Bulgari lights up Rome's Ara Pacis

Relighting of the Ara Pacis Museum comes just weeks before Rome reopens the Mausoleum of Augustus. Rome's Ara Pacis museum and its monumental ancient altar have been illuminated with a new lighting s...

Carnevale Romano: the story of Rome's carnival

What is Carnevale Romano and how did it all begin? This year, due to the covid-19 crisis and Italy's restrictions on crowds, Carnevale in Rome will be a much-reduced affaiar and will rely on video st...

Bomarzo: Park of Monsters near Rome

A 16th-century park of monsters in Bomarzo makes a fascinating day trip from Rome.The origins of this charming town in north Lazio date back to the Etruscan era however Bomarzo is known primarily for...

Rome's Quadriennale reopens on 4 February

Rome Quadriennale headquarters moves to Porta Portese. The 2020 Quadriennale di Roma, a major showcase of contemporary Italian art in Rome, returns to the capital, occupying both floors of the Palazz...

ITsART: Italy's 'Netflix of Italian Culture' has a name

Italy's streaming platform for Italian culture will be called .ITsART.The logo and name of Italy's ambititious project to create the "Netflix of Italian Culture" has been unveiled, reports online art...

Signorelli's beautiful, terrifying frescoes in Orvieto

Luca Signorelli's stunning fresco cycle adorns the S. Brizio chapel in Orvieto's cathedral. By Martin Bennett As a prelude to visiting the Sistine Chapel, one could take the train to Orvieto, an h...

Italy: Procida wins Italian Capital of Culture 2022

Tiny island off Naples celebrates title of Italian Capital of Culture 2022. Procida, the little island in the Gulf of Naples, has been crowned Italian Capital of Culture 2022, Italy's culture ministr...

Rome to reopen Domus Tiberiana imperial palace on Palatine Hill

Rome's Domus Tiberiana will reopen to visitors for the first time in 40 years. The Domus Tiberiana, one of the main imperial palaces on Rome's Palatine Hill, will reopen to the public in the second h...

Vatican Museums aim to reopen on 1 February

Museums in Italy expected to reopen in 'yellow' zones on 18 January but the Vatican Museums plans to wait until February. The Vatican Museums are aiming to reopen on 1 February - if coronavirus restr...

Covid-19: Italy steps closer to reopening museums - with strings attached

Italy's museums will only be able to open in yellow zones, from Monday to Friday, under proposals outlined by Italian culture minister. The Italian government is considering reopening museums but onl...

Covid-19: Italy to reopen museums in yellow zones

Italy's museums have been closed since November due to covid-19. The Italian government is set to allow museums and archaeological sites to reopen in regions classified as 'yellow zones,' the lowest-...

Italy: Colosseum is ready to reopen on 16 January

Colosseum has been closed since 6 November under Italy's covid-19 restrictions. "If it is really decided to reopen the museums and if Lazio is confirmed in the yellow zone, we are ready with our stra...

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...
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