Identities faked.

135 people have been arrested in Rome for running a counterfeit ring which has sold up to 3,000 fake identity cards for up to 20,000 each. The investigators estimate the gang has netted some 2.5 milli...

Journey into exile.

A group of expatriate musicians is aiming to repeat the success of their first concert in Rome if not the circumstances. The Exiles comprise two Americans and two Britons who play a range of rock m...

Rome reborn.

Rome is going through a Renaissance, according to a new book published by Il Sole 24 Ore journalist Massimo Mascini, who claims that the capital is home of Italys best success stories. In his book Fut...

Discounts for eating out.

An autumn campaign is about to promote Roman food. Some 50 restaurants will offer a three-course lunch or dinner for 19.50. The menus will offer strictly local, old-fashioned specialities such as arti...

Cleaning up Piazza Navona.

Romes mayor, Walter Veltroni, has announced that the city council will debate a special package of laws to empty Piazza Navona of stall holders and artists, whether they have a permit to be there or n...

Businesses move away from Rome.

Top businesses are moving out of the capital to places like Milan, Parma, Caserta even as far as Bangalore and other cities around the world. Companies in the telecoms, food, banking, insurance, and...

Tourists love Rome.

The readers of the American magazine Travel and Leisure have voted Rome Best European capital city for 2005 for the quantity and quality of the cultural sites on offer. It is the second time that the...

Adoptions in Lazio.

During the first nine months of this year, 1,519 hopeful couples living in Lazio have applied to adoption a child. Some 900 of these would-be parents applied through national agencies while over 600 h...

Clampdown on teen clubbers.

Italians call them baby-cubist, the teenage girls who dance atop pedestals, stage props or Perspex cubes in Romes numerous clubs for under-18s. And like their counterparts in adult clubs, they are oft...

Using Romes geothermal springs.

The Rome city council and the national institute of geophysics and vulcanology are evaluating the possibility of using hot water from natural geothermal cisterns below 100 metres in certain areas of R...

New honorary citizen.

The president of the Italian Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, was presented with honorary citizenship of Rome by the citys mayor Walter Veltroni at a ceremony on the Capitoline Hill on 27 September....

Shoah museum for Rome.

Plans have been published for a Shoah museum to be built in Rome near Villa Torlonia in the Nomentana area of the city close to some Jewish catacombs. The ground floor of the building will be of glas...

Ara Pacis to reopen for weekend visits.

From the end of September it should be possible to visit the building site at the Ara Pacis on Lungotevere in Augusta on weekends, ahead of the official unveiling of American architect Richard Meiers...

La Notte Bianca.

The annual edition of Rome's Notte Bianca, or White Night, will take place from the evening of 17 September until dawn on Sunday 18 September. It is the one night of the year when the city stays awake...

Last touches to music auditorium.

Teatro Studio, the fourth and final hall in Romes Parco della Musica, is now finished and ready to seat 350 people for shows, lectures, meetings and festivals. The 500,000 construction work was carrie...

Clothing boutiques feel the pinch.

The average lifespan of a small clothes shop opening in Rome is two years, as opposed to an average of ten years before the introduction of the euro in 2002. A crisis is affecting all clothes and shoe...

Rome earthquake checkup.

The earthquake measuring 4,5 on the Richter scale ( 6-7 on the Mercalli scale) that struck Rome for ten seconds on Monday afternoon was the strongest earthquake to hit the area since 1919. The epicen...

Romes tourist sites tighten security.

Romes police, the city prefect and representatives of the ministry of fine art and culture have now drawn up a list of heritage sites and museums most at risk from possible terrorist attacks. At the b...

Child-unfriendly Villa Pamphili.

With its 184 hectares of terraced Renaissance gardens, rolling pasture, sparsely wooded hilltops and verdant ravines, Villa Pamphili is the largest green space in the Italian capital. The vast park wo...

Two suspected pyromaniacs held.

Police investigating a spate of arson attacks in Rome have arrested two men, aged 28 and 29, following one of the latest incidents last Saturday night. Since the end of June, some 300 parked cars, van...

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