Italian restoration abroad.

Fifteen teams of Italians, specialists in fine art and archaeological restoration are at work in seven countries in the Middle and Far East, thanks to an international convention, signed 1972, for the...

MedFilm festival.

The MedFilm festival will take place in Rome from 7-13 November with more than 200 films from 40 countries in Europe and the Middle East. The most important competition, known as the Premio Amore a Ps...

Cinema capital.

A report on Romes economy has revealed that the city is the capital of audio-visual production in Italy. In 2004 there were 1,486 production companies in Rome and they made 101 films, 69 short films,...

More trouble at the opera.

Trouble is brewing in theatres and opera houses all over Italy, where workers are anxious about their future in view of threatened cuts to state funding for the arts, known as FUS (Fondo unico per lo...

Beautiful buildings.

The department of contemporary art and architecture of the Italian ministry of fine art and culture has presented a list of 92 buildings, constructed in Rome within the last 50 years, which it consid...

Culture at the bank.

On Saturday 1 October, 106 buildings belonging to 55 Italian banks will open their doors and offer free guided tours of their cultural assets to the general public. The buildings, in 59 cities all ove...

Visits to S. Spirito in Sassia.

It is now possible to visit the complex of S. Spirito in Sassia, attached to the hospital of the same name on Lungotevere in Sassia, close to St Peters. The original foundation is attributed to King I...

New film festival.

Plans for a new nine-day international film festival in Rome next year were officially announced by Romes mayor, Walter Veltroni, during the Venice film festival. However the mayor of Venice, Massimo...

Free courses in Arabic.

Keen to improve cultural and social integration in the capital, Rome city council has announced it will be offering free courses in Arabic to adults and children in Rome. Lessons will start within a m...

Venice film festival.

The Venice film festival, which opened on 31 August, is screening 19 films in the annual competition this year from 1-9 September. Candidates for the Leone dOro (the Venetian equivalent of an Oscar) c...

Cinefund to boost Italian cinema.

Cinecitt Holding, a company set up by the ministry of fine arts in 1998, is launching a special private equity fund for new cinema productions in Italy, called Cinefund. The fund is expected to receiv...

Revamp for Foro Italico.

At the beginning of August, another hurdle was cleared for making the capital a true city of sport, when ownership of the Foro Italico passed from the government to the Coni sporting services group. T...

Piazza del Colosseo gets a facelift.

Piazza del Colosseo and the surrounding roads are getting a new layer of make-up this summer. Work on tarmacking the ancient square began on 9 August and will also involve resurfacing the road from Vi...

Thunder damage to ancient statue.

After a period of exceptionally hot weather, Rome was struck by thunderstorms of unusual violence. During the storms a whirlwind funnelled into the Colosseum and dashed one of the leading works on dis...

Jewish catacombs for facelift.

The Jewish catacombs are set to become the new archaeological wonder of Rome following a 1.4 million grant from Italys Ministero dei beni culturali (ministry of cultural heritage). First unearthed in...

Constantine dug out of a sewer.

Ancient statue unearthed in Rome. Even after centuries of plunder by popes, princes and foreign invaders, archaeological treasures are still being unearthed in Romes historic centre. Ongoing excavati...

Czech in for culture.

"An attempt to open up the Czech Republics rich culture to a new audience" this is how director Miloslav Hirsch has described the aim of the new Czech Cultural Institute. The institute will offer a...

Festival offers feast of films.

The United States, Britain, Holland, Finland and Spain are among 24 nations contributing to the second international "Rome art documentary festival" a platform for films and documentaries. Productio...

Rome Independent Film Festival.

The Rome Independent Film Festival (RIFF) will take place from 15-21 April at the Nuovo Olimpia cinema in Via in Lucina 16/g. Over 50 films will be shown from all over the world including the Czech Re...

FAI spring opening.

19-20 March FAI, Fondo per lambiente italiano, is opening more than 400 different places free of charge to the public in 190 venues all over Italy. Most of these monuments, palaces, churches, gardens...

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