Rome

Where to Find the Most Stunning Views of Rome

Orange Garden<p>Tucked away in the elegant Aventino neighborhood, the idyllic <i>Giardino degli Aranci</i> (Orange Garden) offers one of Rome’s best views with …

Italy

Michelangelo’s Anxious, Modern Faces, at the Sistine Chapel in the Oculus

As any American visiting Rome quickly learns, Michelangelo’s frescoes on the Sistine Chapel ceiling have been so murdered by mass tourism that going to look at them is an exhausting, not to mention occasionally frightening, experience. The guards shout, with very non-Italian urgency, for the …

Humor

1,800 year-old 'Mini Pompeii' unearthed during Rome metro line excavations

The remains of two buildings, including a solarium, and the bones of a dog were identified by archaeologists.<p>Excavation work conducted in Rome to …

Archaeology

Subway dig finds ‘new Pompeii’ during Rome metro excavations

Digging for Rome’s new subway has unearthed the charred ruins of an early 3rd-century building and the 1,800-year-old skeleton of a crouching dog …

Archaeology

A Rome Dining Guide From the City’s Only Female Michelin-Starred Chef

Cristina Bowerman is a force to be reckoned with. The renowned chef spends most days commuting between her restaurants, Glass Hostaria in Trastevere and Romeo Chef & Baker and Giulietta Pizzeria in Testaccio. Originally from Puglia, Bowerman found her culinary calling later in life, first studying …

Restaurants

Third-Century Structure Discovered in Rome

ROME, ITALY—Construction of Rome’s new metro Line C has uncovered traces of buildings dating to the third century A.D., according to a report in <i>The</i> …

Archaeology

Could The Roman Empire Have Survived?

No empire, from Sargon’s Akkadian Empire to the Soviet Union, lasts forever. There’s always an expiration date.<p>Internal contradictions and structural …

Italy

Roman gladiators were war prisoners and criminals, not sporting heroes

For centuries, the bloody gladiator conflicts that the Romans staged in amphitheatres throughout the empire have engrossed and repelled us. When it …

Italy

Roman Subway Dig Reveals Remains of an 1,800-Year-Old Dog

The pet seems to have perished in an ancient fire.<p>Another victim of the fires of ancient Rome has finally been unearthed, and this time it was a just …

Archaeology

The Dormouse-Fattening Jars of Ancient Rome

For the plumpest, tastiest rodents.<p>The ancient Romans consumed some strange foods, ranging from sow’s womb to dormice, which were known as <i>glires</i> in …

Culture

Avoid Making These 7 Mistakes in Rome | Architectural Digest

How to bypass seven rookie missteps when visiting the Eternal City and what to do instead<p>If you’ve ever spent any time in Rome, you know that the city functions in a sort of organized chaos, with its own set of unspoken rules and customs. You can stumble down a side street and find a sublime little …

Italy

Third-Century Structure Discovered in Rome

ROME, ITALY—Construction of Rome’s new metro Line C has uncovered traces of buildings dating to the third century A.D., according to a report in <i>The</i> …

Archaeology

American Academy in Rome announces 2017-2018 Rome Prize Fellows

The American Academy in Rome recently revealed the newest group of up-and-coming scholars, artists, writers, and composers who received a fellowship …

Italy

The Tasty Spoon's Gelato Spotlights Local Ingredients, Italian Technique

Ashley MacDonald, owner of The Tasty Spoon<p>Just in time for hot summer days, The Tasty Spoon, a traditional Italian gelateria, opened on South 1st …

Food

Rome Public Transport: Tips for Riding the Bus

Rome—easy on the eyes, but hard on the feet. When I get to bella Roma, I flit from one historical attraction to the next like the proverbial kid in …

Italy

500 Years After Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel's Frescoes Have Made Their Way Into, of All Places, the World Trade Center

Back in the 1400s, Pope Sixtus IV organized the construction of the Sistine Chapel, a brick building perfect for both papal congregations to elect new popes and saying prayers—especially after Sixtus enlisted famed Renaissance painters like Sandro Botticelli to do the decorating. It was in the …

House Democrat: Pelosi ‘would be Caesar’ if US were Roman Empire

House Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley (New York) compared House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to an ancient Roman leader in an interview that …

U.S. Congress

Italy winds up Veneto banks at cost of up to 17 billion euros | Reuters

By Silvia Aloisi and Steve Scherer<br>| MILAN/ROME<p>MILAN/ROME Italy began winding up two failed regional banks on Sunday in a deal that could cost the …

Indian Economy

Corey Stoll Offers His View From The Stage Persepective Of The ‘Julius Caesar’ Protests

Corey Stoll, who played Brutus in the Central Park production of <i>Julius Caesar</i>, has opened up about what it’s been like starring in such a hot topic show and carrying on through the occasional protest. Some of his thoughts are serious, such as his response to accusations the play actively advocates …

Julius Caesar

Blog Archive » Vomitorium, small horse hoof found at Colchester Roman circus

A three-week excavation on the site of the Roman circus in Colchester, southeast England, has unearthed the remains of one of the circus’ passageways …

Archaeology

Visitors Threw $1.5 Million Into Rome's Trevi Fountain Last Year — Here's Where All Those Coins Go

Coins aren't the only things thrown into the fountain.<p>It's no novel idea to toss a coin into a fountain and make a wish, but there's something …

Italy

Le Marche marches on: recovery after the 2016 earthquakes

On the night of 24th August, and then again on the 26th and 30th October 2016, central Italy was struck by three devastating earthquakes. Among the Italian regions affected, it was Le Marche that suffered the biggest impact.<p>Yet today, a mere eight months after the last tremor, this stunning region …

Europe

Ancient Baths Are Pretty, But Their Benefits Are Probably Bogus

Sacred baths, often built over natural hot springs, can be found around the world and boast all sorts of physical and spiritual benefits. But is it worth adding these sites to your travel itinerary? Maybe. Whether you're planning to visit Hungarian springs or ancient Roman baths in the U.K., there …

In Praise Of Italy

"<p>I spent my honeymoon in Italy. I chose it because I have a strong attachment to the country - I first went there when I was 21, and spent a lot of time riding around on the back of vespers with handsome young men. Then I returned in 2012, following a difficult time on a posting to Pakistan, and …

Italy

Caravaggio's Final Days

The final days of Caravaggio's life is an amazing story—one fit for Hollywood, though it was the British filmmaker Derek Jarman who made the movie …

Art Museums

A cathedral: more than a beautiful building - CNA Columns: Bishops' Corner

When Constantine legalized the Christian faith with the Edict of Milan in 313 A.D., the Church emerged from Rome’s subterranean cemeteries and moved …

Christianity

Rome doubles down on protecting its fountains

Steep fines for eating on or throwing anything other than coins into the Trevi Fountain are in place until October.

Italy

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel has been recreated at the Oculus

It's hard to say which feat was more grueling: Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel in the early 16th century or the lengthy construction of the …

New York City

How to spot good quality gelato in Italy - and how to suss out the fakes

For starters, 'gelato' is not just the Italian word for 'ice cream', whatever your phrase book would have you believe.<p>To create the authentic Italian …

Italy

Take Five with Daniel Godfrey, Author, Empire of Time

Five Facts About <i>Empire of Time</i>, the sequel to <i>New Pompeii</i>.<p><b>About Empire of Time:</b><p>For fifteen years, the Romans of New Pompeii have kept the outside …