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Italy's museums open for free on first Sunday of each month. State museums and archaeological sites in Rome and across Italy will open their doors for free on Sunday 4 February as part of the monthly Domenica al Museo i...
Tracing the origins and history of Rome's carnival. The first certain traces of Rome's carnival celebrations - which begin this year on Sunday 28 January - date back to the 12th century. The ludus carnevalarii saw th...
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Italian folklore celebrates the Giorni della Merla amid hopes for a beautiful spring. One of Italy's best known folktales in winter revolves around a bird and the last three days in January, a tradition known as i giorn...
Special tours allow visitors to see The Legend of the True Cross frescoes from scaffold. Visitors to the Tuscan city of Arezzo are to be offered up-close visits to one of the jewels of Italian art, a famed fresco cycle...
Hidden chamber to stay open to public until July. Michelangelo's "Secret Room", a tiny chamber with sketch-filled walls at the Bargello Museum in Florence, is to remain open to the public until July. The cramped spac...
Exploring the Rome sites most associated with the great film director Federico Fellini who was born in Rimini in 1920 and died in the Italian capital in 1993. Trevi FountainThe landmark most readily associated with Fell...
Pesaro succeeds Bergamo and Brescia as Italian culture capital. Italy's president Sergio Mattarella on Saturday will attend a ceremony to launch Pesaro, a city on the Adriatic coast, as Capitale Italiana della Cultura 2...
Move follows spate of protests by activists targeting Italian cultural landmarks to draw attention to climate crisis. The Italian parliament on Thursday approved tough new penalties on those who damage or deface monumen...
Rome awards Cortellesi the Lupa Capitolina. Rome actress Paola Cortellesi on Tuesday received the Lupa Capitolina, the city's top honour, following the smash-hit success of her directorial debut C’è ancora domani. Ro...
Pompeii director thanks visitor for returning stones and wishes her well. A tourist who removed pumice stones from Pompeii has returned them by mail to the Italian archaeological site after blaming her illicit souvenirs...
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Sgarbi denies any wrongdoing and says he will not resign. Italian junior culture minister Vittorio Sgarbi is under investigation for his alleged role in a case involving a stolen painting that was allegedly altered to d...
Rome exhibition retraces a marvellous decade in the 17th century. The first half of Urban VIII’s long papacy (1623-44) saw science and the arts proceed intertwined, the one complementing the other as perhaps never befor...
La Befana, which coincides with the feast of the Epiphany on 6 January, is a public holiday in Italy. Italians celebrate the religious feast of the Epiphany, or the more popular folklore version of La Befana, on 6 Janua...
Christmas and New Year opening hours for Rome museums. Rome's city-run museums will be open on 24 December, Christmas Eve, and on 31 December, New Year's Eve, from 10.00 to 14.00. They will be closed on 25 December,...
The spectacle of bagpipe-playing shepherds still exists in Naples and Rome. Dressed in traditional sheepskin and woollen cloaks with peaked hats, the zampognari pipers come into the city from their mountain homes, perfo...
Cortellesi movie scores record-breaking ticket sales at Italy’s box office, beating Barbie and Oppenheimer. C’è ancora domani, the directorial debut of Rome actress Paola Cortellesi, has become one of the top 10 highest...
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