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Book your Guide

You have chosen a place to visit and a tour that best suits your interests and preferences, but how nice would it be to be able to select your very own per...

Covid-19 security protocol

Below, the security protocols that Eyes of Rome will adopt to guarantee the safety of our guests:   Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors by the guide and the participan...

COVID-19 una catastrofe o un opportunità?

The following article is written in italian as it addresses our italian Partner Hotels only. L’emergenza Coronavirus ha messo a dura prova il settore turistico senza ombra di dubb...
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The Roman Rioni

You've heard of the 7 hills of Rome, but what about the 22 Rioni? The seals of the Roman Rioni, or "districts", can be traced back to Servius Tullius, the legendary 6th king of Rome (6th c. BC). Servius initially divided Rome into 4 districts, but as the population in the ancient city grew, the b...
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The Well of the Martyrs

The church of Santa Prassede is dedicated to St. Prassede the sister of St. Pudenziana and daughter of Pudens, in whose house St. Peter reportedly stayed while in Rome. In Rome, it's very easy to find sacred relics, objects, or even human remains which are very important, for several reasons, to t...
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The Untold Stories of the Popes

Upon his election, Pope Leo XII announced, "You are electing a dead man!" Although a man of poor health, he was an active pope for a few years until his death in 1829. Upon entering St. Peter's Basilica, the first monument on your right (on the way from the Chapel of the Pieta’ to the Chapel of St...
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Principles of Heraldry

While many coats of arms have the same symbols, they are all slightly different shapes and compositions, making each one unique. A.S. Roma Coat of Arms, 1927 Heraldry first appeared in the Middle Ages, but it did not become predominant until 1400-1500s. A way to express one's identity through symbol ...
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Once A Year You Can Go Nuts!

Once a year you are allowed to go nuts! / SEMEL IN ANNO LICET INSANIR   Since ancient times they would typically have a few days in mid-December during which there were no rules or better the rules were turned upside-down: women could approach and seduce men, servants were served by their mas ...
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The Mythology of your Star Sign

The English word zodiac derives from zōdiacus, the Latinized form of the Ancient Greek zōidiakòs kýklos, meaning "circle of little animals". The Signs of the Zodiac Learn the mythology behind your star sign Have you ever wondered where the various animals of the Zodiac and their contellations came f ...
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The Phantom of Olimpia Pamphilj

Donna Olimpia Maidalchini Pamphilj was a smart and ambitious woman and ruled in Rome like a queen.   When the clock strikes midnight, the city of Rome reveals its secrets - both exciting and terrifying. Lurking not only on the narrow streets but also in the main squares of the city are ghost ...
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Choose Your Illusion

Our perceptions are fallible and we sometimes see what isn't there. We all fall prey to optical illusions, and that's what makes these illusions hidden around Rome so much fun. Find the secrets hidden by the masters throughout the centuries You've seen the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, th ...
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The Pope's Elephant

The most notable gift from the king of Portugal was an Asian elephant named Hanno, which quickly became the Pope's favorite pet. On March 9, 1513, much to the joy of the Roman people, Giovanni Lorenzo de’ Medici was elected Pope Leo X. Referring to the previous reigns of Alexander VI and Julius ...