What’s happening in Rome on New Year’s Eve?

Rome moves New Year party online this year due to covid-19. New Year's Eve in Rome, and all over Italy, will be drastically different to previous years, due to the nationwide coronavirus restrictions...

Why do Italians watch Trading Places every Christmas?

It wouldn't be Christmas in Italy without Una Poltrona per Due on tv. Italy is home to some of the world's oldest and most spectacular Christmas traditions that have illuminated and enriched the Ital...

Vatican City recreated with 67,000 pieces of Lego

Lego Vatican is latest creation by architect and artist Rocco Buttliere. The entire Vatican City has been recreated in Lego, containing an astonishing 67,000 pieces, by the world-renowned Italian Leg...

Vatican Post Office: How to send a letter from Vatican City

Souvenir postcards from Vatican City with Vatican stamps. While on vacation in Rome many tourists enquire about sending a postcard from Vatican City with a Vatican stamp, either as a souvenir for the...

Italy lights up the world's largest Christmas tree

Each year people 'adopt' a light from the world-famous Christmas tree display in central Italy. The 'world's largest Christmas tree' is lit up each year on the slopes of Monte Ingino, overlooking the...

Where to buy Christmas trees in Rome

Christmas trees are on sale at select garden centres and florists in Rome. For Rome residents who wish to create a bit of Christmas magic in their own home, there are numerous outlets selling real tr...

Spelacchio: Rome's Christmas tree returns to Piazza Venezia

Rome gears up for Christmas with tree and festive lights. Rome has had second thoughts about the location of the city's Christmas tree which will be set up as usual in Piazza Venezia, and not in Piaz...

Pope Francis Instagram page 'liked' Brazilian model’s sexy photo

Vatican investigates usage of Franciscus papal account after it 'liked' a racy picture on Instagram. The Vatican has launched an investigation into how Pope Francis’ official Instagram account 'liked...

Rome marks National Unity and Armed Forces Day

Frecce Tricolori to fly over Rome on 4 November. Italian president Sergio Mattarella will attend the annual ceremony at Rome’s Altare della Patria to mark national unity and armed forces on the morni...

National hero: Italy's president honours Willy with gold medal for bravery

Italian president confers posthumous awards on Willy Monteiro Duarte and Don Roberto Malgesini. Italy's president Sergio Mattarella has conferred posthumously the gold medal for civil valour on Willy...

Unexploded world war two bomb dug up in central Rome

Bomb squad on scene near Campo de' Fiori. An unexploded bomb, possibly dating from world war two, has been dug up by workmen carrying out construction works in central Rome, reports local media. The...

September snow falls near Rome

Snow rarely ever falls this early in the Lazio region. Snow fell on the hills and mountains in the greater Rome area and in the Lazio region as temperatures plummeted over the weekend, reports Italia...

Italy: vast fire breaks out in Ancona port

Ancona residents urged to keep their windows closed. A fire of "vast proportions" broke out in the east Italian port of Ancona in the early hours of 16 September, reports news agency ANSA. No casu...

Ferragosto: Italy's summer holiday in August

Rome shuts up shop for Ferragosto on 15 August. Italy marks the national holiday of Ferragosto each year on 15 August, the feast of the Assumption, the day when Catholics believe the Virgin Mary asce...

Rome heatwave warning on 12 August

Rome on red alert for heatwave this Wednesday.Rome has issued a 'Level 3' heatwave warning for Wednesday 12 August. The bollino rosso or 'red alert' warning indicates emergency conditions with possib...
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