Florence celebrates 600 years of Brunelleschi's Dome

Work began on the world's largest brick dome in 1420. Florence is marking 600 years since construction work began on Brunelleschi’s Cupola for the Cathedral of S. Maria del Fiore, a landmark which ha...

Tennis: Italian Open in Rome moves to September

Rome tennis tournament rescheduled following covid-19 cancellation. The 2020 Internazionali d'Italia tennis tournament, also known as the Rome Masters or the Italian Open, has been rescheduled for 20...

Rome to reopen world's greatest Raphael show

Rome's Raphael exhibition extends opening hours due to high demand.Raffaello 1520-1483, hailed as the world's greatest Raphael show, reopened on 2 June and will see the blockbuster exhibition - held o...

Ischia: La Mortella Gardens reopen to tourists

The famed gardens of La Mortella reopen with new visitor rules. La Mortella on the island of Ischia has reopened its doors to tourists and garden-lovers, with health precautions in place due to the c...

Meaning and history of the Italian word Ciao

One of the most well known Italian greetings throughout the world is the informal greeting known as "Ciao." It is known for being used as either "hello" or "goodbye" between family members, friends,...

A guide to Ponza Island in Italy

Ponza is the largest of the Pontine Islands, the string of tiny islands located off the coast of the Lazio region in Italy. Ponza is a popular summer vacation destination for Italians, especially Rom...

10 reasons why we will all return to Rome when this is finally over

Life in Rome has been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, with the Eternal City only starting to get back on its feet now after the world's longest nationwide lockdown. As Rome's devastat...

MAXXI celebrates 10 years in Rome with digital marathon

Rome's MAXXI holds online festival to mark its tenth anniversary. MAXXI, Italy's national museum of 21st-century art, celebrates its 10th anniversary in Rome with a ten-hour digital marathon on Thurs...

James Joyce in Rome

Joyce may have been inspired to write The Dead during his unhappy time in Rome. Rome was rather tense in 1906. Pope Pius X, still smarting from his loss of the papal states some 30 years earlier, r...

Rome public transport strike on 18 June

Metro and bus strike in Rome on Thursday 18 June. Rome commuters can expect disruption to public transport services due to a strike on the evening of Thursday 18 June, from 20.00 until midnight. T...

Rome's Ciampino airport resumes scheduled flights

Wizz Air resumes Rome flights on 16 June followed by Ryanair on 21 June. Rome's Ciampino airport, also known as G.B. Pastine, will resume scheduled passenger flights on 16 June for the first time sin...

Alberto Sordi and Rome mayor in motorbike mural

Rome street art tribute to Sordi on centenary of Italian icon's birth. Alberto Sordi, the late giant of Italian cinema, features alongside Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi in a new paste-up image by stree...

Italy: girl regains hearing with 3D-printed middle ear implant

Operation in Naples was first of its kind in Italy. A young girl in Naples has recovered her hearing thanks to complex surgery involving an implant of a middle ear temporal bone created using 3D-prin...

Italy celebrates 100 years of Alberto Sordi

Rome remembers the much-loved Roman actor Alberto Sordi on his centenary. Alberto Sordi, an icon of Italian cinema, was born in Rome on 15 June 1920, a century ago today. Sordi played mainly comic...

The history of the Italian national flag

The Italian flag, or “Il Tricolore,” is one of the most recognisable flags in the world.With its trio of green, white, and red splashed across Italian restaurant signs all over the world and printed o...

Rome pedestrian hit by electric scooter on Via del Corso

Electric scooter user in Bologna dies after crash. A pedestrian was taken to hospital after being hit by an electric scooter on Via del Corso, in central Rome, in the early hours of 13 June. The 3...

Covid-19: Italy moves into Phase 3

Italy enters third phase of coronavirus emergency on 15 June. Italy will begin to lift more restrictions on Monday 15 June when it enters the third phase of its emergency plan in dealing with the cov...

Rome's beach for dogs reopens

Baubeach returns with social distancing for dog owners. Baubeach, Rome’s beach designated exclusively for dogs and their owners has reopened for the summer season, with new safety measures in place,...

What is Burrata

Cheese is an integral part of many Italian diets, and types of cheese consumed vary depending on the region. Probably one of the most enticing is Burrata.  Burrata is a cheese that is native to the r...

Why most Italian cinemas won't reopen on 15 June

Italian cinemas have lost €30 million due to the covid-19 crisis. Italy's coronavirus lockdown for cinemas comes to an end on Monday 15 June however it appears that the majority of the country's movi...

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