Rome in winter

5 Reasons to Visit Rome in Winter

Rome is never really a quiet city. It’s the busy Italian capital, and receives constant tourist attention on top of that. But Rome in the winter can be a refreshing alternative for visitors who don’t love big crowds — and who don’t mind cold weather. Here are just a few reasons to visit Rome in the winter months.

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January 4, 2016 by
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The dome of Sant'Agnese in Agone in Rome's skyline

Baroque Roman Evening: Concert in a Church

There are many churches and palazzos to visit in Rome. In most of them, you’ll walk through to admire artwork or see a relic. In some, however, you can enjoy the spectacular acoustics by attending a concert.

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December 28, 2015 by
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Special Events for Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy

Pope Francis greets visitors in St. Peter's Square

Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy is largely in 2016, but some of the key events take place in late 2015. Not only that, while the Jubilee Year takes place over a total of 348 days, there isn’t a major event taking place every single day during that time. Here’s an overview of the major events happening during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, so you can better plan your Rome visit.

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November 30, 2015 by
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Breweries and Brewpubs in Rome

Enjoy Italian craft beer in Rome

When most people think of Italian beverages, wine comes to mind — but not beer. Contrary to popular belief, however, the Italian craft beer scene is alive and kicking, nowhere more so than in Rome.

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October 26, 2015 by
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Great Street Art in Rome

Painted building in Tor Marancia

There’s a big difference between simple tagging with spray paint and genuine street art. Rome has both, but in recent years its bona fide street art has moved more into the spotlight of the world stage. There’s even a big section on Rome’s official tourism website now detailing neighborhoods to visit to view some of the city’s best. Here’s a look at some places in Rome to see great street art.

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September 28, 2015 by
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Staying Cool in Summer with Rome’s Drinking Fountains

Using a "nasone" in Rome

There are ornamental fountains throughout the city of Rome, some of which are on the must-see lists of most visitors. There are also more utilitarian fountains that are easy to miss — these are Rome’s nasoni, or public drinking fountains.

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September 14, 2015 by
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Rome’s Most Famous Cafes

Espresso shots at a cafe in Rome

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 Among the Ruins: Rome’s Cat Sanctuary

Cats inhabit the ruins of Torre Argentina in Rome.

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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