Celebrancy comes to Italy

Independent celebrants provide Rome residents with non-religious rites of passage. A few years ago, Giorgio's wife died unexpectedly. Neither member of the couple was religious, and Giorgio didn’t...

Rome: A Time Traveller's Guide

Visiting modern Rome in the footsteps of 18th-century Grand Tourists. “Excellent choice, sir. That’s a good travel guide,” said the bookseller about the well-thumbed, dusty volume I had picked out of...

Britons in Italy fight to retain their rights

British in Italy (BiI) mobilises to safeguard existing rights of Britons. By Patricia Clough Thousands of Britons in Italy are worried as to how Brexit – Britain’s leaving the European Union (EU)...

Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas marks 30 years in Rome

The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas has promoted ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue for three decades By Laura Ieraci. In a city more than 2,770 years old, an organisation’s 30th anniversary i...

The nectar of Sabina

Englishman Johnny Madge produces olive oil in the Sabina area of north Lazio. By Philip Biss. Italians are justly proud of their healthy diet and of that most important ingredient, olive oil. Wh...

Artemisia Gentileschi: Tragedy and Triumph

Rome exhibition offers new reading of Gentileschi's trailblazing artistic legacy. By Andy Devane. The stellar career of Italian early baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi has long been overshad...

The long road to Italian citizenship

The process of applying for Italian citizenship is complicated and costly and the treatment reserved for future Italians leaves much to be desired. Laura Clarke To become or not to become an Italian...

Fiddler’s Elbow celebrates 40 years in Rome

Rome's oldest Irish pub has been an expat oasis for four decades. Andy Devane "There were queues outside every night,” Gino Bottigliero reminisces with a nostalgic twinkle in his eye, “we were pac...

Earthquakes continue in central Italy

Italy should educate the public about disaster preparedness before the next earthquake strikes. Mary Wilsey “I didn't know that Italy had earthquakes,” was a common comment among foreigners in I...

Interview with British ambassador to Italy

Britain's new ambassador to Italy Jill Morris speaks to Wanted in Rome. Marco Venturini Wanted in Rome. Ambassador, like British residents in Italy, even Italians are worried about Brexit. Would...

Hugh O'Neill: Gaelic Prince and Tudor Lord

Hugh O'Neill was buried in Rome's S. Pietro in Montorio 400 years ago. Mícheál MacCraith More and more Irish visitors to Rome are including the Spanish Franciscan church S. Pietro in Montorio as...

La Nuvola, Rome's new conference centre

Rome now has a futuristic new conference centre by Italian architect Massimilliano Fuksas. Margaret Stenhouse Sometimes miracles do happen – even in a city as beleaguered and beset with problems...

Animals: Italian idioms and double-meanings

Roaming the linguistic jungle between Italian and English. Martin Bennett Visit Rome’s Bioparco in Villa Borghese and una gazzella is a gazelle, una pantera a panther, un serpente a serpent, and...

The Hungarian Academy of Rome

Hungary has always nurtured close ties with Italy. Margaret Stenhouse Ever since the reign of King Mattias Corvino, the 15th-century Hungarian national hero, a silver thread of culture and faith...

Alice Pasquini: Roman street artist

Alice Pasquini creates street art in her native Rome and in cities around the world. Federico Borzelli Like Hop-o’-my-Thumb leaving pebbles to mark the path, Alice has spread her works across th...

Anglican Centre in Rome marks 50 years

Events celebrating Anglican-Catholic relations are at the heart of the programme for the Golden Jubilee. Marcus Walker In 1966 a momentous event took place which changed the shape of relations b...

Rome's Non-Catholic Cemetery: At the foot of the Pyramid

Artists have portrayed Rome's Non-Catholic Cemetery for three centuries. Nicholas Stanley-Price In 1872-73 the English artist Walter Crane spent 18 months on his honeymoon in Italy, most of it i...

Rome's multiple layers

Like Rome’s monuments, a stay in the Eternal City is a many-layered experience and needs time to appreciate. Mike Dilien “A-NI-MAL! A-NI-MAL!” three year-old Stivan yells. He is sitting on the k...

Superstudio: Radical Italian architecture

MAXXI celebrates the legacy of Italy's foremost "radical architecture" group. Jacopo Benci The exhibition Superstudio 50 at the MAXXI in Rome celebrates the 50th anniversary of Superstudio, the...

Rome's Oskar Schindler

Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty saved the lives of over 6,000 escapees in Rome during world war two. By Mícheál MacCraith On 8 May 2016 a plaque was unveiled at the Vatican's Collegium Teutonicum to h...
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