The Bridge of Sighs in Venice

The Bridge of Sighs is a very pleasant solution to a very grim problem. In 1600 Venice’s prisons for common criminals were being moved from the ground floor of the …

The Trevi Fountain in Rome

The story of the Trevi Fountain, one of Rome’s most famous fountains, starts with a young girl. According to legend, the source of Acqua Vergina aqueduct, which feeds the Trevi, …

6 Fascinating Facts About St. Mark’s Basilica

St. Mark’s Basilica is one of the most-visited sights in Venice, and a must-see on any traveler’s Italy itinerary! But with a history that stretches all the way back to the 9th century A.D., it’s also a church with a lot of interesting stories and legends behind it.

Colosseum Underground Fully Reopens

After two years of restoration work, the Colosseum Underground has fully reopened to the public. While a section has been accessible on our VIP Colosseum Underground tour, we’re excited to explore …

The Secondhand Origins of Michelangelo’s David

They say there’s nothing new under the sun, that all ideas have been formulated – and reformulated – countless times. In an age when we are bombarded by content, it’s telling that we are insatiably drawn to the ‘classics’ as a purer form of engagement with art.

Fact vs Fiction: The Story Behind the Two Popes

The resignation of Pope Benedict from the Papal office in 2013 didn’t just make headlines, it made history. For the first time in over 600 years two popes were alive at the same time. For the first time since 1294 a pope had resigned of his own will. And for the first time ever the Vatican became home to two popes.