Month: April 2017

Roman Aqueduct Found During Metro C Works

A 2,300-year-old aqueduct uncovered by workers on Rome’s new Metro line has been hailed as “a sensational discovery of enormous importance” by the city’s Superintendency for Archaeology. Archaeologists first stumbled across the impressive ruin at the end of 2016, though it was not publicly announced. Last week the team presented the results of analysis of …

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April 8th: Emperor Caracalla is Murdered

Emperor Caracalla is Murdered Suffering from dysentery while leading his army to Carrhae in Parthia (modern Iran), Emperor Caracalla stepped behind some shrubs to relieve himself. Julius Martialis, an officer in the imperial bodyguard, killed him with a single thrust of his sword. At last Rome was free of one of its most bloodthirsty emperors. A …

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Easter Church Services in English in Rome

English-language religious services in Rome during Easter Week. VATICAN CEREMONIES 13 April. Holy Thursday. Chrism Mass, Vatican Basilica, 09.30. 14 April. Good Friday. Papal Mass, Vatican Basilica 17.00, Way of the Cross, Colosseum 21.15. 15 April. Holy Saturday. Easter Vigil, Vatican Basilica 20.30. 16 April. Easter Sunday Mass, St Peter’s Square 10.15. Urbi et Orbi …

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Roman Artichokes – Delicious Recipe!

If you have walked through any of Rome’s markets recently you can’t have missed the piles of gleaming, purple-green artichokes which seem to be around every corner. A staple of Roman cuisine, carciofi romaneschi (Roman artichokes) hit their peak in the spring when they are at their absolute tastiest (and cheapest). The locally-grown mammole variety …

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You can now stroll in Emperor Nero’s Garden with a Virtual Reality Tour

It’s a breathtaking view and you can almost smell the lavender: visitors to Rome can now stroll through Emperor Nero’s Golden House and sumptuous gardens thanks to a new virtual tour. Only a section remains of the vast landscaped palace which once stood in the middle of the ancient city, its walls decorated with gold-leaf, …

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Cappuccino, cats and the Colosseum: The reasons I love living in Rome

When you first arrive in a new city, it’s easy to either fall in love with everything, or feel out of place. So what happens once the honeymoon or adjustment period ends? Expat John Henderson, who blogs about life in Rome at Dog Eared Passport, talks about the things he still loves, or has learnt …

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