Monthly Archives: February 2021

Explore Rome’s Magnificent Churches

With over nine hundred churches in the eternal city, there is so much history, art, and stunning architecture to explore. Pilgrims, tourists, and locals visit Rome’s churches to observe some of the most magnificent artworks, treasures, and architecture ever created.

World-renowned artists such as Michelangelo, Bernini, Caravaggio, and Raphael, to name just a few, have created magnificent masterpieces that are displayed in basilicas across the city. Filled with sculptures, paintings, frescoes, mosaics, and other types of art and religious artifacts, churches have become so much more than just a place of worship.

As well as the well-known, awe-inspiring churches such as the Saint Peter’s Basilica, there are also many smaller, less ornate historic churches in the capital hosting an abundance of artworks.

We are delighted to offer small group guided tours of some of these beautiful architectural masterpieces. All our tours respect the regulations imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a business, we ensure all our staff and visitors wear masks and maintain social distancing measures.

Our experienced tour guides have an incredible knowledge of the city and the churches. This month our tour guide Ilaria will lead small group tours exploring the Church of Santa Maria ai Monti on February 21st and the Church of Sant’Ignazio on February 28th. There are just a few spaces remaining on each tour, so if you would like to join us, contact us now.

Church of Santa Maria ai Monti on February 21st

This 16th and early 17th-century one-nave temple is a parish and titular church in the Monti neighborhood of Rome. Best known for the ‘Madonna and Child‘ fresco, the ceiling features paintings by Cristoforo Casolani of the Ascension of the Lord, saints, and angels. Architect Giacomo Della Porta created the design. Construction started in 1580, with this design being an example of the transition between Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

Church of Sant’Ignazio on February 28th

This Baroque church built by Cardinal Ludovisi between 1626 and 1650 was built in honor of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order. Inspired by the Church of Gesu, the design features a Latin cross plan with various side chapels. The nave ceiling is a ‘must-see’ with an incredible fresco by Andrea Pozzo that covers the nave.

Rome’s churches all have a story to tell. If you enjoy history and understanding more about art and architecture, you will enjoy one of our small group guided tours of some of the most beautiful churches in Rome. With just a few spaces left on these tours, contact us now to book your place.

For all our tours, including the Vatican tours and our walking tour of Rome focusing on the art of Caravaggio check out our website.

By |February 19th, 2021|Best places in Rome, Events in Rome, Holiday, Things to do in Rome|0 Comments

Top 5 Reasons to Explore Rome Just Now

Now is the perfect time to plan a trip to Rome. From history, art, archeology, and architecture to winding, cobbled alleys filled with hidden gems, the eternal city has something for everyone.

Here are our top 5 reasons to put Rome on your must-visit list:

1. Rome is Open Again

After the recent closures because of the pandemic, Rome is reopening and welcoming visitors again. Popular sights such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill, Vatican Museums, St Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon and many more museums reopened on February 1st.

Visitors can explore these sights without the usual busy crowds or intense summer heat. Moderate temperatures, bright blue skies, and sunshine make it pleasurable to explore the city.

2. Outdoor Spaces to Explore on Foot, by Scooter or River Boat

Rome is one of the European capital cities with the largest area of green space. The Italian aristocracy built several impressive villas with landscaped gardens, many such as Villa Doria Pamphili, Villa Ada, and Villa Borghese are open to the public.

Rome has the River Tiber, one of the longest rivers in Italy, flowing through the city. Why not experience the sights of Rome from a unique perspective, from a boat trip along the Tiber. You can hop on and off at one of the many bridges along the way. Jump off at Ponte Sant’Angelo and visit Castel Sant’Angelo before heading to the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter’s Basilica.

Or view the city from an electric scooter. This seems to be one of the most popular ways to visit Rome right now.

3. Seven Hills and Magnificent Views

Founded on seven hills, the Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Palatine, Quirinal Hill, and Viminal, all these locations and other special viewpoints provide spectacular views of the city. Everyone should watch the sun setting over the city’s rooftops and experience the Roman skyline at dusk.

Want to see something unique? Visit the Orange Gardens on the Aventine Hill for a special view of Saint Peter’s Basilica. Perfectly framed through the keyhole at the Knights of Malta property, it is well worth peeking through this famous keyhole.

4. Explore Ancient Roman Ruins al Fresco

Many monuments are accessible outside and are within easy walking distance of each other. When you visit the Colosseum, imagine what it would have been like to sit among the crowds as gladiators fought. Then walk in the footsteps of the Romans through the ruins of the Forum and Palatine Hill and discover the religious, social, and political center of the Ancient city.

5. Delicious Traditional Roman Cuisine

With some restaurants and bars opening again, visitors can savor traditional Roman cuisine such as spaghetti alla carbonara (bacon pieces, eggs, and pecorino cheese) or bucatini all’amatriciana (tomato, bacon, and pecorino cheese) or try the abbacchio alla cacciatora (lamb, garlic, sage, anchovies, and rosemary) or saltimbocca all Romana (veal with ham and sage). A tiramisu or ice-cream will complete any meal.

If you would like to experience Rome from a local’s perspective or would like to know what life was like in ancient Roman times, a guided tour may be the answer. Check out our website for information about our small group or private tours of the Colosseum, the Vatican, Vatican Museums, walking tours of Ancient Rome or food tours. Our experienced tour guides love sharing their knowledge and look forward to welcoming you to Rome.

By |February 8th, 2021|Best places in Rome, Food in Rome, Holiday, Things to do in Rome|0 Comments