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...

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...

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...

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 begins turning off drinking fountains

30 nasoni fountains being turned off each day in Rome. Rome’s water management company ACEA has begun turning off the city's “nasoni” drinking fountains in a bid to conserve water as Italy grapples...

Rome considers turning off drinking fountains

Rome could close or reduce water from "nasoni" as city faces drought. Rome's water management company ACEA is considering the closure or reduction of water from the city's "nasoni" drinking fountai...

Rome residents ordered to limit water use

Order restricts drinkable water being used in Rome gardens and swimming pools. Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi has issued an order requiring the capital's inhabitants to limit the amount of potable water...

Rome to host Formula E race

Electric-powered race cars come to Rome in April 2018. Rome will host a Formula E series race for electric-powered cars in the capital's southern EUR suburb on 14 April 2018, according to an announ...

Major bushfire in Rome suburbs

Smoke from Casetta Mattei fire visible from centre of Rome. Fire fighters are battling to put out a major bushfire that has engulfed several hectares of land in the south-west Rome suburb of Casett...

Rome rubbish site burns again

Fresh concerns over toxic fumes as fire reignites in Pomezia. A fire has reignited at the Eco X waste storage facility in the Pomezia suburb south of Rome, 12 days after the site was devastated in...

Earth Day in Rome

Rome highlights the environment with annual Earth Day. Rome marks the international Earth Day initiative on 22 April with five days of events on the theme of the environment and sustainability at t...

Earthquake felt in Rome

Central Italy hit by 5.3-magnitude earthquake on 18 January. A strong earthquake hit central Italy at around 10.25 on 18 January. The quake was felt in the Lazio, Abruzzo and Marche regions, as...

Recycling Christmas trees in Rome

Free eco-friendly disposal service in Rome on 15 January. Rome’s refuse collection service AMA has requested that people recycle their Christmas trees, rather than dispose of them illegally in stre...

Return of bulky waste collection service in Rome

AMA Roma reinstates collection of large domestic items. The capital's refuse agency AMA Roma has reinstated its collection of bulky household waste, which had been suspended since 18 June due to a...

Rome coast hit by tornado

Violent storm causes two deaths in Rome area. Two people were killed during a violent storm in the Rome area on the evening of Sunday 6 November. One man who was hit by a fragment of cornice tha...

Supermoon over Rome

Biggest and brightest supermoon in almost 70 years. On the night of 14 November, the moon will be the closest it has been to Earth since January 1948, appearing up to 14 per cent larger and 30 per...

Norcia earthquake shakes Rome

Earthquake closes capital's schools and causes damage to Rome basilica. A powerful earthquake which hit Italy's central Umbria region at 07.41 on 30 October was felt in Rome, leading to the closure...

Traffic-free Sundays to return to Rome

New series of anti-smog Sundays will begin in December. Rome's city council has announced a new round of domeniche ecologiche during which traffic will be banned from the fascia verde (green belt)...

Rome sea "heavily polluted"

Sea water around Rome more polluted than last year. The sea around Rome is "heavily polluted" according to an annual report by Italian environmental association Legambiente which described the situ...

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