Five Favorite Obelisks in Rome

Obelisk outside of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Rome is city of obelisks. Here is information on five obelisks that you’ll definitely see while visiting the Eternal City.

Italy’s Most Unusual Religious Relics

Sacra Cintola - Sacred Belt, Prato

No matter if you’re a devout Catholic or a curious non-believer, you should make a point to check out a few of Italy’s unusual religious relics. More than 2,000 years of Christianity have produced numerous fascinating stories – some gruesome, some inspirational, some a little of both. Indeed it seems that for every Biblical tale … Read more

Papal Basilicas of Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore (Photos)

Santa Maria Maggiore

Santa Maria Maggiore, known in English as St. Mary Major, is one of the four papal basilicas in Rome along with San Giovanni in Laterano, San Paolo Fuori Le Mura, and St. Peter’s Basilica. It is located on the Esquilino, one of seven hills of Rome. The largest church in Rome dedicated to the Virgin … Read more

What’s Old Is New Again: Rome’s Via Appia Antica

Now that we’ve entered the Holy Season, tourism to Rome is going to start heating up again quite quickly. Of course, you can follow the pilgrimage throngs around the Lenten Station circuit. Or, you can travel outside the city walls to check out the Via Appia Antica. David Farley’s one-day itinerary along the ancient road … Read more

Saving Money — and Time — with Combined Tickets

A lot of touristy, and even not-so-touristy, cities in Italy offer combined tickets. These tickets include admission to several related attractions at a price lower than each individual ticket combined. Rome and Vatican City For instance, Rome has the Roma Pass. This combined ticket gives users free entry to one or two museums, reduced entry … Read more

Tourism Boards

Below, in alphabetical order by region, are links to official regional and local tourism boards in Italy. These include 14 “città metropolitane,” which are larger cities and their metro areas. Tourism board sites are often fantastic resources for learning more about destinations to visit, where to stay, and how to get there and around. You … Read more