English language bookshops in Rome

Rome has a handful of bookshops stocking exclusively English language titles in addition to larger Italian stores with small sections dedicated to books in English and other languages. Here is our lis...

Italy: Pompeii's Alexander Mosaic to be restored

Alexander the Great mosaic from Pompeii to undergo a seven-month restoration in Naples. Pompeii's celebrated mosaic of Alexander the Great's victory over King Darius III of Persia is to undergo a maj...

Rome to restore damaged Bernini lion in Piazza Navona

Mystery solved: Rome superintendency clarifies reason behind damaged lion in Bernini fountain in Piazza Navona. The reason behind the mysterious damage to Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers in Pia...

Rome: Bernini fountain damaged in mystery incident

Nobody knows the exact date but it is believed the Baroque monument was damaged during the summer. Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona has been damaged but nobody appears to know w...

La Befana: an Italian Christmas tradition

La Befana, which coincides with the feast of the Epiphany on 6 January, is an annual public holiday across Italy. Italians celebrate the religious feast of the Epiphany, or the more popular folklore...

Italy: Rome city hall lights up with Christmas frescoes

Nativity scenes beamed onto façade of Rome's Palazzo Senatorio each evening of the Christmas season. Rome city hall celebrates Christmas by projecting images of Nativity-themed frescoes and paintings...

Italy to rebuild Colosseum's lost arena floor

Italy plans to construct a new Colosseum floor to allow visitors to enjoy views from the amphitheatre's centre and to host high-level cultural events. Italy's culture ministry has launched an €18.5 m...

Italy: Uffizi lights up with pop star Christmas Nativity scene

Music-themed Nativity installation in Florence features celebrity musicians from David Bowie to Freddie Mercury. Italy, home of the Nativity scene, continues to present ever more imaginative interpre...

Rome's Mausoleum of Augustus to reopen after 14 years

The Mausoleum of Augustus, closed for the last 14 years, will reopen finally on 1 March 2021. Rome’s Mausoleum of Augustus will reopen to the public on 1 March 2021 following a major restoration fund...

Zampognari: Italy's Christmas tradition of bagpipe-playing shepherds

The spectacle of bagpipe-playing shepherds, known as zampognari, is common in central and southern Italy during the Christmas season and still exists in Naples and Rome. Dressed in traditional sheeps...

Guide to contemporary art galleries in Rome

A selection of 60 of the best contemporary art galleries in RomeRome hosts around 70 museums, including city and state galleries dedicated to contemporary art –MACRO and MAXXI respectively. The capita...

Italy to create Museum of the Italian Language in Florence

Works on new Italian language museum will begin on 700th anniversary of Dante's death. Italy is to have a Museum of the Italian Language, in Florence, with works to begin in 2021 on the 700th anniver...

Italy: Theatre closed? No problem, we’ll perform under your balcony

Sicily welcomes the arrival of 'theatre delivery' with actors performing on the street or courtyard outside private homes. 2020 has seen the streaming of live theatre become a widespread phenomenon i...

Italy: Roman head of Venus unearthed in Chieti

Roman-age head of Venus discovered in the centre of Chieti. A Roman-era marble head portraying the goddess Venus has been discovered during excavations ahead of redevelopment works in the centre of C...

Rome unveils its newly discovered treasures

Marble heads of Augustus and Dionysus displayed at Trajan's Markets museum in Rome. Rome has unveiled the ancient treasures unearthed during the excavations at Via Alessandrina, the small pedestrian...
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