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Rome’s 2767th Birthday Celebrations on April 21 Dedicated To Augustus


National holiday between 1924 and 1945, Rome’s Christmas or Birthday has once again become only a city holiday after the end of Fascism. This year’s anniversary, the 2767th, features Augustus as its key player since 2014 marks the bi-millenary death anniversary of Rome’s first Emperor who gave his polity domestic peace after decades of civil […]

Easter 2014 in Rome: A Trastevere Church Lit Up By 213 Candles on Holy Thursday


You may have noticed this brick church while walking around Trastevere. It is seldom open. But when it does, it is for a big show! Santa Maria dell’Orto was built in the second half of the 16th century and traces its name from a miracle by the Virgin Lady in a nearby garden. This church […]

Emirates Builds Up Rome Presence As Etihad Is About To Merge With Alitalia


After last night’s meeting between Italy’s Prime Minister Renzi and Etihad CEO Hogan all seems clear for the merger between the Italian flagship carrier and Abu Dhabi’s airline. A big, needed move to enhance our air transport system, so crucial to boost tourism in Italy. The first city affected by this change will be of […]

Doubts Mount over Rolling Stones Concert in Rome’s Circus Maximus. Where do you stand?


During their “14 On Fire” Tour, The Rolling Stones will perform in Rome. Tickets for the June 22 concert are sold out already with prices that were kept at the lowest level in Europe due to a specific agreement with the city government. In exchange, the British rock band got the privilege to play in […]

April 2014 in Rome: There’s More Than Easter, Pope Canonizations and City Birthday!


What a crazy time April will be! You can bet on it. Especially the second half of the month will see millions of people flocking to the Eternal City. Easter falls on April 20, the following day Rome celebrates its birthday and on the 27th Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will become saint. […]

Rome City Hall Designs Three Walking Itineraries Based on “The Great Beauty” Scenes


Rome’s Mayor Ignazio Marino delivered his promise and the Oscar-winning movie the Great Beauty has turned into three tours for locals and tourists. The movie Roman Holiday in 1953 showed Rome’s squares and beauty for the first time while seven years later Fellini’s La Dolce Vita shed light on Roman souls. Allen’s To Rome With […]

FAI Spring Days Open Landmarks for Free in Rome & Surroundings on March 22-23


FAI, Italy’s National Trust, opens the doors of landmarks usually closed to the public on March 22-23. Free of charge, you have guided tours of 6 locations in Rome and 2 near the Eternal City. This year’s theme of the Open Spring Days is the bi-millenary anniversary of Augustus.   AUGUSTUS The Forum of Augustus, […]

The Great Beauty, More Show than Movie, Has Just Turned Into Rome’s Trendiest Tour


We’re not big fans of this movie nor of its director Sorrentino but we can’t help writing about it and see if and what effects it will have on our city. We saw this film in Autumn, before it started collecting international awards, and found it too ambitious and extreme. Hugely helped by Rome’s beauty, […]

March 2014: The Best events of the month in Rome


March is still a Carnival month this year. Tuesday the 4th marks the end of Carnival, with a follow-up on the 9th in Poggio Mirteto, near Rome. But March in Rome offers much more than that, here are our picks!   MUSIC Let’s start with the music scene, particularly interesting this month.   The British […]

Gulf Sheikhs Take Over Rome: Their Investment Map in the Eternal City

Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-

A 100million euro megastore is about to open in Rome very soon. It is property of Qatar….   FASHION It will be Valentino’s flagship store. Valentino, one of Rome’s top fashion houses, was bought by the Qatar Sovereign Fund in the summer of 2012. And the purchase of the 1,000 sq-meter shop – 2 floors, […]

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