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Natale di Roma – When Ancient Rome Comes Back to the Future

Natale di Roma Everyone knows that Rome was once the center of the ancient world. In fact, movies like Gladiator and TV series like Rome teleport us back in time when the Colosseum was alive with the roar of crowds and the streets are busy with the footfalls of be-sandaled feet and the shifting of togas. Ancient Rome has capture our imagination and our minds keep coming back to its glorious heydays. What if there was a way to go back there and all it would cost you is a plane ticket? Every April 21st, modern Romans and historical interest groups all over Europe converge in the Eternal City in order to give us a taste of its old glory through the festivities of Natale di Roma or Rome’s birthday. The Backstory Part of the celebration always involves the re-enactment of the myth of how the city’s founders came to be and […]

Pasqua – Easter in Rome

Pasqua – Easter in Rome Considered to be one of the biggest events in the Catholic liturgical calendar, Rome certainly comes alive during the week of Easter. Tens of thousands of pilgrims and visitors come to attend the religious celebrations and to hear mass being said by the Pope. The three days leading up to Easter Sunday (from Thursday until Saturday) are some of the busiest times of the year for the Catholic Church in Rome. There are several important dates and things to remember when visiting Rome during this time. Here are some helpful reminders to help you get through this religious event. Important Events in Easter The Easter week starts on the Sunday a week before Easter, also known as Palm Sunday. During this time, thousands of pilgrims greet the Pope with branches of olive or palm as a symbol of peace. These will be blessed by the […]

5 Reasons Why We Love Visiting Italy in Spring

5 Reasons Why We Love Visiting Italy in Spring With the changing of seasons upon us, the coming spring season is a much appreciated time for tourists and locals alike. In fact, there are many reasons that make spring an ideal time to visit Italy. While summer certainly has its fair share of festivities, the post-winter months are also something that can be appreciated for those looking to enjoy an authentic Italian vacation. We’ve compiled the top five reasons why spring is the best time for your to visit Italy. Great Weather If you’re sick and tired of the cold weather, then spring should be a much needed reprieve from the winter season. While it is still common to see spring showers during the months of March and April, the weather can still be comfortably warm during these times. Temperatures ranging from 50 and 60 F are normally felt in […]

Strolling Through Rome: A Walking Tour of the Vatican

Strolling Through Rome: A Walking Tour of the Vatican According to Roman insiders, the best way to see the Vatican is through a guided walking tour. If you’re interested in history and art, a professional tour guide will be able to walk you through the highlights of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, among other attractions. These tours take up about three to four hours altogether. A professional tour guide will also be able to provide more attentive service and bring you around to certain sections of the Museums that are not typically offered in a standard itinerary. For instance, a walk around the Pinacoteca Vaticana art gallery is just one of these value-added services. Guides are also authorized to take guests from the Sistine Chapel directly into St. Peter’s Basilica, an option which is not made available to individual tourists. The Vatican Museums are a […]

Time to Travel! Upcoming Events in Italy for 2015

Upcoming Events in Italy for 2015 A trip to Italy is always a memorable adventure and is an experience that we recommend for everyone. It is a beautiful country that is steeped in history, and it possesses a culture that is rich and vibrant. Not to mention, the food and drinks are fantastic! However, if you’re still looking for a good reason to go to Italy this year, then here are just a few very good ones which we will enumerate in this video. Make 2015 a year of travel, and visit one of the many big events that will be happening in Italy, from the Giro d’Italia, the World Expo, to the world-renowned Venetian Carnevale!   So start planning your 2015, pack your bags, get those plane tickets, and experience what the country of Italy has to offer. As we say around here, it’s time to TOUR ITALY NOW […]

Buon Anno! Italian New Year Customs and Traditions

Italian New Year Customs We’ve talked about Italian Christmas traditions, and now with 2015 and a new year just a mere few days away, today we’ll be tackling Italian New Year customs! As with almost everywhere else in the world, New Year’s Eve is a major holiday in Italy, and is a time when families get together to welcome the new year. Unlike a lot of other countries, however, Italians refer to the occasion by its liturgical name, which is La Festa di San Silvestro, or the Feast of St. Sylvester. For those who may not be familiar with him, St. Sylvester was a pope who lived in the fourth century, and is credited in stories and legend as the man who was able to convert Emperor Constantine to Christianity after curing him of leprosy. It was also under his papacy that many of Rome’s great churches were built, including […]

Buon Natale! The Typical Italian Christmas Celebration

Typical Italian Christmas Celebration Holidays in Italy can be quite an experience, and many visitors to the country look forward to having a taste of the Italian Christmas season. Unfortunately, there are those who think that in Italy, it isn’t “Christmas-y enough” and they are left with the impression that Italians are less enthusiastic about the holiday compared to their American counterparts. It is possible that this idea is brought about by a perceived lack of the bright lights and décor that we normally associate Christmas festivities with. This is an inaccurate assessment, however, because the Italians DO love this holiday a lot, and in fact even spend almost an entire month celebrating it! You heard that right. Unlike most countries where Christmas ends on December 25, for the Italians, the celebrations begin on December 8, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, when the decorations in the streets and […]

Mercatino di Natale: Christmas Markets in Italy

Christmas Markets in Italy Among the many things to look forward to this Christmas holiday season in Italy would be the Mercatino di Natale, or in English, the Christmas Markets! Besides being a great opportunity to shop for presents, souvenirs, and knick-knacks for loved ones and friends, the arrival of the Christmas markets in Italy also adds to the truly festive air, as the merchandise stalls are often accompanied by food stalls that sell traditional, seasonal treats like warm drinks and roasted chestnuts. These seasonal markets normally start showing up by December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is also the day that officially marks the beginning of the Christmas festivities in Italy. On this day, lights and decorations start coming up, the holiday shopping season begins, and along with it would be the Christmas markets. They then remain open sometimes up until as late as January 6. […]

World War 2 Historical Sites in Italy, Part 2: Italian Resistance

World War 2 Historical Sites in Italy This is the conclusion to our two-part series about World War 2 historical sites in Italy. In the previous post, we discussed the route that the Allied Forces took as they made their way from Sicily, up to Rome and northern Italy, and finally to the Gothic Line. Today, we’ll be talking about the other important faction in Italy at the time, which was the Italian Resistance who opposed the occupying German forces and the Italian puppet regime of the Social Republic at the time. As mentioned in the previous post, World War II in Italy is often remembered by referring to the various phases of its development, which are “Il Ventennio”, the 20 years in which the Fascist Party was in power; “La Liberazione,” the arrival of the Allied troops and the liberation of Rome near the end of the war; and […]

World War 2 Historical Sites in Italy, Part 1: Allied Forces

World War 2 Historical Sites in Italy As we all know, Veteran’s Day was recently celebrated in the US, honoring the many veterans who have fought in wars in order to protect the freedoms of others. In view of this, we’re running a two-part series on the various locations in Italy that have been witness to significant events during one of the major wars of the past century, World War II. In this part, we’ll be talking about the route that the Allied forces took as they made their way to Rome in order to recapture the capital from the dictator Benito Mussolini. For travelers, retracing the steps of the valiant troops, and visiting these various historical sites in Italy will allow them to relive some of the key moments of this huge event. Due to its role in the Second World War, Italy’s landscape is dotted not just by […]