Francesco Totti and Ilary Blasi split after 20 years

Break-up follows months of rumours. Italian TV presenter Ilary Blasi announced the end of her 17-year marriage to AS Roma legend Francesco Totti in a statement on Monday night, Italian news agency AN...

Rome mayor suspects foul play in spate of fires

Gualtieri "not intimidated" and will push ahead with plans for incinerator to tackle Rome's trash crisis. Rome mayor Roberto Gualtieri said "there was certainly the hand of man" behind the recent spa...

US tourist falls into Italy's Mount Vesuvius volcano

Tourist had strayed off visitor path and was not seriously injured. A 23-year-old American tourist fell into the crater of Mount Vesuvius, the volcano looming over Naples, Italian media reports. T...

Rome bans alcohol for Måneskin concert

Måneskin resist doctors' calls to postpone Rome concert over covid fears. Rome bar owners are protesting over "unfair" alcohol restrictions in the city centre on Saturday 9 July for the Måneskin conc...

Rome shuts streets for Angelina Jolie movie

Filming for Without Blood taking place in Rome from 6-9 July. Rome is to close several streets in the city centre this week to allow for the filming of Angelina Jolie's new movie Without Blood. Fi...

Italy: Dying man saved with new heart, hours after hospital wedding

Happy ending for man who got married while on the verge of death in hospital bed. An Italian man dying due to complications from a heart attack married his partner in the intensive care unit of a hos...

Italy declares drought state of emergency in five regions

€36.5 million allocated to Italian regions worst hit by drought. Italy has declared a state of emergency in five northern regions battling the worst drought in 70 years, the government announced on M...

Donato Di Veroli, the last of Rome's Jews to survive the Holocaust, dies at 98

Rome mourns last Roman Jew to survive the horrors of Auschwitz. Donato Di Veroli, the last Roman Jew to survive the Holocaust, has died in the Italian capital aged 98, the city's Jewish community ann...

Rome battles wildfire in Parco del Pineto

Fire in north Rome park fuelled by heatwave and strong gusts of wind. A large wildfire broke out on Monday in Parco del Pineto, a regional park in the north of Rome, between Pineta Sacchetti and Mont...

Italy: Bianchi brothers get life in jail for murder of Willy Monteiro Duarte

Willy Monteiro Duarte was beaten to death after coming to aid of friend. Marco and Gabriele Bianchi have been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Willy Monteiro Duarte, a 21-year-old Cape V...

Marmolada: Glacier avalanche kills six in Italian Alps

16 still missing after chunk of glacier collapses from Marmolada peak. At least six people have been killed after part of a mountain glacier collapsed in the Italian Alps on Sunday, leaving nine inju...

Siena welcomes return of Palio horse race after two years

Palio was cancelled for last two years due to pandemic. The historic Palio di Siena horse race returns on Saturday 2 July after being cancelled for the last two years due to Italy's covid restriction...

Rome villa with Caravaggio mural up for sale a third time

Villa Aurora goes under the hammer again after failing to sell twice at auction earlier this year. An historic Rome villa with the world's only known ceiling painting by Caravaggio goes up for sale a...

Italy issues red alert heatwave warning for 22 cities

Rome included in 'bollino rosso' warning as heatwave sweeps Italy.The Italian health ministry has issued a 'red alert' warning for most of the country's main cities on Wednesday and Thursday due to an...

Rome celebrates patron saints with public holiday on 29 June

Rome marks Festa di SS. Pietro e Paolo. Rome celebrates its patron saints Peter and Paul with a public holiday in the Italian capital on Wednesday 29 June, leading to the closure of many shops, busin...

Rome battles wildfires amid record June heatwave

Fire fuelled by strong winds during hottest June day on record. Rome firefighters battled a vast wildfire on the north-west outskirts of the city on Monday afternoon amid the hottest temperatures eve...

Luxottica founder Leonardo Del Vecchio dies in Italy at 87

Italy bids farewell to leading business figure. Leonardo Del Vecchio, the Italian founder of Luxottica and president of EssilorLuxottica, the world's largest producer and retailer of glasses and fram...

Emanuela Orlandi: Vatican mystery of schoolgirl missing since 1983

For almost four decades the Orlandi family has sought answers to one of Italy's greatest mysteries. A sit-in will take place in Rome on Wednesday evening near St Peter's Square, 39 years after 15-yea...

Rome faces water crisis amid drought emergency

Rome mayor asks residents not to waste water as several Italian regions hit by severe drought. The Lazio region around Rome is set to declare a state of emergency as an ongoing drought raises the pro...

Swine fever: Lazio region approves plan to kill 50,000 wild boar

Animal rights activists slam "heinous" plan. The Lazio region around Rome has approved measures to drastically reduce its numbers of wild boar in response to the risk of African swine fever (ASF) for...
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