New Year Italian style

Staying in Rome for New Years Eve? Well, the Italians may not have Auld Lang Syne or New Years resolutions, but they have plenty of other peculiar traditions to make up for it. And youd better be awar...

A Neapolitan Christmas celebration

Christmas trees, Santa Claus and the presepio. These were the main elements of Christmas as I remember it as an Italian American growing up in New Jersey. Both my parents families emigrated to the US...

Does Alitialia have a terminal sickness?

Three years shy of its 50th birthday, Alitalia is in a bad way coughing, spluttering, shivering with fever and getting worse by the day. The national airline has been in poor health for some time, e...

MUSIC. Blues jazz under the waterfall

Above: Texan vocalist Ruthie Foster opens this year's line-up on 15 July. Photo by Scott Newton. Left: the waterfall in Isola Liri provides a spectacular backdrop for the annual festiva...

Backpackers Guide to Rome.

This guide gives information on how to tour Rome cheaply (updated September 2004). Backpackers are not Romes typical tourists so the city may seem inhospitable at times, especially accommodation-wise....

Exploring Tivoli's treasures

Tivolis prosperity is evident from the immaculate state of the cobbled streets and the bustle of its numerous shops and eating places. This wealth derives from the great travertine quarries in the pla...

Rome Fashion Week, 10-14 July

Rome celebrates fashion with a series of fashion shows and related events from Monday 10 July to Friday 14 July. The majority of the events will be held at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, however...

Festive shopping in Trastevere

Finding just the right gift for someone can be as much fun for the giver as for the recipient. However, if you dont enjoy shopping it can bring on a nasty case of the bah humbugs. To aid the shopping-...

Pompeii by night

The idea of moonlight strolls through the dark ruins of Pompeii has been a long-cherished dream of curator Pietro Giovanni Guzzo. This dream has finally become reality with the launch of a spectacular...

FOREIGN COMMUNITY: From Rome to Tanzania with Rice Bowl

Drive south from Arusha in north Tanzania for about fours hours (you calculate travel in terms of time rather than distance in many parts of east Africa). Then climb for another four hours into the hi...

Il Turco in Italia reviewed.

Rossinis musical invention throughout this sparkling comedy is always delicious and often sublime, with a wonderful array of those witty ensembles he so excelled in. The overture may not be one of his...

Breaking the Albanian stereotype

The editor and owner of a newspaper catering for what he called the most maligned immigrant community in Italy acknowledged: In the beginning, there was a real press campaign against us. We were attac...
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