Category Archives: Rome

8 things you didn’t know about St Peter’s in Rome

St Peter’s in Rome recently celebrated the 389th anniversary of it’s consecration on 18th November 1626, 120 years after the first stone was laid. And Pope Francis’s Jubilee, or extraordinary Holy Year, commenced with the opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica on … Continue reading

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Festa della Repubblica Italiana – Italian Republic Day, 2nd June

Did you know that today, June 2nd, is a national holiday in Italy? Government offices, post offices and schools are closed across the land. And many archeological sites such as the Colosseum and Forum in Rome close too as Italians, … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Broken

Italy is famous for its art, whether it’s Michelangelo’s Davide in Florence, Tiziano’s Assumption in Venice or Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in Paris. Some works, particularly statues and architecture, have survived for centuries, or even millennia, bringing pleasure to modern … Continue reading

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Happy 2768th Birthday Rome, 21st April!

Murder, myth and mystery surround the founding of the Italian city of Rome. According to one story, the founder was a Trojan hero, while another tells of 2 brothers fighting it out for the prize. Whatever the truth, Rome traditionally … Continue reading

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Beware Friday the 17th!

We all have our superstitions. Some refuse to walk under ladders. Others wear lucky charms or even lucky pants. And Italians dislike the number 17 so much that some hotels avoid having rooms with the number. So what’s the problem? … Continue reading

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The birth of Italy, 17th March 1861

Italy has a history that stretches back thousands of years and includes the Etruscans of Tuscany, the ancient Roman empire and Charles the Great (Charlemagne), otherwise known as the “Father of Europe”. Many of its 61 million population are descendants … Continue reading

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Beware the Ides of March!

Caesar : Who is it in the press (crowd) that calls on me? I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music, Cry ‘Caesar!’ – Speak! Caesar is turn’d to hear. Soothsayer : Beware the Ides of March. Caesar : … Continue reading

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