Combining Rome sightseeing with a trip to the picturesque Island of Ponza (Follow our photo tour)

If you are in Rome and want to escape the heat and hectic of the city for a day or two, or just wish to alternate your cultural-historical itineraries with total relaxation, the island of Ponza makes a wonderful break. … Continue reading

Top 10 Italian castles turned into hotels

Updated June 24, 2015 The following list includes castles and historic buildings, which have all been beautifully restored and renovated into hotels, while retaining all the features of their original medieval or Renaissance architecture. Five of these castle hotels are … Continue reading

Between the Tiber, the Nile and the Land of the rising sun: Japanese Tycoon offers to restore 2000-year-old pyramid in Rome

  A Japanese benefactor has pledged a million euros to help restore one of the most singular monuments of the Eternal City, the 2000-year-old Cestius pyramid in theTrastevere rione of Rome. The monument is reminiscent of the fashion for all … Continue reading

Living nativity scenes in Italy (Live Christmas crèches)

(updated december 2013)   Many towns in Italy celebrate the centuries-old Italian tradition of Christmas crèches with traditional wooden or ceramic statues, but some villages are so keen on the tradition that the roles are performed by local people. The … Continue reading