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...

European court favours Italian ham and cheese

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Parma ham and Grana Padano cheese must be sliced or grated and packaged in the region of production if they are to carry the protected designation of origi...

Romes high-flying mayor

Romes mayor Walter Veltroni has been elected vice-president of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), a voluntary organisation set up in 1951 to promote the contribution from local...

The changing sound of Italian

New entries in the latest edition of the Rizzoli Larousse Dizionario della Lingua Italiana provide an interesting insight into the national zeitgeist. They include antiglobal, someone who opposes glob...

Elementary reading ability

Italian elementary school pupils came tenth in a survey of reading standards in 35 countries, behind a top three of Sweden, Holland and England, and the United States in ninth place, but above Germany...

Beautiful priests

With no shortage of beautiful women on show in the Italian media, campaigners for equal rights may welcome the launch of a calendar full of beautiful men. But there is no flaunting of flesh within its...

The city in an SMS

You can now get the latest news about traffic, culture, events and services in Rome in the form of SMS messages sent to your mobile phone. The initiative, which includes such information as the openin...

New director at the Anglican Centre

The Anglican Centre in Rome will get a new director in July after the departure of Bishop Richard Garrard, who left Rome earlier this month. Bishop Garrard had been the emissary in Rome of the Anglica...

A star is named

Lazio has found a place in the heavens with the naming of a star after the region. First spotted by the observatory at Campo Catino in Ciociaria in 1999, the asteroid's presence was recently verified...

Good-looking men wanted

Aspiring heartthrobs are needed to appear in the 2004 calendar "I Belli di Roma". Photographer Loretta Mariani is looking for 12 good-looking male Romans aged 20-40 who fancy being models for a day, p...

Anyone for tennis?

Some of the worlds top tennis players are taking part in the Telecom Italia Masters tournament at Romes Foro Italico. The first week of the clay court event (5-11 May) is devoted to the mens competiti...

May day concert

Nearly a million people are expected to attend the traditional May Day concert in Piazza S. Giovanni organised by the main Italian trades unions. The annual event, which will feature seven hours of mu...

Matera makes the most of The Passion

Matera in the southern Italian region of Basilicata, once made famous by Carlo Levis book "Christ stopped at Eboli", is fast becoming a celebrity-city thanks to Mel Gibsons film "The Passion". Fans of...

No-Title

Chocoholics may be dismayed to learn that Eurochocolate, the gluttonous festival scheduled for Rome 1-9 March, has been clouded by controversy. Protests from the no-global forum have led to the excl...

Voting difficulties for immigrants

Immigrants in Rome will have a hard time voting on Sun 28 March, the day set for the election of their representatives to city's central and area councils. Voting certificates are being sent out late...

Fine arts and culture week.

The Italian Ministry of Fine Arts and Culture holds its annual culture week from 24 - 30 May. During the week entry to all state museums and archeological sites is free. Guided tours, exhibitions and...

La Landriana fair

La Landriana Gardens, just south of Rome at Tor S. Lorenzo, will hold its popular garden exhibition and market from Friday 22 April until Monday 25 April. This year more than 100 exhibitors and expert...
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