Rome Colosseum: Leaning and Will Be Repaired With Corporate Funding

Someone neglected to tell Rome’s Colosseum that there’s a tower in Pisa that has cornered the market the whole “leaning” thing. Italian officials announced Tuesday that the south side of the Colosseum may now be 15 inches lower than the north side of the 2,000-year old monument. “The concrete foundation on which the Colosseum is built is an oval-shaped ‘doughnut’ which is 13 metres …

Nero’s Banquet Hall Opens to Public

Although the Roman scholar and official, Suetonius,described Nero as “average height, his body marked with spots and malodorous, his hair light blond, his features regular rather than attractive, his eyes blue and somewhat weak, his neck over thick, his belly prominent, and his legs very slender” in his The Life of Nero, he more than acknowledged Nero’s penchant for luxury. …

Five Child-Friendly Activities in Rome

Special thanks to J.M Pasquesi, author of Rome with Kids: An Insider’s Guide, for this wonderful guest post. Updated 2018. Knowledge is power. When visiting a world-class city like Rome, it’s easy to get swept up in the madness of trying to see its plethora of sights, so come to terms right now: it is not possible. Knowing you cannot possibly …

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Roman Forum Will No Longer Be Free to Visitors

Special thanks to Tony Polzer of 3 Millenia Tours for the following news: Starting March 9th the forum will no longer be free to the people. The ticket will be a combination Colosseum/Palatine Hill/Roman Forum ticket. It will be the same price as the current Colosseum/Palatine Hill ticket. However, this ticket will be valid for two days. In addition to …

Trajan’s Markets Reopen in Rome

Trajan’s Markets reopened to the public today in Rome after more than two years of restoration and construction. The new Museum of the Imperial Forums also opened today, according to the Italian news agency, ANSA. The refurbished markets and new museum are the first steps in the creation of a number of old and new museums and cultural sites on …

Rome: Papal Dungeon Open Through End of August

Have you ever wondered what’s inside Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome? Well now is your chance to take a stroll inside the enormous walls to see for yourself. According to the L.A. Times, “Through Aug. 26, 2007, visitors will be offered nighttime guided tours of the prison built in the fort’s cellars by Pope Alexander VI in 1503, stepping through darkened …