Sampietrini: the story of Rome's iconic cobblestones

Rome's traditional cobblestones are loved and hated in equal measure.   Rome would not be the same without its ubiquitous cobblestones, known locally as sampietrini, which carpet the streets and alle...

Rome's most beautiful nasone fountain

Prenestino suburb is now home to "il nasone più bello di Roma" A newly-restored drinking fountain in a Roman suburb is being hailed as the "most beautiful nasone in Rome," reports Italian daily newsp...

Rome installs ceramic zebra crossing on Via Giulia

New porcelain zebra crossing on Via Giulia designed to avoid continuous maintenance. Villa Giulia, one of the most beautiful streets in Rome's historic centre, will soon have a 'permanent' pedestrian...

Retake Roma celebrates 10 years of cleaning up Rome

Retake Roma's 15,000 volunteers work hard to tackle Rome's urban decay. “Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was Retake Roma. It was built up over 10 years, by thousands of people, in every distr...

Rome seeks fit new traffic police

Rome says the new requirement is "not a declaration of war on plus size" police officers. Rome has launched a recruitment drive for 500 new municipal traffic police, or vigili urbani, in the coming m...

Rome: Men fined for bathing in historic fountain

Two Italian men caught splashing about in 16th-century Rome fountain. Rome police fined two 20-year-old men for bathing in the Fountain of the Moor in Piazza Navona while their friend filmed them, re...

Rome: €400 fine for dipping feet in fountain

Italian woman caught with feet in Fontanone. Rome police fined a 35-year-old Italian woman €400 for dipping her feet in the basin of the Fontana dell'Acqua Paola, better known as the Fontanone, on th...

Discover the fountains of Rome with new app

Rome introduces Waidy app to help people discover the location and history of the city's fountains, nasoni and aqueducts. Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has launched Waidy, a new app that highlights the l...

Rome's riverside beach Tiberis returns for third year

Tiberis returns to Rome river bank for summer 2020. Tiberis, Rome's artificial beach on the banks of the river Tiber, has reopened  this weekend, announced the mayor Virginia Raggi. This is the th...

Rome seeks sponsor for Christmas tree

Netflix has sponsored the last two Christmas trees in Rome. Rome is seeking a sponsor for this year's Christmas tree which this year - due to Metro C works - will not be installed in its usual city-c...

Rome lights up the heart of Trastevere

New lights for Basilica di S. Maria in Trastevere in Rome. Rome's Basilica di S. Maria in Trastevere, in the piazza of the same name, was newly illuminated in a ceremony attended by the city's mayor...

Rome celebrates its patron saints with long weekend

Rome marks Festa di SS. Pietro e Paolo on 29 June.   Rome celebrates its patron saints, Peter and Paul, with a public holiday in the capital on Monday 29 June, resulting in a long weekend for many Ro...

Rome: sinkhole opens up in front of Pantheon

No injuries due to Italy's coronavirus lockdown. A sinkhole opened up in front of the Pantheon on the afternoon of 27 April, swallowing around 40 sampietrini cobblestones, reports Italian daily La St...

Rome celebrates 2,773rd birthday on social media

Traditional parades and gladiators fights cancelled due to coronavirus. Rome celebrates its 2,773rd birthday, Natale di Roma 2020, with a day-long programme of cultural events on television and socia...

Rome's Pantheon: empty and silent in stunning drone video

Rome's Pantheon as you have never seen it before. Rome deserted. An empty Pantheon at sunrise. Mist, majesty and perspective unite in unnervingly beautiful footage. Rome: empty and silent in...

Rome's Aurelian Walls defaced during lockdown

Retake Roma highlight vandalism on ancient Roman walls. Retake Roma, the voluntary movement which tackles Rome's urban decay, has published a photo on social media showing a large section of the city...

Rome's Trevi Fountain as you've never seen it before

Trevi Fountain filmed during Rome's lockdown. Rome's Trevi Fountain has been captured with stunning drone footage by videomaker Nils Astrologo. "The Trevi fountain in a perspective never seen befo...

Timelapse video of empty Rome in lockdown

Incredible timelapse footage taken on 24 March shows the usually-congested streets of Rome now virtually deserted amid a nationwide shutdown to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. Italy in loc...

Happy birthday Federico: Romans sing to little boy from their balconies

Life in lockdown Italy: quarantined Romans take to their balconies to sing to toddler. Italy is in total shutdown, as part of efforts to contain the Coronavirus, meaning that birthday parties - even...

The Decline of Rome’s iconic Stone Pines

Rome’s unique skyline scattered with steeping basilica domes, ancient forum ruins and the infamous Colosseum would not be complete without the silhouette of an Italian Stone Pine. Also known as Umbr...
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