Happy birthday to Rome: Eternal City celebrates 2,774 years today

Rome marks Natale di Roma with a series of online events on 21 April. Rome celebrates 2,774 years today, 21 April, in a popular birthday tradition known as Natale di Roma. The annual celebration -...

Dies Natalis: the Pantheon's magical arc of light for Rome's birthday

Sun lights up Pantheon entrance on Rome’s birthday.Rome's birthday, known as Natale di Roma, falls on 21 April, and this year the city marks 2,774 years since its legendary founding by Romulus in 753...

Natale di Roma: the legends and traditions behind Rome's birthday

Rome's birthday, on 21 April, is known as Natale di Roma. This year the city will celebrate its 2,774th birthday. Traditionally the Eternal City marks its birthday with historical re-enactments of an...

How the Nazis helped Mussolini to escape from Campo Imperatore

Operation Eiche, when Mussolini was rescued by the Nazis.On the 25th of July, 1943, Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini was arrested at Villa Savoia in Rome. Mussolini’s arrest brought an end to...

Rome celebrates 2,774th birthday in 2021

Rome's birthday celebrations for Natale di Roma move online for the second year due to covid-19. Rome celebrates its 2,774th birthday on 21 April 2021. Known as Natale di Roma, the annual birthday ce...

Rome remembers Nazi deportation in Quadraro

Rome residents commemorate 77th anniversary of Nazi raid. Today is the 77th anniversary of the Nazi raid on Quadraro, a south-eastern suburb of Rome, during world war two. The district was well kn...

Rome to open Largo Argentina site to visitors thanks to Bulgari

Largo Argentina site will become accessible to the general public for the first time thanks to raised paths that will allow visitors to "walk through history." Rome's archaeological site at Largo di...

Rome marks ANZAC Day 2021 with virtual memorial service

ANZAC Day memorial service in Rome will be online on 25 April. The New Zealand and Australian embassies in Italy will commemorate ANZAC Day this year with a virtual memorial service from the Rome War...

Ides of March: Rome remembers Julius Caesar

Rome remembers the assassination of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March in 44 BC. The Ides of March was the 74th day in the Roman calendar, determined by the full moon, and corresponded to 15 March....

Italy's president recalls 'horror' of the Foibe

Italy commemorates victims of the Foibe with national day of remembrance. Italy's president Sergio Mattarella has recalled the "horror" of the Foibe during a ceremony today to remember the victims of...

Herculaneum to unearth ancient beach buried for nearly 2,000 years

Archaeologists to dig down to ancient Roman beach buried in 79 AD. Herculaneum, the ancient Roman city buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, is to begin excavating its hidden beach for t...

Italy remembers the horrors of the Holocaust

Holocaust victims remembered in Italy 76 years after the liberation of Auschwitz. Italy marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January 2021 with hundreds of memorial events in Rome, Mila...

Pompeii unveils its treasures in reopened Antiquarium museum

Antiquarium reopens as permanent exhibition space in Pompeii. Pompeii’s museum has been given a new lease of life after a long history of "ups and downs," announced the director of the archaeological...

Savoy prince apologises to Italy’s Jews over 1938 racial laws

The great-grandson of Italy's King Vittorio Emanuele III writes a letter of apology to Italy's Jewish community. Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, heir to the defunct Italian throne, last night is...

Rome remembers Holocaust victims with new bronze cobblestones

Rome installs 21 new stolpersteine Holocaust memorials. Rome has installed 21 new brass cobblestone memorials to victims of the Holocaust at various locations throughout the capital, ahead of Interna...

Rome's Arch of Septimius Severus to be restored

Parco archeologico del Colosseo to carry out restoration work on Roman Forum landmark. The Arch of Septimius Severus - one of ancient Rome's most recognised monuments - is to undergo a programme of c...

Italy: Pompeii to open ancient 'street food' diner to visitors

Pompeii will open up a newly unearthed thermopolium at Easter. The Pompeii archaeological park has announced that it will open up a recently discovered thermopolium, a sort of ancient 'fast food' cou...

Rome's pilgrim routes

Much of the layout of Renaissance Rome was dictated by the needs of pilgrim routes to St Peter's from all parts of the city. By Arianna Farina The layout of Rome in the early 15th century was stil...

Italy: Pompeii unearths bodies of master and slave

Well-preserved bodies found in a "truly exceptional" discovery at Pompeii. The skeletal remains of two men, believed to be a master and his slave, have been discovered at Pompeii, the ancient Roman c...

Rome's Colosseum offers virtual moonlit visit

Colosseum unveils its secrets by the light of the moon. The Colosseum opens its doors tonight, Saturday 14 November, with a virtual visit from 21.00. The public is invited to relive the almost 2,0...
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