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

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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

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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 […]

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

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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

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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

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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, […]

March 2014: The Best events of the month in Rome

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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 […]

Valentine’s Day in Rome: Our Tips For the Most Romantic Week-End of 2014!

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Paris, Venice or Rome? Which is most romantic? Well, we let you choose, but if many of you pick Rome, we would like to help you finding the right things to do to impress your better half.   For a historical review of why Rome has a lot to do with Valentine’s Day and who […]

February 2014 in Rome: Valentine’s Day, Six Nations, Carnival and Much More!

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Being the coldest month of the year, we really hope that February will stop the never-ending rain to bring us snow! It may be hard to believe, but Rome in white is even more beautiful.   2014 has a late Carnival Season, and unfortunately will not feature any official city-wide celebrations this year [updated post […]

Rome River’s Embankment Walls Soon To Feature 90 Giant Reverse Graffiti!

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Up to 9 meters high, 90 gigantic figures will temporarily decorate the Tiber’s walls this year. From Sisto bridge to Mazzini bridge, the downtown portion of Rome’s river, reverse graffiti will give a new face to this part of the city that is too often forgotten, excluding the summer months.   Reverse graffiti “wash” figures […]

Tourism Up 5% last year in Rome on Religion, Culture. Good Outlook for 2014

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The Christmas holidays have just finished but the tourism industry already calculated that the number of visitors in Rome rose by about 4%, compared with the same period last year. And for the whole of 2013 things went even better than that with a 5,3% increase (total: 12.6 mln annual visitors) from 2012 and longer […]

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