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...

No traffic at night.

The night-time traffic ban in the centre of Rome comes into effect again on Saturday 20 August after a short summer break. From 23.00 until 03.00 on Friday and Saturday nights, the zones of the city,...

Redevelopment in Testaccio.

Piazza Testaccio in Romes quarter of the same name is to undergo a major facelift. Home to an open-air market for years, the square is to be freed from the stalls and the squalor of market day and mad...

Ostiense redevelopment gets go ahead.

The redevelopment of the old general markets on the Via Ostiense in Rome has been given the go-ahead by the city council. Archaeological surveys of the area should begin in September and building will...

Ferragosto openings in Rome.

Almost all of the museums in the city of Rome will be open on the public holiday on Monday 15 August. Making the announcement, Gianni Borgna, the city councillor responsible for culture, said that the...

Arsonists target Rome cars.

Since the beginning of July, one or more piromaniacs have been setting fire to cars and motorcycles parked on Romes street. The first fires were all in the area of the Via Prenestina, where six cars a...

The perfect passeggiata.

Villa Strohl Fern is currently open to the public on alternate Sundays until the end of October. The 80 sqm-park between Villa Borghese, the Galleria dArte Moderna and the Etruscan museum was bought...

Vatican museums close Sunday.

The Vatican museums will be closed on Sunday 24 April to mark the inauguration of the new pope, Benedict XVI. The Sistine Chapel will reopen to the public on Monday 25 April.

Plugging the leaks in the pipes.

The Rome city council has announced plans to spend 320 million on its antiquated water mains. In particular, the pipes and infrastructure supplying water to areas on the outskirts will be completely r...

Romes noise off the scale.

A new report by Italian environmental pressure group Legambiente has highlighted Romes growing problem with noise. Based on research carried out in the district surrounding the citys busy Via Casilina...

Villa Sciarra restored.

The second stage of restoration work on the romantic gardens at the Villa Sciarra on the Janiculum hill in Rome has been completed. Trees that did not feature in the original planting and any trees th...

Italian signs for foreigners shops.

Romes department of commerce is about to sign an agreement with the foreign traders of the Esquilino area that will guarantee the translation of shop signs into Italian. The Esquilino is an area of Ro...

Trevi fountain dyer speaks out.

The man police suspect was responsible for pouring red dye into the Trevi fountain on Friday Oct 19 has spoken out about the incident. Graziano Cecchini, who has far right sympathies, insists he is in...

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