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10 things about the Sistine Chapel

10 things about the Sistine Chapel

Approximately 25,000 people visit the Sistine Chapel every day. Unfortunately, too many people are herded through the chapel without really understanding what they’re looking at, ...

29th Aug 2016

5 fantastic fountains in Rome

5 fantastic fountains in Rome

Fountains are often in the news these days. Photos of bikini-clad tourists frolicking in the fountain on the Gianicolo caused widespread indignation, while an Anita Ekberg imitator ...

23rd Aug 2016

My experience of a Vatican Tour

My experience of a Vatican Tour

When I see the length of the lines outside the Vatican Museums, I feel incredibly relieved to be part of a private tour of the Vatican. Although it’s early in the morning, it’s ...

2nd Aug 2016

Why did Michelangelo choose Jonah on the Sistine Chapel ceiling?

Why did Michelangelo choose Jonah on the Sistine Chapel ceiling?

Jonah welcomes us. It is Jonah and the whale who suddenly come to greet us, the moment we enter the chapel. But why did Michelangelo choose Jonah? The answer lies in his story.

1st Aug 2016

Ancient Roman Banquet

Banquets in Ancient Rome

Mealtimes have always been an important part of Italian life. There’s still a lunchtime rush hour in Rome today, as workers travel home for lunch, while sampling the local cuisine ...

22nd Jul 2016

Ruins of Pompeii

My Pompeii private tour

As I walked down a cobbled street in Pompeii and saw Vesuvius rising up in the distance, I reflected that something had changed. It didn’t seem likely that Pompeii itself had ...

13th Jul 2016

Artist of the month: Bernini

Artist of the month: Bernini

Gian Lorenzo Bernini was not only one of the greatest artists and architects of the Baroque, but also one of the most prolific. It’s impossible to walk through the centre for Rome ...

28th Jun 2016