Category: History

It was October 1978 when many pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square questioned themselves about the fate of the new Pope, who according to the forecasts attributed to him African nationality, certainly would not have been Italian. And so it was that October 16 was elected the first non-Italian Pope, Karol Wojtyla. The first non-Italian Pope since 1523. Elected a Slavic Pope who succeeded in breaking down communism and the Berlin Wall. Just the same year, a few months after two young entrepreneurs from Lazio took an important decision for the fate of their lives, registering in the form of limited liability company, their dream came alive and Vip Tour was born, their companions in tourist transport .

From there it will soon be V.I.P. Tours along with others will assert themselves as one of the pioneers of the “City Sightseeing” sector in Rome and in Italy. To respond to an increasingly growing demand in the field of the Open bus, establishing itself on the market for service quality and passenger care, not only for open buses. From the Via Farini office, in Rome, a few steps from Termini station.

Another element of attraction was set up in 1998 by the “Concorde” bus – the 50-seat Mercedes Intercar, which the company assigned to the V.I.P. Tour Naples – Pompeii. The peculiarity of this vehicle was that, in addition to having a typical “old style” structure, it was equipped with every comfort by providing audio video tools, able to provide a description of the history, points of interest, customs, traditions and the costumes of tourist sites about to be visited by travelers.

A few years later V.I.P. Tour, the well-established company will introduce a further element of attraction to its offer the Tour: Naples-Pompeii. It will be the bus “Concorde” – Mercedes Intercar 50 seats to accompany travelers pleasantly. The peculiarity of this vehicle was that, in addition to having a typical “old style” structure. But equipped with every comfort as audio video tools able to make a preview of the history, customs, traditions and customs of tourist sites that were about to be visited

In 1997 Green Line Tours purchased ten small 26-seater tram-buses, called “Greeny Bus”, due to the low level of pollution produced. These vehicles were equipped with Iveco 80E18 engines with ecological diesel combustion, introduced the catalytic muffler according to the regulations in force in compliance with the “Euro2” law. They were just called “Greeny”.

While in 2014, Italy won the Oscar with the film by Paolo Sorrentino – La Grande Bellezza. That through the description of the surreal worldly events mixed with his dense and intense dramas of the protagonist Gep Gambardella. It makes us discover Rome, the majestic and exciting capital. An itinerary immersed in the unique atmosphere of Imperial Rome starting from the Rione Celio, where the protagonist’s house is located, which enjoys a marvelous view of the Colosseum. Between the Roman Forum and the Domus Aurea, which combines antiquity and modernity with medieval churches, centuries-old monuments and elegant palaces of the late nineteenth century alternates, in perfect harmony, welcoming rooms with a “Roman” flavor and fashionable meeting places. In fact in imperial times this was one of the most sought after residential areas by noble families and even today its splendor shines through the magnificent ruins of the Baths of Caracalla. It is precisely in these celebrated streets that the “City Sightseeing” route takes place, where on board the Green Line Tours duoble deker offers an Open Bus service against the backdrop of great beauty. In the same year, 2014 Green Line Tours will introduce a new tour in Italy with a visit to Siena on board the 28 seats Granturismo cars in order to guarantee a quality and safety standard always at the highest levels.

At the end of the 90s and the beginning of the 2000 Green Line Tours enter the world of the internet is born, a real innovation that during the years around 20 revolutionized the whole world and the way to do tourism. Thanks to its website, Glt opens a window and connects with customers from all over the world, this will give greater scope and greater interaction with its customers, building loyalty. From that moment on, the sharing of information and the exchange of interests of customers, Glt changes and renews the commercial proposals offered by Glt. And with today twenty years after a revolution began September 1998 by the witty Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the two very young programmers who created Google Inc, the first search engine on the web. Green Line Tours is present on all the search engines in the world, its website reached the fourth release at the end of 2017, finally introducing the possibility to book tours in real time from all over the world.

In 2018 the rebranding of Green Line tours is under way, the logo changes. The restoration of the image of the company is not just about the intangible, but also the cars are equipped with a new look, new audio reproductions customized for young people and adults and obviously available in multilingual.

Green Line Tour, becomes a company in step with the times able to still compete with its competitors on the market, which during these 40 years have grown, having entered the market also international companies. Glt’s mission does not change to the first place there is the desire to tell Rome and other Italian destinations by making a dream vacation to tourists from all over the world live. Green Line Tours communicates through social networks and through these modern channels shortens the physical distances with its customers.


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An unusual icy winter blasting through Europe reached  snow in Rome, blanketing the Italian capital of a rare four inches of snow. Last monday a spotless awakening surprised the eternal city of Rome. While schools were closed and public transportation paralyzed, residents of the Eternal City were given the rare opportunity to enjoy, ski, sled and build snowmen. Priests and students held a snowball fight in St. Peter’s Square and at the Colosseum.

The unexpected episode was chalked up to a Siberian weather system dubbed “the Beast from the East” which has plunged much of the continent into sub-zero temperatures.

The last time it snowed in Rome was in February 2012. On Monday, the temperature in Rome fell to 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). Keep in mind that the average high in Rome for February is about 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius).

Snow in Rome is rare. It last really fell here in 2012, after a hiatus of nearly 30 years.

Needless to say that Rome is one of the most romantic cities in the world. With “La Festa Degli Innamorati,” -as Valentines Day is called in Italy. Our propose of Lovers To-Do list to spend  some special days in Rome, surprising your amore. You should chose to many romantic Valentines day in Rome events lined up, you are spoilt for choice. You start the surprise with booking a room at ancient centre of Rome and from there on you plan the rest of your day. You will celebrate your love story and you could be feel as the two lovers players of the famous movie “Vacanze Romane”. Here you will find some suggestions about our five ways to spend Valentines day in Rome.


Bike addicted – If the weather permits you will rent a bike or a rickshaw and get on, buy some goodies to take with you. Head for one of the romantic spots in the city to celebrate Valentines day in Rome, like Villa Borghese, the Trevi Fountain, Giardino degli Aranci, the Janiculum hill or the Monte Mario Observatory to see the eye catching landscape.

Art lovers – Another option for photographers and photo lovers is to go visit an charming exibition.
The Great Masters. 100 Years of Leica photography: exhibition in Rome to celebrate 100 Years of Leica photography at the Vittoriano Complex – Ala Brasini that pays homage to the first camera with 35 mm film, to vintage photography and all the artists who have interpreted the history of twenties to the days of today, celebrating their images.There are over 350 works by major and most prestigious authors you will find Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gianni Berengo Gardin, William Klein, Robert Frank, Robert Capa Elliott Erwitt and many others with dozens of original documents, and vintage equipment.

Music fans – For couples who love music there is an exhibition not to be missed: “The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains”. After the huge success of the debut a few months ago at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which saw the participation of more than 400,000 people, the exhibition moves to Rome for the first international stage. The exhibition opened at MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome in via Nizza on January 19th.

Turistic way – You could start a scenic tour of the couple city, with a panoramic bus. To living a romantic experience and to breathe this atmosphere of the city of Rome. The most loved places for couples they are waiting for you. And also you will reach the same destinations described on first point of the this list.

Taste and love – Once you wold have finished your day’s tour, and you totally lose yourself in the romantic atmosphere of Rome, there is nothing better, in the evening than ending up with a romantic dinner. There is something for every budget on varying from traditional roman cuisine to a sophisticated and starry cuisine. Rome can offer to you all of this. Those are actually are loves fishfood. A red prawn tartare from Mazara del Vallo, with kiwi and mango ratatouille, and bass ravioli, “secondi” flavored with lemon and bottarga to finish the cheesecake with raspberry and mint coulis.

Carnival is an important italian celebration, and them changing region for region.
Planning a visit to Italy during the Carnival season? Here are seven celebrations not to miss!
Some cities, however, have a centuries-old tradition of celebrations that is expressed in very special ways. Piemonte’s region there is the traditional Battle of the Oranges of the Carnival of Ivrea, while in the province of Ferrara there is the Carnevale di Cento famous for the carters of papier-mâché.

In Fano instead for three weekends you can attend one of the oldest carnival festivals with parades of allegorical floats and masks. In Offida, in the province of Ascoli Piceno, the appointment is with the reenactment of the ox hunt, Lu Bov Fint, recreated in papier-mâché. In Rome, the Roman Carnival is celebrated on the streets of the center recalling the ancient Roman Carnival, when the city was given to the people for a day.

In Campania the Carnival is celebrated in Montemarano (Av) where you can dance in the mask with some good wine with a tarantella rhythm.
The Carnival of Fano and that of Foiano della China are among the oldest in Italy, while the one in Venice is among the most famous international carnivals. Born around the year 1000 with a spirit that resembles that of the ancient Rome of bread and circus, or with the aim of providing the people with 2 intense months of celebration in which to vent mood and misery. It then becomes a wonderful institution with the Serenissima: a long period of celebration in which anyone could hide their identity behind the mask and live acting.

Scrolling through below you will find the  Carnival Calendar for events of 2018 In Italy: dates and locations.

Carnival City Date
Carnevale di Venezia Venezia 27 jan – 13 feb
Carnevale di Fano Fano 28 jan – 4 -13 feb
Carnevale Ambrosiano Milano 17 feb
Carnevale di Viareggio Viareggio 27 jan- 17 feb
Carnevale europeo di Cento Cento 28 jan – 25 feb
Storico Carnevale di Ivrea Ivrea 10 – 13 feb
Carnevale Romano Roma 11 – 13 feb
Carnevale di Mamoiada Mamoiada 27 jan – 14 feb
Carnevale storico di Offida Offida 17 jan – 13 feb
Carnevale di Castrovillari Castrovillari 3 – 13 feb

The discovery of the Pompeii, showed the Neapolitan antiquarians arts and the Bourbon Court, especially the good fortune in Rome’s people. Which have been spent their pleasure time at Gulf of Naples and pass down to us these treasure.
During last year 2017, the archaeological park of Herculaneum has been amazing successful and also the mention in the top 30 of the most visited museums in Italy. Today the Ercolano archaeological park extends the offer with the opening of four domus, just restore.

The first domus known as Casa dei Cervi on two floors, the second for the servants. From today visitors and tourists have the opportunity to admire the Casa del Bel Cortile, a completely new type of construction compared to the typical Pompeian houses: it is a house that stands out from the others of the ancient city for the presence of a courtyard paved with a mosaic white and hooked black crosses; from here it was possible to access the upper floor thanks to a staircase and a masonry gallery.

Following the Casa dei due Atri in Herculaneum, whose facade preserves a blind arch above the portal and, inside, a head of Gorgone against the evil eye. The interior is characterized by the presence of two atria.

Santa Maria della Pace's church lay the groundwork on the site of the medieval chapel of Sant'Andrea de Acquaricariis. In the end of the 15th century. Pope Sisto IV commissioned its  fabrication to Baccio Pontelli. The building while we know today was rebuilt by Pietro da Cortona, whose facade with a semicircular pronaos his architectural masterpiece and one of the greatest achievements of Roman Baroque architecture. After this discovery, the entire square became like a baroque theater, of which the church is an ideal stage. Inside the masterpieces of Raphael, Maderno and the Chiostro del Bramante stand out.


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WHERE: Church of Santa Maria della Pace ADDRESS: Via Arco della Pace, 5 Rome