Make yourself heard

The city council has opened an office of "Decoro Urbano" which is open Mon-Fri, 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00, to receive residents' complaints about urban decay by telephone and e-mail. Office staff lo...

Unhappy Italians

Italians are among the unhappiest people in the world, according to a survey of 40 countries conducted by the research institute Censis, with 26.4 percent dissatisfied with the quality of their lives...

Honours for Alford and Payling

Richard Alford, the director of the British Council in Italy, has been made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queens Birthday Honours List. Alford has been director of...

World Refugee Day

On 20 June the international community will turn its attention to the 20 million men, women and children worldwide who are currently under the protection of the United Nations High Commission for Refu...

Clooney to the rescue

Hollywood superstar George Clooney is due in Rome on 24 June to donate ten "superscooters" to the Running Heart Foundation. The scooters are designed to get emergency equipment to heart attack victims...

New British ambassador

Britain has a new ambassador to the Quirinale, Sir Ivor Roberts. He replaces Sir John Shepherd, who has retired after three years in Italy. Sir Ivor has been in the British diplomatic service since 1...

Happy anniversary Villa Pamphili

The 40th anniversary of the acquisition of Villa Doria Pamphili by the city council will be marked by a four-day festival in what is now the largest public park in Rome. The celebrations will include...

Dancing Satyr at Campidoglio

The beautiful Greek bronze of a dancing satyr, fished from the sea off Sicily in 1998, is on show at the Capitoline Museums until 7 July after a successful spell at Palazzo Montecitorio. Dated 3rd-2nd...

Opera back at the baths

Lyric opera will be performed at the baths of Caracalla this summer for the first time in ten years. George Bizet's "Carmen" will echo around the Roman ruins on eight dates beginning 24 July, directed...

Costly calls

If you receive an e-mail or an SMS message to your cell phone from an unknown source instructing you to dial a number beginning with the digits 899, beware: the call could cost you as much as 10 and...

And the Oscar for best red wine goes to

The fifth annual wine Oscars, organised by the AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommelier), will be held on Saturday 7 June at the Cavalieri Hilton, Via A. Cadlolo 101, at 16.00. The prize-giving ceremony w...

Two new post offices open

Two new post offices have opened in the suburbs of Rome, one in Nuovo Salario (Piazza F. de Lucia) and the other in Tor Bellamonaca (Via Cambellotti). The new outlets are equipped for receiving disabl...

Virtual lectures

Students at the Universit La Sapienza will soon be able keep up with classes even when too exhausted to make it out of bed, by logging onto a live broadcast of their lectures. The Dipartimento di Scie...

City council to check discrimination

The city council is setting up a "discrimination observatory" in collaboration with the Istituto Psicoanalitico per la Ricerche Sociali to monitor how its services apply to foreign residents. The offi...

Let there be light

Rome is to get 13,000 new street lamps over the next three years under an ambitious plan drawn up by the city council in conjunction with the municipal energy supplier ACEA. The project, which will co...

Republic Day - 2 June

Reinstated as a national holiday by President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi in 2001, this is the day on which Italians celebrate the foundation of the republic on 2 June 1946. In Rome the tradi...

Night owls and book worms

Books and CDs will soon be part of Romes nightlife, thanks to a city council initiative allowing book and music shops to stay open until the early hours of the morning. In the first phase of a project...

The spread of Anglo-Roman

Anglo-Roman, the pidgin English used by young people in the capital, is becoming increasingly well-known. Marco Naviglis recently-published book "But speak like you eat! (ma parla come magni!)" featur...

Campo de Fiori to go back to the old days

The famous market at Campo de Fiori is to go back to the old days of selling mainly food under new rules agreed by the city council. Once famed for its fruit and veg, in recent years the market has se...

Romans at risk of alcoholism

More than 350,000 people in Rome are thought to be at risk of alcoholism, according to research conducted by the Centro di Riferimento Alcologico Regionale (CRAR) and the city council. A study found t...
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