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...

Rome illuminates Piazza Navona fountains with light shows for Christmas

Christmas light show in Piazza Navona in 2020. Rome's "Befana" Christmas market in Piazza Navona is cancelled this year, due to covid-19, but it looks like there will still be some festive colour....

Italy: Assisi lights up Basilica with Giotto frescoes for Christmas

Giotto's Nativity scenes will be projected onto the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi each evening during the festive season. Over the Christmas season the Umbrian town of Assisi will project images o...

Covid-19: Vatican Museums stay closed until 2021

Vatican Museums remain shut in line with closure of Italy's museums. The Vatican Museums will remain closed to visitors until 15 January 2021, in line with the closure of Italy's museums, due to the...

Covid-19: Italy's museums stay silent over Christmas

Italy's places of culture will remain closed until at least January. Italy's museums, theatres, cinemas, concert halls and archaeological sites are to remain closed over Christmas - normally a busy s...

Italy steps closer to creating 'Netflix of Italian Culture'

Digital project to be funded with €10 million from Italian culture ministry. An ambitious project to create what has been hailed as the "Netflix of Italian Culture" has taken further steps to becomin...

Italy celebrates 10 years of MAXXI with a stamp

Rome's MAXXI honoured with an Italian stamp. Italy celebrates the 10th birthday of MAXXI, the national museum of 21st century art, with a commemorative stamp. Issued on 24 November by the ministry...

Rome opera house turns film set to open its new season

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma opens new season on Italian television. The Teatro dell'Opera di Roma will open its season on 5 Dec without an audience in Teatro Costanzi but with one at home, thanks to st...

Italian Capital of Culture 2022: who are the 10 finalists?

Jury presents shortlist for Italian culture capital 2022. The shortlist of towns and cities vying for the title of Italian Capital of Culture 2022 has been narrowed down to 10 by the jury chaired by...

Rome unearths remains of Caligula's lavish palace and gardens

Traces of the depraved emperor's luxurious palace and ornate gardens have been discovered under an office building in Rome. Rome archaeologists have discovered remains of the lavish home and gardens...

Rome bids final farewell to Gigi Proietti

Rome mourns one of its favourite sons. The Italian capital has declared a day of mourning today, 5 November, in honour of Gigi Proietti, the celebrated Roman actor, director and comedian who died ear...

Covid-19: Rome's Colosseum closes to visitors

Italy closes museums and archaeological sites under new covid-19 restrictions. Rome's Colosseum will close to the public from Friday 6 November until 3 December, along with all museums and archaeolog...

Covid-19: Italy's museums fall silent once again

Italy shuts museums under new decree to tackle coronavirus. Italy will close its museums, libraries and archaeological sites from 6 November until 3 December, as part of strict new measures to combat...

Rome to rename Globe Theatre after Gigi Proietti

Proietti had a long and fruitful association with Rome's Globe Theatre. Rome is to rename the city's Globe Theatre after Gigi Proietti, the much-loved actor, director and comedian who died yesterday...
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