Spring has sprung in the Eternal City, and along with the warm Mediterranean sunshine comes oppor-tunities to experience Italy like never before. In recent weeks restrictions on travel for international tourists have eased and there is a palpable excitement among the Italian-American community here in America. Flights are being booked and daydreams...

The Oil of the Popes has a very distant origin in time and is the fruit of the huge investments made by the Papal State in the whole area of Ciociara and the Pontine countryside starting from the year 1000. In these territories today it is precisely the olive tree that is the most cultivated tree, but this was achieved thanks to the reforms enacted...

Have ever heard about the Passetto di Borgo or, to say it in Romanesco, er Coridore de Borgo? This historical landmark is a bit of a 007-esque fixture in the middle of the baroque beauty of the area around the Vatican. The elevated and fortified corridor is part of the Vatican walls and joins the Apostolic Palace to Castel Sant’Angelo, with a path...

St. Peter’s, the architectural wonder that dominates the skyline of Rome, is more accessible than you think. The Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia houses its own capolavoro of the iconic basilica and its adjacent piazza. Just take a short car ride to west suburban Stone Park and an invigorating ascent to the third floor, and there it is in all...

For those who are planning a holiday in Rome, here is an itinerary of Vatican City. A visit to the smallest state in the world is absolutely worth doing at least once in a lifetime. From St Peter's Basilica, to the Vatican Gardens, from the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel to the archaeological points, the beauty of the Vatican is unparallele...

With only a few days remaining before Christmas you can feel the holiday cheer all around, streets filled with lights and colors for the most awaited celebration of the year. In the squares of many cities around Italy you can see a Christmas tree, which has become a tradition: aming these squares there is St Peter’s, one of the most beautiful squar...

The 2021 edition of 100 Presepi, Rome's international Nativity crib exhibition, is scheduled to take place under the colonnade of St Peter's Square from 5 December until 9 January 2022. A firm fixture on Rome's Christmas calendar, each year 100 Presepi hosts some Nativity scenes from across Italy and dozens of other countries. In addition to contem...

All the superlatives still don’t quite do justice to the vastness and grandeur of St. Peter’s Basilica. The most important, and arguably most magnificent church in Catholic Christendom took 120 years to build, 20 popes, and some 6 to 10 architects, depending on who’s counting. It covers 5.7 acres of land and can fit roughly 60,000 people inside. It...

In 1508 Pope Julius II summoned to Rome a prodigious, but untested young artist from the town of Urbino to fresco the inside of what was intended to be his library. His name was Raffaelo Santi or Raffaelo Sanzio, but we know him as Raphael. Over the better part of the next ten years he (and his workshop) dedicated himself to a series of frescoes in...

Saint Peter's Basilica is one of the most impressive basilicas in the world and stands at the heart of the micro country of Vatican City. The papal enclave is an independent country that is inside Rome (it is also the world's only theocracy). St. Peter's Basilica is a stunning work of art and one of the largest churches in the world (in fact it is...