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How To Attract More Tourists

A visiting couple on Piazza Navona

A study commissioned by the city of Rome surveyed the views of Romans as to what the city should do better to attract more tourists.

The results are as follows: 42% of respondents wish for better safety on the road, … Continue Reading

The Sistine Chapel: Digital Tour

Screenshot of Sistine Chapel Virtual Tour

The ladies over at Eternally Cool, one of our favourite blogs about Rome, have a knack for discovering otherwise well-kept secrets in Rome’s world of art and design. Now, they have shared with the world that the Vatican has launched a high-resolution, interactive, virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel: … Continue Reading

Caravaggio: 400th Anniversary Exhibition

February 23, 2010 Culture, Exploring Rome No Comments
A Caravaggio painting

This year will mark the 400th death-anniversary of Caravaggio, a highly acclaimed but controversial baroque master most intricately linked to the city of Rome. … Continue Reading

Recessionary travel: Resolving Issues

February 8, 2010 Travel Expert 2 Comments

Following on from the article about difficulties and benefits of traveling in recessionary times (Recessionary Travel: Understanding The Issue“), here are some of the specific issues that travelers face and should be ready to resolve. … Continue Reading

Recessionary Travel: Understanding The Issue

February 8, 2010 Travel Expert 1 Comment
View of St Peter's Square

Searching for accommodation in these times can seem like a dream come true. Everything you search for is available and seems discounted.

What could go wrong? In this article, we discuss the issues to keep in mind when planning and booking your trip, and how you might avoid and resolve them to ensure you really enjoy your trip – instead of just live through it. … Continue Reading

Trastevere Romanticised: False Promises?


Trastevere. Oh, it is so incredibly charming, magical, and picturesque. And exactly bohemian enough to appeal to just about everyone. Or so says every guidebook in the universe. The proof: Hundreds of tourists traipsing through the narrow streets, exclaiming “Oh, how pretty”, and “isn’t it beautiful”, and then later having pizza on the street, surrounded by countless Germans, Americans, and French people, and feeling oh-so italian. … Continue Reading

Rome Winter Sales

A localised shop in Rome

The winter sales are imminent!

On 2 January, retailers will start discounting their items – increasingly as the weeks go on. What a wonderful time of year the sales are – for me anyway – I cannot wait to dig through the bargains to find a Dolce & Gabbana dress for 50 EUR , or a pair of Armani sunglasses for even less.

Sounds consumerist? … Continue Reading

Why I Love Piazza Navona On A Postcard

Piazza Navona by night

The vulgarity of the tourist-trap that has become Piazza Navona continues to irritate me. I love all the little streets surrounding Piazza Navona, but have resorted to avoiding the piazza itself in favour of daydreaming about its former atmosphere of quiet and majestic beauty.

But let me explain. … Continue Reading

English Bookshops In Rome

November 20, 2009 Shops No Comments
A localised shop in Rome

There are a number of bookstores in Rome selling English books.

Some are large and modern, located in contemporary palazzi, with elevators and computer-clad information desks, making you feel as though you really are living in the 21st century. Others are tiny, occupying unlikely spaces in medieval buildings, … Continue Reading

Favourite Places: The Orange Garden

View from Orange Garden

On top of one of Rome’s most idyllic hills, the Aventine, you will find the atmospheric Orange Garden (“Giardino degli Aranci/Parco Savelli”), where many people come to relax and watch the sunset over the city.

The view is quite breathtaking – … Continue Reading

Favourite Places: Via del Governo Vecchio

Shop owner historic centre Rome

Via del Governo Vecchio is just another picturesque and cobbled ancient alley in the heart of Rome – or is it?

As the surprisingly unpretentious main artery of the district aroung Piazza Navona, Via del Governo Vecchio has retained its evocative atmosphere. … Continue Reading

Christmas In Rome

October 22, 2009 Events, Exploring Rome No Comments
Piazza del Campidoglio at Christmas

Visiting Rome over Christmas is a different way to spend the holidays. The weather is rather mild compared to the conditions in European countries north of Italy, and although some winter days in Rome are grey and rainy, the sun does come out often enough, even allowing people to enjoy lunch outdoors. … Continue Reading

Favourite Places: Villa Borghese Park

Lake in Villa Borghese park

Villa Borghese is a large landscape garden in the naturalistic English manner in Rome, containing a number of buildings, museums (for example Galleria Borghese) and attractions. … Continue Reading

Handicraft Shops And Art Galleries

October 21, 2009 Exploring Rome, Shops No Comments
Violin Maker in Rome

Handicraft and artistry has a longstanding tradition in Rome, and it is in parts still alive today. … Continue Reading

The Vatican Museums

October 21, 2009 Culture, Exploring Rome No Comments
View of Vatican from the Tiber

The Vatican Museums, in Viale Vaticano in Rome, inside the Vatican City, are among the greatest museums in the world, since they display works from the immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries.

Pope Julius II founded the museums in the 16th century. … Continue Reading

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