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P-stop: a new tourist service in Rome

What is a P-stop? Before answering that, we will need to talk about the… city tax. Yes, it’s annoying, and yes, it bites into your holiday budget. However, also yes: cities that charge tourists that particular amount also provide services in exchange for it, which are entirely funded with city tax money. One example would […]

Primo Maggio (Labor Day/May Day/International Workers’ Day) in Rome

  You can call it many different names: International Workers’ Day, Labor/Labour Day, May Day or, as locals would, Primo Maggio. No matter what you pick: this particular holiday will always creates some inconveniences for those who are visiting Rome (and Italy at large, as it’s a nationally observed celebration) at this time. That’s why […]

Rome’s Other Basilicas

Do you know Saint Peter’s is not the cathedral of Rome? Actually, the world’s supposedly largest church is located into a state independent of Italy, namely Vatican City, an enclave within the Italian Republic. Rome has its own cathedral at Saint John’s basilica, one worth visiting together with many other churches a little off the […]

Labour Day Free Concert

For over 20 years, Rome celebrates the Labour Day (1st of May) with a huge free concert held in Piazza San Giovanni, just in front of the imposing basilica façade, organised by the major Italian labour unions: CGIL, CISL and UIL. Very popular between young people, arriving in Rome from every part of Italy and […]

Porta Maggiore Square

Located in the point where eight of the original eleven roman aqueducts converged, we find the spacious Porta Maggiore Square, a fundamental area in the road network of the city, point of convergence of via Prenestina, via Casilina, the Esquilin area and San Lorenzo district. The square derives its name from one of the ancient […]


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