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

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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, […]

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


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 […]

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


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 […]

120 B&Bs in Rome Barter Accommodation For Goods & Services on November 18-24

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The day after the end of the International Film Festival, Rome (and the rest of Italy) will feature the Barter Week. Seven days of accommodations in exchange of goods and services! BARTER WEEK From November 18 to the 24th 84 B&Bs in Rome will host you for homemade jams or DVD collections, the provision of gardening […]

Open Your Heart to Rome’s Architecture & Design Beauties for Open House Roma 2013 on May 4-5


800 guided tours in 145 sites, 34 special events, 8 bike tours, 4 workshops for kids, 4 installations, 4 construction yards. All coordinated by 300 volunteers. These are the numbers of Open House Roma 2013, the second edition of this entirely free initiative whose main aim is to show the architecture and design beauties of […]

Pope Francis Boosts Easter Tourism in Rome, Surge of Travelers from Latin America

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“Stay home and give the money of your overseas trip to the poor of Argentina,” this was the debut of Pope Francis with regards to faith-driven trips from Argentina to the Vatican. Quite scary for the Roman travel sector, wasn’t it? But things for the Eternal City’s tourism industry are going very well this Easter. […]

How’s Pope Benedict XVI’s retreat? Let’s discover Castel Gandolfo!


No Angelus this Sunday in St Peter’s square. Nor any display of Benedict XVI in Castel Gandolfo, his new retreat. The pope is presumably very tired and will avoid any appearance in public at least until the new pontiff is elected. But we are sure that he will not get bored during the two months he […]

Rome’s Travel Industry Hopes a Brazilian Pope Will Boost Tourism Revenues


March will see the election of the new pope as the key event of the month. We want to examine this crucial moment for the Catholic Church from a travel perspective. We asked ourselves and some Rome-based travel companies what nationality would mostly boost tourism in Rome. Even if in theory all Christian males can […]

Trade your Skills & Products for a Free B&B Accommodation in Rome: November 19-25 is Barter Week!


The global economic crisis is still having a strong impact on our daily life. The demand for B&Bs and small lodgings is growing as travellers lean towards an informal, friendly and less expensive style of accommodation.   Bartering is still very common, owing much of its renewed popularity to Internet. The popularity of bartering websites has […]

Visiting Rome in August? Here’s what’s on, and it’s a whole lot!


Visiting Rome in August has been more common in recent years. It’s a growing trend since the crisis has hit and finding a good rate for a hotel is much easier in the hottest part of the year than in any other month (January and February excluded). The economic crisis also means that there will […]

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