Galleria Spada: a hidden gem in Rome

Rome's Galleria Spada hosts an exquisite art collection. Galleria Spada, located in central Rome between Campo de' Fiori and the river Tiber, hosts a sumptuous art collection of works by 16th- and 17...
Historic centre area Museums in Historic centre area

Rome's doll hospital

Rome workshop has been fixing antique dolls for decades. Fascinating but also slightly creepy, this otherworldly workshop in central Rome has specialised in the repair of antique dolls for more than...
Historic centre area Curiosities in Historic centre area

Aperitivo in Rome: Freni e Frizioni

Freni e Frizioni is a popular venue for aperitivi in Rome. Located a few steps away from Piazza Trilussa in the Trastevere quarter, Freni e Frizioni was once a garage - its name means "Brakes and Clu...
Trastevere neighbourhood Drinks in Trastevere neighbourhood

Rome's Romantic Poets: where to find the graves of Keats and Shelley

Keats and Shelley are buried in the Non-Catholic Cemetery in the Testaccio area of Rome. Rome's Non-Catholic Cemetery, also known as the Protestant Graveyard, is the final resting place of the Englis...
Testaccio district Curiosities in Testaccio district

Bartaruga wine bar near Rome's Turtle Fountain

This quirky wine bar is located just up the street from Rome's famous Fontane delle Tartarughe (Turtle Fountain), referred to in the bar's name. Its mixture of curious furnishings, eclectic music l...
Jewish Ghetto neighbourhood Drinks in Jewish Ghetto neighbourhood

Finally, you can date offline in Rome

If you’re sick of endless swiping, you need a dating app that takes you offlineHow much time we spend on our phones has skyrocketed in the past couple of years. So much so, that it’s hard to imagine h...

Bar S. Calisto in Rome

Hanging out at Rome's Bar S. Calisto is invariably a colourful experience. The cheap prices at this down-at-heel bar, situated just off Trastevere's main piazza, attract an eclectic mix of students,...
Trastevere neighbourhood Drinks in Trastevere neighbourhood

Giordano Bruno statue in Rome

Giordano Bruno looms over Campo de' Fiori in central Rome. Giordano Bruno was a 16th-century friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet and astrologer. The Roman Inquisition found him guilty of denying...
Campo de' Fiori neighbourhood Curiosities in Campo de' Fiori neighbourhood

Rome's gelato restaurant

Rome restaurant offers gelato in each dish. Il Gelato D’Essai da Geppy Sferra, Rome's first all-gelato restaurant, is located in the Centocelle area. Each dish on the menu is built around gelato o...
Pigneto neighbourhood Food in Pigneto neighbourhood

Rome's annual Miracle of the Snow in August

Rome recreates a miracle snowfall each summer. Each year on 5 August Rome's Basilica di S. Maria Maggiore celebrates La Madonna della Neve (Our Lady of the Snows) by recreating a miracle snowfall dur...
Esquilino neighbourhood Curiosities in Esquilino neighbourhood

The Court: Rome cocktail bar with Colosseum view

Cocktails overlooking the Colosseum at The Court in central Rome. The Court is a new cocktail bar, housed in Rome's exclusive boutique hotel Palazzo Manfredi, offering breathtaking views of the Colos...
Colosseum, Monti Drinks in Colosseum, Monti

Singita Miracle Beach in Fregene

This trendy beach club located in Fregene is a popular destination for Romans, particularly in the summer months. The club's paradise beach theme is underlined with straw huts, canopy beds, pillow...

Affogato al Caffè: Italy's summer coffee dessert

Beat the heat and put pep in your step at the same time with this popular Italian summer treat. Affogato al Caffè is a coffee-based dessert combining two Italian classics: gelato and espresso. Its...

Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome

Rome has more than 900 churches which makes it the city with the largest number of churches inside it. Although the majority of the churches are Roman Catholic, there is a significant number of other...
Colosseum, Monti Religious in Colosseum, Monti

The Vittoriano terrace - Rome’s Scrapbook

The VittorianoDominating the historic centre of the Eternal City is the monument dedicated to King Vittorio Emanuele II, but is also known by other names for all the historic elements that make up thi...
Colosseum, Monti Museums in Colosseum, Monti
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