Mussolini's home in Rome restored.

Romes mayor, Walter Veltroni has opened the newly restored Casino Nobile, the main villa in Villa Torlonia park. The villa has been returned to its original splendor with marble, mouldings, chandelier...

Turin chocolate festival.

From 24 March until 2 April the city and province of Turin and the region of Piedmont are organising ChocolaTO a festival of chocolate. Turin has been a chocolate city for several centuries. The man...

New bridge for the Tiber.

There is to be a new bridge across the Tiber known as the Ponte della Musica or music bridge in the Flaminio area of Rome between Piazza Gentile da Fabriano and the Lungotevere Cadorna. The design fo...

Piazza della Pilotta for pedestrians.

The centre of Piazza della Pilotta between Fontana di Trevi and Piazza Venezia has finally become a pedestrian area after years of work and at a cost of around 500 million. The newly re-paved square,...

Council hub at the Ostiense.

The city administration is planning to move a large part of it offices to the area around the Ostiense, either into remodernised buildings or into new ones. About 37 different departments will eventua...

Ideas for Laurentino 38.

A series of initiatives is underway to think of ways to improve conditions in the neglected quarter of Laurentino 38. Built in the 1970s and connected by a series of 11 bridges, the area has since bee...

Happy Valentine's Day

Couples visiting any state museum in Italy on 14 February will only have to pay the entrance fee for one person. The Valentines day offer, from the minister of fine arts and culture, will be availabl...

Boosting tourism.

A discount card for tourists in Rome, costing 18 and valid for three days, will go on sale from 21 February. The card is valid for all public transport, for entry into two city museums and for discoun...

Crime exhibition tells a story of Rome.

A new exhibition recording some of the most notorious crimes in Rome opens on 10 February at the Museo di Roma in Trastevere. Roma in Nera. I Grandi Delitti tra Cronica, Storia, Costume presents the s...

Food markets open longer

Local covered food markets in Rome's historic centre will close later from March to allow workers more time to do their shopping. The city council has decided that the mercati rioni within the first m...

Cleaning up Piazza Navona.

The Rome city council is making progress in its efforts to empty Piazza Navona of the many street vendors and artists who have their stalls in the square. The illegal sellers moved on after the famou...

Rome, backbone of the economy?

Mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni, is seeking new powers for the capital in the mould of Paris, Berlin and London following the best growth figures in many years. Romes GDP rose by 4.1 per cent in 2004...

New multi-ethnic supplement.

The first edition of the newspaper entitled Metropoli, aimed at Italys multi-ethnic society was launched on Sunday. Published in conjunction with the Italian daily La Repubblica, the paper says that i...

Too little help the homeless.

On the same day that two Indian immigrants died from the cold because they were sleeping in the open, Saverio Iacobucci the coordinator of the reception day centre Un Sorriso has announced that the c...

Pedestrian areas for citys suburbs.

Following recent pedestrianisation schemes in Romes historic centre residents in the Eternal Citys less glamorous suburbs are to benefit from car-free areas too. Four major piazzas, Piazza dei Sanniti...

Beware of fireworks.

Noisy and often dangerous fireworks are a part of New Years Eve in Rome but the mayors office has warned everyone to be carefully when handling them and not to buy the illegal Kamikaze, Bomba Osamoand...

Hunting for bargains.

The January sales in Rome will begin as usual on the second Saturday in January, this year the 14 January, which is later than usual because New Years day falls on a Sunday. They will run for six week...

New Year in Rome.

Thinking about New Years Eve yet? Every year the Rome council offers free events for citizens and visitors to the city and this year it will be A Rock Revolution starting at 22.00 on the 31 December....

Student lodgings.

The Italian frontier and customs police, the Guardia di Finanza, are conducting a blitz on landlords who let accommodation to students. They have found that 70 per cent of the 8,000 rooms and flats be...

Women get more jobs.

Jobs growth in Rome is largely thanks to the rising numbers of women in work, according to a report (Rapporto sull Economia Romana) published by the Rome city council. In the province of Rome, female...
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