25 ideas for your “Ancient Rome” tour

Posted on Oct 3, 2023 in Arts and History, Planning Support

[revised January 2024] Most of  our visitors in Rome have in their “must see list” what is generally called “ancient Rome“. They usually mean the archeological area in the very centre of Rome, represented by the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill. But in Rome we have “ancient roman stuff” everywhere! With this article we want […]

No “must sees” tickets? Try these alternatives.

Posted on May 4, 2023 in Arts and History, Planning Support

“Everybody goes to the same handful of sites. If you just go to those sites, you’re going to have a trip that is shaped by crowds. Or you can break free from that and realise that you can study the options and choose sites that are best for you. You can go to alternative places […]

What is an Underground Rome tour?

Posted on Mar 10, 2023 in Arts and History

[revised January 2024] When we offer a tour of “underground Rome” it can mean many different locations, as Rome has always something “below the surface”. It is surely one of the most fascinating aspects of our city. Nevertheless, not all the underground sites are appropriate for such a tour: some have very difficult (or expensive) […]

Travelling for faith to Rome

Posted on Aug 19, 2020 in Arts and History, On your own

[revised February 2024] Rome is the capital of Christendom, but I rarely sense the spirituality of this city of martyrs and saints in the most celebrated basilicas. Nevertheless, a lot of travellers come here in reason of their faith, maybe it’s not the only push, but an important one. Therefore we ought to provide a […]

Contemporary Rome

Posted on Aug 19, 2020 in Arts and History, On your own

[revised February 2024] “Eternal Rome” means that the jewel box of antiquity also has a very modern soul that will surprise you. Here is a list of areas, museums and venues we recommend, if you are looking for the contemporary aspect of Rome: EUR district was the rationalist project that should have been hosting the […]

10 fun facts about St. Peter’s basilica

Posted on Jul 7, 2020 in Arts and History

[revised November 2021] When  the pandemic started, I got the idea of how serious it was when St. Peter’s basilica shut down (March 2020). It never happened in the history of this church, never. Since the reopening in May 2020, the shortcut from the Sistine Chapel into the basilica is not available, and lines to get […]

Good reads about Rome

Posted on Oct 29, 2018 in Arts and History, On your own

[revised December 2023]  When you prepare a trip to Rome, or on the opposite situation, when you  are leaving Rome after an intense holiday, you usually want to know more! We are often asked for good reads to deepen your knowledge about this incredible city. So here are some suggestions for you: SPQR: a History […]

The perfect Roman holiday!

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 in Arts and History, Planning Support

[revised Novembre 2023] We love to give suggestions to our guests and when they ask “how long should we stay in Rome?” it is embarrassing to reply what the proverb says,  “…a lifetime is not enough!”   I still have my list of not-yet-seen-spots which I’m planning to visit soon, on my days off. The list is […]

Churches you cannot miss in Rome !

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 in On your own, Arts and History

[revised January 2024] Can you guess how many churches are there in Rome? Nobody really knows, but rumours say more than 900 (and nobody has seen them all, despite what they say!) The problem is that you don’t have enough time to visit them all and they all contain incredible treasures, from a fascinating crypt […]

Opera under the stars

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 in Arts and History, Outdoors, Sport, Music...

Rome’s Opera House holds its summer opera and ballet season framed by the incredible ruins of the Baths of Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla), where you can enjoy opera under the stars. The performances feature the orchestra, chorus and the ballet company of the “Teatro dell’Opera di Roma” as well as international stars. For over 80 years the monumental archaeological site […]