Rome's House of Vestal Virgins reopens in Roman Forum

Atrium Vestae reopens fully as part of new Roman Forum itinerary.The Colosseum Archaeological Park reopens the House of the Vestal Virgins to the public fully on 6 July following an extensive restorat...

Rome opens up Aurelian Walls for guided tours

Free guided tours of Rome's Aurelian Walls this summer. Rome opens up internal stretches of the city's ancient Aurelian Walls for the first time with guided tours at weekends this summer. The tour...

Rome reveals Hadrian's hidden Athenaeum

Ancient Roman site had been obscured by hoarding in recent years. Hadrian's Athenaeum is once again visible to passersby after the city removed the concrete barriers and hoarding that had long obscur...

Rome's Domus Aurea reopens with homage to Raphael

Archaeological site reopens to the public with multimedia show dedicated to 'grotesque' style rediscovered by Raphael and other Renaissance artists. Rome's Domus Aurea, containing the majestic remain...

Colosseum underground labyrinth opens fully to visitors

Colosseum hypogeum restored in major project financed by Tod's. The underground heart of Rome’s Colosseum, a labyrinth of passageways and chambers called the hypogeum, has opened to the public fully...

Rome reopens bookings to visit Mausoleum of Augustus

Site opens for bookings between 1 July and 30 September but tickets are likely to be snapped up quickly. Rome has reopened the booking system for the Mausoleum of Augustus - the tomb of Rome's first...

Alfredino Rampi: Italy marks 40 years since nation shocked by Vermicino tragedy

Italy looks back on the 40th anniversary of the Vermicino tragedy whose doomed rescue attempts unfolded on live television. On this day 40 years ago, a small boy fell deep into a well in a village ne...

Ostia Antica: Roman columns discovered in river Tiber

First discovery on Tiber riverbed by new underwater heritage protection unit. Three massive Roman columns have been discovered at the bottom of the river Tiber by underwater archaeologists together w...

Lost letter from Italian soldier killed in world war two delivered after 78 years

Soldier's letter reaches his family 78 years after he died on the battlefield in Russia. A letter written by a young Italian soldier on the Russian Front during world war two has been delivered to hi...

The day Michelangelo's Pietà was vandalised in a hammer attack

Notorious attack on Michelangelo's Pietà occurred on 21 May 1972. 49 years ago today, a crazed Hungarian called Laszlo Toth climbed over an altar rail in St Peter’s Basilica and attacked Michelangelo...

Pompeii welcomes back looted Roman frescoes

Six fragments of Roman frescoes dating from the first century AD are returned to Pompeii villas. Pompeii's archaeological park has welcomed the return of six fresco fragments stolen from the ruins of...

Rome's Pantheon: From Hadrian to Raphael

Tracing some of the Pantheon's reincarnations down through the centuries. In the quincentenary year of his death, Raphael can stake a claim as greatest artist ever. So the Pantheon, whose interior...

Tracing the origins and history of Rome's Circus Maximus

Exploring the history of Rome's Circus Maximus by taking reverse laps back to its beginnings. By Martin Bennett Early morning. But for a man slowly walking his dachshund, the vast oval of grass an...

Artists inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy

The images that Dante created in his poem have inspired artists and scholars for centuries. It is hard to imagine that a country as rich in history and culture as Italy could trace a great deal of it...

Neanderthal remains discovered in cave south of Rome

Remains of nine Neanderthals unearthed at prehistoric cave at San Felice Circeo. Archaeologists in Italy have discovered the fossilised remains of nine Neanderthals in a prehistoric cave south of Rom...

Rome opens remains of Roman villa hidden for 2,000 years on the Aventine Hill

Roman villa found under luxury apartment complex opens to visitors with tours of the 'Archaeological Box on the Aventine Hill.' The remains of a magnificent Roman villa, or domus, buried for almost 2...

Italy: Marble head of Emperor Augustus unearthed in Molise

Chance discovery made during construction works in Isernia. A marble head of the Emperor Augustus has been unearthed in Isernia, a town in the south-central Italian region of Molise. The archaeolo...

Paris sends Rome missing finger from giant statue of Roman emperor

Capitoline Museums remount index finger on ancient bronze hand of Constantine after 500 years. Rome's colossal bronze hand of Roman emperor Constantine has had its index finger remounted after the mi...

The horrific past of the Museum of the Liberation of Rome

Italy celebrates the Festa della Liberazione on 25 April. Italian premier Mario Draghi will pay a visit to the Historic Museum of the Liberation of Rome on the morning of 25 April, as part of his off...

Why does Italy celebrate Liberation Day on 25 April?

Festa della Liberazione is marked with a public holiday in Italy. Italy celebrates Liberation Day, known in Italian as Festa della Liberazione, with a national public holiday each year on 25 April....
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