Harmonia Sacra

By Peter Leech.A British choir revives the forgotten glories of Rome's 18th-century music with two ground-breaking concerts this month.Harmonia Sacra was formed in Bristol in 2009 by the choir's condu...

Rome's ecumenical garden

By Dana English.A hidden garden at the monastery of S. Gregorio al Celio is a tangible symbol of ecumenism in Rome.The ancient foundations of the Monastery of S. Gregorio al Celio have stood for over...

Saving Italy's earthquake art

By Margaret Stenhouse. Italy is working to salvage its cultural heritage after recent devastating earthquakes. The doors of the vast hanger adjoining the Italian state forestry corps barracks at Cit...

Rome street art: underground comes indoors

Rome's urban art faces the perils of the street while MACRO ushers the counterculture movement inside."Otto!" hissed the wide-eyed little girl, chasing after her labrador through a gap in the wire fen...

Wanted in Rome Junior: Cavour Metro

Dalia Impiglia, Year 12 at St George's British International School, takes a vivid walk to the Colosseum.The metro is sticky, alive; it is damp and I do not know why since the air outside is cool but...

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...

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...

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...

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...

A mad emperor's dream in 3D

Virtual reality transports visitors to the opulent past of Rome's Domus Aurea. The Domus Aurea as You've Never Seen it Before is the name of the new virtual reality experience awaiting visitors to...

Italy shelters unaccompanied foreign minors

Complicated legal procedures for minors and inadequate reception facilities drive many youngsters to abandon the system and make their own way. Piazza Fiume may seem an unlikely place for a night s...

Rome's live music scene

A guide to Rome's best venues for all genres of live contemporary music, from rock to jazz. With the exceptions of Monti, Testaccio and S. Lorenzo, which are reached easily by public transport, the...

Jean-Michel Basquiat in Rome

Rome's Chiostro del Bramante pays tribute to Basquiat whose whirlwind career had strong Italian connections. On 10 May 2016 a canvas featuring a devilish self-portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat risin...

Celebrancy comes to Italy

Independent celebrants provide Rome residents with non-religious rites of passage. A few years ago, Giorgio's wife died unexpectedly. Neither member of the couple was religious, and Giorgio didn’t...

Rome: A Time Traveller's Guide

Visiting modern Rome in the footsteps of 18th-century Grand Tourists. “Excellent choice, sir. That’s a good travel guide,” said the bookseller about the well-thumbed, dusty volume I had picked out...

Britons in Italy fight to retain their rights

British in Italy (BiI) mobilises to safeguard existing rights of Britons. Thousands of Britons in Italy are worried as to how Brexit – Britain’s leaving the European Union (EU) – will affect their...

Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas marks 30 years in Rome

The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas has promoted ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue for three decades By Laura Ieraci. In a city more than 2,770 years old, an organisation’s 30th anniversary i...

Rome's starlings: kinetic artists or urban pests?

Annual return of starlings is a nightmare for many Romans. By Martin Bennett. Like every year since 1925-26 they’re back. Four million by one count. Stormi di storni. Flocks of starlings. And wi...

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