Italia magazine Rome 2019

Italia! is the award-winning magazine for everyone who has a passion for Italy. Each month, you¹ll find a wide variety of beautifully photographed and intelligently written articles to inspire and inform you. Covering every aspect of Italian life, from travel, holidays and property to food, wine and culture, we bring Italy closer to English-speaking readers across the world.

United Kingdom
Anthem Publishing
6 期号



Welcome to Italia! magazine’s new Rome & the South Italy Guide, brimming with travel advice and inspiration for visiting both Italy’s capital and the region beyond. However long you are planning to stay, our guide will help you make the most of your precious travelling time. In the first section of this guide, discover the very best of the Eternal City and its many classical and contemporary attractions, from food and places to stay, to history, culture, activities and attractions. The second section takes you on day trips and getaways in the wider Lazio region; glorious rural retreats off the beaten track, spectacular hill-towns and more. In the final section, we head to southern Italy with diverse holiday destinations to whet your appetite for your next Italian trip. Whether you like…

top twenty things to see and do in rome

For 500 years, Rome was the mighty centre of the Western world. Now it’s merely the capital of Italy, but remains a confident, magnetic city that pulses with irresistible energy. Twelve million visitors are wowed by the place each year, delighting in its peerless art and architecture, its glorious food and shopping, and the inimitable style and verve of its native residents. Few cities offer quite so many riches at once. Chockful of relics from nearly 3,000 years of continuous habitation, it’s tempting to conclude that there’s just too much to see in the Eternal City. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and nor can it be seen in one. Or ten. Or twenty. But it helps to have some ideas on where to start, so here’s a brimming handful of…

all roads lead to rome

The relative simplicity of carrying your world on your back and stepping out each morning in to the great unknown, losing and finding your way again, is fabulously enlightening Walking along the Via Francigena from Valle d’Aosta to Rome in 2013 whetted my appetite for ultra walking. No sooner had my first adventure finished than I was longing to begin the next and so in October 2014 I took the leap again. I found another pilgrims’ trail, the Way of San Francis, which meanders from the Sanctuary of La Verna in northeastern Tuscany, down through Umbria and finishing in the Lazio region. I decided to extend the final stretch to suit my purposes and finish in Rome. The route would cover about 500km in 18 days, just a hop and a skip…

when in rome!

Italy has given us many great cars, but there is one that is more internationally iconic than any other. Mark Nicholls experiences a tour around Rome as a passenger in a classic Fiat 500… The streets emit a cacophony of toots and hoots as our drivers whizz us around the centre of Rome. We’re jammed cosily into tiny Fiat 500s and our mini-convoy of red, pink and two-tone blue and cream cars cuts a head-turning swathe as we scamper through the back streets and past some of the city’s main sights. With a mix of brake, accelerator and horn, we weave through the traffic, cruising past the Vittorio Emanuele monument, along the banks of the Tiber and up the famed hills for panoramas across the skyline. THE WAY TO GO For a whacky,…

rome for free

The characterful neighbourhood of Trastevere is ideal for a wander around – its narrow cobbled streets preserve the flavour of Roman and medieval times Romantic Rome has more ancient sites, monuments, churches and palaces than any other European city. A perfect time can be had just wandering around the majestic piazzas and ruins. But often it is fun simply sitting and watching la dolce vita pass by in front of you, or soaking up the buzz on a Saturday as hundreds of Roman scooters descend on the busy Piazza del Popolo. Precious few Roman museums are free to enter. Yet the best of the lot, the Vatican Museums, are – on the last Sunday of most months, from 9am-12.30pm. They house one of the world’s most important collections of art, with highlights…

when the statues spoke

There is a battered and broken statue in a little square not far from Piazza Navona. Although the statue probably once depicted Menelaus (the husband of Helen of Troy), today it is just an armless figure with an unrecognizably weathered face. It is likely a Greek work from the 3rd century BC, and was unearthed in the 15th century near where it now stands. Since the local citizens soon gave the figure a name – Pasquino – and a personality, I think I should now refer to the statue as “he”. It’s said he was named after a neighbourhood barber (or perhaps a tailor), who was often called to the Vatican to adjust the tonsures or robes of the clerics there. Back home, he regaled his friends with gossip about the…