Rome Fiumicino airport trains to stop from 19-21 August

Trains to Fiumicino airport to be replaced by buses. Train services from Rome to Fiumicino airport will be suspended from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 August, due to maintenance works, and will be replaced...

Calls for pigs in Rome sanctuary to be spared from swine fever cull

Courts reject appeal to prevent cull of rescued animals. Around 140 healthy pigs and wild boar on a farm sanctuary north of Rome face slaughter after courts rejected an appeal calling for the animals...

Italy's high-speed Frecciarossa trains to launch in Spain

Frecciarossa 1000 trains to debut in Spain by December. Italy's Trenitalia is set to launch a new high-speed Frecciarossa service between Madrid and Barcelona later this year, with technical tests ge...

Rome bank robber rescued after being buried in tunnel

Man buried alive after tunnel collapses near Vatican. A police investigation is underway in Rome after a man became trapped in a tunnel about six metres under a street near the Vatican on Thursday mo...

Rome tourism set to return to pre-covid levels in 2023

Italy's capital sees major return of foreign tourists. Rome is thronged with tourists this summer, with the capital set to return to pre-covid levels in 2023, according to Alessandro Onorato, the cit...

Tourist caught driving around Pompeii on moped

No damage caused to archaeological site. A 33-year-old Australian tourist was caught driving a rented moped around the Pompeii archaeological site, Italian media reported on Thursday. The man had...

Best events and things to do in Rome this August

August 2022: What's on in Rome. August in Rome sees hordes of tourists arrive on vacation in the Eternal City as a large proportion of local residents bail out of the heat - heading to the mountains...

Roman bridge discovered during road works in Rome

Discovery on the Via Tiburtina. Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a Roman bridge from the Imperial era during an excavation alongside the Via Tiburtina in north-east Rome. The discovery...

Domino's Pizza shuts down in Italy

American chain quits land of pizza. Domino's Pizza, the American multinational pizza chain, has closed all of its 29 branches in Italy after being squeezed out of the home delivery market by local pi...

Mario Fiorentini, legendary Italian Resistance fighter, dies at 103

Fiorentini played key role in organising the Via Rasella attack against occupying German troops. Mario Fiorentini, a legendary figure in the Italian Resistance movement during the second world war, d...

Italy starts monkeypox vaccination campaign

Four Italian regions to offer vaccinations against monkeypox. Italy's vaccination campaign against monkeypox got underway on Monday with the first vaccines administered at Rome's Spallanzani hospital...

Rome opera house stages film festival under the stars

'Cinema Opera' takes place in Rome for first time. Rome's opera house, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, is staging a free festival of opera and dance films in the piazza in front of its base at Teatro Cost...

US visitors drive tourism boom in Italy this summer

Italy's foreign tourism market bounces back after covid. Italy is seeing a surge in foreign tourists who will generate an estimated €17 billion between July and September this year, according to a ne...

Italy's centre-left alliance collapses ahead of elections

Calenda quits pact with Partito Democratico in shock move. Carlo Calenda, leader of Italy's small centrist Azione party, on Sunday quit a centre-left alliance with the Partito Democratico (PD) just d...

Enzo Ferrari movie begins filming in Italy

Enzo Ferrari is subject of new movie and tv series. Filming of a new Hollywood movie dedicated to the life of Italian motor racing icon and entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari is underway in Modena, northern I...

Rome's Miracle of the Snow in the middle of summer

Rome recreates a miracle snowfall every August. Rome celebrates La Madonna della Neve (Our Lady of the Snows) by recreating a miracle snowfall outside the Basilica di S. Maria Maggiore during the hei...

Italy puts 16 cities on red alert for heatwave this weekend

Rome included in 'bollino rosso' heatwave warning. Italy's health ministry has issued a maximum 'red alert' warning for three cities on Friday 5 August due to an intense heatwave, the latest to sweep...

Italy opens museums for free on Sunday 7 August

Rome's state and city-run museums free on first Sunday of the month. State museums and archaeological sites in Rome and across Italy will be open for free on Sunday 7 August thanks to the Domenica al...

Italy: Nigerian woman beaten after asking for her wages

Violent incident comes days after Nigerian street seller was beaten to death in Italian town. Police in the Italy's southern Calabria region have launched an investigation after a Nigerian woman was...

Exploring Patrica on a day trip from Rome

Dante's Peak in Ciociaria: Discovering Patrica and Monte Cacume. The year 2021 witnessed a flurry of events centred on the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death and a small, inconspicuous town in the hi...

How classic Italian dishes got their names

An Italian menu guide with extra helpings of etymology. First up is ‘a’ for abbacchio. These days it means meat of a young lamb, an Easter and Christmas favourite; less appetisingly the word comes fr...

Lakes around Rome

A comprehensive list of beautiful lakes near Rome just a drive away from the Italian capital.  Lago Albano This volcanic crater lake presents visitors with beautiful views of its clear water and sur...

Rome: Horse collapses in front of Trevi Fountain

Activists say the horse was "hot and tired", driver claims the animal "slipped". A carriage horse collapsed in front of tourists at Rome's Trevi Fountain on Saturday night, amid claims by two America...

Rome police fine tourists €1,500 for bathing in Bernini fountain

Tourists caught in Tritone fountain were aged 20 to 25. Rome police fined three German tourists a total of more than €1,500 for bathing in an historic fountain in the city centre, reports online news...

Outrage in Italy as Nigerian street vendor beaten to death

Brutal murder took place in broad daylight in Civitanova Marche. A 39-year-old Nigerian man was beaten to death on the street in Civitanova Marche, a seaside town in Italy's central Marche region, on...
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