Capitoline Museums in Rome: world's oldest museum

Guide to visiting Rome's Capitoline Museums. Located on the summit of the Capitol Hill near the Roman Forum in the centre of Rome, the Capitoline Museums are the oldest public museums in the world....
Historic centre area Museums in Historic centre area

Mizzica: a taste of Sicily in Rome

Sicilian cuisine, from arancini to cannoli, near Piazza Bologna in Rome. Mizzica, near Villa Torlonia in Rome's Nomentana district, is a temple to Sicilian culinary delicacies, using ingredients ship...
Bologna and Nomentana area Food in Bologna and Nomentana area

Palazzo Massimo: world-class museum in Rome

Palazzo Massimo alle Terme hosts ancient Roman and Greek treasures. Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, one of Rome's four national museums, houses one of the world's finest collections of archaeological and...
Esquilino neighbourhood Museums in Esquilino neighbourhood

Best gelato in Rome: top 10 gelaterie

A gelato guide to ten of the best gelaterie and ice cream parlours in Rome. Gelateria del Teatro Located on Via dei Coronari, a stone’s throw from the bustling Piazza Navona, Gelateria del Teatro...

How to visit Palazzo Farnese in Rome

Over the centuries Rome's Farnese Palace has hosted kings and popes. Palazzo Farnese, a Renaissance jewel in central Rome as well as home to the French embassy to Italy, can be visited by the public...
Campo de' Fiori neighbourhood Museums in Campo de' Fiori neighbourhood

Rome's opera house: Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Rome's opera house first opened on the capital's Viminal hill on 1 November 1880 as the Teatro Costanzi, founded by entrepreneur Domenico Costanzi and designed by Milanese architect Achille Sfondrini....
Esquilino neighbourhood Theatres in Esquilino neighbourhood

Antico Caffè Greco: Rome's oldest coffee bar

Caffè Greco has been serving customers in Rome for over 250 years. Antico Caffè Greco, the historic bar on Via dei Condotti near the Spanish Steps, first opened for business in 1760. Founded by Ni...
Historic centre area Food in Historic centre area

Casa Manfredi: sweet treats in Rome's Aventino

French-style pastries and freshly-made tartlets on Viale Aventino. Casa Manfredi has established a reputation for its high-quality pastries since the Antonelli family opened the premises on Viale Ave...
Aventino and San Saba neighbourhood Food in Aventino and San Saba neighbourhood

Nutria: Rome's giant river rodent

Ever noticed the large rodents swimming across Rome's river Tiber? Don't be alarmed - they are not giant rats. Neither are they beavers (hunted to extinction in Italy in around 1900) or otters (extin...

Tram Tram trattoria in Rome's S. Lorenzo quarter

Step back in time with family recipes in a 1940s-style Roman trattoria. Tram Tram is an old-fashioned trattoria serving tasty, traditional Roman cuisine alongside Pugliese fish dishes in the heart of...
San Lorenzo district Restaurants in San Lorenzo district

Said: Rome's chocolate factory in S. Lorenzo

Said Antica Fabbrica del Cioccolato: serving hand-made chocolate treats in Rome. The Said chocolate factory and restaurant, located in the S. Lorenzo quarter of Rome, has been producing its own choco...
San Lorenzo district Food in San Lorenzo district

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

Coffee at Caffè S. Eustachio in Rome

Caffè S. Eustachio has been serving signature coffee in Rome since 1938. This bustling cafe in Piazza S. Eustachio, near Rome's Pantheon, is famed for its coffee. In fact its reputation for servin...
Historic centre area Food in Historic centre area

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....
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

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