Best Things to do in Rome!

Galleria Borghese

The Galleria Borghese’s collection, which was called the most beautiful collection in the world, is still housed in the place that was planned and created for it, in a kind of dream of a museum ante litteram.

The collection was assembled beginning in1607 by Cardinal Scipione Caffarelli Borghese (1577-1633), who undertook an intense activity of architectural commissions, while at the same time starting the systematic acquisition of art works that were to make his collection one of the largest of his time.   His first collection consisted of paintings by Caravaggio, Titian, and Raphael, while the collection of ancient sculptures – another fundamental element capable of conferring an aura of ideal universality on art collections – was constantly expanding. The magnificence of the archaeological marbles was rivaled by the extraordinary novelty of the “modern” statuary, which was in constant competition with the classical models. From 1615 to 1623 the young Gian Lorenzo Bernini executed for the cardinal his famous sculptural groups, which are still housed in the Galleria Borghese: the Aeneas and Anchises, the Rape of Proserpina, the David, and the Apollo and Daphne. Placed in the middle of every room, they link the entire decorative theme to their iconographic nucleus of the sculptural group and have never been moved.

In addition to being exceptional because of its magnificent collection, the Museum is perfect in the way its decoration constitutes an integrated whole involving marbles, inlays, mosaics, stuccowork, and insertions of antiquity.

The selection of works on display is intended to represent a place that is not only a collection of paintings and sculptures consisting almost exclusively of masterpieces, but also an artistic whole that is perfect in its decorations, furnishings, walls, and floors. The collection is alive, as shown by the recent acquisition of a painting, the Portrait of Cardinal Giulio Sacchetti, by Pietro da Cortona, which is in line with the acquisitions of Cardinal Scipione.


Fiera di Roma


FIERA ROMA was inaugurated in April 2006, and it represents one of the largest and most prestigious exhibition pole in Europe. It is a great architectural work, designed by architect Tommaso Valle, and it is an excellent futuristic business and liaison hub. Rome is a world renowned tourist destination, as well as a very important business centre strategically placed in the middle of economic flows between the north and south of Italy and Europe. A Mediterranean capital in its own right, bridge between old and new markets, equipped with modern and functional structures. Fiera di Roma is located in a strategic position, served by an excellent transport network, which makes it easy to reach. Fiera di Roma has a multifunctional trade fair district on over 390,000 sqm. The extreme versatility of the structures, which were designed to host even more events at the same time, the efficiency of the offered services, the state-of-the-art technologies as well as the great organisation, make it the ideal place for national and international exhibitions, professional meetings, and business liaisons.


Fiera di Roma is the only place in Rome that is able to combine high-level exhibition and congress events. Fiera di Roma has an events calendar in constant evolution. The growing interest of the organisers finds the answer in a wide choice of spaces, from congress halls, to pavilions, to outdoor areas, which can be adapted according to specific needs:

  • 10 rectangular one-floor pavilions, column-free, fully cabled, with air conditioning and with Wi-Fi 40,000 sqm of outdoor areas
  • A Congress Centre with halls from 50 to 1,070 places, with overall 3,000 places
  • Restaurants, bars, bank counters, tobacconists, medical centre, police office
  • Fiumicino international hub, which will facilitate the participation from visitors coming from other regions and/or countries
  • Train stop, directly connected to the Trade Fair District, with possibility of ad-hoc stops of the Leonardo Express train from Termini and a direct connection with Tiburtina train station
  • 2 wide parking areas
  • 3 and 4 star hotels nearby, offering special tariffs
  • Organisation of leisure activities and tourist packages
  • The strategic location of Fiera Roma makes it possible to easily arrive from other Italian regions and from the major European capitals


Renewable energy has arrived at the new trade fair pole of Rome. By using new-concept technology solutions, Green Utility SpA has developed, in partnership with Fiera Roma and Investimenti SpA, the largest thin-film solar system in Italy and one of the largest existing ones in the world covering around 38,000 sqmof roofs of the pavilions of the new trade fair hub of Rome.

Musei Vaticani


Art is evangelisation

Art, aside from being a credible witness to the beauty of creation, is also a tool of evangelisation. In the Church it exists above all to evangelise: through art – music, architecture, sculpture, painting – the Church explains and interprets the revelation. Let us look at the Sistine Chapel: what did Michelangelo do? He carried out a work of evangelisation. As in medieval cathedrals: the catechism was in the stone sculptures, since the people did not know how to read but instead learned by observing the sculptures. The Church has always used art to demonstrate the wonder of God’s creation and the dignity of man created in His image and semblance, as well as the power of death, and the beauty of Christ’s resurrection that brings rebirth to a world afflicted by sin. Beauty unites us and, as St. John Paul II said, quoting Dostoyevsky, will save us. Following Christ is not only true but also beautiful, able to fill our life with joy, even in everyday difficulties. In this sense beauty represents a way of encountering the Lord.

Museums open to all

If the Pope has museums, it is precisely for this reason! Because art can be an extraordinary vehicle for announcing to men and women all over the world, with simplicity, the good news of God Who made Himself man for us, because He loves us! And this is beautiful!
The Vatican Museums must increasingly be a place of beauty and welcome. They must welcome new forms of art. They must open their doors to people from all over the world, as an instrument of dialogue between cultures and religions, a tool for peace. They must be alive! Not dusty collections from the past solely for the “elite” or the “learned”, but a living reality able to conserve the past in order to transmit it to the people of today, starting with the most humble; so that it can be made available to everyone together, with trust in the present and also in the future. Art has an intrinsic salvific dimension and must be open to everything and everyone, offering consolation and hope to all. For this reason the Church must promote the use of art in its work of evangelisation, looking to the past but also to the many current forms of expression. We must not be afraid of finding and using new symbols, new forms of art and new languages, even those that perhaps do not seem very interesting to evangelisers or curators but which are instead important to the people and are able to speak to them.
For this reason, a number of homeless people from Rome recently visited the Vatican Museums where they were able to admire the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Museums are a home for all, and their doors are always open to everyone. They are testimony to the artistic and spiritual aspirations of humanity and the search for that supreme beauty that finds fulfilment in God. And the poor are at the centre of the Gospel, which is the greatest thing we have; they are the privileged recipients of divine mercy. If we remove the poor from the Gospel, it no longer makes sense. So, why should they not enter the Sistine Chapel? Perhaps because they do not have the money to pay for their ticket? I am aware I have been criticised for this, as I have also been criticised for calling for showers for the poor to be placed under Bernini’s colonnade.
I repeat: the poor are at the centre of the Gospel, and we must never forget this.

Coop Culture


CoopCulture is a cooperative operating in the heritage and cultural activities sector in Italy.

CoopCulture is a qualified partner positioned to offer answers and solutions to the increasingly complex needs of a continuously evolving sector, from the perspective of integration between cultural heritage and territory and between culture, tourism and local economy.

With the intention of bringing diverse audiences closer to art, it has developed user paths differentiated by language and method, taking advantage of the potentials offered by new technologies and paying special attention to local communities in all of their aspects, families, young people, children, the elderly and immigrant communities.





Visits, Tour and Trails