Rome's mosquitoes to be controlled by swallows

Rome protects the nests of swallows, martins and swifts.Rome has brought in new legislation protecting its swallows which it says will encourage the environmentally sustainable control of tiger mosqui...

Lazio Region warns Rome area at risk of bushfires

Zingaretti appeals to local authorities to cut overgrown green areas.Local authorities in Lazio and the greater Rome area have been warned to cut the overgrown grass in "abandoned green areas" and roa...

Cows and sheep to tackle Rome's overgrown parks

City says sheep already used to maintain Rome's Caffarella park.Sheep could be used to maintain Rome's wildly overgrown parks, with cows being deployed where the grass is too high, according to radica...

Lazio awarded eight blue flag beaches

Number of bandiera blu beaches in Italy in reaches 368.Eight beaches in the Lazio region have been awarded the 2018 bandiera blu (blue flag) status for high water quality standards. The number of Lazi...

Rome's butterfly house

Visitors can watch hundreds of rare and tropical butterflies flying freely.The Casa delle Farfalle, a tropical greenhouse on Via Appia Pignatelli, offers the chance to admire hundreds of butterflies,...

Earth Day in Rome 2018

Rome highlights the environment with annual Giornata della Terra.Rome marks the 48th edition of the international Earth Day initiative on 22 April with five days of events on the theme of the environm...

Rome's tulip park devastated within 48 hours

Visitors discard 7,000 tulips to take home bulbs from Rome flower farm. Tulipark, Rome's first pick-your-own tulip garden, has suffered widespread damage within 48 hours of its inauguration at Easter...

Tulipark becomes Rome's first tulip farm

Pick-your-own tulips at Tulipark flower farm in north Rome. Tulipark, a 15,000-sqm flower farm in the Prima Porta area in the northern outskirts of Rome, will allow visitors to pick their own tulips...

Diesel car ban in central Rome from 2024

Ban will affect private diesel vehicles in Rome's historic centre.Rome will prohibit private diesel vehicles from circulating within the city's historic centre from 2024, mayor Virginia Raggi said on...

Rome seeks suspension of hunting season

Capital requests temporary hunting ban after heatwave and fires. Rome has asked the Lazio Region to suspend the upcoming hunting season in the province of Rome due to the environmental damage caused...

Rome water reduction expected on 4 September

Police seize illegal water pumping systems from Lake Bracciano.Plans to reduce Rome's water pressure at night could be introduced on Monday 4 September, according to Italian news agency ANSA.The measu...

Three children saved after Ischia earthquake

2,500 people displaced as tourists flee holiday island. Rescue teams worked around the clock on 22 August to save three brothers trapped under the rubble of a collapsed house in Ischia, following a 4...

Two killed in Ischia earthquake

Seven-month-old baby saved from rubble.Two women were killed in a 4.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the holiday island of Ischia, in the Bay of Naples, just before 21.00 on 21 August. Around 40 peopl...

Rome on red alert for heatwave

Italian health ministry places Rome at highest heat risk level.As Italy's heat wave intensifies, the Italian health ministry has put Rome on red alert on 1 and 2 August, according to news agency ANSA....

Rome averts water rationing

Raggi celebrates as central government averts water crisis. Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has welcomed the intervention of Italy's central government in brokering a deal to avert water rationing being in...

Rome water authority under criminal investigation

Probe into Rome water authority as capital braced for water rationing.The president of Rome's water management company ACEA is under a criminal investigation following complaints from the public prose...

Toxic waste dump discovered south of Rome

Quarry in Aprilia used as illegal toxic waste dump.The discovery of an enormous toxic waste dump in Aprilia south of Rome has led to the arrest of 22 people, including several Rome-based entrepreneurs...

Rome's water crisis turns political

Water rationing in Rome could pose public health risk. Italian health minister Beatrice Lorenzin has warned that the prospect of water rationing in drought-hit Rome could pose a public health risk, a...

Vatican turns off fountains amid Rome drought

100 Vatican fountains switched off as Rome faces water rationing. The Vatican has turned off its 100 fountains in a show of solidarity with Rome as the capital grapples with worsening drought conditi...

Rome residents face water rationing

Water rationing could be introduced in Rome on 28 July.Rome’s water management company ACEA is considering turning off the water supply for eight hours a day in rotating districts of the capital, acco...

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