Villa Torlonia opening extended.

Such has been the success of the opening of the newly restored Casino Nobile at the Villa Torlonia that instead of the visits finishing on 15 June, as had been the original plan, it has been decided t...

Restoration in Rome.

Restoration work on historic monuments in Rome is often the cause of disappointment to tourists who find the church or palace that they want to see wrapped in scaffolding and often covered with a gaud...

Pallavicini and Odescalchi masterpieces open to the public.

When the Flemish artist Rubens was commissioned by a member of the Pallavicini family to paint Christ and the twelve apostles the completed pictures were hung in the chapel of the family palace in Ant...

FAI to restore waterfalls.

The Fondo per l Ambiente Italiano (FAI),a non-profit making organisation that helps to protect Italys natural and artistic heritage, has signed an agreement with the council of the Tuscan town of Manc...

Trips to the Appia Antica.

Two new topless buses have joined the Rome tourist routes. The new Archeobuses will join the small fleet that runs from the Termini station to the most important archaeological sites in the Appia Ant...

Doria Pamphilj mausoleum reopens.

From 13 May the chapel of Villa Doria Pamphilj housed in the Villa Doria Pamphilj park close to the Gianicolo will be reopened for Sunday Mass. The funerary chapel was built along mediaeval and goth...

Palaexpo to reopen in September.

Palazzo delle Esposizioni, one of Romes major exhibition centres which has been under reconstruction for years is now due to re-open in September 2007. The huge Palaexpo building in the Via Nazionale...

Philosophy festival.

A festival of philosophy will be held at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome from 11 14 May. Promoted by the Rome city council, Progetto Telecom and the Fondazione Musica per Roma there will be...

Vermeer at Palazzo Barberini.

Dutch artist Johanne Vermeers 1667 work The Love Letter is on show for the first time in Rome, at Palazzo Barberini, which houses Italys national collection of ancient art. The event marks the openi...

The capital of books.

Unesco has named Turin and Rome as world book capitals for 2006 and from Saturday 22 April until Tuesday 25 April Rome will be offering a large programme in libraries all over the region of Lazio, the...

Buying Palazzo Altemps.

The Italian ministry for fine art and culture has recently announced that it is now in a position to buy the part of the Palazzo Altemps which is not already owned by the state. Palazzo Altemps, just...

FAI spring open day.

The 14th edition of the spring open day, Giornata della Primavera, organised by the Fondo per lAmbiente Italiano (FAI), will take place on 25 and 26 March. A total of 410 monuments many of which are...

Man, faith, architecture and art.

A new church in the Magliana area of Rome was consecrated by Cardinal Camillo Ruini on Saturday 25 March. S. Volto di Ges, at the corner of Via Caprese and Via della Magliana, was designed by the Ital...

New libraries to open

Three new public libraries are to open in Rome. On 31 March, library Sandro Onofri in the Acilia area, southwest of Rome will be opened, followed by the opening of libraries in ex-Vaccheria Nardi in t...

Forte Portuense opens.

The recently restored Forte Portuense has opened to the public for the first time in its history. Built in 1884, it was one of 16 fortresses in a defence system circling the city between the Aurelian...

San Remo here again.

It has come around again, the Sanremo festival of Italian songs started on 27 February and will continue for five evenings until 4 March (the festival rests on Wednesday 1 March so that the Italians m...

First archaeological film festival.

Archaeological documentaries about the Valley of the Buddha in Afghanistan, the Libyan desert, the archaeological museum in Baghdad, mysterious ancient Sardinian cultures and a virtual reconstruction...

Sunday free at the Capitoline museums.

Entry to part of the Capitoline Museums will be free on each Sunday until the end of May (except for Easter Sunday). Entry includes a visit to the Palazzo Senatorio to see the rooms where the city cou...

Euphronis vase to return home.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Italian government have signed an agreement to return looted artifacts to Italy. These include the famous Euphronis vase taken from the Etruscan buri...

Caravaggio needs minor repairs.

The damage to the Caravaggio painting The Madonna of the pilgrims, which was discovered when the painting was returned from an exhibition in Milan to the church of S. Agostino in the historic centre...

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