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December 11, 2016 - Rome

Are you planning to visit Rome with your kids this Christmas season? Aside from the museums, monuments, theme parks, and other sightseeing spots that you can visit with your kids anytime of the year, they will surely also have fun with the different activities and events specifically intended for kids. Because Christmas season is for kids, the different establishments and institutions in Rome have prepared a handful of activities for them to explore and enjoy. Here is a compilation of some of the most sought after events for this year’s yuletide season.

Trastevere– Teatro Le Maschere

If your kids love theater presentations like you do, try Teatro Le Maschere’s Italian musical performance called Un Fantasma per Natale. This production is good both for kids and for the whole family. You can watch and enjoy Un Fantasma per Natale until December 18. The musical showcase comedy, drama, suspense, and music.

Viale P. de Coubertin- Disney in Concert: Frozen

Are your kids a fan of the famous Disney movie Frozen? Now is the time for you and your kids to enjoy the smash-hit film as it is played on the big screen. What makes this Disney concert more exciting is that you can listen live to the movie’s soundtrack being played by an orchestra that is composed of 4 soloists, 20 singers, and 30 musicians. Catch Disney in Concert on December 29 and 30 at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica located in Viale P. de Coubertin.

Bioparco

Bioparco is one of the must-visit landmarks in Rome where your whole family can enjoy all throughout the year. But Bioparco becomes more lively and festive during the yuletide season because of the handful of events they hold for children. One of their events is the Tombola degli animali. Your kids will enjoy a quiz and raffle during this fun event  to be held on December 26, from 12:30 o’clock noon until 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon. Bioparco will be holding a lot more activities for kids until January 6.

Flaminio- City Lego

Kids, in general, love Lego. If your kids love Lego too, you can treat them with a visit to the gigantic city of Lego in the district if Flamino. The event will run from December 8 to January 29.

Piazza del Popolo- 100 Presepi Exhibition

The 100 Presepi exhibition annual activity is one of the most popular international nativity crib exhibitions in Europe. This year, they are celebrating their 41st edition. They are currently hosting over 190  nativity scenes of which 150 are from Italy and over 40 are from other countries. The nativity scenes are displayed at Sala del Bramante in Piazza del Popolo and are available for public visits every day from 9:30 o’clock in the morning until 8:00 o’clock in the evening. The annual exhibition and the crib-building workshops for kids were opened last November 24 and will run until January 8, 2017. They will be open on Christmas day.

Included in the exhibition are the contemporary reproductions of the traditional Roman mangers of the19th century, Sicilian and Neapolitan cribs of the 18th century, and some modern versions created  out of terracotta, wood, nuts and bolts, sand, papier-mâché, pasta, and rice.

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Camping Sites near River Tiber
Camping Sites near River TiberTiber River is the third longest river in Italy. It runs for about 406 kilometers and flows through Lazio and Umbria. It played a very significant role in ancient times. It used to serve as the primary watercourse and the main source of water in Rome. It […]read more...
The Maxxi Museum
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Fontana della Barcaccia
Fontana della BarcacciaThe literal translation of Barcaccia is the “Fountain of the Old Boat.” This fountain was built as a monument to the great flood of the river Tiber in the Christmas of 1598. During that time, Rome was flooded in its entirety that the only possible way was […]read more...

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December 1, 2016 - Rome

The Roma Convention Center La Nuvola managers Eur Spa has announced that the newly-inaugurated center will be opened to the public this coming December 8 to 11 from 9:00 o’clock in the morning until 7:00 o’clock in the evening. During the four-day opening, the general public can visit the convention center for free.

For those who are interested in visiting the convention center, you can book a ticket for free starting from November 28. The management will soon launch a website that will be specially dedicated for booking purposes. They will allow up to 150 individuals per hour to visit the convention center.

The Roma Convention Center La Nuvola has just been inaugurated last October 29. This futuristic and massive convention center is situated in the EUR suburb of Rome. It was designed by a famous Rome architect named Massimiliano. The construction and the design for the entire center cost around €353 million.

It was in 1998 when the revolutionary design of the structure was officially approved. However, the construction of the project was just recently done because it was dogged by a few cost overruns and delays.

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Palazzo del Quirinale
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Fontana del Tritone
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Top 5 Hotels near Via Veneto
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Rome, Italy– After 20 long years of closure, Rome finally reopened the iconic Imperial Fora last November 25 following the reopening of the archaeological area of Circus Maximus last November 17.

The general public, including those in a wheelchair, can now visit the archaeological area located between the Forum of Caesar and the Forum of Trajan as well as the Roman Forum area during day time. Being part of the city’s cultural events, the archaeological area between the two forums is normally open but only at night.

According to mayor Virginia Raggi, the Imperial Fora is yet another valuable piece of the archaeological and historical heritage of Rome and now it is given back not only to the city but also to the entire world.

The Fori Imperiali or Imperial Forums are a series of ancient monumental public squares or fora. The forums were constructed between 46 BC and 113 AD. They used to be the center of the Roman Empire as well as of the Roman Forum. Aside from the  Forum of Caesar and the Forum of Trajan, the Temple of Peace, Forum of Augustus, and the Transitional Forum, or the Forum of Nerva are also part of Fori Imperiali.

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Capitoline Museums
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About Rome Sightseeing
Angelina and Patrick van KemenadeMy interest in ancient Rome and in Roman legends and myths started when I was still a child. I was a fan of  TV series “Hercules” and “Xena” then. In college, I studied at the Academy of Art and Designs in Den Bosch where I learned more […]read more...

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Vatican City, Rome- The Vatican will light up the gigantic Christmas tree and the Christmas nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square on Friday, December 9 at 16:30.

This year’s spruce Christmas tree which stands 25 meters tall is taken from the region of Trento of northern Italy. Aside from the 18, 000 lights, the tree will also be ornamented with different handmade decors featuring the designs and works of the children in Italy who are currently suffering from different illnesses and those who are undergoing cancer treatment.

The mammoth nativity scene in the Vatican for this year will be comprised of 17 statues. Each of the statues will be wearing a traditional Maltese costume. The nativity scene will feature a replica of the traditional Maltese boat which reflects a part of the realities that the migrants are presently facing.

The Christmas tree will continue to be illuminated in St Peter’s Square until the feast of the Baptism of Christ on January 8, 2017.

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Arch of Constantine
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Gladiator School
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The Catacombs of Rome
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October 25, 2016 - Rome

The private Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo has been made open to the public starting from October 22. The most reserved and private areas of the papal apartments including the chapel, study area, and bedroom of the pope was inaugurated as a museum last October 21 by Antonio Paolucci, the current director of the Vatican Museums.

Apart from these areas, the pilgrims and tourists can witness, enjoy, and admire the other reserved places inside the Papal Apartment including the rich exhibition itinerary that the Vatican Museums managed, conceived, and arranged. The areas from the Study to the Library, as well as from the Private Chapel to the Bedchamber are also revealed to visitors.

Last 2014, the Barberini Garden was also opened to the public. The Barberini Garden is the 30-hectare gardens at Castel Gandolfo. Following the opening of the garden to the public, a train tour from the Vatican train station to the papal gardens was launched last year.
The Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, also known as Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo or simply Castel Gandolfo, is a vacation retreat and a residence of the pope during the summer season. This 17th-century papal palace is located in the Alban Hills in Castel Gandolfo City, Italy, around 25 kilometers southeast of the Eternal City.
It has been a tradition for the reigning pope to stay at the palace during summer. Pope Francis, however, broke this tradition. Although he had already visited the palace, he did not stay there and he instead chose to remain at S. Marta guesthouse in the Vatican. In fact, he has not yet spent even a night at the palace.

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Municipal Gallery of Modern Art
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October 7, 2016 - Rome

Umberto Montano, a Florentine businessman, has opened its new food emporium called Mercato Centrale Roma at the central train station Termini of Rome.

The new market is housed in a three storey building of which much of it is situated in the former piano store. It features different shops, artisan food stalls, and dining facilities.

The current design of the market has showcased the 1930s architecture of the building very well. But, what makes this new market exciting is the quality of the food served at the different dining facilities. Most of the foods that are sold in the market are the finest and the most favorites in Rome. Among the notable stalls at the market are the sausages and salami stall of butcher Roberto Liberati, pizzaria of Gabriele Bonci, and the trapizzino stall.

The ground floor is occupied by butchers’ and bakers’ food stalls while a restaurant operated by Michelin-starred chef Oliver Glowig is opened at the first floor. The third floor is intended for private conferences and events.

The market is located at Via Giolitti 36, Termini Station. It is open every day from 7:00 o’clock in the morning until 12:00 o’clock midnight.

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September 11, 2016 - Rome

After almost 13 years from the date of her beatification and 19 years after her death, Blessed Mother Teresa has been declared by Pope Francis as the newest saint of the Roman Catholic Church during a canonization ceremony held last Sunday, September 4, 2016, in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

The said canonization ceremony is one of the major events for the Holy Year of Mercy of the Vatican which will end on November 20 this year. According to Pope Francis, Saint Teresa had shamed various leaders of the world for the “crimes of poverty they themselves created”. She had also defended the sick, abandoned, and unborn.

The event, which started in 10:30 in the morning, was attended by an estimated number of 120,000 pilgrims from around the world. Included in the audience are hundreds of members of the sisterhood and around 1,500 homeless people from different places in Italy who were gathered and brought to the Vatican. There was also a total of 13 heads of government or state who present in the religious event.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta was born on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo Vilayet, Ottoman Empire. She died in Kolkata, India at the age of 87 on September 5, 1997.

Mother Teresa was the one who established the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. This religious order is based in Kolkata (also known as Calcutta), West Bengal State, India. She dedicated her life as a nun and she had helped the poor people especially those who were sick and dying in Kolkata. She then became one of the most notable personalities in the world in the 20th century.

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Tiber Island
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August 29, 2016 - Rome

After months of being partially closed, the famous Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna or GNAM is expected to be reopened to the public on October since the renovation work is nearly completed.

Cristiana Collu, the new director of GNAM, announced that the renovation will entirely be finished on October 10, 2016. A few months back, Collu ordered a re-evaluation of the spaces of the gallery. Her initiative was then supported by culture minister Dario Franceschini. When the Sardinian former head of Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto or MART arrived in Italy’s capital around a year ago, she immediately envisioned about the new setting of GNAM.

According to Collu, the changes to the gallery is said to be archeological. She emphasized that it is all about rediscovering the architectural structure of the museum through space and light.

Collu intended to bring the hospitality level of the soon to be reopened gallery to the next level. Its central Sala delle Colonne’s mirrored-glass floor that was designed by Alfredo Pirri has been replaced with a stunning thick carpet. There were also some tables and couches added to Sala Delle Colonne which is open to the general public. Anyone can enjoy staying at the area and drinking a coffee even if they do not intend to pay a visit to the gallery itself.

Aside from that, Spanish designer Martì Guixé , also did some alterations to the bookshop. There will also be an opening up of gardens.

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August 3, 2016 - Rome

This year’s Festa de’ Noantri celebration was held in the Trastevere district of Rome last July 16 to 25. The procession is considered as the main event of the festival. It was held on July 16 and started at exactly 6:30 o’clock in the evening.

During the procession, Virgin Mary’s elaborately dressed and bejeweled statue was carried through the district. From the S. Agata church, the statue was brought to S. Crisgono church and was left there for eight consecutive days. The statue was then carried back to its home in S. Agata church through a boat which sailed along River Tiber on July 24. Based on the traditional belief, the statue leaves its home merely once in a year. That is, on the first Saturday right after the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel feast on July 16.

The Festa de’ Noantri is an annual historical religious festival of the Madonna of Mount Carmel which is being celebrated in Rome’s district of Trastevere every July. The term Noantri was taken from the words noi altri which means ours. The said annual celebration was started in the 16th century. Its origins can be traced back to the time when the statue of the Madonna was discovered by a group of Roman fishermen at the mouth of Tiber River during a storm in 1535.

The local fishermen turned over the statue of Madonna to S. Crisgono’s Carmelite friars. S. Crisgono is located in Piazza Sonnino, Trastevere. From then on, Madonna was hailed as the district’s patron saint.


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July 19, 2016 - Rome

“Rome deserves more respect!”. This is what one of the renowned online Roman magazines stressed out on its twitter post following the publication of photos online of three tourists who are frolicking in one of the historical fountains in Rome.

It is so sad to hear that a lot of vacationers have been doing crazy things in the city and at some of its important monuments. Just recently, three unidentified girls were caught and seen by many local Romans swimming in The Big Fountain or Fontana dell’Acqua Paola. With this incident, a lot of Romans felt angry and disrespected.

Because it is already summer season in Rome, it is expected that the weather can be really hot. But this fact does not mean that people can just go to the public fountains in Rome to refresh, play, and swim as they are certainly not a swimming pool.

The highly respected Big Fountain is located on the Janiculum Hill. It was founded in 1612 and been off limits to both locals and tourists since 1707.

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Ara Pacis Augustae
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