Vatican Area

St. Peter’s Dome to be restored for the next four years

As you’re watching the reports on the worldwide Coronavirus emergency, you might have noticed that images from Rome include footage of St. Peter’s Basilica partially covered in scaffolding. This is because a massive renovation effort has been planned before the lockdown was set: four years of works to restore the aesthetics and safety elements of […]

Vatican Museums online tour

During the Coronavirus crisis, Rome’s museums go online

An increasing number of world museums is allowing users stuck at home under Coronavirus lockdown to keep enjoying their cultural offer and their magnificent masterpieces by setting up “virtual tours” of their collections and their establishments. Rome has joined enthusiastically the initiative, with Vatican City and Italy’s capital joined into bringing art online to anyone […]

Statue of emperor Augustus hit by the sun

Free water and cool churches: fighting the heat in Rome

So it’s official: the Copernicus satellite system has declared this month of June the hottest ever recorded. Tourists who were in Rome in the past few weeks probably don’t need that kind of validation – they felt it on their skin! Everywhere we looked we saw visitors fanning themselves with maps of the city, resorting […]

Capitoline Hill Capitoline Museums free admission Sundays

Free Museum Sundays to change in 2019

Tourists planning their Italian holidays around the wonderfully generous “Free Museum Sundays” scheme may have to change their plans when they visit in 2019. In order to avoid the huge queues originating at the most popular sites on the first Sunday of the month, Italian culture minister Alberto Bonisoli has announced the end of the […]


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