Earth Day in Rome

Rome highlights the environment with Earth Day 2019 in Villa Borghese. Rome marks the 2019 edition of Earth Day with five days of events on the theme of the environment and sustainability at the Galo...

Greta Thunberg meets Pope Francis in Rome

Climate activist met pontiff in St Peter's Square. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist, met Pope Francis briefly following the pontiff's general audience in St Peter's Squ...

Rome university cuts out plastic water bottles

Roma Tre encourages students not to use disposable plastic water bottles. Rome's Università degli Studi Roma Tre is distributing up to 30,000 stainless steel bottles to its students in a bid to stop...

Group of 25 dolphins seen off Rome coast

Continued sightings of bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Rome. There have been numerous sightings of dolphins off Rome's coast in recent days, including a group of 25 dolphins, described as "excep...

Climate change: Greta Thunberg comes to Rome

Rome's Fridays For Future to welcome Greta Thunberg on 19 April. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist, will participate in the Fridays For Future rally in Piazza del Popolo...

Retake Roma stages clean-up blitz in Rome

3,000 Retake Roma volunteers clean up four areas of Rome on 31 March. Retake Roma, the voluntary non-profit movement which tackles the capital's urban decay, is staging a massive clean-up operation i...

Rome's pick-your-own tulip park returns

Visitors to pick-your-own garden to be given clear instructions this year.Tulipark, a 26,000-sqm flower farm in the Prenestino-Labicano area of east Rome, opens on 21 March, when visitors will be allo...

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,...

Hottest February on record in Rome

Temperature in Rome exceeded 21 degrees on 27 February. February 2019 was the warmest February in Rome since records began in 1862, according to the city's Antico Osservatorio Collegio Romano.The tem...

Rome mayor seeks to cut down city's pine trees

Raggi says "courage" required to chop down Rome's oldest pines which are no longer safe. Rome mayor Virginia Raggi is seeking the allocation of government funds in her plan to cut down the city's old...

Northern Lights live-streamed in Rome

Aurora Borealis screened live at Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica. The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, will be streamed live at Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica each eveni...

Blood moon: total lunar eclipse on 21 January

Total lunar eclipse, or blood moon, will be the only one in 2019. A total lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon, will be visible over Rome at 05.41 on Monday 21 January. The total eclipse will...

Rome recycles Christmas trees

AMA Roma replants healthy Christmas trees in Arcinazzo Romano. Rome’s refuse collection service AMA Roma has requested that people "who do not have the opportunity to replant their Christmas tree in...

3.2 magnitude earthquake east of Rome

Earthquake felt by residents of east Rome.A 3.2-magnitude earthquake was registered at 00.52 on 30 December about 24 km east of Rome. The earthquake's epicentre was between Gallicano and Colonna, and...

Catania hit by strong earthquake as Etna erupts

Volcanic activity at Stromboli also increases over Christmas. The city of Catania in north-east Sicily was hit by a 4.8 magnitude earthquake at 03.19 on 26 December, according to Italian news agency...

Rome to send 400 tons of trash per day to Aprilia

Lazio Region helps Rome as capital requests Abruzzo to take city's garbage.The Lazio regional government will take 400 tons of Rome's trash per day following a deal between Rida Ambiente, the company...

Rome will avert Christmas rubbish crisis says mayor

Lazio Region offers temporary use of waste treatment plants as Rome considers hiking bin charges.Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi has pledged that the capital will avert a rubbish emergency this Christmas,...

Rome mayor seeks help to avoid trash emergency

Loss of crucial rubbish facility in fire poses a major problem for Rome. The mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi has appealed for help from "all the cities of Lazio and of the other regions" to avoid a rubb...

Rome issues starling hotline

Rome city council invites residents to report sightings of starlings. Rome city council has issued a starling hotline as part of its efforts to move the birds away from the centre of the capital.Resi...

Rome sends in falcons to tackle city's starlings

Rome's starlings cause havoc for motorists on Lungotevere. Rome city council has drafted in the help of falconers to move some of the wintering starlings - whose numbers are estimated between 1.5 and...

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