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5 highlights of the Pinacoteca in the Vatican Museums

5 highlights of the Pinacoteca in the Vatican Museums

The Pinacoteca of the Vatican Museums is home to an astonishing collection of painting with artworks of Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Perugino, Fra' Angelico and ohter great artists.

10th Mar 2016

Going underground at the Colosseum

Going underground at the Colosseum

How many times do you go through the Gate of Death in the Colosseum? If you’re on an Underground Colosseum walking tour, twice. If you were an unlucky gladiator, once. The gate ...

29th Feb 2016

Artemisia Gentileschi: the story behind the beheading

Artemisia Gentileschi: the story behind the beheading

Caravaggio inspired many talented artists, but perhaps none so talented as Artemisia Gentileschi. Discovering her striking interpretation of Judith Slaying Holofernes in the Uffizi ...

25th Feb 2016

North Africans in Ancient Rome

North Africans in Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome was more diverse than you might expect. People immigrated to Rome from across Europe, and even from Egypt, Syria and North Africa. It was not cosmopolitan like modern ...

15th Feb 2016

Emperor Nero: Tyrant or misconstrued?

Emperor Nero: Tyrant or misconstrued?

Emperor Nero and his myth. A look at modern theories on how, the once considered most infamous emperor of ancient Rome, could have also been a competent and compassionate leader...

12th Feb 2016

Privilege and punishment: the Vestal Virgins of Ancient Rome

Privilege and punishment: the Vestal Virgins of Ancient Rome

The Roman Forum is a labyrinth of ruins – crumbling columns and walls overgrown with weeds and wildflowers. Once the centre of public life in Rome, with its courthouses, temples, ...

9th Feb 2016

Savonarola in Florence: visions of the apocalypse

Savonarola in Florence: visions of the apocalypse

A few steps away from the Fountain of Neptune in Piazza della Signoria is a plaque, marking the spot where three friars were hanged and burned in 1498. Walking through the beautiful ...

5th Feb 2016