Wanted in Rome » News http://www.wantedinrome.com Accommodation in Rome, jobs vacant Fri, 29 May 2015 10:19:01 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.5 Festa della Repubblica in Rome http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/festa-della-repubblica-in-rome-4/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/festa-della-repubblica-in-rome-4/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 07:46:41 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=197873 Highlight is Frecce Tricolori aeronautical display. 

The 69th Festa della Repubblica celebrations marking Italy’s national day take place in Rome on Tuesday 2 June.

The annual public holiday is held in commemoration of the day in 1946 when Italians voted in favour of a republic and against the monarchy which had been discredited during world war two.

The ceremonies begin on 1 June, the day before the main event, with the solemn changing of the guard at the Quirinale palace at 15.30.

The day itself commences at 09.15 when President Mattarella lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Piazza Venezia, followed by a major military parade comprising thousands of members of the state’s army, navy, police forces and the foresty corp, along Via dei Fori Imperiali from 10.00-11.00.

A highlight of the parade is the Frecce Tricolori, a popular aeronautical display featuring a series of fighter jets flying in formation over the Colosseum, emitting plumes of the three colours from the Italian flag.

Rehearsals and preparations for the military parade begin on 29 May with traffic disruption and bus diversions in the general area from 23.00 until 05.00 the next morning.

On the day of the parade Via dei Fori Imperiali is normally closed from 05.00 until around 20.00 with numerous traffic diversions in place, as well as the likely closure of the Metro Colosseo station.

Events on 2 June generally result in the closure of archaeological sites such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trajan’s Markets, and the Altare della Patria, however the Quirinale gardens are open to the public free of charge from 15.00-19.00.

For full details on event see the special Festa della Repubblica website while for more on the transport situation see Muoversi a Roma.

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Rome bus ticket app for smartphones http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-bus-ticket-app-for-smartphones/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-bus-ticket-app-for-smartphones/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 08:10:47 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=197797 New system allows commuters to buy tickets via smartphones.

Rome’s public transport company ATAC has launched a new smartphone app for purchasing tickets for the capital’s bus, tram, trains and metro A and B.

The BIPiù system, which comes into effect on 28 May, can also be used on Roma Tpl suburban buses and Cotral regional coaches, and will soon be available for Metro C.

BIPiù allows commuters to buy tickets via their smartphone and is designed to eliminate the problem of not finding an outlet selling tickets, particularly at night or on Sundays.

There is no additional cost for the system which can be used to purchase €1.50 tickets, valid for 100 minutes, and the €35 monthly electronic pass.

To avail of BIPiù just download the free MyCicero app from the ATAC website or from the store on your smartphone (IOS and Android).

Once purchased, the ticket must be activated via the app before boarding buses or trams, while users of the underground need to activate “Metro” to receive a code which is read electronically at the turnstiles. The monthly pass requires no activation.

In the case of spot-checks by ATAC, just show inspectors the receipt of payment on your smartphone.

For more details see city website or video by Italian comedian Teresa Mannino.

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Interview with Pietro Ruffo http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/interview-with-pietro-ruffo/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/interview-with-pietro-ruffo/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 10:51:28 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=197734 Caitlin Frost put some questions to one of the rising stars of the Italian art world, Roman artist Pietro Ruffo


Your work is rigorous, and raises challenging questions about the nature of human freedom.  What are you hoping to accomplish?

What I’m trying to do with my work is to study as much as possible a number of themes such as the concept of freedom, the concept of self-defence and the phenomena associated with street protests.  These themes are the basis of my drawings; I’m not trying to provide solutions with them, but to formulate some open questions instead.


What project are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on four huge atlases from the late 19th century – a period of great geographic, scientific and ethnographic discoveries by the western world – to learn, to catalogue, to understand what lay behind it, but also with the innate wish to dominate it.


23 revolution globe 1

What was the last show you saw in Rome that surprised you? Why?

The Giuseppe Gallo exhibit at the Fondazione Pastificio Cerere in S. Lorenzo. In my opinion Gallo is a master, he manages to move forward continually; the intelligence and the beauty of his work takes my breath away every time.


What is your favourite place to see art?

I don’t have favourite places to see art.  I like the classical places like museums, biennials and fairs, or seeing art on city walls or in sculpture parks, but what turns me on most is seeing art in the artist’s studio, that’s the most intense moment for me.


What is your favourite post-gallery hangout or restaurant in Rome?

Definitely Buchetto, the historic pizzeria in the Flaminio area where I used to go as a kid with my Dad and where I now take my son every Thursday.


ATLAS OF THE VARIOUS FREEDOMS 2010-2011 graphite on paper and interviews


What is the most indispensable item in your studio?

Paper, pencil, a Stanley knife and lots of patience.


In past works you referenced American philosophers John Rawls and Robert Nozick.  Where are you finding ideas for your work these days?

In this period I’m mostly interested in the language of other artists over the last century to express the concept of freedom, or the cry for freedom in political posters, starting from the October revolution in Russia up to Occupy Wall Street. By studying these posters I can create new work inspired by the concept of freedom.


What is the last artwork you purchased?

Artists usually exchange their work.  I’ve got some work from a number of artist friends, like Seboo Migone, Maurizio Savini, Patan, Raimondo…  The only artwork I’ve ever bought in my life was an oil study of a mountain by Jan Bauer, a superb piece.


What is the first artwork you ever sold?

When I was eight I sold a seascape seen from my parents’ terrace for a new box of paints.


Do you have a gallery/museum-going routine?

Yes.  It’s very important for me to see the work of other artists, in galleries or museums or foundations. Every work I see inspires reflections that I can assimilate into my own research.


What work of art do you wish you owned?

The blue Airplane series by Alighiero Boetti.




Where would you go to buy art in Rome?

The Lorcan O’Neill gallery, which represents me as well as other international and Italian artists.


The MAXXI, arguably Italy‘s most important museum for contemporary art, opened just four years ago. Do you think its struggle to find a role for itself is demonstrative of Italys struggle with finding a platform for contemporary art? Or do you believe it shows an increasing interest to put Italy and Rome on the the international art scene?

I think Rome, with its various museums of modern and contemporary art and its private foundations and galleries is a very interesting place for contemporary art, even if from the outside it’s not easy to express the message that the eternal city is also a contemporary city.  But there’s a lot of energy, and I think it will produce great results.


You live in the historic artist area of S. Lorenzo.  For what reasons do you choose to be based in Rome?  What are the advantages of working from the ‘eternal city’, compared to, say, London?

Well, like I said, Rome is active in the contemporary scene, and I hope to make a contribution together with the artists of my generation. And then I try to do a three-month artist’s residence every year somewhere abroad, so I can get to compare myself with artists from other parts of the world.
Caitlin Frost


Roman contemporary artist Pietro Ruffo was born in 1978 and is based in the capital’s S. Lorenzo district.

In 2005 he graduated with a degree in architecture from the Roma Tre university and started to work  the Fondazione Pastificio Cerere in S. Lorenzo, an historic artists’ residence.

His work deals largely with the subject of freedom and addresses a wide range of social, moral and political issues. He has run art therapy workshops with school children in Beslan who survived the 2004 massacre by Chechen rebels, and has also addressed conflicts such as the Arab Spring.

In 2010 he was selected for a fellowship at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, at Columbia University in New York, and was awarded the New York Prize by Italy’s ministry of foreign affairs. This time served as inspiration for his series Political Gynasium centred on the work of American philosopher Robert Nozick.

Ruffo creates meticulously detailed works using a range of media including drawing, painting, digital photography and video.

The artist is represented in Rome by Galleria Lorcan O’Neill since 2006, and in London by BlainSouthern since 2012

For more information about Ruffo see his website, www.pietroruffo.com.


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Future Rome derby games to be held on Sundays http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/future-rome-derby-games-to-be-held-on-sundays/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/future-rome-derby-games-to-be-held-on-sundays/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 14:13:02 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=197694 Roma fans stabbed outside Rome stadium.

Italy’s ministry of the interior has announced that future derby football matches will be played only on Sundays at mid-day, according to the news agency ANSA.

The decision comes after Rome police once again had difficulty securing law and order for a football match, this time the AS Roma-Lazio derby on 25 May, in which Roma beat its city rivals Lazio 2-1.

Matches after dark had already been banned but even the daylight was not enough to discourage the violence at yesterday’s match.

Two Roma fans were hospitalised after being stabbed outside Rome’s Stadio Olimpico ahead of the derby.

The stabbings occurred as violence flared along the Lungotevere before the eagerly-awaited game, the penultimate match of the Serie A season, which resulted in Rome qualifying for the Champions League.

A hard-core element of Lazio supporters known as the Irriducibili hosted around 50 hard-core “ultrà” Wisła Sharks hooligans from Wisła Kraków, a major Polish football team whose fanbase includes elements of the extreme right. Foreign fans are also thought to have come from Greece, Bulgaria, Holland and England for the match.


Wisla Sharks fan the violence at the AS Roma-Lazio derby


In the hours before the game, the Polish ultràs, who are “twinned” with the Irriducibili, were seen marching through Rome making fascist salutes and burning AS Roma flags.

AS Roma now joins Juventus as the two Italian sides among the 36 top European clubs competing in the Champions League later this year.

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Rome’s Golden Gala http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/romes-golden-gala/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/romes-golden-gala/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 09:19:02 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=197646 Top international athletes come to Rome.  

The 35th edition of the Golden Gala, Italy’s annual track and field event, begins in Rome’s Olympic Stadium on 4 June.

As usual the sporting event is a who’s who from the world of international athletics and this year the stars include Jamaican sprinter and reigning Olympic champion Shelly Ann Fraser in the 200m race, and world seasonal leader in the 100-m hurdles, Jasmin Stowers from the US.

Stowers will compete against other well-known names, including the last two Olympic champions, American Dawn Harper Nelson (2008) and Australian Sally Pearson (2012), as well as reigning world champion, American Brianna Rollins.

Chief among the sporting celebrities coming to Rome is Olympic pole vaulting champion and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie from France, and America’s Justin Gatlin who will be seeking his third consecutive win in the 100m at the Golden Gala.


Renaud Lavillenie


Other big names to watch out for are 400-m European champion Libania Grenot from Cuba, while Croatia’s Blanka Vlašić and Italy’s Alessia Trost will attempt to break the world record of 2.09m set by Bulgarian Stefka Kostadinova at the Golden Gala in 1987.

This year the Golden Gala is preceded by RunFest, a three-day running event open to everyone, which takes place in the Stadio di Marmo from 2-4 June.

The Golden Gala began in 1980 and was dedicated to the memory of champion Italian sprinter Pietro Mennea two years ago.

The Rome event is the fourth leg in the current season of the Diamond League, an annual series of 14 track and field meetings for top athletes.

Over the course of its history, the gala has set eight world records, of which the 1,500-m (1998) and mile records (1999) by Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj still stand.  

For full details including ticket prices and programme, see the Golden Gala website.

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Rome prepares 2024 Olympic bid http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-prepares-2024-olympic-bid/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-prepares-2024-olympic-bid/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 09:22:03 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=197581 Prize-giving at Colosseum if Rome wins.

Rome mayor Ignazio Marino has proposed that medal ceremonies be held at the Colosseum if the capital wins its bid to host the 2024 Olympics.

Marino made his suggestion following a meeting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, as well as Italian president Sergio Mattarella and Giovanni Malagò, president of Italian Olympic Committee (CONI).

Describing it as his “dream”, Marino said the medal ceremonies could be presented on a rebuilt arena floor, a project which has already been backed by Italy’s culture minister Dario Franceschini. The bid committee, led by former Ferrari president Luca Cordero Di Montezemolo, is also assessing whether the finals of various sports could be held at other historic sites such as the Circus Maximus.

Lineup for Rome's 2024 Olympic bid.
Lineup for Rome’s Olympic bid.

Rome had originally considered hosting the 2020 Olympics but the idea was scrapped in February 2012 by then-premier Mario Monti, over financial concerns. The proposal to bid for the 2024 Olympics was first mooted by Monti’s successor Enrico Letta in 2013 but little was heard about the plans until a year later. Last December the current Italian premier Matteo Renzi announced Italy’s “cost-conscious” bid for the 2024 games at the CONI headquarters in Rome.

Bach has described Italy’s candidacy as “strong”, with a “lot of unity, from the Italian president, to CONI, to the mayor of Rome.”

The IOC will select the winning host city in 2017.

Rome hosted the 1960 Olympics as well as the World Swimming Championships in 2009 but cases of corruption surrounding the expropriation of land and the construction of the infrastructure for the 2009 championships are still in court.

Some commentators point out that the Italian capital already has some of the necessary sporting infrastructure such as the Stadio Olimpico and Olympic swimming pool, although its public transport system is far off the mark for a modern Olympic city.

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Rose petals at the Pantheon http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rose-petals-at-the-pantheon/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rose-petals-at-the-pantheon/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 11:02:26 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=197465 The spectacular tradition of rose petals fluttering down through the oculus of the Pantheon can be enjoyed this Sunday 24 May following 10.30 Mass for the feast of Pentecost.



The ancient ceremony involves tens of thousands of rose petals tumbling into the interior of the Pantheon, symbolising the Holy Spirit’s descent to Earth.





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++ Contest ++ Two free tickets for Piazza di Siena horse show http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/contest-two-free-tickets-for-piazza-di-siena-horse-show/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/contest-two-free-tickets-for-piazza-di-siena-horse-show/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 14:17:40 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=197442 We have two free tickets for Rome’s prestigious horse-jumping show, Piazza di Siena, with access throughout Sunday 24 May. To win, just upload a photo of Rome in the comment section on our website, under this article. The person with the most likes by midday on Friday 22 May wins the tickets.

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Rome bans cigarettes and barbeques in parks http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-bans-cigarettes-and-barbeques-in-parks/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-bans-cigarettes-and-barbeques-in-parks/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 10:10:47 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=197397 Anti-fire law in force over summer.

Rome has banned smoking and barbecues in public parks and green areas across the city from 15 June to 30 September.

The law is part of measures to prevent and reduce the risk of fires in the parks which are at particular risk during the hotter months.

The ruling, signed by Rome mayor Ignazio Marino, also prohibits the burning of grass or garden refuse, as well as the use of any equipment that produces flames or sparks

See the Wanted in Rome list of parks and gardens in and around the capital.

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Historic Rome courtyards open to public http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/historic-rome-courtyards-open-to-public/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/historic-rome-courtyards-open-to-public/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 09:45:44 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=197331 Cortili Aperti celebrates five years.

The Lazio branch of the association of historic houses, Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane (ADSI), provides a unique opportunity to visit the courtyards of some of Rome’s most important privately-owned historic homes this weekend 23-24 May.

The fifth edition of the annual Cortili Aperti initiative involves a visit to the courtyards of numerous private palaces, which are usually closed to the public, from 10.00-19.00. The visits take place in the presence of ADSI guides as well as the owners of the properties.


Palazzo Capizucchi
Palazzo Capizucchi


The participating historic palaces belong to the Attolico, Berardi Guglielmi, Borghese, Capizucchi, Capponi Antonelli, Cisterna, Costaguti, Del Drago, Grazioli, Lante, Malvezzi Campeggi, Massimo Lancellotti, Montoro, Odescalchi, Pasolini dall’Onda, Ruspoli, Sacchetti, Sforza Cesarini, Taverna, and Torlonia families, as well as the Pamphilj palace in Piazza Navona, the seat of the Brazilian embassy.


Palazzo Berari Guglielmi
Palazzo Berari Guglielmi


For the second year, the capital’s artisans take centre-stage, presenting their skills in the courtyards of the palaces they help to conserve. Organisers say the role of artisans is crucial in the maintenance of Rome’s historic buildings, and the more than 30 craftspeople involved include restorers, gilders, framers, glaziers, potters, bronze workers, silversmiths, clockmakers and mosaic artists.

The non-profit organisation ADSI was founded in 1977 to help in the conservation, development and management of historic homes and to raise public awareness of Italy’s cultural heritage. The Cortili Aperti visits are free and do not require reservations.


Palazzo Capponi Antonelli
Palazzo Capponi Antonelli


For more information tel. 066832774, e-mail lazio@adsi.it, and for full Rome programme see the ADSI website.

Palazzo Attolico, Via di Parione 12.

Palazzo Berardi Gugliemi, Via del Gesù 62.

Palazzo Capizucchi, Piazza di Campitelli 3.

Palazzo Capponi Antonelli, Via di Monserrato 34.

Palazzo Cisterna, Via Giulia 163.

Palazzo Costaguti, Piazza Mattei 10.

Palazzo Del Drago, Via dei Coronari 44.

Palazzo Grazioli, Via del Plebiscito 102.

Palazzo Lante, Piazza dei Caprettari 70.

Palazzo Malvezzi Campeggi, Via del Consolato 6.

Palazzo Massimo Lancellotti, Piazza Navona 114.

Palazzo Montoro, Via di Montoro 8.

Palazzo Odescalchi, Piazza dei SS. Apostoli 81.

Palazzo Pasolini dall’Onda – già Santacroce, Piazza Benedetto Cairoli 6.

Palazzo Ruspoli, Via della Fontanella Borghese 56/B.

Palazzo Sacchetti, Via Giulia 66.

Palazzo Sforza Cesarini, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 284.

Palazzo Taverna, Via di Monte Giordano 36.

Palazzo Torlonia, Via Bocca di Leone 78.

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