The Pantheon in 10 facts

10 facts about the Pantheon in Rome The Pantheon is located at Piazza della Rotonda in Rome's historic centre. Mon-Sat 09.00-19.30, Sun 09.00-18.00. Last admissions are 15 minutes before closing time...

Rome's most romantic places

A guide to Rome's most romantic spots.  Rome has its magnificent museums, its splendid churches, its rich history. It also has romance. Buckets of it. Here is where to find some of the city's most ro...

Rome issues snow warning for 15 January

Snow warning in place for Lazio region on 15 January. Rome has issued a snow warning for the Lazio region from the early hours of Friday 15 January. The city's civil protection authority say the r...

Rome's Mister OK keeps New Year's Day tradition alive with Tiber dive

Daredevil divers plunge into Rome's river Tiber on 1 January 2021. Maurizio Palmulli, known to Romans as Mister OK, kept alive a New Year's Day tradition in Rome, despite the challenges of Italy's re...

All the good things that happened in Italy in 2020

The many positive news stories from Italy in 2020 were too often drowned out by a sea of negative headlines. By Andy Devane Few in Italy would deny that 2020 was a terrible year but looking back o...

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...

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...

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...

10 Italian cities on red alert for heatwave

10 cities including Rome on Level 3 alert for heatwave on 31 July. With Italy set to experience an intense heatwave later this week the Italian health ministry has issued a heat warning for 10 cities...

4th of July virtual party at US embassy in Rome

American embassy in Rome hosts virtual Independence Day celebration. The US embassy to Italy will host a virtual party at Villa Taverna in Rome to celebrate the 244th anniversary of the Declaration o...

Alex Zanardi in critical condition after road accident

Alex Zanardi was involved in a car accident in the province of Siena, during one of the stages of the relay race of "Obiettivo tricolore", a competition of Paralympic athletes participating in handbik...
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