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...

MAAM street art museum in Rome: migrants, murals and marching orders

A former salami factory in east Rome is a refuge for squatting migrants as well as being a precarious cathedral of street art. Outside the museum an earthen path skirts a dangerous stretch of road –...

Ancient Rome's first fire service

The ruined Excubitorium, an ancient barracks for Rome's fire brigade, serves as a memorial to the city’s first responders. The trams rumbling along Viale Trastevere wake me. The bell announcing morni...

Gentrifying Rome's Monti quarter

Evviva S. Giuseppe! Each year local artisans and a religious order preserve the last remains of authentic Rome. A group of men carry an altarpiece out of a church that stands between a hostel and a h...

The changing landscape of Rome's art museums

Rome inaugurates new art spaces while reorganising the management structure and role of existing museums.In mid-May a gleaming new art museum opened at Rome's long-abandoned health offices on Via Meru...

Trajan's Column comes to life in Rome

Virtual reality transforms the graphic war scenes on Trajan's Column in Rome. Rome’s most impressive novelties tend to be ancient, emerging after millennia from below ground. Viewable after a descent...

Guide to Rome's live music scene

A guide to Rome's best venues for all genres of live contemporary music, from rock to jazz. With the exceptions of Monti, Testaccio and S. Lorenzo, which are reached easily by public transport, the...

Rome as muse for English-language poets

Over the centuries Rome has inspired numerous English-language poets. Lovers of English poetry must often wonder what Keats would have made of Rome had he lived. But he died in terrible agony only th...

Wanted in Rome Junior: Art as a Voice for Women

Art as a Voice for Women by Natasha Hughes, senior IB art student, aged 18, at St Stephen's School, Rome. “I believe in equality. And I believe there is no difference between a man and a woman. I eve...

Memory, Martyrs and Mission

Rome's Venerable English College celebrates three significant anniversaries. A discreet brass nameplate on the inner entrance door at Via di Monserrato 45, a stone’s throw from the offices of Wanted...

Italo speeds ahead

The new owners of the Italo high-speed rail service could give Italy's Trenitalia an uncomfortable ride as rail services open up to European Union competition.   While Italian politicians were busy c...

Rome's wild animals

The ebb and flow of Rome's natural world is documented in an exhibition at the city's Zoology Museum. When a family of wolves was filmed on the green fringes of Rome last September – signifying a ret...

The modern renaissance of Matera

Once the shame of Italy, Matera is now the pride of Europe. The city of Matera, former capital of the Basilicata region in southern Italy known for its sassi or cave dwellings, has recently received...

Italian elections head for uncertain outcome

Polls point to hung parliament after 4 March vote. By Laura Clarke.   On 4 March Italians go to the polls to elect their new parliament, as well as the regional councils in Lazio and Lombardia....

Wanted in Rome Junior: St George's British International School

Panic, collision, the silence of an empty road By Anna Johnson, Year 11, St George's British International SchoolWe don’t decide what it is that we remember. From the thousands of finely interconnect...

Artists at Rome's Opera House

By Andy Devane. The artistic legacy of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma is brought to life in a sumptuous exhibition at Palazzo Braschi in Rome When he became sovrintendente of Rome's opera house in 2013,...

Rome's S. Susanna becomes St Patrick's

A new home for Rome's American Catholic community is also a happy outcome for the Irish Augustinians. By Andy Devane On 23 September a removal team hauled 28 wooden pews out of the church of S. Su...

Painting in the contact zone: American artists in postwar Rome

American artists chose Rome over Paris in the immediate postwar yearsBy Peter Benson MillerAfter world war two, Rome lured several American artists whose work became more abstract as they assimilated...

Wanted in Rome, what's new

Wanted in Rome continues to expand in print and digital media By Marco Venturini Since March 1985 our goal has been to help and inform the expat community in Rome, and in Italy. Our mission is, and...

At home in Rome

 By Mary Wilsey.   Tourists are spending less time and money in Rome “There is one point which cannot be sufficiently impressed upon those who wish to take away more than a surface impression...
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