Category Archives: Rome

Looking for the Best Cities in Italy for Nightlife

Best Cities in Italy for Nightlife     Nightlife in Italy varies according to season. Outdoor entertainment is popular from the May to September months, when the weather is hot enough to allow for it, then close down when autumn arrives and remain so for the duration of the winter season. Many nightclubs operate two versions to accommodate the changing seasons as well, with one catering to the summer and the other for the winter. Tourists fill up the clubs in the beach towns in the summer months. Rimini and Riccione on the eastern coast particularly come to mind. Across the country in Tuscany, Forte de’Marmi also has an excellent reputation for nighttime fun and activity. Any city and town that has a close proximity to the sea comes alive in the summer. Milan There are tons of nightclubs in Milan that can be confidently counted as the best in [...]

Four Italian Film Festivals in Autumn You Shouldn’t Miss

Four Italian Film Festivals in Autumn You Shouldn’t Miss Italy during the autumn months is a wonderful place to be. The rolling landscapes will be taking on the golden colors of fall, and the temperatures are dropping to a comfortable range compared to the heat of the summer months. Not to mention, food will also be in abundance as the harvest season arrives, and there will be a large number of food festivals happening within the country at this time. And what’s one of the best things to do while enjoying delicious food and snacks? Watch a movie, of course. Not a lot of people may be aware of the fact that autumn is also the season for theater and cinema in Italy, as the climate encourages people to seek entertainment indoors instead. Hence, a lot of cultural events also abound during these months, and some of the most prominent [...]

New Rome Tourist Accommodation Tax as of September 2014: What You Need to Know About It

New Rome Tourist Accommodation Tax as of September 2014 A quick heads up, travelers! As the title of this article reads, the city of Rome in Italy has recently implemented a new Tourist Accommodation Tax (also known as “tassa di soggiorno” in Italian, and “bed tax”, “guest tax”, or “hotel tax” in English) as of September 1, 2014. This tax has been around for several years now, and is also being implemented in other major tourist cities such as Florence and Venice. This year, however, Rome has updated the rates of its tassa di soggiorno. To help avoid any confusion, especially when you’re at your hotel and you are handed a bill with this extra amount on it, here’s a guide on what these taxes are, and how they work. What is the tax for? This tax is being implemented by the city’s tourism authority as a way to help [...]

Tour Italy Now’s Rome Photo Blog Contest Winners Announcement!

Recently, we at Tour Italy Now have launched a contest asking our fans and readers to send us their best photos of the Eternal City, Rome. All the entries we received for the Rome Photo Blog Contest were absolutely stunning, and we would like to thank everyone who participated. So without further ado, here are the winners! Each of our winners will be receiving a batch of goodies from us as a thank you for their efforts, so to all of our winning contestants, just hang tight and please wait for the email we will be sending you regarding your prize. Once again, congratulations, everyone! In the meantime, watch out for more contests and giveaways from us here at Tour Italy Now!

7 Desserts You Shouldn’t Miss in Rome

The eponymous phrase La Dolce Vita – The Sweet Life that is ascribed to Rome with both affection and irony can also be taken quite literally. Sugary sweets that start your day, provide a late afternoon pick me up or end your evening meal abound in the Eternal City.  These are our favorite 7 desserts you shouldn’t miss in Rome. Maritozzi con la Panna. This just barely sweet yeasted roll is split and filled with freshly whipped and sweetened cream and is most easily found in local Roman bars first thing in the morning. The name is derived from the word marito meaning husband.  The word maritozzi means almost married and these sweet cream filled buns were traditionally presented by young grooms to heir brides just before the wedding. Gelato. You can not visit Rome and not try this famous frozen treat. Hopefully more than once. Made with less air and [...]

How It Came to Be: The Origins of the Vatican City

Ask anyone what they know about the Vatican City, and you’re probably going to get some very familiar answers: “It’s the home of the pope,” “it’s the world’s smallest country,” or “it’s where Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Catholic Church’s mother church, is located.” True enough, the origins of the Vatican City, a walled compound within Rome, is where the pope lives, and it is indeed the world’s smallest sovereign state, being only 44 hectares in size – that’s about one-eighth the size of Central Park in New York! But did you know that Saint Peter’s Basilica is not actually the official ecclesiastical seat of the pope, hence it is not the ecumenical mother church of the Catholic hierarchy? This honor belongs to the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran, which is one of the four major basilicas of the Catholic Church, the others being the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the [...]

The Top 10 Things You Shouldn’t Miss in Rome

The Italian capital of Rome is one of the world’s premiere tourist destinations for good reason: it’s full of ancient ruins, baroque treasure and a world-renowned brand of cuisine that will satisfy even the most discerning of tastes. It’s not called the Eternal City for nothing, too. Rome offers the perfect blend of Western civilization’s storied past and the modern world’s celebrated comforts. With everything there is to do in this city, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and use up all your vacation time without getting a taste of everything Rome has to offer. We’re here to help you set your Italian touring priorities right and with our list of the 10 things you shouldn’t miss while you’re in Rome. Here we go: 1. The Coliseum This ancient structure is one of the most recognized landmarks in the world. Also known as the Flavian Amphitheater, the Coliseum was built over [...]

Rome with Kids

The eternal city can turn infernal if you have cranky children traveling with you.  Here are some of our best tips for enjoying Rome with kids and keeping everyone from the littlest tike to the too cool for school teenager, entertained. Roma Estate – Summer in the City The Miracle players Fun for the whole family.  Every Friday evening from late June to the beginning of August this hilarious troupe performs a family friendly romp through Roman history. The backdrop of the Roman forum is spectacular on a warm summer evening.  Sit on the church steps and be prepared to laugh and learn. Lungo il Tevere From June 15 until September 1, all along the Tevere river bank and Tiber Island (Isole de Tevere)  there are restaurants and market stalls that come alive after sunset..  You can have a sit down meal or take-away snacks and walk along the river. After dinner, there [...]

Alternative Things to Do in Rome

You have seen the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and the Vatican museums, Now what?  The Team at Tour Italy Now would like to share our picks for alternative things to do in Rome. Aventine Hill – Knights of Malta Keyhole High up on the Aventine hill a short walk from the Circo Massimo is a secret view that few get too see. Head to the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta and find the door with a small keyhole too peek through. The view, designed by the famous Italian architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi in 1765, will take your breath away. Who are the knights of Malta? Officially named the The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, but known as Knights of Malta, was created in the middle ages and eventually settled in Rome in 1834. In February 2013 the 900th anniversary of [...]

An Excursion to Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome

Mausoleum – Prison  – Palace – Museum: An Excursion to Castel Sant’ Angelo in Rome Through the centuries Castel Sant’Angelo has been all of these things. The approach to the Castel Sant’Angelo is one of the most striking in Rome.  The second century pedestrian bridge that was constructed in 134AD is dramatically lined with ten statues of angles.  The most famous Angel -Angel with a Crown of Thorns -  is actually a copy by Paolo Naldini.  The original angel was commissioned by Pope Clement IX and sculpted by Bernini, but was deemed too beautiful for the bridge and is now housed in the church Sant’Andrea delle Frate near the Spanish Steps. The circular monument now known as the Castel Sant’Angelo has had many functions over the centuries.  It was originally constructed as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian in the middle of the second century.  Once covered in bronze and [...]