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October 9, 2017 - Rome

It was more than a century already when we last saw wolves roaming around the borders and territory of the Italian capital. Wolves have played an important part in Rome’s founding myth. The symbol of the city is a female wolf suckling two infants who are said to be the brothers Remus and Romulus.

And now, after more than a hundred years, two mature cubs have been captured on camera earlier last month outside the busy three-lane ring road not far from the international airport of the city, the Leonardo da Vinci International Airport.

As stated by the local wildlife protection group, they set up a hidden camera in a nature reserve at Castel di Guido known as Oasi Lipu situated just outside the city. This nature reserve is being managed and run by the Italian League for the Protection of Birds (LIPU). The two wolf pups were photographed while drinking from a watering hole. They were also captured loping through the protected area’s undergrowth.

According to biologists, they believe that at least two wolf adults and two mature cubs are living in the nature reserve. Researchers named the male adult Romulus. They also believe that the pair of mature wolves have arrived in the vicinity somewhere from the areas around the northern part of Rome, specifically from Lake Bracciano, where the species have been living despite being pushed towards extinction.

Back then, it was just normal for us to see wolves in and around the city. However, due to excessive hunting and human interaction, the numbers of wolves living in Rome was greatly reduced over time. In order to survive, the wolves were forced to live only in one area, specifically in the mountain areas of central Italy.

Italy used to encourage haunting of wolves until their number has dropped to around 100 in the 1970s in entire Italy. In 1971, wolves are given protected status. Since then, their population has grown to around 1,500 to 2,000 all throughout Italy. A large percentage of the population is living in the Alps as well as in the Apennines.

Many people in Rome are getting worried about the threat that these species can pose to their livestock. However, people should not worry about wolves killing their livestock because according to the recent study and analysis of their excreta, their diet exclusively includes eating wild boar which can abundantly be found roaming around the countryside.

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St Peter’s Basilica
St Peter's BasilicaThe Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican, officially known in Italian as Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano and commonly known as Saint Peter’s Basilica, is a Late Renaissance church located within Vatican City. The basilica is not only the main church, but also […]read more...
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Rainbow Magic Land with shuttle bus from Rome Termini
Rainbow Magic Land with shuttle bus from Rome TerminiThe Rainbow Magic Land is a magical family centered theme park that measures around 16 thousand square meters. This amusement park is located in Valmontone, around 49 kilometers away from Rome. But it can be reached by shuttle bus from Rome Termini station to the park and […]read more...

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September 17, 2017 - Rome

Archeologists have discovered by chance two ancient Roman sarcophagi right behind the iconic football stadium in Rome.

The Olympic Stadium or Stadio Olimpico is popularly known as home to football rival teams Lazio and Roma. This major modern-day football stadium in Rome has always been considered as both club’s cemetery of dreams. Just recently, it was found out that the area nearby the stadium was indeed a cemetery or a burial ground as two ancient Roman archeological bodies were unearthed by chance just behind the contemporary sports facility.

The ancient tombs were accidentally revealed when an energy utility company held a routine digging operation behind the Curva Nord to lay cables and pipelines. Upon discovery, the energy utility company immediately sent a notification to the authorities regarding their discovery. A team of archeologists was then promptly sent by Rome’s cultural authority to carefully excavate the two Roman sarcophagi.

The two coffins were both made of marble. One of the coffins features an elaborate bas-reliefs decoration while the other sarcophagi boast simpler yet impressive emblem. Because of their elaborate designs, Rome’s cultural authority believes that the tombs were most probably the final resting place of two children of wealthy Roman families.

The burial sites were discovered around 10 feet below the earth’s surface, near the northern end of the contemporary stadium where the hard-line football fans typically gather during tournaments.

The archeologists said that if they were not reported and removed right away, they could have been vandalized or looted. The archeological findings were taken out of the site and were brought to Rome’s study center where they will be taken cared for, dated, cleaned, restored, and analyzed. The cultural authorities will release the results of the studies in the next few months.

The Archaeological Area of Central Rome and the Special Superintendency for the Colosseum issued an announcement regarding the latest discovery. The Archaeological Area of Central Rome is an organization and a government body in Rome that is officially in charge of the city’s cultural heritage. They are likewise part of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Heritage of Italy.

Archeological findings such as this are not any more unusual in Rome. From time to time, archeologists receive reports of discovered ancient relics during maintenance and construction works.

Just this July, a carbonized solarium was accidentally discovered during the excavation for the metro line extension. Last summer, archeologists also received reports of a possible ancient Roman relics. Archeologists found out that they were prehistoric Roman tombs and baths.

During the routine operation held last 2015 to check and fix gas pipes located underneath a cobbled street on the Esquiline Hill, a 2,000-year-old villa was unearthed. The ancient Roman villa still has its frescoed walls which were decorated with flower motifs painted in green, purple, red, and other colors.

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Camping Sites near the Beach
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Bernini Mystery Tour
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GNAM
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August 27, 2017 - Rome

Rome, Italy– Rome’s Terme di Caracalla, also popularly known as Baths of Caracalla, will be opened for public visits at night through Italian and English guided tours which will be available until October 18, 2017.

The general public can visit the Roman baths every Tuesday and Friday night from 7:30 o’clock in the evening until 10:30 o’clock in the evening. The tour lasts for 75 minutes.

During the tour, the visitors can enjoy and admire not only the amazing beauty of the floodlit ancient bath complex but also the maze of underground areas. For as low as €18 for advance booking or €20 for on the spot booking, the visitors can enjoy touring around the different areas of the bath complex including the frigidarium, gymnasium, tepidarium, caldarium and changing rooms.

The Baths of Caracalla are one of the Roman thermal bath complexes in Rome. They are known as the second largest public baths in Rome and are considered as among the best preserved historical structures in the city. The baths were constructed during the time of emperors Caracalla and Septimius Severus, between AD 211/212 and 216/217 and they have the capacity to accommodate around 1600 bathers at a time.

They are located in the southern part of the historic center of the city along a corridor of the historical archeological attractions that stretch from Via Appia Antica or Appian Way to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. The entrance of the Baths of Caracalla is located on the Appian Way, just 5 minutes walk away from the Circo Massimo Metro station.

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Apartments in Rome
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Capitoline Museums
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The Fountain of the Four Rivers
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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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Municipal Gallery of Modern Art
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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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Piazza Navona
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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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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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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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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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