History of Rome

MOST SECRET ROMAN COURTYARDS OPEN JUST FOR A WEEKEND!

MOST SECRET ROMAN COURTYARDS OPEN JUST FOR A WEEKEND!

Rome will disclose some of her secret treasures this weekend: on May 23rd and 24th the “Open Courtyards Rome” event will allow anyone to visit courtyards which are normally closed to public as being part of private properties, although historical. The event is organized once a year by the Italian…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROME!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROME!

The old, charming lady is turning 2768 next week: following the tradition, indeed, April 21st marks the anniversary of the foundation of the Eternal City by Romulus in 753 BC. After Roman age, when the city foundation was regularly celebrated with a ceremony called Palilia, its occurring in modern time dates…
QUIRINAL PALACE: THE LARGEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD OPENS TO PUBLIC EVERY DAY

QUIRINAL PALACE: THE LARGEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD OPENS TO PUBLIC EVERY DAY

The largest building in the world will be soon open to public every day: this is one of the first disposals by the newly elected President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella with reference to his institutional abode, i.e. the Quirinal Palace in the heart of Rome. Dating back to…
BAROQUE FIREWOKS AND PARADES AT ROMAN CARNIVAL

BAROQUE FIREWOKS AND PARADES AT ROMAN CARNIVAL

Carnival in Rome gives the chance for a trip back to Renaissance and Baroque age. Celebrations of this yearly event in the Eternal City take visitors into colors, customs and atmospheres which were in vogue five hundred years ago: masquerades, horse parades and even fireworks have been set up in…
THE POPE’S SWISS GUARD: FIVE CENTURY OLD TRADITION

THE POPE’S SWISS GUARD: FIVE CENTURY OLD TRADITION

Swiss Guard’s birthday was celebrated just few days ago in the Vatican City: 22 January traditionally marks the official recruitment of this corp by the Holy Seat in order to guarantee the Pope’s safety. A fascinating story is at the origin of these guards’ proverbial loyalty to the chief of…