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Picturesque Roads in North Lazio

OK, so you’ve decided to ‘self-drive’ and go exploring further out of Rome into the wilderness of the unspoiled Lazio countryside….but, which are the …

Europe

Rome’s Largest Catacombs with Newly Uncovered Frescoes Will Open to the Public

This month, Rome's largest catacombs will open to the public after an in-depth, years-long restoration project. For the first time in centuries, visitors will be able to descend into the underground cemetery to see a recently rediscovered collection of ancient frescoes.<p>Located in subterranean …

Rome

Paninis Are Pa-nonos: Mayor Of Florence Takes Aim At Tourist Picnicking

Florence has taken aim at picnicking tourists. The problem: visitors who choose to dine on the steps of the Italian city's historic churches.<p>Earlier this week, just before lunchtime, the city began hosing down the front steps of a basilica where sightseers like to sit and eat. Mayor Dario …

Europe

Italy criticizes US for withdrawal from Paris climate pact

<i>Max Civili <br>Press TV, Rome</i><p>Italy has joined other countries reaffirming their commitment to the Paris climate change agreement, after US President …

Italy reopening embassy in Libya two years after closure

ROME (Reuters) - Italy is sending its ambassador back to Libya, its foreign ministry said on Monday, making it the first Western diplomatic mission to reopen in the divided country.<p>An exterior view of the Italian embassy in Tripoli February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Hani Amara<p>Italy closed its embassy in …

North Africa

Mass deportations planned as Italy named 'frontline' of Europe's refugee crisis

Italy the most attractive route into the EU according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.<p>Italy is to take a tougher stance on …

Refugees

Walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans with the reopening of the Circus Maximus

Rome has given its citizens and tourists a glimpse of its past with the opening of the city’s ancient entertainment centre – the Circus Maximus (the Big Circus).<p>If you are a film buff you probably know more about the famous 2800-acre complex than you think, as it was immortalised in the 1959 …

Thousands of Kids are Stranded at Rome Airport—or Disappearing

More than 11,500 unaccompanied minors have arrived at Rome’s main airport with nobody to pick them up. Some are adopted by the local community, many …

Refugees

An Italian doctor explains “Syndrome K,” the fake disease he invented to save Jews from the Nazis

In the fall of 1943, German soldiers in Italy began rounding up Italian Jews and deporting them—10,000 people were sent to concentration camps during the nearly two-year Nazi occupation. Most never returned. But in Rome, a group of doctors saved at least 20 Jews from a similar fate, by diagnosing …

European History

Rome shows off cleaned up Colosseum

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (C) speaks during a news conference about the latest stage of restoration of the Colosseum by luxury goods firm …

Rome

George and Amal Clooney Meet the Pope During Romantic Trip to Rome

Welcome to Vatican City! <b>George</b> and <b>Amal Clooney</b> met <b>Pope Francis</b> during a trip to Rome on Sunday, May 29.<p>The <i>Descendants</i> actor, 55, is collaborating …

Amal Clooney

Excavation for Rome metro uncovers Roman barracks

Excavation work for a new metro line in Rome has unearthed a huge Roman barracks from the 2nd Century AD when Emperor Hadrian was in power.<p>The find is so impressive that Italy plans to create Rome's first "archaeological station" at Amba Aradam, on the city's third metro line.<p>The new station is …

Rome
Archaeology

Scandal-plagued Rome is becoming a 'do it yourself' city

ROME (AP) — Armed with shovels and sacks of cold asphalt, Rome's residents fill potholes. Defying rats, they yank weeds and bag trash along the Tiber's banks and in urban parks. Tired of waiting years for the city to replace diseased trees, neighbors dig into their own pockets to pay for new ones …

Cities

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'Sistine chapel of early Middle Ages' reopens in Rome after 30 years

Sixth century Basilica di Santa Maria Antiqua, which houses rare collection of early Christian art, has undergone extensive restoration<p>A sixth-century church with a rare collection of early Christian art is reopening to the public in Rome after a restoration that took more than 30 years.<p>Nestling at …

Rome

Inside Rome’s Ghost Stadium

Rome’s unfinished grand swimming stadium was neither a victim of hubris or bad construction—but rather simple economics. It may even have a chance of …

Olympics

Trumpism: America’s Berlusconi Moment

Trump envisioned and created today’s city of white boxes for rootless new money types, who dominate the city even as they leave little mark here.<p>An …

Democracy

These Fluffy, Fried Italian Cream Puffs Only Come Once a Year

You'll only find <i>bignè di San Giuseppe</i>—pillowy-soft clouds of choux pastry, deep-fried and filled with pastry cream—at one moment in the year in Rome: They fill the glass cases of Roman pastry shops for <b>March 19, which is the Festa del Papà</b>, or Italian Father's Day.<p>The holiday is deeply connected to …

Italy to crack down on slackers with new bill against ‘work time violations’

The Italian government is set to pass a bill against work time violations in the public sector after it was revealed that employees tend to check-in …

Light, time, legacy: Francis Towne's watercolours review – the romance of Rome in ruin

British Museum, London A romantic poet with a watercolour brush, this 18th-century artist offers an astonishing vision of a city lost in time and space<p>In 1780, a watercolourist and art teacher named Francis Towne set out to see Rome. It was not an original destination for a cultural pilgrimage. …

Rome

Starbucks Has A New Drink, But No One Understands WTF A Latte Macchiato Is

So we bought one.<p>On Jan. 5, Starbucks will bestow a new espresso beverage upon the caffeine-addicted in the U.S., Canada and participating stores in Latin America -- the latte macchiato.<p>Yet, no one seems to get exactly what that is.<p>According to Starbucks, only two ingredients are needed to make …

Coffee

Rome won't be rebuilt in a day: the challenge of city centre restoration

The Italian capital has a logistical nightmare: juggling ambitious restoration projects at the Colosseum and the Porta Maggiore basilica with trying to run and update the city – and all without a mayor. Can it cope?<p>As the metal lift climbs up the side of Rome’s Colosseum, a remarkable view unfolds: …

Cities

Italy defies the EU and halts a cull of olive trees

Italian authorities have stopped a cull of olive trees in the south of the country that was ordered by the EU earlier this year over fears of a bacterial infection.<p>Thousands of trees have been culled that were showing signs of dessication, or drying up, but prosecutors in Italy say there is no …

Italy

Mario Palanti: Architect of Rome's Skyscraper That Never Was

Adam Nathaniel Furman, architect and winner of this year's Blueprint Award for Design Innovation, is currently undertaking his tenure as the …

Rome

Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi Museum faces Closure

Just two years after its opening, the Maxxi Museum in Rome is threatened with closure. The country’s current economic crisis has resulted in major …

Creative Commons

Italians outraged after headmaster scraps Christmas carol concert following Paris attacks

Principal says he did not want to cause offence to non-Christian pupils by organising a winter concert instead of a Christmas-related one<p>An Italian headmaster has been forced to resign after he scrapped his school’s Christmas carol concert following the Paris attacks in a move that sparked outrage …

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