Rome remembers the Holocaust

But memorial marred by anti-Semitic incidents On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Monday 27 January, numerous memorial events are being held in Rome, many of them aime...

70th anniversary of deportation of Rome's Jews

Anniversary occurs amid controversy over Priebke funeral A series of commemorative events take place in Rome on 16 October, 70 years after more than 1,000 of the city's Jews were deported to the Na...

Controversy in Rome over Priebke funeral

Priebke's final testament reveals no remorse for his Nazi past The controversy continues over the funeral arrangements for Erich Priebke, the former SS officer who died in Rome aged 100 on 11 Octob...

Erich Priebke dies in Rome

Nazi war criminal was 100 years old The former SS officer Erich Priebke, one of the world’s last surviving Nazi criminals, has died in Rome on 11 October, just over two months after reaching...

Rome’s decorated houses

Skilled artists embellished the façades of buildings in 15th- and 16th-century Rome but few survive today. There exists – or rather, there used to exist – an “open-air art...

Erich Priebke's 100th birthday angers Rome

 The approaching 100th birthday of former SS officer Erich Priebke – a Rome resident and one of the world’s last surviving Nazi criminals – has prompted a statement from the par...

Major discovery at Hadrian's Villa

Five monumental buildings have been unearthed at Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, located 30km north-east of Rome. Archaeologists came across the complex of buildings, surrounded by large statues, in an are...

Mussolini’s bunker under Palazzo Venezia

The first photographs have been released of Benito Mussolini's secret wartime bunker under his Rome headquarters in Palazzo Venezia, three years after it was rediscovered. The 80-sqm reinforced con...

Fosse Ardeatine remembered

The traditional commemoration ceremony takes place at Rome's Fosse Ardeatine mausoleum on Sunday 24 March in memory of the 335 people killed by the then occupying nazi forces 69 years ago, on 24 March...

Army deactivates WWII Ciampino bomb

A bomb disposal unit from the Italian army carried out a scheduled detonation of a massive bomb found at Ciampino airport, on Sunday 10 February. The bomb, which was left over from world war two an...

Secret love letter found in Colosseum

A mystery love letter has been discovered in the Colosseum where it was hidden 60 years ago. The letter, which dates back to the early 1950s, was written by Domenico and addressed to Franca. Domeni...

Rome’s Ciampino airport to close over WWII bomb

Rome's Ciampino airport will be closed for two hours from 10.00 to 12.00 on Sunday 10 February to allow the army's bomb disposal unit to deactivate a bomb left over from world war two. The massive...

Giornata della Memoria

James Walston reminds readers of his blog that the history of Italy's 1938 Racial Laws and the fascist regime is still distorted today for political ends and that to do so, as Silvio Berlusconi did on...

Rome remembers the Holocaust

On the occasion of the 13th International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday 27 January, numerous memorial events are being held in Rome, many of them aimed at school children. Established in 2000...

Rome Holocaust museum could start spring 2013

Construction of Rome's new national Holocaust Museum is due to get under way in early 2013, according to the city's mayor Gianni Alemanno. The Shoah Museum, which will commemorate Italy’s Jewish...

Major archaeological discovery in Rome

Archaeologists have presented the completed excavation of a 900-seat auditorium under Rome's Piazza Venezia, which they are hailing as the city's most significant discovery since the Roman Forum was u...

Apocalypse in the Soratte bunker

The volunteers of the Bunker Soratte association have organised a new round of guided tours under the title “Apokalypse 2012”, exploring  fascinating bunkers deep in the heart of t...

Remembrance Sunday in Rome

The annual Commonwealth Remembrance Day service takes place on Sunday 11 November at the Rome Commonwealth War Cemetery, Via Nicola Zabaglia, starting at 10.30. Readings take place at 10.45 and at 11....

Site of Julius Caesar stabbing found in Rome

Spanish archaeologists believe they have found the exact location where Julius Caesar was stabbed, on the Teatro Argentina side of Largo di Torre Argentina in Rome’s historic centre. After si...

Rome relives the Ludi Romani festival

9 - 18 September. The third edition of the Ludi Romani Festival takes place at Rome's Appia Antica park and in other locations around the capital from 9-18 September. From 15-16 September the entir...
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