Rome celebrates 2,773rd birthday in 2020

Rome's birthday celebrations for Natale di Roma include historical re-enactments featuring costumed parades and gladiator fights. Rome celebrates its 2,773rd birthday on 21 April 2020. Known as Natal...

Rome celebrates 150 years as Italy's capital

Pope Francis urges Rome to be a city of solidarity and peace. Rome has begun a year-long programme of celebrations leading up to its 150th anniversary as the capital city of Italy in 2021. The ann...

Rome skull belongs to Pliny the Elder

Experts claim skull from Pompeii belongs to Roman admiral. A mysterious skull preserved at Rome's Accademia di Arte Sanitaria belongs to Roman military leader Pliny the Elder, experts have claimed....

Isola Sacra: life and death in ancient Rome

The Isola Sacra necropolis offers a rare insight into cosmopolitan middle-class life and death over three ancient Roman dynasties. Located just south of the coastal town of Fiumicino, some 30km south...

Rome restores underground Basilica of Mysteries

Rome's mysterious underground basilica was discovered in 1917. One of Rome's most magical and mysterious underground sites, the so-called Basilica of Mysteries, is being restored with funding from th...

Roman house at Herculaneum reopens after 35 years

Italy's culture minister opens restored Casa del Bicentenario at Herculaneum. The ancient House of the Bicentenary, or Casa del Bicentenario, reopened at the Italian archaeological site of Herculaneu...

Mediaeval pilgrim tombs found below Rome street

Mediaeval tombs discovered in the heart of Rome. Two tombs dating from the Middle Ages were unearthed during gas works on Via del Governo Vecchio, a street near Piazza Navona in central Rome, accordi...

Rome remembers Nazi raid on Jewish Ghetto

Rome commemorates 1943 deportation of Jews.Rome's Jewish community commemorates the 76th anniversary of the deportation of more than 1,000 of the city’s Jews to the Nazi extermination camp at Auschwit...

More human skeletons at Rome metro station

Skeletons of woman and child dug up outside Piramide Station. Two more human skeletons have been unearthed during works in Rome's Piazzale Ostiense, outside the Piramide metro station, days after ano...

Rome's mediaeval Sistine Chapel in Roman Forum

Mediaeval church of S. Maria Antiqua in the Roman Forum. The sixth-century S. Maria Antiqua church in the Roman Forum, one of Rome’s earliest surviving Christian monuments, can be visited as part of...

Rome opens underground sites for special tours

Rome organises tours of rarely-opened underground sites. More than 30 of Rome's underground sites which normally have limited public access will open for special guided tours between September and De...

Rome honours Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins

Honorary citizenship for Rome-born astronaut. Rome is set to confer honorary citizenship on astronaut Michael Collins on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, according to an announceme...

Human skeleton discovered near Rome pyramid

Rome workers unearth human skeleton outside Piramide metro station. A human skeleton has been unearthed during road works in Rome's Piazzale Ostiense, outside the Piramide metro station and across th...

Rome's oldest gelateria to celebrate 140 years

Fassi gets ready to celebrate 140 years of gelato in Rome. Rome's oldest gelateria, Palazzo del Freddo di Giovanni Fassi, is preparing to celebrate its 140th anniversary by asking Romans for their me...

Exploring Rome's Aventine Hill

Walk through history on the Aventine, one of Rome's seven hills. The Aventine, one of the seven hills of Rome, was once a suburb of the ancient Roman city before becoming an important centre of Chris...

Villa d'Este and Villa Adriana in Tivoli free on first Monday of month

Free entry to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Tivoli on select days. There is free entry to the sites of Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este in Tivoli, outside Rome, on the first Monday of the month betw...

Roman Forum find identified as Dacian warrior

Rome unearths ancient marble bust dating to second century AD.The marble bust unearthed at Trajan's Forum on 19 July is believed to have been one of the approximately 60-70 statues of Dacian warriors...

Rome unearths marble bust at Roman Forum

New surprise discovery at the Roman Forum. A marble bust has been unearthed by Rome archaeologists at excavations in the Roman Forum on 19 July. The discovery was made under Via Alessandrina, the...

Rome's oldest gelateria to celebrate 140 years

Fassi gets ready to celebrate 140 years of gelato in Rome.Rome's oldest gelateria, Palazzo del Freddo di Giovanni Fassi, is preparing to celebrate its 140th anniversary by asking Romans for their memo...

Rome discovers Mediaeval fresco hidden for 900 years

Mediaeval fresco found in Rome church following discovery of obscure archive document.A large fresco dating from the Middle Ages has been discovered in a church on Rome's Aventine Hill, after being hi...

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