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Annual Events in Rome

“New Year’s Day

Following the previous evening’s revelry, children’s activity unfolds on New Year’s Day in the Piazza del Popola, with clowns and other performers on stilts, papier-mache masks, fire-eaters, and more. Call +914 669 5378 or more information.

Underground Market

Unfolding in a subterranean parking lot near the Via Sistina, this monthly antiques market caters to collectors. Call +39 0636 004399 for more information.

Roman Purim

This Roman Jewish holiday, the Mo’ed di Piombo, stems from 1793 AD (5553 in the Hebrew calendar). Rome’s Jewish Temple is illuminated at night as the rabbi explains the meaning underscoring the celebration. Call +39 0636 004399 for more information.


Rome Independent Film Festival

As Rome’s foremost cinema event, the Independent Film Festival showcases more than 40 artists from some 25 countries. Screenings are in theaters at Cinema Pasquino, Cinema Roma and the Ripa Hotel. Call 0039 0636 004399 for more information.



During Eurochocolate week everything revolves around the seductive sweet stuff with some 500 participating stands, a Chocobookshop, a Chocofarm and a chocolate-flavored film competition. For added flair, the famed Trinita dei Monti staircase gets plastered with 3,000 pure chocolate eggs. Call + 39 06 36 00 4399 for more information.


Rome’s Good Friday Procession

On Good Friday, a torchlit procession moves from the Via Crucis, from the Colosseum and up the Monte Palatino, re-enacting the 14 station of the cross from the death of Jesus to placement of his body in the tomb. Call +39 06 3600 4 399 for more information.

Monthly Bargain Market

La Soffitta Sotto I Portici is a monthly bargain market taking place on the third Sunday with collectibles, memorabilia and more up for grabs. Call +39 06 3600 4399 for more information.


May Day Musical

On May 1, Rome celebrates spring’s arrival with a world-class music festival in Piazza San Giovanni. Call +39 06 3600 4399 for more information.

Spring Antiques Market

The Grande Mercato di Primavera (Great Spring Market) offers memorabilia for all tastes. Call +39 06 3600 4399 for more information.

Tennis Masters Series

Great tennis arrives in Rome with the Masters Series where 120 players compete for the top prizes. Call +39 06 3600 4399 for more information.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

This breast cancer awareness fund-raiser involves a mini-marathon at the Stadio delle Terme di Caracalla.

Things To Do On Holiday In Italy

Italy is a very popular family holiday destination for families staying in self catering apartments and holiday villas. It is also popular with couples on romantic short city breaks. They can choose to stay in a holiday cottage or a luxurious holiday villa with a swimming pool.

Rome is now one of the most popular cities in Europe. While here you can choose to stay in one of the many holiday apartments or luxury villas available to rent direct from the holiday home owner in the capital. The prime attraction of Rome is the Colosseum. Emperor Vespasiano built this in 80 A.D. and gladiator fights were performed here. This is a huge monumental structure.

The Vatican City has many hot spots like St. Peter’s square, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Gardens, the Sistine chapel and the Vatican museums. Another popular tourist spot is Fontana di Trevi. There is a belief that if a person throws a coin into the water here, the person would return to Rome at least once again.

Tuscany is an enticing tourist destination and one of the most popular in the world. Tuscany is home to Siena, Lucca, Pisa and Florence. Here, you will find the great works of Renaissance architects, sculptors and painters. Some examples are Filippo Brunelleschi, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci. The Cathedral of Pisa has a bell tower called as the Tower of Pisa. You will find the visit here is physically challenging. There are more than three hundred steps that wind up a narrow staircase. Tourists come from all over the world to visit here; they stay in self catering apartments or holiday villas that they rent from the home owner.

In Tuscany, you can enjoy horse riding from Centro Ippicol Agrifoglio. The horses are extremely obedient, soft and gentle and the inspiring countryside can be seen along with a relaxing ride. At the Circolo Golf Ugolino, a round of golf can be played.

St. Mark’s square is located in the midst of Venice. Families on vacation rental a luxury villa with a swimming pool or a holiday apartment and use this as a base to explore the local sites and culture. There are many museums here. Basilica is a church that has golden mosaics. Also, there is a 10th century altarpiece. Doge’s Palace has a museum inside it. Close to the basilica, there is a Porta della Carta. From the palace, there are pleasant views of the island San Giorgio Maggiore.

Towards the east is the Ponte della Paglia. From this spot, you can see the Bridge of Sighs which proves very popular with tourists. Towards the north of St. Mark’s square, there is a Rialto bridge. While walking from St. Mark’s square to this bridge, you will find many shops selling sweets, handbags, and designer clothing and glass souvenirs. Another major attraction for families staying in self catering apartments or villas is Aberoni golf course, it is the most popular.

Tourist can also enjoy fun filled recreational activities such as sailing in San Giorgio del Maggiore Island, swimming can be done down on the beach, in-line skating at the rink in Castello, tennis and rowing in Canottieri Bucintoro.

A Walk in the Park – Touring Rome by the Day

It’s undeniable that there are so many beautiful places that you can lay your eyes on once you get in Rome. But when is the best time to enjoy it? Of course! in the morning, especially when the weather’s just right for some strolling.

Rome Day Tours Is All about Choices

When it comes to Rome day tours, everything will be according to your choice, and it will never be that hard as you’re provided with lots of them. First of all, you can have the option of enjoying this historical city all on your own. If you have a car, then you can simply get away from the usual places of interest of Rome and proceed to the countryside and nearby villages. Certainly, these locations are not covered by professional and commercial day tours. This will surely be a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Besides, travel doesn’t have to be super-expensive as there are trains that you can ride going from one point to another.

For those who are visiting Rome for the first time, however, it’s advisable to take on Rome day tours provided by local Official Tour Guides. They would cover numerous places that you can probably miss out if you’re only doing the touring alone. Besides, it’s great to have a private Official Tour guide with you, explaining the rich history of each monument and building that you’re going to pass through.

Normally, Rome day tours are referred to as the walking tours. This is because majority of world-renowned establishments are found close to one another. You can basically start your tour at 10:00 a.m. at the Roman Forum, where imposing buildings used to stand. While you’re there, why don’t you listen to the tales and anecdotes that will be shared by your tour guide? They can give you a glimpse of the political and social life of the Romans, which have been known for their philosophies and theories.

You can then proceed to the Colosseum where gladiators used to reign. They speak so much on the form of entertainment during the days of the emperors. But more than that, your Rome private day tours will provide you on the technicalities of the venue. After all, isn’t everyone always left in awe as to how the Colosseum came to be? Nevertheless, it’s ideal to bring in some cash with you, as you will likely get to pay an entrance fee. Besides, this will help you skip a very long line.

After lunch, you can then proceed to other magnificent edifices, even including those that are found at the back streets. These include the Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Pizza Navona, and Trevi Fountain, among others. A fountain that has been the fruit of the collaboration of great Italian artists, such as Borromini and Bernini, is found within the area too.

Rome private day tours can be a lot of fun. However, it’s not only you who share the same opinion. So if you don’t want to have anyone taking on your spot, it’s always best to book your private tour days ahead, especially if it’s going to last for some

Tips for visiting Rome – Part 7

I have to go to Rome 2 or 3 times every year, send by The Italian Customs Agency for which I work, to attend to refresher courses, normally for 3-4 days.

After 17:00, I’m free to walk about Rome to visit the many interesting places over there.

Time available for me is not many and those hours are not the best because there’s the top of traffic, just since 17:00 to about 20:30, the Imperial Forum and other public parks and museums are going to close, except for some exceptions with particular expositions.

So, the best (relatively) is moving in the middle of the afternoon, since 14:00 to 17:30, if you don’t suffer the hot in summer, otherwise, in the middle of the morning (10:00 – 13:00) and then, in the evening, after 20:30 – 21:00 to have dinner (in Rome, rather late hours for dinner are usual) and visit Rome in the evening, very nice and pleasant.

If you walk in the evening, stay always in the centre, where, normally, there’s many people and the “movida”, because to circulate in the other areas can be more dangerous for crime and robbings.

Rome is beautiful, but, surely, is NOT a paradise.

To move in Rome, try to use as much as possible the two lines (A and B) of the Underground, although very little thing, if compared to that of Paris, London, or New York and it’s often crowded; by the way, this is the fastest way to move across the town.

Be careful that, if I remember well, at 23:00 it closes the service.

Avoid absolutely taxis, because they’re too expensive and not fast for the traffic, if you don’t have too much money.

Then, where the underground can’t get, take a bus or walk, being careful to cross roads, because Romans are rather fast, nevrotic and few patient with pedestrians.

My advice is that of buying a daily ticket for 4.00 Eur to circulate freely the whole day by bus and underground.

There’re also other tickets for 3 or 7 days, really convenient and comfortable.

Buy cumulative tickets to visit more museums with the same ticket; you will spend less and save time.

If you have time and will to walk, start from the underground stop of Terme di Caracalla, pass through the Viale delle Terme di Caracalla and then,

continue along Via di Porta S. Sebastiano, the beginning of Via Appia Antica (the first of the great roads built by the ancient Romans, pass Porta S. Sebastiano (a door of the Aurelian Walls) and then walk also for 5, 7, or 10 km along the Via Appia Antica.

The landscape of the “Campagna Romana” is very nice and green, with many ancient imponent ruins and the S. Callisto Catacombe, (the ancient Christian underground cemetery).

The area is today a great natural park, saved from the assaults of modern cements after many years of environmental battles.

I made this long walk in a beautiful free sunny Saturday of October; wonderful!

Italy By Bike: Bike Hotels Near Rome

Open stretches of land and sweet hills make up the scenario that Lazio, the ancient home of the Romans, offers bike enthusiasts who would like to enjoy their favourite sport while on holidays.

Cycling tourism, which has become increasingly popular over the last few years, offers the possibility of a healthy holiday based upon cycling trails, typical products and wellness treatments.

In response to the need to maintain a healthy mind in a healthy body also while on holiday, the bike hotels on the hills of Lazio provide an all-inclusive holiday for cyclists.

Expert guides take guests along the most famous routes between Rome and Naples and bike hotels provide unique bike services, from bike deposits to sportswear, cycling maps and energy food.

Fiuggi is one of the best places for all those who love cycling holidays and would like to combine the fun of a ride with body treatment by the therapeutic properties of the water of Fiuggi spa.

Many bike hotels are equipped with sports and wellness centres for their guests. Others offer cycling holidays, trekking routes and fully-equipped golf centres to live a real active holiday.

The hotel propose many itineraries for cyclists and just as many golf competitions for green enthusiasts also available in the Fiuggi Golf Club and golf calendar full of events.

In addition…. Fiuggi Spa offer curative water treatments and therapeutic paths in the wellness centres: beauty care and tailor made diet for all needs.

Fiuggi and its hotels are a perfect alternative for all those who wish to spend a holiday between sport and wellness to live a special holiday of nature and relax.

In the heart of Ciociaria, one can also taste the typical dishes of Lazio cuisine and visit the historical sites between Rome and Naples to live the ancient tradition.

Best vacation destinations – Part 1

What is better than relaxing in the beautiful Mediterranean in the best possible weather and seeing some of the greatest relics of times past? I’m not quite sure. How about a vacation to exotic places like Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Athens, and Santorini? This may sound like a fantasy, but I’ll be headed to all these places this spring. Yes, lucky me.

Warm days that aren’t sweltering, at a time when tourists will be few and far between sounds so inviting I want to pack my bags immediately. On my vacation, I will be there about two weeks, submerging myself in the culture and oh, the food! I will eat everything in sight, considering I am basically going for the food and the atmosphere. Italian accents are wonderful. I’m currently learning Italian but to be surrounded by the language and the people will be awesome. Highlights like seeing the Colosseum or the fashionable city of Milan are as enticing as the Tuscan cuisine.

On the other hand, Greece is so incredibly picturesque! That deep blue water, and the stark white buildings are captivating. You know how you always see the same few buildings in pictures or on calendars and it seems like Greece is made up of the same three houses, and single blue gate? I can’t wait to stand next to that very blue gate or gaze out at the boats lined up by the dock. Who could not fall in love with the view?

I will probably stand out like a sore thumb, but I have wanted to go to both Italy and Greece for a number of years. I cannot wait to plan this and travel for two weeks. My camera will probably break from all the pictures I will take there.

These are all expectations but when you begin planning a trip like this how can you refrain from letting yourself dream?

I just felt like sharing what, in my opinion, is the best vacation destination ever.

Italy Vacation Rentals

Italy is a country of remarkable beauty and breathtaking architecture that should be viewed by every visitor to this rich and diverse country. No matter which part you plan to visit, you are bound to find a wealth of attractions that take you on a historical journey and call out to you with their detail and beauty. Make your way to the Italian region of your choice for your next vacation and enjoy all the fine comforts of home when you stay in a conveniently located vacation rental.

There are vacation rentals located throughout the country that have all the amenities of home while surrounding you with the very best Italian scenery this country has to offer. Whether you are planning on spending the duration of your trip in Florence or heading over to the capital of Rome after a few days, you don’t have to give up a moment of luxury when you stay in a house, villa, or apartment that provides the most breathtaking views of Italy that you could ever imagine.

Florence is a city of stunning architecture as the enormous white, green, and pink marble Duomo on top of the Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori punctuates the skyline. For those who want to soak in the wondrous beauty of Florence’s architecture, consider staying in an apartment rental that has remarkable views of the magnificent dome of Brunelleschi, the grandiose bell tower of Giotto, and the gorgeous frescos of Vasari while providing all the modern comforts of home. From the balcony, you can soak in the Florence skyline and feel as if you can reach out and touch the marble façade of the Duomo.

If you plan on heading to Naples or the Amalfi Coast, the very best accommodations will take advantage of the stunning Bay of Naples so you can enjoy this glorious expanse of water. There are numerous house and apartment rentals perched atop the bay, allowing you to relax on balconies while soaking in the one-of-a-kind views and forgetting all of the stresses you have left behind. Sip your fresh espresso or simply breathe in the fresh air before heading down to explore the shops and churches that populate the Spaccanapoli.

Countryside homes are available throughout Italy and are a great option for anyone who wants to experience the slow-paced, charming way of life of those who prefer to stay away from the bustling city centers. Enjoy the lush rolling hills of the Italian countryside while overlooking all the action that lies below your perch without having to deal with the noise and commotion. Surrounded by a vibrant garden and a private swimming pool, you can experience Italy at your own pace by making your way into the city at your own leisure.

For those who want a luxurious retreat away where they can unwind after a busy day of viewing art galleries and strolling the busy Italian squares, there are fine accommodations in many of the popular regions that take you back to another world. Take advantage of the two level terrace that is surrounded by fine architectural details while enjoying a comfortable lunch, or relax inside on the massive lounge couches. For those times when you simply want to kick back and rest your feet after a long day of walking around, open up the glass roof and gaze up the clear skies as you slowly re-energize your body for an exciting evening.

Italy is a country of many pleasures and delights that allows visitors to live and breathe its historical significance by simply strolling its stunning streets. Stay as close to the many museums, art galleries, and attractions as you desire with Italy vacation rentals that are located throughout the country. Whether you prefer rolling hills with expansive views or a city center location that puts you in the middle of all the architecture and worthwhile sights, everything you love about Italy can be at your fingertips when you stay in a vacation rental that meets all your needs and exceeds all your expectations.

Know All About Rome: A Travelers Guide To Rome

The city of Rome is very impressive mostly because of the antique structures it has. It also has a great history attached with it. Rome was ranked at number 2 position in the 2004 Readers Choice Awards for the Top 10 European Cities (for Conde Nast Traveler). It was behind Florence only.

Rome is dry and hot in summers and rainy in winters. The city has a population of 2.7 million. You need to have a passport to visit Rome, as it is for most of the Italian countries. But you do not have to worry about the visa if your stay is not more than 90 days. You should visit Rome during the off-season that is from October to March. There are too many tourists during the summer months. Try to get accommodation into hotels near the historic district or the centro storico. Hotel de Russie is the situated perfectly between the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo. This way you will get to visit these places first and then move on to visit other places of interest.

You should explore Rome on your own. You should make a list of the sites you intend to visit. This will make traveling a lot easier for you. It will also help you save time. Private guided tours are also a good option. You can get the bookings done from your hotel only. You can also opt for the TramBus system. It is cheap and good. This bus system takes you to all the beautiful places in and around Rome.

Different people visit different places in Rome however there are certain sites which one should never miss. The Coliseum is the most popular structure in the city. You must visit this place. You can either look around it on your own or go for guides who are part of the conducted tours. The guides dress up as gladiators. The time when these tours are conducted are not fixed so you should call earlier and inquire about them.

After Coliseum the place to visit should be The Roman Forum or Foro Romano. This place has significant historical importance as it was the civic center of old age Rome. This was the place where all the significant activities took place be it political, religious or anything else. Even after 2000 years, its structures depict the Roman architecture in the true sense. There is no entry fee for visiting this place. It opens at 9 in the morning and closes 1 hour before the sun sets. Paid audio and guided tours are also available.

The Pantheon is a very old structure, around 1,800 years old. However the structure is still intact. This structure was built around 125 A.D. the word Pantheon literally means temple to all gods and it was built by Emperor Hadrian. It has got a huge 9 meter opening. That is the only source of light here. Some famous people like Vittorio Emmanuel II, Renaissance painter Raphael, Umberto I and two Kings of Italy are buried here. The building has remains of so many civilizations. You can know a lot about Roman civilization from here. You can learn about their sculpture, clothing, woodwork, language and many other things. You can actually learn about their thoughts also. There is no entry fee for The Pantheon. It is open for visitors throughout the week. It is closed on all holidays excluding Christmas.

You can visit all the listed placed in Rome in a single day. After this, you can spend a 3 hours at The Vatican. Here you can find huge collections of books, paintings, sculptures and many other things related to the history of the Catholic Church. But this time is not sufficient to examine each and every piece out there. You can not go through the entire Vatican collection at one go. In St. Peters you can have a look at Michelangelos Pieta. Then there is the magnificent Vatican Museum where some great antiques are placed.

There are also some Egyptian mummies here. However one place which you must visit is the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo was a great sculptor and Pope Julius II asked him to paint the bible on Sistine Chapels ceiling. However his aim to embarrass Michelangelo wasnt fulfilled as Sistine Chapel went on to become one of the greatest pieces of art from the Renaissance period. The schedules here arent that regular so you should inquire about it well in advance.

Cafes and restaurants are there almost everywhere in Rome so there is no problem in finding them when you are feeling hungry. For traveling, wear comfortable dress and shoes. Do not carry too much luggage with you. To know all the things you need to do and need to visit, consult the hotel concierge or some other tourist information.

Italian travel guide

Italy as one of the most ancient European civilizations is unknown to none. Italy had been the land of Roman Empire for long. Today the country has a rich history and tradition that speaks for itself and gathers tourists from all round the world. Italy is a place known for its wonderful cities and their archaic art and architecture. There are great Roman structures like Roman Colosseum and Pantheon; the Sistine Chapel, sculptures by maestros Leonardo, Michelangelo etc. and many more attractions that can make your vacation a dream come true.

A Walk through the Italian Cities-

The cities of Italy are quite popular across the globe. For instance the land of Julius Caesar i.e. the city of Rome also known as the “Eternal City” has an aura of exotic Roman art and architecture. Rome is famous for its architectural masterpiece of the Colosseum, the National Gallery of Ancient Art which in itself is a magnum opus and displays the work of Bernini, Raphael and Titan. The Capitoline Museums houses the complete history of Rome, the Gallery of Modern Art presents the 19th and 20th century at work by eminent artists and the Galleria Borghese museum in Rome has the largest art collection in the world.

The city of Venice seeks no introduction. It is the city where tranquility prevails and the beguiling art and architecture makes everyone’s day. The visitors are attracted by pulls like the Grand Canal, the museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Oriental Art in the Santa Croce region of Venice, which put at parade the art work from countries like Japan, Indonesia and China. Also worth visiting are the Academy of Fine Art and the Correr Museum known for its Renaissance art.

The fashion city of Milan has always been inviting visitors. It is a primary economic and cultural center of Italy. Milan is popular for the Romanesque architecture in the Lombardy region of which Milan is a part; The Cathedral of Milan that is a paradigm example of Gothic architecture. The Milan museums include some of the fascinating museums in the world. For instance the Brera Gallery that presents the tour de force of geniuses like Raphael and Giovanni Bellini. You can also gaze at the awesome “The Last Supper”, Jesus and his disciples at the Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie church.

Since the entire Italy is swarming with museums and art, the city of Florence too grounds few wonderful ones. The Uffizi Gallery which is best known for the art work of Sandro Botticelli – “Birth of Venus”, Leonardo da Vinci’s strokes, and apart from these the Dutch, French and Spanish work of art it displays.

Besides this, Florence is thronged for its delectable cuisine, hill slopes and the oldest archaeologically significant region of this place i.e. the Tuscany region. One among the wonders of the world, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is nestled in the Italian town of Pisa in the Tuscany region.

The Vatican City is a center of attraction in Italy particularly for magnificent Sistine Chapel, designed by the architect Baccio Pontelli and feathers added to it by Bernini. The galleries of this Chapel present some of the exclusive art works-paintings and sculptures like “run-of-the-mill”, the archaic bronze statue of Apoxyomenos, Michelangelo’s sculpture ‘The Pieta’ and so forth.

After these Italy has many other cities that have always been welcoming visitors with their pleasant surroundings and amazing art work.

So one should, in one’s life time definitely bask in the glory of the skill of distinguished artists, painters and architects, no where else but Italy.

Planning a vacation: Top ten cities you should visit – Part 2

Vacation: ahh..freedom from the everyday pressures of life! We all need vacations from time to time otherwise we would literally lose it! Our minds, that is! The word itself is a mood booster! Many people have difficulty in choosing the right places for a vacation! Having numerous choices always helps! I hope this list makes it a bit easier for some of you! Some of the best places i’ve come across are these:

1) Montego Bay (Jamaica) – The Blue Mountain Peak is Jamaica’s tallest peak! It is in the heart of Jamaica north of Kingston, another city in Jamaica, and very near Montego Bay. The peak is 7,402 feet in height. Doting the hillside below are small villages. The area’s inhabitants are known as the Rastafarians, who are reclusive, spiritual people. Anybody who has the hiking spirit in them, climbs this peak, which can be strenuous. People usually start their climb at dawn, at which time the peak looks stunningly beautiful, with the morning mist surrounding it and adding to that, the tinge of red and orange in the sky. When you’re climbing, on a clear day, you might get to see Cuba, which is about 90 miles north, if you’re lucky. You might also get to see the rare ‘Doctor Bird’, the longtailed, shimmering green hummingbird, that is the national symbol.

2) Paris (France) – also known as the ‘city of love’, Paris is studded with amazing attractions! This city attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. The main attraction in Paris is….yes, you guessed it! The Eiffel Tower! This iron tower is built on the Champ de Mars, beside the River Siene. It is the tallest structure in Paris and one of the most well-known. Just last year, the number of visitors to the Eiffel Tower was 6,719,200! There are also many other places to visit, some of them being the Louvre National Museum, The Sacred Heart Basilica, an annual event called Paris Plage, among others.

3) Florence (Italy) – this city lies on the Arno River in Italy. Florence is famous for its magnificient art and architecture. This city has also been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. Here, Santa Maria del Fiore, the domed cathedral of the city, also known as the Duomo. This magnificient structure is the best-known site in the city. Florence has also great and historic museums like the Bargello, which contains many priceless pieces of art by sculptors such as Donatello, Michelango, and many others. Some other museums are the Accademia and the Uffizi Gallery which are very famous.

4) Rome (Italy)