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Gian Lorenzo Bernini is one of Italy’s most renowned and valued artists, known as the greatest exponent of the baroque style and as an undisputed genius with a wide range of abilities. His works are legendary, from the...
The social commentary in the rhymes of Trilussa still rings true in Rome today. “But he’s famous!” goes a voice outside a bar in Trastevere. A footballer? Politician? Big Brother contestant? Film star? “Ok, was famou...
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Zannone island near Rome was infamous for orgies in the 1960s.Zannone, a small Italian island off the coast between Rome and Naples, was once a decadent destination for the rich and famous. Part of the cluster of Pontin...
Its popularity spread throughout western Europe, and in 1569 it arrived in Rome, where Pope Pius V declared it repulsive. The history of chocolate goes back millennia, but its popularity at Easter is much more recent. C...
With a little leap of the imagination, Rome becomes a giant amusement park.“Its original name is the Flavian Amphitheatre.” The guide points at the Colosseum, once the world’s largest stadium. She then explains that the...
Revealing a new secret in Rome: the original marble steps of the Scala Santa. The modern city of Rome is a complex place for those who live here and especially for those who visit. With its thousands of years of history...
The colourful stories behind the final painting by High Renaissance master Raphael. If every picture tells a story, then The Transfiguration by Raphael on view in the Vatican Museums tells several. There is the story of...
For hundreds of years, a small village in a remote corner of Umbria produced many of Europe’s most celebrated doctors and surgeons. The village of Preci lies at the northern end of the Monte Sibillini Park in Umbria. Pe...
Rome's ancient ruins of the Stadium of Domitian can be visited under Piazza Navona. As you quietly sip a coffee in Piazza Navona, a pinch of zest is added by the thought of being seated in what once would have been the...
Rome's Chiostro del Bramante presents Bacon, Freud and the School of London: Works from the Tate. The term “School of London” was coined by the painter R.B. Kitaj for the catalogue text of the exhibition The Human Clay,...
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How to celebrate the Christmas and New Year festive season in Rome. Christmas is a magical time in Rome, particularly for children. Streets in the historic centre twinkle with traditional street light displays, shops la...
A variety of birds can be watched from Roman balconies and gardens. Apart from their cheerful, colourful appearance and songs, birds are important animals. They help control insect pests and, in fact, save many importan...
The dream house of a legendary Swedish doctor and a secret love affair on the island of Capri. Almost a century ago, The Story of San Michele by Swedish doctor Axel Munthe was a runaway bestseller. Translated into 50 la...
Guide to help expats navigate their way through Italian bureaucracy. Many expats protest about bureaucracy in Italy, but let’s be fair: this scourge exists in every society. And as more and more forms need to be filled...
Everything in the Garden's Lovely: Discovering Empress Livia’s country retreat in Rome. Twenty-year-old Livia Drusilla must have considered herself lucky. Born in 58 BC into a wealthy noble Roman family – beautiful, int...
Rothko in Lampedusa. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees offered five young refugee artists a residency in Venice during May to coincide with the Biennale. Barca Nostra lies at the far end of the Arsenale...
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