Babingtons Tea Room: Victorian traditions in Rome

Historic English tea rooms at Rome's Spanish Steps. Babingtons, the traditional English tea shop and restaurant at the foot of the Spanish Steps, was established by two English women, Isabel Cargill...
Historic centre area Food 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. Th...
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

Bignè di S. Giuseppe: sweet tradition for Father's Day in Rome

Each year on 19 March, the feast of St Joseph is marked in Rome and various other Italian regions with a sweet culinary tradition: bignè di S. Giuseppe. In Italy, the feast of St Joseph coincides w...

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...

Climbing St Peter's dome in the Vatican

Cupola of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican can be visited daily - inside and out. Visits to the dome of St Peter’s are possible every day from 08.00 to 18.00, during April to September, and from 8....
St Peter's Area Curiosities in St Peter's Area

Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri

The Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri Rome group was formed in 1994 and specializes in teaching Italian language and culture (Literature, Art History, Opera & Society) to foreign students. A...
Bologna and Nomentana area Language schools in Bologna and Nomentana area

Galleria Corsini: National Gallery of Ancient Art in Rome

Galleria Corsini contains masterpieces by Italian and foreign 17th-century masters.Galleria Corsini, which houses works from Italy's national collection of ancient art, is the only collection of paint...
Trastevere neighbourhood Museums in Trastevere neighbourhood

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

Palazzo Altemps: one of Rome's finest museums

Palazzo Altemps hosts a stellar collection of Greek and Roman sculpture. Rome's Palazzo Altemps, a Renaissance palace located near Piazza Navona, houses a highly important collection of classical Gre...
Historic centre area Museums in Historic centre area

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

Cat sanctuary at Rome's pyramid

Rome cat colony in Testaccio can be visited each afternoon. One of Rome's main cat sanctuaries is located in the grounds of the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, beside the Non-Catholic Cemetery, in the city...
Testaccio district Animals in Testaccio district

Maritozzo: one of Rome's sweetest traditions

The curious legend of Rome's much-loved maritozzo.The maritozzo is a classic sweet pastry, traditionally packed full of whipped cream, which has satisfied Romans for centuries. The dough-based bun is...
Trastevere neighbourhood Food in Trastevere neighbourhood

Spring cherry blossoms at EUR lake in Rome

Each spring many Romans mark the Japapese tradition of hanami, an ancient custom of admiring the beauty of cherry blossoms, in the park at the laghetto in EUR. In 1959 Japan donated 2,500 cherry tr...
EUR neighbourhood Parks and gardens in EUR neighbourhood

Tram Depot in Rome

A tram carriage converted into a bar makes for an unusual but popular meeting place in the area of Rome where Aventino converges with Testaccio.  Seating is strictly out-doors, with mismatched tabl...
Testaccio district Drinks in Testaccio district

Villa Celimontana park in Rome

This 110,00-sqm park, which is situated between the Colosseum and the Baths of Caracalla, is best known today for its festivals of jazz music in the summer time.  However before the first strains o...
Colosseum, Monti Parks and gardens in Colosseum, Monti

VIGAMUS: Video Game Museum of Rome

VIGAMUS, the Video Game Museum of Rome, is located in the Prati district of the capital and is the first Italian museum dedicated entirely to interactive games. Visitors have access to 36 different...
Prati district Museums in Prati district

La Fattorietta: Rome's farm for kids

This farm and cultural association on four hectares near St Peter’s Basilica offers seasonal workshops and activities for children over four, including helping with the harvest, learning how to grow v...
St Peter's Area Kids in St Peter's Area

Testaccio Market in Rome

The Testaccio quarter of Rome hosts a thriving food market with a large variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and meat on offer from local grocers, butchers and fishmongers. The market has a dec...
Testaccio district Food Markets in Testaccio district

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