Residenza Paolo VI – at the very heart of Christendom

The wonderful view from Residenza Paolo VI.

On his first trip to Rome with his parish priest during the late 1960s, Hans-Albert Courtial, then a young student from Limburg, Germany, had a life-changing encounter at a small audience in St. Peter’s Basilica with Pope Paul VI. He almost missed the event because it was raining, his public bus skipped a run, and […]

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Food for thought – Hotel Michelangelo


Built in 1959 for the 1960 Summer Olympics held in Rome, 4-star Hotel Michelangelo (Via della Stazione di San Pietro 14), like “La Vittoria” and “Il Cantico” (reviewed in the previous two issues of Inside the Vatican) is on the Trastevere side of St. Peter’s Square, directly across the wide street, Via della Porta Cavalleggeri, […]

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Il Cantico – A welcoming oasis in Rome

Le caremelle di pasta

Opened on October 4, 2012 “Il Cantico” ( is probably the newest hotel in the area on the via Gregorio VII-Trastevere side of St. Peter’s Basilica. Located on a quiet residential side street at Via del Cottolegno 50, it’s five city blocks from “La Vittoria” and St. Peter’s Square — a 10-minute walk or three […]

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Pope Francis’s favorite dish

Pope Francis is pictured cooking in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in an undated file photo.

Surrounded on three sides by the Alps including Monviso where the Po River rises, Piemonte or Piedmont is a region of northwest Italy, bordered on the west by France, on the east by Lombardy, on the north by Val D’Aosta and Switzerland, and on the south by Liguria and a very small fragment of Emilia […]

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Food for Thought

Claudio Di Bartolomeo and his tall son, Leonardo.

Opened in 1919, less than a year after the World War I armistice with Italy on the winning side, La Vittoria (“The Victory”) at Via delle Fornaci 15, is the oldest restaurant on the Trastevere/Janiculum side of Vatican City (to the left as one looks toward the facade of St. Peter’s). “At first it was […]

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