Young Woman with Unicorn Borghese Gallery Rome

Young Woman with Unicorn: History Facts, Author & Meaning Behind

Created very early in the 16th century - around 1505 – Raphael’s Young Woman With Unicorn has a pretty interesting backstory. At first glance, however, the only interesting thing about it may be that the woman in the painting is holding a cute little unicorn. But did you know that the unicorn was “magically” revealed [...]

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Mausoleum of Augustus in Rome

Mausoleum of Augustus Rome: Significance, History Facts & Tours

This beautifully restored (2019) tomb was commissioned by the Emperor of Rome at the time - Augustus - in 29BC. A sprawling site and imposing building located on the banks of the Tiber, the Mausoleum of Augustus is a little-known treasure in Rome, and it is well worth a visit! Especially now that it has [...]

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The rape of Prosperina

The Rape of Proserpina: All About Bernini’s Masterpiece

The famous Rape of Proserpina statue was created by a young Bernini – at the age of just 23! It depicts Proserpina – a Roman goddess often associated with freedom – being kidnapped and carried off the underworld in the arms of Pluto. The sculpture is one of many great works on display at the [...]

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Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome

Palazzo del Quirinale Roma: Why This Palace Is So Special?

The Palazzo del Quirinale is the only presidential residence actually located in Rome. One of three such buildings -another is found about 25 minutes from the city, with a third being located in Naples. The Quirinale Palace gets its name from the hill upon which it is located - the Quirinale Hill, which is Rome’s [...]

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Porta Pia in Rome

Porta Pia Rome Italy: History, Maps & Best Time to Visit

The gorgeous Porta Pia gate is located within the Aurelian Walls, and marks the beginning of the Via Nomentana. Located on the northern edge of the ancient part of the city, the design of the gate is striking, and it also serves a functional purpose. But there is more - Not only is the gate [...]

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Piazza di Spagna steps

Piazza di Spagna in Rome: Square That Fascinates Every Tourist

The Piazza di Spagna Rome is one of the most well-known squares in the Eternal City - and that’s no mean feat. Whilst it may not hold the top spot - that goes perhaps to the Piazza Navona or the not-officially-in-Rome St Peter’s Square, the Piazza di Spagna has its own special attractions. Let’s uncover [...]

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Apollo of Veii Statue

Apollo at Veii Statue: Meaning, Location & Tickets

Traditional Etruscan statues were usually made in materials such as terracotta, and the Apollo of Veii composition was no different. This life-size statue is believed to have originally been part of a bigger depiction of Heracles and Apollo. It was mounted about twelve metres above ground at the Minerva Sanctuary in Portonaccio, which lies around [...]

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visit borghese gardens

Visit Borghese Gardens: Organize Your Day to Avoid Getting Lost

Planning to visit Villa Borghese Gardens? Great! You're at the right place. The Rome Villa Borghese Gardens is more than just a public park. It’s filled with attractions dotted over 80 hectares on Rome’s Pincian Hill. The most-visited attraction is the Borghese Gallery, but there are many more museums and even cinemas and a zoo [...]

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La Fornarina Raphael painting

La Fornarina by Raphael – The Portrait of a Young Woman – Full Analysis

The Raphael painting La Fornarina is an early 16th century oil painting that is on display in the Barberini Palace in Rome. Known for being one of the last of Raphael’s paintings, the La Fornarina portrait of a young woman is generally thought to be of a local baker’s daughter. Her name was said to [...]

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Sacred and Profane Love painting

Sacred and Profane Love: Secret Meaning Behind The Painting

Titan’s 16th century painting Amor Sacro e Amor Profano - in English “Sacred and Profane Love Painting by Titian” has a long disputed meaning. Even the title itself is not necessarily believed to be the original dreamed up by TItian! Let’s find out more about it so you can impress your friends when you visit [...]

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