Espresso shots at a cafe in Rome

Rome’s Most Famous Cafes

Coffee is an art form in Italy, and each city has its go-to coffee bars. In Rome, there are cafes on nearly every street serving excellent espresso, but not every Roman coffee bar is famous.

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August 24, 2015 by
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Cats inhabit the ruins of Torre Argentina in Rome.

Cats Among the Ruins: Rome’s Cat Sanctuary

Two things that you’ll see often when you visit Rome are ancient ruins and stray cats. In one particular place, however, the two come together in an unexpected way.

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August 10, 2015 by
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Pope Francis Declares Jubilee Year in 2016

Pope Francis recently announced that 2016 will be what’s known as a Holy Year, commonly called a “Jubilee Year.” The pope has declared it the Holy Year of Mercy, focusing on his favorite theme of compassion.

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August 3, 2015 by
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7 Great Photo Ops in Rome

From the top of the Vittoriano

While many places in Rome are pretty as a picture, and nearly every street may seem poised for a photograph, there are some places that are worth the trek to capture the perfect image. Some of them are found on postcards sold throughout the city, so you know they’re ideal photo ops.

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July 20, 2015 by
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The Italian Theatre History Museum in Rome

Italian theater masks

Sometimes the perfect recipe for a trip includes the spice of a few offbeat attractions mixed in with the standard fare. Better still when those less-visited sights are also free. The Burcardo Theater Museum in Rome fits the bill in both ways.

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July 13, 2015 by
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Where to Find Caravaggio in Rome

Crucifixion of St. Peter (1601) in the Cerasi Chapel of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome.

The stereotype of the troubled artist is not new, but few epitomize it so perfectly as Caravaggio. He only lived to be 38, was on the run from the law for much of his adult life, was buried in a pauper’s grave, and left behind some of the most haunting paintings you’ll see in Rome – or anywhere else in Italy, for that matter.

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July 6, 2015 by
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Archaeology & Beaches: Ancient & Modern Ostia

Remains of buildings at Ostia Antica

In Rome, you don’t need to choose between visiting the beach on a hot summer day and learning about Roman history at a well-preserved archaeological excavation site. With a visit to Ostia, you can do both. There is a modern city of Ostia, as well as the remains of an ancient one. The two are only a couple of miles apart, and both are easily accessible via public transportation. Here’s what you can see on a day trip to Ostia from Rome.

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June 15, 2015 by
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The Mouth of Truth & the Skull of St. Valentine

The Mouth of Truth outside Santa Maria in Cosmedin

In the historic center of Rome, there is an old church with a famous tourist attraction on the outside and the relics of a famous saint inside – the Basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin.

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June 8, 2015 by
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Ponza Island Day Trip from Rome

Ponza Island's beautiful beaches

Rome is far enough inland that you might not think of it as the ideal base for a day trip to an island. The port isn’t as far away as you might think, however, and there are plenty of islands close enough to make day trips easy and fun. One option is a visit to the historic island of Ponza, first settled by the Etruscans.

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June 1, 2015 by
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Become a Gladiator or a Spectator: Your Choice in Rome

Gladiators demonstrating the art of combat

Whenever you let your imagination drift to what it might have been like to live in ancient Rome during the era of gladiator games, do you picture yourself as a fearless warrior battling it out in the arena, or as a spectator cheering from the stands? In modern Rome, you still have that choice, with Gladiator School or a Gladiator Show.

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May 18, 2015 by
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