Mafia Capitale ringleaders sentenced in Rome

The ringleaders of the so-called Mafia Capitale case, involving a crime syndicate infiltrating Rome's city hall, were sentenced by a court in the Italian capital on 20 July. Massimo Carminati, a noto...

Rome's top ten Irish pubs

Abbey Theatre Located a short walk from Piazza Navona in Rome's historic centre, the Abbey Theatre offers a wide selection of drinks as well as Irish, Italian and international bar food throughout...

Rome subway driver investigated after woman trapped in train doors

A Rome subway driver is currently under investigation for causing bodily harm and violating health and safety procedures after a passenger was caught in the doors of a Metro B train and dragged along...

Rough guide to Rome's most used expressions

London has Cockney, Liverpool its Scouse, Newcastle its Geordie. Rome has a strange offshoot of Latin, known pejoratively as Romanesco by some, Romano by others or, more usual, Romanaccio. The origina...

Rome Art Week returns

Artists and galleries can register until 15 September for Rome Art Week. Registration is open until 15 September for the second edition of Rome Art Week (RAW), the contemporary art festival of free...

Rome homes evacuated over wildfires

Police arrest man on suspicion of causing Castel Fusano blaze. A 22-year-old man faces charges of arson following a vast wildfire which broke out in the Castel Fusano area of Rome's Ostia coastal dis...

A doll's house in Testaccio

A doll restoration workshop in Rome showcases Italy’s tradition of craftsmanship. A fine tinkle resonates when you open the door to Le Bambole di Testaccio, a small bottega (workshop) on Via Luca d...

Orvieto: another jewel in Umbria

The hilltop city of Orvieto makes a delightful day trip from Rome. Situated in the province of Terni in south-west Umbria, Orvieto stands on the summit of a large outcrop of volcanic tufa rock, rough...

Lazio calls for state of emergency over wildfires

The president of the Lazio region Nicola Zingaretti has called on the Italian government to declare a state of emergency over the ongoing spate of wildfires in the region. Zingaretti said that on 16...

Rome public transport strikes on 20 July

Rome commuters will be affected by several nationwide and local public transport strikes on Thursday 20 July. A 24-hour strike by Rome's public transport company ATAC is programmed from 08.30 to 17.0...

"Centurions" banned in Rome

Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has banned costumed centurions from operating around historic tourist sites in the capital, to ensure "decorum and security." Those caught breaking the new rules, which rema...

Festa de’ Noantri in Rome’s Trastevere

Ancient religious festival held in Rome's Trastevere every July. The annual Festa de’ Noantri takes place in the Rome district of Trastevere from 16-31 July. Central to the festival, which dates ba...

Freak tornado hits Rome beach

Dozen people injured at Ostia beach on Rome coast. Around a dozen people were treated for injuries after a freak tornado caught beach-goers offguard on Rome's south-western coastline at lunchtime on...

The secrets of Rome's artisan bakeries

Tradition and quality are key ingredients at three of Rome's artisan bakeries. BISCOTTIFICIO ARTIGIANO INNOCENTI: Three generations of biscuit specialists  On a narrow street in Rome’s Trastever...

From Caravaggio to Bernini

A major exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale examines the close ties between the Spanish court and the Italian states in the 17th century. Art for art’s sake, of course, but also in the Baroque p...

Arson blamed for surge in Rome bushfires

Number of fires around Rome quadruples since last summer.The spate of recent bushfires in the greater Rome area has been condemned by the president of the Lazio region Nicola Zingaretti who claimed th...

Flatworm outbreak in Rome's Albano Lake

Health authorities warn bathers about swimming in lake south of Rome. An increasing number of swimmers are experiencing skin problems in recent days after swimming in Lago Albano, the volcanic crater...

Rome's rock opera is a flop

Divo Nerone actors and dancers claim they have been left unpaid.The Divo Nerone rock opera faces fresh controversy after being temporarily shut down by the city in late June over a lack of license and...

Shop closures and falling sales in Rome

600 Rome businesses closed their doors in the first six months of 2017, on top of the 2,000 that shut down in the capital last year, according to Italian business association Confesercenti. The incre...

Alcohol ban in Rome

Drinking ban covers every district of Rome except Ottavia where mayor lives.Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has introduced an order banning the sale and consumption of alcohol in public places at night in a...

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