Wanted in Rome » News http://www.wantedinrome.com Accommodation in Rome, jobs vacant Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:30:54 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Rome most congested city in Italy http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-most-congested-city-in-italy/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-most-congested-city-in-italy/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:12:48 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=194405 Capital comes ahead of Naples and Milan.

Rome has been declared the most congested city in Italy, according to a report by traffic navigator TomTom which based its results on data recorded throughout 2014.

The capital was awarded the unenviable top spot in Italy ahead of Milan, in second place, and Naples, third.

The study found that Rome has a 38 per cent congestion level, revealing that, on average, drivers experienced 24 minutes per hour stuck in traffic during rush hour, with commuters spending an average of 93 hours sitting in traffic jams in 2014.

Out of the 146 cities surveyed for congestion in the TomTom annual report, Rome comes 13th in the world rankings, while the planet’s most traffic-clogged city is Istanbul (58 per cent congestion), followed by Mexico City (55 per cent) and Rio de Janiero (51 per cent).

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Pleistocine Museum of Rome opens http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/pleistocine-museum-of-rome-opens/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/pleistocine-museum-of-rome-opens/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:49:21 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=194392 Fossils, flints and bones 200,000 years old go on display.

The Pleistocine Museum of Rome been inaugurated by the city’s mayor Ignazio Marino and admission is free to visitors.

Located in Casal de’ Pazzi in the Rebibbia district of Rome, the museum contains the fossils and remains of prehistoric elephants, rhinos and aurochs, as well as traces of the first men who hunted the ancient creatures.

The museum’s origins date back to 1981 when construction workers discovered an elephant tusk on the site. Further excavations revealed that there had been a river in the area about 200,000 years ago, and archaeologists unearthed some 2,000 fossils and flints, which are now on display.

Rome's Pleistocine museum
Rome’s Pleistocine museum opens


The museum, which was inaugurated on 30 March, has been added to the other seven free municipal museums: Villa di Massenzio, Museo delle Mura, Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco, Museo Pietro Canonica, Museo della Repubblica Romana e della Memoria Garibaldina, Museo Napoleonico and Museo Carlo Bilotti.

The museum is open from Tues-Fri from 09.00-14.00 and from Sat-Sun from 10.00-14.00.
To arrange a visit tel. 060608 and for more details see
city website.

Via Ciciliano, junction with Via Egidio Galbani, tel. 06671077007.

Photos by La Repubblica


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Rome tour guides face unusual questions http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-tour-guides-face-unusual-questions/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-tour-guides-face-unusual-questions/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:17:28 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=194383 Many expats in Rome have their favourite “overheard question” asked of the city’s tour guides. Wanted in Rome asked some of the capital’s English-language guides to describe the most unusual questions they have faced.

Jimmy Kennedy, an Irish tour guide working with Touriocity, is always a font of tourist trivia.

Once while starting a tour of the Sistine Chapel a tourist piped up, “I keep reading about Michelangelo. Didn’t he paint something famous in the Vatican? Will we get to meet him?”

Kennedy also has to grapple with geographical enquiries such as “Are we in Rome? Because I thought we were in Italy.”

However the following are his five favourite questions:

“If this is the Sistine Chapel, where are the other 15 chapels?”

“Why would they build the Colosseum right beside a Metro Stop?”

“If you are from Ireland, how long does it take you to get to the Colosseum every morning?”

“What country are the Swiss Guards from?”

“How did Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel? Did he just stand on the floor and use a really long paint brush?”


Scots-Italian tour guide Al Mariotti once entered into a memorable conversation after being asked: “What about Michelangelo?”
Mariotti: “What about him?”
Tourist: “Whatever happened to him?”
Mariotti: “Well, he died.”
Tourist: “Oh my God that’s awful, when?”

Another time, facing St Peter’s Basilica, Mariotti was asked “Who are they on that church?”
Mariotti: “They are the twelve apostles, Sir.”
Tourist: “But there’s thirteen of ‘em.”
Mariotti: “Well Sir, they are the 12 apostles plus…”
Tourist’s wife interrupts: “…It’s JC, honey!”
Tourist: “What? Why would Julius Caesar be with 12 apostles?”

Mariotti also likes to tell the story of the unexpected rainstorm as he was leading a group near the Colosseum. A beggar, who had previously been limping laboriously, suddenly throws away his crutch, puts on a pair of trainers and runs full tilt towards the metro station, followed by deadly-serious shouts from Mariotti’s group of “Oh my God, it’s a miracle!”

Once at St Peter’s, Dubliner Dara McCarthy was stunned when asked if Lucifer were buried in the Vatican. 

Like other tour guides, McCarthy has faced regular confusion over the identity of Michelangelo. After explaining the Sistine Chapel for about 20 minutes, he was asked “Where is Michelangelo in the Bible?”




Tour guide Louise Egan from Ireland has received regular compliments on her “excellent English” in the past and been asked how long her commute to Italy takes each morning. Among the stranger questions she has fielded include “Did aliens build the Colosseum?” while also having to explain that, no, the Colosseum is not built of sand.

Egan has also been asked queries such as “When are we going to see Big Ben?” but perhaps the top prize should go to “You know on our Roman Forum tour? Would you mind leaving out all the history stuff?”

One day Jon Balog from Maryland in the US was giving a tour of the Vatican Museums’ Gallery of the Tapestries. In the middle of explaining a tapestry which featured Julius Caesar being stabbed to death in 44 BC he was asked “So were Jesus and Caesar the same person?”



Another time, at the Capuchin Crypt on Via Veneto, Balog was pointing out the skulls and bones of 3,700 friars when he was asked the reason for the Capuchins’ fate: “Was it for molesting?”

Freelance tour guide Shane Harnett has been asked the identity of the pope’s wife as well as where the tomb of Jesus could be found in Rome.

However, the most surprising question asked of him came from an elderly Italian tourist who had been living in the US for 60 years. Out of earshot from his children and grandchildren the man took Harnett aside and asked “Hey, you know anywhere I can find a whore?”

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Rome’’s Easter church services in English http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome%c2%92s-easter-church-services-in-english-3/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome%c2%92s-easter-church-services-in-english-3/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:09:50 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=194364 English-language religious services in Rome during Easter Week


2 April. Holy Thursday. Chrismal Mass, Vatican Basilica, 09.30
3 April. Good Friday. Papal Mass, St Peter’s Basilica 17.00, Way of the Cross, Colosseum 21.15
4 April. Holy Saturday. Easter Vigil, Vatican Basilica 20.30
5 April. Easter Sunday. Mass, St Peter’s Square 10.15. “Urbi et Orbi” blessing 12.00

Please note that tickets (free of charge) are required for all ceremonies listed above, except the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum. For further information contact the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household, tel. 0669884857.


All Saints’ Anglican Church, Via del Babuino 153/b, tel. 0636001881
2 April. Maundy Thursday. Holy Eucharist with washing of feet 19.00
3 April. Good Friday 15.00-18.00
5 April. Vigil and first Eucharist of Easter 05.30. Easter Sunday Sung Eucharist with blessing of Easter Garden 10.30


All Saints
All Saints


Ponte S. Angelo Methodist Church, Piazza Ponte S. Angelo 68, tel. 0668768314
5 April. Easter Sunday 10.30

Pontifical Irish College (Roman Catholic), Via dei SS. Quattro 1, tel. 06772631
2 April. Holy Thursday 18.00
3 April. Good Friday 15.00
4 April. Holy Saturday Vigil 21.00
5 April. Easter Sunday 10.00


Pontifical Irish College
Pontifical Irish College


Rome Baptist Church, S. Lorenzo in Lucina 35, tel. 066876652
2 April. Maundy Thursday 19.00
3 April. Church open 07.00-19.00 for personal prayer
5 April. Sunrise Service at Pincio 07.00, followed by Resurrection Sunday Breakfast

Rome International Church, St George’s British International School, Via Cassia km 16.
5 April. Easter worship service 11.00, preceded by Easter egg hunt for children at 10.00.

St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Scotland, Via XX Settembre 7, tel. 064827627
2 April. Maundy Thursday service 06.30
5 April. Easter Sunday worship. 11.00

St Isidore’s College (Roman Catholic), Via degli Artisti 41, tel. 064885359
5 April. Easter Sunday 10.00


St Isidore's
St Isidore’s


St Francis Xavier del Caravita (Roman Catholic), Via della Caravita 7
2 April. Maundy Thursday 19.00
3 April. Good Friday 15.00
4 April. Easter Vigil 21.00
5 April. Easter Sunday 11.00

St Patrick’s (Roman Catholic), Via Buoncompagni 31, tel. 0642903787
2 April. Holy Thursday 19.00
3 April. Good Friday 15.00.
4 April. Holy Saturday 19.00.
5 April. Easter Sunday 10.00.


St Paul's Within the Walls
St Paul’s Within the Walls


St Paul’s Within-the-Walls (Episcopal), Via Nazionale, corner Via Napoli 58, tel. 064883339
2 April. Maundy Thursday. Holy Eucharist with washing of feet 19.00
3 April. Good Friday. Stations of the Cross 12.00
4 April. Easter Vigil with Holy Baptism 20.00
5 April. Festival Sung Eucharist 10.30

S. Silvestro in Capite (Roman Catholic), Piazza S. Silvestro 1, tel. 066797775
2 April. Holy Thursday 17.00
3 April. Stations of the Cross (in Italian) 15.00, Passion Liturgy in English 17.00
4 April. Easter Vigil 20.00
5 April. Easter Sunday 10.00, 17.30


S. Silvestro in Capite
S. Silvestro in Capite


S. Susanna American Church (Roman Catholic), Via XX Settembre 15, tel. 0642014554
Due to temporary closure, Masses are taking place at nearby churches. See website for details www.santasusanna.org.

Venerable English College (Roman Catholic), Via di Monserrato 45, tel. 066868546
2 April. Mass of the Lord’s Supper 19.30
3 April. Solemn Celebration of the Passion 15.00
4 April. Easter Vigil 21.30
5 April. Easter Sunday 10.00

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Public transport strike in Rome on 30 March http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/public-transport-strike-in-rome-on-30-march/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/public-transport-strike-in-rome-on-30-march/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:49:36 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=194276 Strike action from 08.30 until 12.30

A public transport strike is taking place in Rome and other Italian cities on Monday 30 March, from 08.30 until 12.30.

The strike action in Rome will affect ATAC buses, trams, metro and light rail services Roma-Lido, Roma-Giardinetti and Roma-Civitacastellana-Viterbo, as well as regional coach service Cotral and suburban bus company Roma Tpl.

Rome’s commuters won’t have to wait long until the city’s next public transport strike which is scheduled for 17 April, from 08.30 until 17.00 and from 20.00 until end of service.

For full transport details see Muoversi a Roma website.

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Rome’s Metro A closes early from April to August http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/romes-metro-a-closes-early-from-april-to-august/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/romes-metro-a-closes-early-from-april-to-august/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:41:22 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=194112 Early closure to allow for maintenance

Rome’s Metro A line is to close each night at 21.30 from 1 April to 31 August to allow for maintenance work, according to the city’s transport councillor Guido Improta.

Improta said that the city would provide substitute buses after 21.30 each night but admitted that commuter inconvenience was “inevitable.”

He also said that the capital faced an “enormous problem” maintaining the metro’s infrastructure and that Rome needs to spend €120 million on a major infrastructure project on the Metro A and B lines.



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Vatican takes homeless on tour of Sistine Chapel http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/vatican-takes-homeless-on-tour-of-sistine-chapel/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/vatican-takes-homeless-on-tour-of-sistine-chapel/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:10:29 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=194054 Visit for group of 150 followed by dinner.

A group of 150 homeless people will be taken on a private guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel on the afternoon of 26 March, according to Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

The homeless people, all of whom frequent the St Peter’s area, will enter the Vatican through an entrance normally reserved for prelates and employees of the city state. Their visit will allow them to see the Vatican Gardens, before three groups of 50 homeless begin the museum tour.

The Sistine Chapel will be closed to regular visitors after 16.00 on 26 March to allow exclusive access to the homeless group whose visit has been organised by the office of papal charities.

The tour will be followed by a prayer service and a private dinner for the group, in what is Pope Francis’ latest gesture for the city’s homeless.

The Vatican recently began offering homeless people free shaves and haircuts on Mondays, as well as installing special washing facilities in St Peter’s Square.

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Clocks go forward on 29 March http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/clocks-go-forward-on-29-march/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/clocks-go-forward-on-29-march/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:34:39 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=194024 More light in the evenings but darker in the mornings.

Don’t forget to set your watches and clocks forward one hour at 02.00 Central European Time (CET) on Sunday 29 March.

Central European Summer Time (CEST) will be with us until the last Sunday of October, which falls on 25 October this year.

The only country in Europe not to make the most of extra daylight hours during the summer is Iceland which stays on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) all year round.

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Rome commemorates Fosse Ardeatine http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-commemorates-fosse-ardeatine/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-commemorates-fosse-ardeatine/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:43:29 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=193970 71st anniversary of Rome massacre.

The traditional commemoration ceremony takes place at Rome’s Fosse Ardeatine mausoleum on Tuesday 24 March, in memory of the 335 people killed by the then occupying Nazi forces 71 years ago, on 24 March 1944.

The Fosse Ardeatine
The Fosse Ardeatine


The ceremony at 10.00 is being held in the presence of the Italian president Sergio Mattarella who will lay a wreath at the memorial site, followed by a Catholic and Jewish prayer service, and the reading of the 335 victims’ names.

This will be Mattarella’s second visit to the mausoleum since his election in January: the president made a symbolic visit there just after his election.

President Mattarella visits to Fosse Ardeatine
President Mattarella visits the Fosse Ardeatine

The mass killing in 1944 was in retaliation to a partisan attack on a column of marching German policemen the day before on Via Rasella, near Piazza Barberini in central Rome.

The Nazis decided that ten Italians should be executed for each German, an order soon authorised by Hitler who stipulated that it be carried out within 24 hours.

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Ethiopians dominate Rome marathon http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/ethiopians-dominate-rome-marathon/ http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/ethiopians-dominate-rome-marathon/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:05:38 +0000 http://www.wantedworldwide.net/?post_type=news&p=193890 Next year’s marathon scheduled for April.

The 21st edition of the Maratona di Roma took place in heavy rain on Sunday 22 March, with Ethiopians coming first and second in both the men’s and women’s categories.

Abebe Degefa won with a time of two hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds, crossing the finish line nine seconds ahead of compatriot Bhirhanu Addis. Italy’s Jamel Chatbi came third with a time of 2:14:04, in his marathon debut.

The women’s race was won by Meseret Tolwalk with a time of 2:30:25, coming 36 seconds ahead of fellow Ethiopian Fikre Wilke. Italian Deborah Toniolo came third with a time of 2:36:30.

More than 15,000 athletes from 110 different countries entered the race, which began and ended at the Colosseum, while about 65,000 people joined the non-competitive “Stracittadina” 5-km fun run in the Circo Massimo area.maratona 2015


Rome mayor Ignazio Marino announced that next year’s marathon will be held in April. raising the possibility that the event could be dedicated to the city’s Jubilee Year. However Marino said that there is one person tasked with establishing the main events of the Jubilee: “Pope Francis.”

Photo Corriere della Sera

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