Celebrating Easter in Rome

Holy Week (Settimana Santa) in anticipation of Easter (Pasqua) this Sunday is underway in Rome. It will be a rather intense week leading up to Easter and events will be filled with many tourists and devout locals. If you are not put-off by a little overcrowding, Rome will definitely be a rewarding experience. On Holy Thursday (Giovedi Santo) the Pope …

Crux Vaticana on Display at St. Peter’s Basilica

After a year and a half at work, the Vatican has just finished restoration of a jewel-encrusted golden cross said to be the oldest reliquary of its kind, according to USA TODAY. The foot-tall, jewel-encrusted, golden cross, known as the Crux Vaticana, was given to the people of Rome by the Byzantine emperor Justin II in the 6th-century and bears …

The Best Tour Guide in Rome, No, All of Italy!

While longtime newsletter subscribers may already know him, it is worth introducing the extraordinary Enrico Bruschini to everyone once again – especially if you have plans to visit Rome anytime soon. Bruschini shows visitors the Vatican and ancient Rome like no one else. There’s very good reason why he has been named the Official Guide of Rome and has authored …

The Vatican’s Christmas Tree

A 100-foot tall fir tree from Italy’s South Tyrol was put into place in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican today. The Christmas tree will be decorated with 2,000 balls and officially lit on the afternoon of Dec. 14th. There’s also a life-size nativity scene in place in the square.   Hundreds of people gather in St. Peter’s Square on …

Quick Tip: When to Visit the Vatican Museums

Don’t Go: The last Sunday of the month when admission is free. Truly everyone and their mother will be in line with you. Do Go: Wednesday morning when other visitors will be in St. Peter’s Square for the Pope’s weekly blessing. (He blesses the crowd from his apartment window at 11 a.m.)