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

Cloister of S. Giovanni in Laterano: Mediaeval treasure in Rome

13th-century Rome cloister is stunning masterpiece of the Middle Ages. To the left of the nave in the Basilica of S. Giovanni in Laterano is a door leading to the chiostro, a Mediaeval cloister and t...
San Giovanni area Curiosities in San Giovanni area

Hidden Rome: Kounellis garden gate

The gateway to the monastic garden to the right of the Basilica of S. Croce in Gerusalemme, in Rome's Manzoni area, contains a stunning set of doors designed by the Greek-born artist Jannis Kounellis....
San Giovanni area Curiosities in San Giovanni area

Gasometro: industrial landmark on Rome's skyline

A Roman jewel of industrial archaeology in Ostiense.Looming large over Rome's Ostiense district, the giant Gasometro, or Gazometro, was once used to store the capital's gas supply but has been abandon...
Ostiense district Curiosities in Ostiense district

Hidden Rome: Arco degli Acetari

Extremely well hidden, Largo degli Acetari is an enchanting scene that will only reveal itself to those who really set out to find it. Head to Via del Pellegrino 19 (the first left onto a small side s...

Mouth of Truth: Rome's ancient lie detector

Mouth of Truth remains hugely popular with visitors to Rome. Rome's Bocca della Verità, or Mouth of Truth, is an ancient marble mask which according to the popular mediaeval legend will bite the hand...
Aventino and San Saba neighbourhood Curiosities in Aventino and San Saba neighbourhood

Poggi: serving Rome artists since 1825

The historic Roman art shop Ditta G. Poggi has sold art supplies in Rome for almost two centuries. Founded in 1825, Poggi Belle Arti has three outlets in Rome: Via del Gesù near the Pantheon, Via Car...
Historic centre area Curiosities in Historic centre area

Unexpected Rome: view through Aventine keyhole

A 'keyhole' on Rome's Aventine hill contains a glorious surprise. On the summit of Rome's Aventine hill, near the Giardino degli Aranci or Orange Garden, lies the Church of S. Maria del Priorato....
Aventino and San Saba neighbourhood Curiosities in Aventino and San Saba neighbourhood

Rome's Pyramid of Cestius and how to visit

Rome's Piramide Cestia can be visited on four mornings a month. Rome’s only surviving ancient Egyptian-style pyramid is located directly oppostite the Piramide train station, beside the city's Non-Ca...
Testaccio district Curiosities in Testaccio district

The curious tale of Rome's Magic Portal

An alchemist's magic door can be found in Rome's Piazza Vittorio park. The Alchemical Door, also known as the Magic Portal or the Alchemy Gate, is located in the grounds of the former Villa Palombara...
Esquilino neighbourhood Curiosities in Esquilino neighbourhood

St Patrick's Well: a highlight of Orvieto

Visitors to Orvieto, near Rome, can traverse the 248 steps of St Patrick's Well. St Patrick’s Well, or Il Pozzo di S. Patrizio, is one of the highlights of the charming cathedral city of Orvieto in s...

Fairytale and fantasy: Rome's Coppedè quarter

Coppedè district in Rome contains a magical mix of architectural styles. Rome's little-known Coppedè quarter, part of the Trieste suburb, is marked by an eclectic and original mixture of architectura...
Quartiere Africano, Salario, Trieste Curiosities in Quartiere Africano, Salario, Trieste

Angel of Grief in Rome's Non-Catholic Cemetery

Emelyn Story memorial in Rome is known as the Angel of Grief. The Angel of Grief is one of the most poignant and photographed memorials in Rome's Non-Catholic Cemetery, located in the shadow of the p...
Testaccio district Curiosities in Testaccio district

Crypt of the Capuchins in Rome

Skulls and bones of the Capuchin friars on Via Veneto in Rome. The vaults and walls of the crypt in the Capuchin church on Rome's Via Veneto host the bones and skulls of some 3,700 monks who died bet...
Veneto Curiosities in Veneto

Changing of the Guard at Rome's Quirinal Palace

The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place in front of Rome's Palazzo del Quirinale, the seat of the President of Italy, every Sunday afternoon. The colourful military spectacle, which is free and...
Historic centre area Curiosities in Historic centre area
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