Italy: half students in school, half at home

"Mixed teaching" proposal by Italy's education minister causes controversy among parents. Italy's education minister Lucia Azzolina has proposed dividing school classes in half from September to redu...

No picnics in Rome parks says mayor

Rome's parks and villas will begin to reopen from 4 May. Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has said that the city's parks will reopen gradually from 4 May but with social distancing measures in place. Wal...

Rome bars and restaurants reopen for take-away

Rome eateries reopen for take-away food and drink on 4 May. Rome's bars and restaurants will reopen for take-away service on Monday 4 May as part of Italy's Phase Two period in the coronavirus emerge...

Rome airport uses Smart Helmet to screen for covid-19

Fiumicino airport debuts portable thermoscanner to test passengers and staff. Rome's Fiumicino international airport has become the first airport in Europe to introduce a portable thermoscanner, know...

Coronavirus: Rome public transport in Phase Two

Taking public transport in Rome during Phase Two of covid-19 crisis. Rome's public transport network is preparing for Phase Two of the coronavirus emergency which begins on 4 May, when Italy begins t...

What does the future look like for Italian Tourism

Antonio Barreca, one of the key figures in Italy's travel and tourism industry, talks to Wanted in Rome about what challenges the country's tourism faces as a result of the coronavirus lockdown. by M...

Rome parks prepare to reopen after lockdown

Gradual reopening of Rome's parks in Phase Two of coronavirus emergency. Rome will begin reopening its parks from 4 May, the first day of the so-called Phase Two in Italy's coronavirus emergency, rep...

Rome hotels losing '€100 million a month'

Rome hotel association paints bleak picture for year ahead. "The hotel sector in Rome is losing €100 million a month, so we have already lost over €200 million. We currently have 97 per cent of hotel...

Italy celebrates Labour Day with holiday on 1 May

Rome's Concertone del Primo Maggio moves to digital format in 2020. Italy celebrates Labour Day - known as the Festa dei Lavoratori or Festa del Lavoro - with a nationwide public holiday on Friday 1...

Rome: Babingtons raises funds for coronavirus research

Babingtons Tea Room launches the campaign A Capriccio for Alex. A month after losing their cousin Alessandro to covid-19, the owners of the Babingtons Tea Room, Rory Bruce and Chiara Bedini, have dec...

5 interviews. How lockdown has hit businesses in Rome

How has the lockdown hit small businesses in Rome and what help would they like to see. We've talked to several entrepreneurs about their worries and their hopes for the future. by Marco Venturini...

Coronavirus: 'One third of Rome's restaurants will not reopen'

Italy's empty restaurants to hold a flash mob protest tonight. At least three out of 10 Roman restaurants risk not reopening after Italy lifts its lockdown measures, according to a report by CNA, the...

Italy's bishops criticise public Mass ban

Conte's office has promised bishops a solution to the ban on public Masses. Italy’s bishops have issued a sharply-worded statement criticising the Italian government for not lifting the ban on public...

Coronavirus: Italy to ease lockdown from 4 May

Conte unveils Phase Two plan as Italy prepares to exit lockdown. Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte has unveiled details of Italy's Phase Two plan in the coronavirus emergency, outlining the gradu...

Italy's schools to reopen in September

Italy's manufacturing industry to get back to work on 4 May. Italy's schools will reopen in September, prime minister Giuseppe Conte said in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, but add...

Rome cancels contest for most beautiful rose

Rome's rose garden remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.Rome has cancelled the Premio Roma 2020, its prestigious international competition for the most beautiful rose in the capital, held ea...

Coronavirus: Italy set to relax lockdown on 4 May

Italy set to loosen coronavirus restrictions as it enters post-lockdown Phase Two. As Italy prepares to unveil its Phase Two plan, the post-lockdown period of "co-existing" with the coronavirus, the...

When will it be possible to travel to Italy again?

As of now, the road ahead is still long in Italy. With one-third of world's population under lockdown and countries trying to get out of this health emergency as efficiently as possible, taking a cru...

Italy post-lockdown: social distancing, masks and tracking app

Italy to introduce app to speed up tracking coronavirus contagion during post-lockdown phase. Italian premier Giuseppe Conte has said that social distancing measures and the wearing of face masks wil...

Rome in Phase Two: bicycles and electric scooters

Rome mayor favours use of bicycles and electric scooters.As Rome prepares for Phase Two of the coronavirus emergency, the capital's mayor Virginia Raggi is promoting the idea of more people using bicy...
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