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Jan 21 2015

From Rome with Love

This February in Rome there are a lot of great events and things to do, so why not bring your loved one over to the beautiful city to celebrate Valentines Day and enjoy some of the great culture the city has to offer. Below is a list with a variety of different things to do, so that you can get an idea of the different things available in the city.

Gladiator Training!

Copyright: Hans Splinter

Master the basics of hand-to-hand combat at a genuine gladiator school on the ancient Appian Way. You'll discover the secrets of Imperial Rome's gladiator games, get hands-on with ancient Roman history and have the best fun you can imagine!


·         Two-hour Roman gladiator training

·         Lessons led by members of the Historic Group of Rome

·         Hire of gladiator clothing and weapons

·         Free drink included

·         Free entrance to the Gladiator School of Rome Museum

·         Choice of lesson times throughout the day


Six Nations Rugby (Ireland v Italy)

If you are a rugby fan then on February the 7th in Rome at the Stadio Olimpico the 2nd match of the Six Nations will take place between Ireland and Italy. This will be a great match and the stadium and surrounding areas will be filled with rugby enthusiasts from all over the world, who have come to see the match. Click on the link above to buy tickets, but get them as soon as possible as they are likely to sell out!


The Vatican Museums are the museums of the Vatican City and are located within the city's boundaries. They display works from the immense collection built up by the Popes throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.

Pope Julius II founded the museums in the early 16th century. The Sistine Chapel, with its ceiling decorated by Michelangelo, and the Stanze della Segnatura decorated by Raphael are on the visitor route through the Vatican Museums. In 2013, they were visited by 5.5 million people, which combined makes it the 5th most visited art museum in the world.

There are 54 galleries, or salas, in total with the Sistine Chapel, notably, being the very last sala within the Museum. Click here to buy tickets for the Vaitcan Museum.

If you enjoyed the Vatican Museums you should definetely also consider visiting the San Giovanni di Laterano (or Saint John’s in Lateran) Church. San Giovanni is the first Christian Basilica built in the world and the original Papal seat until the 15th century, consecrated and dedicated to the Savior in A.D. 324. 


On February the 2nd buy tickets to see the legendary rock band Korn playing live!


Quiet and Authentic

If you would like to escape the more touristic areas of the city and enjoy some delicious authentic Italian food and drink then head to the local area of Trastevere. Take a stroll around the cobbled streets before choosing one of the many excellent local restaurants. It’s a picturesque neighbourhood which has the look and feel of a traditional small Italian town, with people shopping, chatting and drinking espresso at the pavement cafes.


If you are planning to come to Rome this February and haven´t found somewhere to stay yet then take a look at Habitat Apartments who have a wide range of apartments available to suit all needs! Featured below is the incredible Babuino Super Top apartment.


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Mar 04 2014

March in Rome

Visiting Rome in March can be considered as a pretty perfect idea since Italy in the springtime is not as crowded and hot as it is in the summer. If you are one of those people wanting to take advantage of these nice circumstances keep reading and enjoy our great event-tips for a perfect trip to Rome in March.

Roma Music Festival: Since Italy itself is famous for creating great music it is no big surprise that there are a lot of special festivities all over the country throughout the whole year. One of those lovely events is called the “Roma Music Festival” and – as already said in the name – takes place in Rome. From March 6th to 10th the “International Festival of Choirs and Orchestras” will be held for the 3rd time to fill the air of the “eternal city” with beautiful sounds. During this festival music collaborations of different sizes and ages will perform in various churches and concert halls all over town. Music lovers are highly requested.


Maratona di Roma: Following the footsteps of Italy’s great tradition of running the “Maratona di Roma” will once again take place. On March 23rd athletes can face the challenge of a tough 42km run through the beautiful city of Rome. Starting at Via dei Fori next to the famous Coliseum the route will pass many other enormous sights, e.g. the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Vatican City and many more. For that reason this race is not only a marathon but also the most athletic way of sightseeing that anyone could choose. People who would like to actively participate can sign in until March 10th, the entry fee is 75€ each runner. All others who prefer not to put on their running shoes are just as welcome to show up to cheer for all the men and women rushing off their feet. For more information just click here.


Saint Patrick’s Day: Even though the Saint Patrick’s Day is no real holiday in Italy, it is celebrated at some places in Rome. Paing homage to the patron Saint Patrick the roots of this day go back to Ireland, where March 17th – the annually Saint Patty’s date – is an official holiday. Since Rome has a fair number of different Irish Pubs it is very likely that you can find many places to celebrate. At the “Abby Theatre Irish Pub” for example they offer live-music, Guinness beer and typical dishes, the “Druids Irish Pubs” promises a real Patty-Party. If you would like to go all the way dress-up green from head to toe and make your roman Saint Patrick’s Day experience complete. Find some more Irish Pubs in Rome online.


Italy vs. England: Another sporty event in Rome in March is the battle between two great national football teams: Italy vs. England. When these football giants meet on March 15th the field will definitely be heating up. Staring people like Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole, Mario Balotelli or Gianluigi Buffon both teams offer a lot of excellent players and for sure won’t show a boring match with this high-level of manpower. When the whistle first blows at kick-off you can be pretty sure that there will not be a lot of free seats in the “Stadio Olimpico” – so hurry up and save yourself some tickets, which cost between 40€ to 150€.



If you plan on visiting the amazing city of Rome to take part in one or two of these events take a look at our beautiful apartments and find your place to stay at Habitat Apartments.


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Jan 30 2014

February in Rome

You are travelling to Rome in February and want to make plans what you will do there? We will give you some insider tips to experience the best things in the everlasting city of Rome!

Vivaldi – The Four Seasons: On the 18th and the 25th of February, the Orchestra of the Accademia d’Opera Italiana will perform The Four Seasons, Vivaldi’s most famous work! The classical concert will be shown at 8:30 p.m. in the main hall of the All Saints Church in Rome.


Antonio Vivaldi published this concert in 1725. The concert is divided into four parts, whereas each part is meant to portrait a season: La Primavera, L’Estate, L’Autunno, L’Inverno – spring, summer, autumn and winter.
If you like classical music, you shouldn’t miss this concert, it is breathtakingly beautiful. You can find tickets online at

La Tavernaccia: La Tavernaccia is said to be one of the best restaurants in Rome. It is located relatively close to the city centre and offers amazing Roman cuisine. As a starter, we recommend the garlic bruschetta which is served with hand-sliced prosciutto. As a main dish, you should try one of the restaurant’s excellent pastas, especially the lasagna is very good. The staff in the restaurant is super friendly and warm, it’s a nice restaurant to go to with your children as well. Average costs per person are about 25€ with a nice, well selected wine. Find more information about La Tavernaccia online, we also tell you the direction of the wonderful restaurant: Via Giovanni di Castel Bolognese 63, Roma.


Italy vs. Scotland: On the 22nd of February, the rugby team of Italy will play versus Scotland. The match starts at 2:30 p.m. in the Stadio Flaminio in Rome and is part of the RSB Six Nations games. You can see the best players live and enjoy an afternoon of sports. Find tickets here.

stadio flaminio

For the case that you are still looking for a perfect accommodation, you can find one here.

Enjoy your stay in Rome, it’s a wonderful city with a lot to discover!

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Dec 16 2013

Gospel Festival 2013 in Rome

13-day Roma Gospel Festival



Roma Gospel Festival

This special festival is an annual event in Rome since 1995. It is organized and produced by the “Music for Rome Foundation”. Visitors can be happy to see American choirs and gospel groups, as the festival is the largest Gospel Festival in Europe.

The festival lasts over 13 days and features different acts on every day. In the past groups and singers like Robin Brown and the Soul Children of Chicago took part in the huge event. It takes place every December and attracts more than 2000 visitors. The ticket prices range between 20 and 30€ depending on the act you want to see.

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Oct 30 2013

How Hanukkah is celebrated in Rome

Jewish Hanukkah festivity in Italy


Hanukkah rome

Hanukkah and Christmas have several similarities: Something is lighted in the evening, presents, food and music are included and the whole family comes together! However, there are still some differences, which make Hanukkah unique.

Find out how Hanukkah is celebrated in Rome, Italy:

Hanukkah is a festivity that takes place over 8 nights from the 20th December until the 28th December. The traditional menorah, a nine-branch candleholder is lighted in the evening. Usually, every family has its own menorah. In Rome a huge menorah is lighted together in the Jewish community at Piazza Barberini. If you wander around further in the Ghetto, the old Jewish quarter, you can find the typical Hanukkah atmosphere.

Below you can find the lightning of the menorah at Piazza Barberini in the past:


Credit pictures: Ciaran Blumenfeld

If you want to visit Rome at that point in December, take a look at our selected apartments in Rome. Habitat Apartments can provide you with the perfect accommodation! You will spend an unforgettable vacation in Rome.


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