Guide To The Doria Pamphilj, a Hidden Gem for Art Lovers in Rome

Here’s my guide to visiting the under-appreciated and art-filled Doria Pamphilj Gallery in Rome. This lovely museum was one of my absolute favorite spots in Rome. It’s a hidden gem housed in a lavish 17th century Roman-Rococo palace. The remarkable art collection was meticulously assembled and is still owned by a powerful Italian family, the … Read more

Italy Art Bucket List: The Best Art In Italy

Want to know here to find the best art in Italy? Look no further! This is the definitive guide to the best artworks and masterpieces in Italy. This guide includes famous paintings, sculpture, and frescos from ancient Rome to the Renaissance (even a bit of Modern art). I describe the art works and tell you … Read more

Ruin Lust: Guide to Nero’s Golden House, Domus Aurea

Here’s my guide to visiting Nero’s Domus Aurea, or Golden House, in Rome. If you’re a history or archaeology buff like me, you’ll be smitten with this secret underground palace. I think it’s a must visit attraction in Rome. But, because it’s only been reopen on a limited basis since 2007, the Golden House is … Read more

Guide To Villa Farnesina, Rome’s Most Underrated Museum With Secret Raphaels

Designed by artist-architect Baldasarre Perruzi, Villa Farnesina is a magnificent off the beaten path museum, located in Rome’s lovely Trastevere neighborhood. It’s home to torrid love stories and secret Raphael paintings. If you know me, you know I hate crowds. Blissfully, this small museum on a human scale doesn’t have any. It’s a quiet oasis … Read more

Where To Find Bernini’s Art In Rome, The Complete Bernini Bucket List

If you’re seeking to explore the works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini in Rome, look no further than my comprehensive guide to the Bernini Trail. As one of the most significant artists of 17th century Rome, Bernini worked under nine popes and left an indelible mark on the city’s cultural heritage. This guide provides an overview … Read more

Where To Find Free Art in Rome: 30 Free Things To Do

If you’re an art lover seeking an affordable vacation in Rome, Italy, you’re in luck! This is the ultimate guide to experiencing the finest free art, sculpture, and architecture in the city. As it turns out, some of the best things to do in Rome won’t cost you a penny. Traveling in a bustling and … Read more

Guide To Rome’s Castle Sant’Angelo: Ruins, Angels, and Layers of History

Here’s my guide to visiting the Castle Sant’Angelo. The castle is a 2,000 year old landmark in Rome Italy. As a national museum, it’s official name is the Museo Nazionale di Castle Sant’Angelo. You might consider the distinctive round bulwark a sign that you’ve arrived at Vatican City. The castle is a former tomb of … Read more

Underpants in the Sistine Chapel: Was Michelangelo’s Last Judgment Fresco Too Risque?

“Without having seen the Sistine Chapel, one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving. ” — Goethe On my last trip to Rome, I learned that Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel fresco, The Last Judgment, got a makeover after his death. It was censored. Underpants were added to the nudity-filled fresco. … Read more