Dealing with red tape and bureaucracy in Italy

Guide to help expats navigate their way through Italian bureaucracy. Many expats protest about bureaucracy in Italy, but let’s be fair: this scourge exists in every society. And as more and more form...

Villa of Livia: Rome’s very first First Lady

Everything in the Garden's Lovely: Discovering Empress Livia’s country retreat in Rome. Twenty-year-old Livia Drusilla must have considered herself lucky. Born in 58 BC into a wealthy noble Roman fam...

United Nations holds exhibition by refugee artists at Venice Biennale

Rothko in Lampedusa. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees offered five young refugee artists a residency in Venice during May to coincide with the Biennale. Barca Nostra lies at the far...

Golden Gala returns to Rome

Top international athletes converge in Rome for the 2019 edition of Italy’s annual track and field event. The world’s fastest and strongest athletes will return to light up the Eternal City as the 39...

The unique heritage of Herculaneum

Herculaneum is less well-known than Pompeii but in many ways it offers a more complete visitor experience. One hot summer day in 79 AD, 300 terrified citizens of the seaside town of Herculaneum fled...

The Colosseum hosts the Severans

An exhibition at the Colosseum traces the Roman empire's “last period of greatness” under the 40-year reign of the Severans. A new exhibition at the Colosseum pays tribute to the Severans, Rome’s fou...

75th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino

75th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles of world war two.Driving past Monte Cassino many years ago with the late Mark Pluciennik, professor at Leicester University, and one of the most cerebr...

Rome's Aurelian Walls

Mainly a defence against barbarians and invaders, Rome's Aurelian Walls were also a pragmatic part of daily life. For most visitors, Rome’s museums mean paintings and statues, more statues, more pain...

2019 Italian Open Tennis in Rome

The Rome Masters tennis tournament returns to the Foro Italico in May 2019. Fashion, food and high-octane sport once again blend together under the late spring sunshine as the Italian Open tennis ret...

Italy's castrati singers

When the highest notes arise from the deepest sighs: the tragic story of Italy's castrate singers. “Alessandro Moreschi Angelo di Roma, Cantore nella Capella Sistina 1858-1922” reads a tomb on the up...

Luke Wadding and his Rome legacy

The Irish founder of St Isidore's College arrived in Rome 400 years ago. Luke Wadding, an Irish Franciscan priest, arrived in Rome on 17 December 1618. He came as theological adviser to a royal deleg...

Ryder Cup comes to Rome in 2022

Rome will welcome the golf world's greatest team event, the Ryder Cup, for the first time as Italy begins to embrace the sport. While Rome may be used to the glitz and glamour of major sporting event...

Formula E returns to Rome on 13 April

The streets of Rome's EUR suburb host the second edition of Formula E Rome has a prestigious history when it comes to drawing crowds to watch the thrills and spills of a race. Gone might be the da...

Metrovia in Rome

Architect Paolo Arsena, the driving force behind the Metrovia project, explains how it could change Rome's public transport network. What is Metrovia? It’s a solution to provide Rome with an integ...

From Rome to Watergate

Italian connections to the infamous Washington landmark. Until the break-in that occurred the night of 16 June 1972 in the offices of the Democratic National Committee, the Watergate was known primar...

Gaelic football in Rome

How Ireland's national sport has been embraced by Italians and international expats in Rome. “It’s like a cross between rugby and soccer, with a little bit of basketball!”Gaelic football might not be...

Remembering Milton Gendel in Rome

The American Academy in Rome pays tribute to Milton Gendel. Milton Gendel, who died on 11 October 2018, two months short of his 100th birthday, exerted an indelible impact on the cultural relations b...

Rome and Philadelphia make medical history

Former Rome mayor Ignazio Marino was instrumental in establishing the world's first dual international medical degree.Rome's Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) and the Thomas Jefferson Univer...

Nothing is impossible for AS Roma football club

AS Roma seeks to carry the spirit of an “impossible dream” into the new season as the Rome club’s popularity soars off the field.Blessed with an impassioned support base and fuelled by a city rivalry...

The trees of Rome

A history of Rome's trees, from primeval oaks to the toppling pines of today. Italo Calvino wrote fancifully how once upon a time “A monkey could leave Rome and, swinging from tree to tree, reach Spa...

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