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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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The origins of St. Valentine’s day

During Roman times, there were 3 days, corresponding to our February 13th, 14th, & 15th, when it was time to celebrate Faunus, better known in Rome as Lupercus.   He was the God who protected the forests, the countryside and the flocks of sheep and goats, especially from wolf attacks. We ...
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Domitian on Haircare

There’s no doubt about it: in antiquity a full head of hair was prized by the Romans. Both Julius Caesar and Emperor Caligula famously suffered from baldness (capillo raro). Caesar was so conscientious of his thinning hair that he was overjoyed when wearing a laurel crown because the leaves hid ...
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Curiosities of the Massimo Family

The noble House of Massimo is historically one of the great aristocratic families of Rome, renowned for its influence on the politics, the church and the artistic heritage of the city.   The picture above is one of the many curiosities of Rome, located very close to Piazza Navona. You're loo ...
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Summer Snow

Snow in Rome is a rare sight that happens about every 20 years. But, once it snowed in the middle of summer!   "I saw the snow! I saw the snow! Tonight it was so hot and I could not get any sleep! I went out to breathe some fresh air and I saw a frozen miracle!" said one of the servants t ...
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Mystery in an Ancient Mosaic

The presence of the pineapple has baffled historians for centuries as it wasn’t brought to Europe until the time of Christopher Columbus.   Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, close to Termini train station in Rome, houses one of the world's most important collections of Classical art.   Pal ...
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