Italy remembers victims of the Foibe massacres

Italy marks Giorno del Ricordo on 10 February. Italy on Thursday commemorates the victims of the Foibe mass killings in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Istria and Dalmatia by Tito's partisans, both during and...

What did the Ancient Romans eat?

A brief survey of the diet in Ancient Rome. "We are what we eat," according to a much-gnawed chestnut. Early ancient Romans might therefore have been categorised as porridge-guzzling barbarians by th...

Italy remembers the horror of the Holocaust

Italy remembers victims of the Holocaust 77 years after the liberation of Auschwitz. Italy marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January with hundreds of commemorative events on the 77t...

Mussolini's secret daughter dies in Italy at 99

Mussolini never officially recognised Elena Curti as his daughter. Elena Curti, the last 'secret daughter' of Italian Fascist dictator Mussolini, died aged 99 at her home north of Rome on Monday....

Rome unearths ancient dog statue and tombs under street

Ancient funerary complex comes to light during Rome street works. Rome archaeologists have unveiled the remains of a 2,000-year old burial complex discovered during street works in the Appio Latino q...

Rome rebuilds Basilica Ulpia in Trajan's Forum

Major project result of fundraising efforts by former Rome mayor Ignazio Marino. A project is underway that will change the landscape of Trajan's Forum in the heart of Rome. The Basilica Ulpia, bu...

Rome reopens Barberini Mithraeum, an underground jewel

Underground site to open to public twice a month. Rome's Barberini Mithraeum, a mysterious cavern dating to the third century AD, is to reopen to visitors every second and fourth Saturday of the mont...

Remembrance Day marked in Italy

Service at Commonwealth Cemetery in Rome on 11 November. A Remembrance Day service was held on Thursday morning at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in the Testaccio area of Rome. Th...

Italy reopens abbey near Rome after ousting Steve Bannon's right-wing academy

Italian culture ministry evicts Dignitatis Humanae Institute from abbey near Rome. A mediaeval monastery south of Rome, where a right-wing political academy close to Donald Trump’s former chief strat...

Pompeii unearths slave chamber intact

Disovery sheds light on the living conditions of Pompeii slaves. A slave's quarters has re-emerged intact during excavations at the suburban villa of Civita Giuliana to the north of Pompeii, reports...

Rome reopens Arch of Janus after 28 years

Arco di Giano will open to the public every Saturday. Rome's Arch of Janus, or Arco di Giano, reopens to the public this month for the first time in 28 years. The reopening is thanks to collaborat...

Milite Ignoto: The Story of Italy's Unknown Soldier

Italy's Unknown Solider or Milite Ignoto was buried in Rome on 4 November 1921. In the aftermath of world war one, many nations determined that they would bury an anonymous corpse to symbolise all th...

Vikings reached Americas 471 years before Columbus, study claims

Vikings crossed Atlantic 1,000 years ago, according to new study. The debate about who 'discovered' North America first took a new turn this week when scientists presented what they say is proof that...

Pompeii grape harvest amid ancient Roman ruins

Grape harvest reproduces the wine enjoyed in Pompeii before it was buried in volcanic ash almost 2,000 years ago. The annual vendemmia, or grape harvest, gets underway on 20 October in the ancient Ro...

Rome remembers Nazi raid on Jewish Ghetto 78 years ago

Rome commemorates deportation of Jews in 1943 as leader of far-right Fratelli d'Italia postpones visit to Jewish Ghetto on eve of election. Rome's Jewish community commemorates today the 78th anniver...

October in Rome: what is Ottobrata Romana?

Ottobrate romane were originally October day trips to Rome's countryside. The expression "ottobrata romana" generally conjures up images of basking in Rome's Indian summer sunshine in October. How...

Remembering the Sigonella crisis

Sigonella, when Italy stood up to the United States. The United States’ recent chaotic withdrawal of military forces from Afghanistan, and the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, bring to mind the c...

Rome bust of Italian radio inventor Marconi defaced for 'fascist links'

Activist used spray paint to deface Marconi bust in Rome. A police investigation is underway in Rome after a bust of Guglielmo Marconi, the Italian inventor of the radio, was defaced with spray paint...

The tragic life and death of Beatrice Cenci

The haunting story of Beatrice Cenci (1577-1599), the young Roman noblewoman who murdered her abusive father before being beheaded on a bridge in Rome, still fascinates today. The daughter of Count F...

Rome mayor to lay cornerstone of Holocaust Museum but city's Jewish community will not be there

Rome's Jewish community to snub ceremony which takes place weeks before mayoral elections. Rome mayor Virginia Raggi announced that the foundation stone of the Museo della Shoah, a museum to commemor...
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