan from Friday 16 April, with only those who have tested negative for covid-19 permitted to board the Frecciarossa high-speed service. Initially there will be two non-stop trains run...

The lake might have been caused by mistake. But many Romans believe that its creation has been fate. Rome’s Ex SNIA lake has become a symbol of civic activism for environmental protection. It has its own park, its own songs and a social center that supports it. As a result, it’s become one of the most beautiful love stories between modern Rome and...

While the lockdowns imposed during the past twelve months have limited our ability to experience all Rome has to offer, many exquisite art exhibitions housed in the city are available to tour via the New Virtual Tours of Civic Museums. The site, launched on February 16th, is an online platform that allows users to virtually discover eight different...

La Bocca della Verità: sounds rather ominous, don’t you think? If you look at it, all stone, stern eyes and wide, gaping mouth, the sense of dread is even stronger. The famous classical times’ “lie detector” was probably, in origin, a rather grandiose manhole, decorating the streets of imperial Rome or, perhaps, the mouth of a fountain. Others beli...