If NYC’s pocket parks are corporate and Barcelona’s jardins come out of creative dreams of gardeners, Rome’s inner courtyards recreate a village’s main squareMore
Once you have seen the Colosseum and visited the Vatican Museums you should venture off the beaten track to get a true taste of Rome, the Eternal CityMore
One thing you learn quickly in Rome is that there is not a lot of contemporary architecture in the historic center. Newer high profile works tend to be clumped at the edges, like Renzo Piano’s Parco della Musica and Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI Museum. So it’s notable when a bold new work, like the Ara Pacis …More
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Did you know that Roman Holiday, the 1953 film that launched Audrey Hepburn‘s career, was the first American movie to be shot entirely in Italy? In addition to Hepburn’s career, it also launched Rome onto the world stage as a major cultural destination once more. Today, we’re touring of some …More
Of all the places you might find the Capuchin crypt, the Via Veneto in Rome seems to be the unlikeliest location. But amid this district of four star hotels, expensive restaurants and swanky habitués, there resides a strange ossuary that has survived the centuries. Here, five successive chambers are decorated in carefully wrought patterns and …More
Every week, we highlight one of our 300+ Untapped Cities contributors worldwide. This week, we’re featuring Ellen Ryan, an Untapped city correspondent based in Rome.
What’s your “day job”?
Right now it’s exploring Rome while my husband completes his felllowship at the American Academy here. Previously I was interim executive director at openhousenewyork and before that I …More
Originally named E42, EUR stands for Esposizione Universale Roma, a worlds fair that Benito Mussolini and his administration planned for 1942, to celebrate 20 years of Fascist rule in Italy. The exposition, of course, never happened, due to the intervening of World War II. This district, located on the edge of Rome’s historical center, was …More
Paris may be most famous for its catacombs,but they exist all around the world, including in New York City, London, and Rome.More
The idea of re-purposing outmoded structures for cultural purposes is not a new one, but the marriage of industrial architecture and classical archaeology of the Centrale Montemartini Museum in Rome achieves a particular alchemy that is worth seeking out. Visiting the museum provides, as the curators so eloquently put it, an “Olympian calm,” a state …More
In the northern section of the Lazio region, lies the village of Bomarzo and its wondrous Parco dei Monstri. Accessible chiefly by car, the park is 60 miles north of Rome.
Parco dei Monstri was built between 1572-74 by Pier Francesco Orsini, known as Vicino Orsini. Orsini called the park his “boschetto” or little wood. It …More
Built as a Medici palace, the Villa Medici houses the Académie de France in Rome, a venerated cultural institution that supports artists and hosts numerous cultural events.More
A modest update to Piazza San Silvestro makes a major change in the use of public space in Rome’s historic center.More