Rome to reopen beach on banks of river Tiber

Tiberis is expected to open from 1 June until 12 September this year. Tiberis, Rome's artificial beach on the banks of the river Tiber, is preparing to reopen again for the fourth summer in a row....

Alcohol consumption in Italy rises by 250% during pandemic

Consumption of  alcohol in Italy has incresed during the covid-19 pandemic by 250%.  The Istituto Superiore di Sanità (the Italian Health Institute) is ringing the alarm: the home consumption of alco...

Orvieto: a perfect day trip from Rome

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...

Wild boar steal woman's groceries outside supermarket near Rome

Woman followed by group of wild boar in area north of Rome. A woman carrying groceries back to her car was surrounded by a group of wild boar which proceeded to 'steal' her shopping bags and eat the...

San Marino offers tourists Sputnik covid-19 vaccine

Tiny republic inside Italy branches into vaccination tourism. San Marino, the tiny landlocked country within northern Italy, is to offer the Sputnik V covid-19 vaccine to visitors from 17 May. The...

Rome's Pantheon: From Hadrian to Raphael

Tracing some of the Pantheon's reincarnations down through the centuries. In the quincentenary year of his death, Raphael can stake a claim as greatest artist ever. So the Pantheon, whose interior...

Rome digital library lets commuters read e-books at bus stops

The wait for Rome's buses and trains just got more interesting. Italy's first mobile digital library uniting public transport with literature has been launched in Rome in what is being hailed as the...

Rome bookshop sparks debate by refusing to sell Giorgia Meloni memoir

Fratelli d'Italia to distribute Meloni book in school near bookshop. The decision by a Rome book seller not to stock the memoir of Giorgia Meloni, the leader of right-wing Italian party Fratelli d'It...

Best speakeasies bars in Rome

A ultimate guide to the best speakeasies in Rome.  As Italy begins to reopen its borders and businesses, there is no doubt that restaurants and bars will flood with eager people dying to get their ha...

Mario Draghi works as Italy's prime minister for free

Draghi performs role as prime minister of Italy for free, papers show. Italy's prime minister Mario Draghi receives zero remuneration for his post running the country, according to documents publishe...

The day Pope John Paul II was shot in St Peter's Square

40 years ago today gun shots in Rome rang out around the world. Today is the 40th anniversary of the near-fatal assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II, an event that stunned the world. On the...

Tracing the origins and history of Rome's Circus Maximus

A short introductions to Rome's Circus Maximus history. Time's winged chariot: reverse laps around Circus Maximus back to its beginnings. By Martin Bennett Early morning. But for a man slowly walkin...

What happens when English meets Italian

From 'backuppato' to 'zoomando': anglicisms as language enrichment or self-harm? By Martin Bennett In these days of problematic foreign travel, one could take an alternative pleasure (or horror?)...

Artists inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy

The images that Dante created in his poem have inspired artists and scholars for centuries. It is hard to imagine that a country as rich in history and culture as Italy could trace a great deal of it...

Baubeach: Rome's dog beach reopens for the summer

Baubeach returns for 2021 summer season. Baubeach, Rome’s beach designated exclusively for dogs and their owners, reopens for the summer season on 15 May. Located in the Maccarese area west of the...

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