Italy: Doctors perform surgery on boy as piano played live in operating theatre

First time in the world that a piano enters the operating room. A 10-year-old boy underwent major surgery to the backdrop of a piano played live during the operation at the Salesi hospital in the Ita...

Italy: Police use Lamborghini to transport kidney in record time

Italian police drove at 230 km an hour from northern Italy to Rome on a life-saving mission. Italy's state police drove a specially-equipped Lamborghini Huracan from Padua to Rome to transport a kidn...

Rome: Give blood before going on summer holidays

Blood donation appeal from Lazio Region as people prepare to go on summer holidays. The Lazio Region, which includes Rome, has launched an appeal for people to donate blood before they go on vacation...

Rome doctors separate Siamese twins joined at head

Doctors in Italy make medical history. Two female Siamese twins joined at the head were separated by surgeons at Rome's Bambino Gesù children's hospital last month, in the first such case in Italy an...

Italy: girl regains hearing with 3D-printed middle ear implant

Operation in Naples was first of its kind in Italy. A young girl in Naples has recovered her hearing thanks to complex surgery involving an implant of a middle ear temporal bone created using 3D-prin...

Italy: woman makes stuffed olives during brain operation

Italian woman prepares olive ascolane during operation to remove brain tumour. A 60-year-old Italian woman prepared stuffed olives while having an operation to remove a brain tumour at an Ancona hosp...

Pope Francis: Nurses are 'saints next door'

Pope pays tribute to nurses on International Nurses Day on 12 May. Nurses are "among the saints next door", Pope Francis said in a message for the International Nurses Day on 12 May. Describing th...

A guide to the Italian health care system and how it works

In 1978, when the Italian National Health Service (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale) was formed, the Italian health care system was ranked one the of the best in the world.  Health care in Italy is based...

Italy honours its doctors with midday applause

Italians take to their balconies at midday to honour their doctors, nurses and healthcare workers battling the country's Coronavirus emergency. Italy's impromptu singalongs are making world headlines...

World Health Organization praises Italy's efforts in virus epidemic

The Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, wrote on Twitter praising Italy's efforts to stop the coronavirus epidemic in the Country. His quote was later ret...

Vatican reports first Coronavirus case

First positive Coronavirus case in Vatican City. The Vatican announced on 6 March that a patient being treated by its health services has tested positive for Coronavirus. The discovery was made on 5...

There is no Coronavirus emergency in Rome

Business as usual in Rome and Lazio region. Rome mayor Virginia Raggi and Lazio Region president Nicola Zingaretti have both underlined the fact that there is no Coronavirus emergency in the capital...

Coronavirus: Rome bar bans Chinese tourists

Bar at Trevi Fountain: No entry for Chinese visitors.A bar near the Trevi Fountain in Rome is causing controversy after placing a sign on its door forbidding the entry of people coming from China, fol...

Medical cannabis is now free in Sicily

Sicilian Region to cover costs of medical cannabis use. The cost of prescriptions for medical cannabis for patients in Sicily will now be covered by regional authorities, following a decree signed by...

English speaking doctors in Rome

Find a top doctor in the Rome Metro Area- from oncologists to pediatricians, dermatologists to surgeons.   The clinics listed here will assist you in accessing english- speaking medical providers. For...

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