The mysteries surrounding the tomb of St. Paul


February 5, 2012. (

Symbols of art, archeology and of course religion are all part of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Most recently there’s been more attention on the tomb of St. Paul…and whether or not he’s actually buried in it. The story goes back centuries of course, but just a few years ago, a new phase began.

Fr. Prof Scott Brodeur S.I

Pontifical Gregorian University

“Archeologists found remains of human beings in there, through their scientific tests,they were able to determine that it went back to the first century.”

Archeologists drilled a small hole into the sarcophagus. Through a series of carbon 14 tests, the sample revealed traces of elegant purple linen, laminated with pure gold. Most importantly, they also found tiny bone fragments. For years, St. Paul’s original burial site was said to be the Basilica. But, eventually his remains were moved.

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RBS 6 Nations 2012 Rome









11/02/2012 – 17/03/2012

The annual Six Nations Rugby tournament is set to restart in February, the only difference this year is that Italy’s home matches will be played in the Olympic Stadium.


Italy vs. England : 11th February 2012 at 5 p.m, Rome – Stadio Olimpico

Italy vs. Scotland : 17th March 2012 at 1.30 p.m, Rome – Stadio Olimpico

Season tickets have already gone on sale and will end on 17/10/2011 at 11.59 p.m.

Tickets for individual matches will start going on sale from midday on 18/10/2011. The official ticket box office is LISTICKET (Lottomatica Italia Servizi)


Viale dei Gladiatori



Online purchase:

Telephone: 0039 06 45213191 Biglietteria Stadio Olimpico Curva Nord

Telephone purchase: 892 982 Call Center Listicket

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Valentine’s Day 2012 “fall in love with art”

Valentine’s Day 2012 fall in love with art: a ticket for two to all state museums

This year the Ministry of Heritage and Culture offers a great opportunity everyone in love through the initiative “On Valentine’s Day, fall in love with art.” For the most romantic holiday of the year, February 14,2012, in all the museums, monuments and archaeological sites a couple will be pay  for one ticket. A day of culture, love, and all those great artists who have created their famous works inspired by love.

Valentine’s Day, February 14 inRomethere is the “Lock Date”

Single on Valentine’s Day and the risk of becoming depressed at home watching TV? Absolutely not. The free spirits of 2012 can take advantage of Valentine’s Day to celebrate the pride of their condition. Throughout Italy, in fact, Speed Date, a company specialized in organizing parties for singles, organizes games and evenings to allow the “burst” to have fun and make friends.

The major markets will beRome,Milan,Florence andTurin, where on February14, in cool and elegant locations, will be offered the Lock Date, a variant of the classic Speed ​​Date. Women will be given a lock, the  combination to men, the aim of the game will find the right key to open the door to a new friendship. For every lock opened will be raffled  fantastic prizes and holiday vouchers. 

Date Lock inRomewill take place at Futurarte Rome, Viale della Cultura di Lavoro, 50/52, Tuesday, February 14 at 20:45.

Exhibition: Rome at the time of Caravaggio 1600-1630

Roma al tempo di Caravaggio 1600-1630
November 16, 2011 – February 5, 2012
Rome, Palazzo Venezia

Caravaggio was an absolute genius of painting that has overshadowed all the artists of his time. But who were his companions on the road? The exhibition “Rome at the time of Caravaggio 1600-1630” (Palazzo Venezia, 16 November 2011 – February 5, 2012 planning and scientific care of Rossella Vodret, scenic design by Pier Luigi Pizzi) answers this question by reconstructing for the first time, through the ‘exhibition of approximately 140 paintings from the major Italian and foreign museums, some never exhibited before in Italy, the connective tissue of the art scene of the Eternal City where he lived and worked the great Lombard genius.

The exhibition looks at what can be called a crucial moment of Italian painting, who was born in the late sixteenth century in a Rome that was still in crisis because of the traumatic Lutheran schism and developed, with increasing force, through the reign of four major Popes Clement VIII Aldobrandini, Pope Paul V Borghese, Pope Gregory XV Ludovisi Urban VIII Barberini. This unique moment lasted about thirty years, from 1600 to 1630 and the events that occurred in that period largely depended the European artistic development which lasted until the late seventeenth century. Continue reading

Rome Marathon


Rome Marathon

Rome Marathon

Sunday, March 18:  100,000 runners on the streets of the city.
The 18th Rome Marathon Acea, scheduled for Sunday, March 18, 2012 starting at 9am from the Via dei Fori Imperiali, is certified with “IAAF Gold Label Road Race”, the highest recognition awarded by the International Association of Athletics Federations. This is a historic milestone: for the first time an Italian marathon is inserted into the inner circle of the 16 tests on the distance certified Gold Label. The television coverage of the competition will be made by the RAI, with commentary on RAI Sport live from 1 to 9, and simultaneously on
Combined with the competitive assay of 42.195 kilometers is the non-competitive program open to all, The RomaFun Stracittadina of 4 km: a success of participation that has no equal in Europe, given the more than 85,000 attendees expected at the start from the Imperial at 9.10 am.

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Evgen Bavcar. The darkness is a space (photography exhibition)

19 January – 25 March 2012
Evgen Bavcar. The darkness is a space

Museo di Roma in Trastevere – Piazza Sant’Egidio 1/b – 00153 Roma
Type: Photography

Evgen Bavcar

Evgen Bavcar - Blind Slovenian photographer

A selection of more than fifty shots of one of the most respected authors in the world of photography: Evgen Bavcar. The images by the blind Slovenian, philosopher and photographer, are evocative visions of space, lights, shapes and smells of childhood, tactile and sensory perceptions of snapshots captured by his daring and poetic inner eye. Evgen Bavcar allows us to “see” from another perspective. A photograph – enriching and unpublished – that goes beyond the traditional one.
Curator: Enrica Viganò

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The Befana a way to say goodbye to the Holidays

The Befana between events and nativities many ways to say goodbye to the holidays

Re Magi at St. Peter's

Re Magi at St. Peter's

Rome takes leave from the big Christmas holidays in a great way. In the last weekend of festivities, the classic appointment with the Befana still offers events and shows for all tastes and all ages. And not only in the capital.
Parade of the Magi, special Bioparco, music at the Auditorium, theater, hiking and cycling
Special day, especially dedicated to children. A thousand costumed figures will come to St. Peter. The game- laboratories at the Museum of Zoology and “The Nights of Dr. Stellarium” at the Planetarium

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“in the East: city, men and Gods on the Silk Roads”

Silk Roads

Silk Roads

Roman National Museum of the Baths of Diocletian, Piazza della Repubblica, Rome
21 October 2011 – 26 February 2012

As part of the Biennial International Silk Road Culture

Palmyra, Tur ‘Abdin, Ctesiphon, Taq-e Bostan, Merv, Samarkand, Ghazni, Swat, Kucha, Turfan, Dunhuang, Xi’an are the stages of the journey “to the East”, through the fascinating and legendary Silk Road, including the second century BC and the fourteenth century A.D. A journey surrounded by the lights and by impressive silence of the lands of the East, where men and caravans were driven not only by commercial impulses, even from the thirst of the unknown and the missionary zeal.

The exhibition “in the East: city, men and the Silk Roads” from October 21, 2011 to February 26, 2012 in Rome in the great Halls of the Baths of Diocletian, exceptionally open for this occasion by the Special Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Rome – makes use of scientific advice of  IsIAO and scientific care of Francesco D’Arelli and Pierfrancesco Callieri.

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The Infant Jesus of Pinturicchio, comparing two paintings

The world’s oldest public museum, founded in 1471 by Pope Sixtus IV with the donation to the Roman people of the large Lateran bronzes, is divided into two buildings that surround the Senatorial Palace along with the Piazza del Campidoglio:  Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo.


22December 2011 – 5 February 2012

Il Gesù Bambino di Pintoricchio, due dipinti a confronto

Palazzo Nuovo – Capitoline Museums

Type: Late Antique and Medieval Art

Il Gesù Bambino di Pintoricchio
Il Gesù Bambino di Pintoricchio – Due immagini a confronto

A very special Christmas gift to all visitors ofRome, thanks to two special lendings from the Fondazione Guglielmo Giordano and the Fondazione Sorgente Group: the exhibition of two paintings by Pinturicchio in the Capitoline Museums.

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