Pope Francis Instagram page 'liked' Brazilian model’s sexy photo

Vatican investigates usage of Franciscus papal account after it 'liked' a racy picture on Instagram. The Vatican has launched an investigation into how Pope Francis’ official Instagram account 'liked...

Italian Capital of Culture 2022: who are the 10 finalists?

Jury presents shortlist for Italian culture capital 2022. The shortlist of towns and cities vying for the title of Italian Capital of Culture 2022 has been narrowed down to 10 by the jury chaired by...

Italy faces national general strike by public sector workers on 25 November

Strike action by Italy's public sector workers will cause disruption to transport, schools and healthcare. Italy's transport, education and health sectors face disruption on Wednesday 25 November due...

Christmas without Amazon: Italy's shops urge people to buy local

Consumers in Italy urged to support local businesses this Christmas. "This Christmas buy from the shops in your neighbourhood." This is the joint call from Italy's retail organisation Confesercent...

Covid-19: Italy prepares for a very different Christmas

With Italy divided into three covid-19 risk zones, not everyone will celebrate Christmas the same way. The Italian government is at work to prepare new measures governing the Christmas period - a sea...

Rome closes 7 metro stations for repair work

Closures will affect seven subway stations in central Rome. Rome is to close seven central metro stations for maintenance work at various dates between 19 November and 21 February 2021. The closur...

Italy: Rome's Fiumicino wins Best Airport in Europe for third year in a row

Fiumicino airport in Rome makes history with its latest award. Rome's Fiumicino airport, known officially as Leonardo da Vinci, has been rated Europe's Best Airport for the third year in a row. Th...

Rome unearths remains of Caligula's lavish palace and gardens

Traces of the depraved emperor's luxurious palace and ornate gardens have been discovered under an office building in Rome. Rome archaeologists have discovered remains of the lavish home and gardens...

Italy: Doctors perform surgery on boy as piano played live in operating theatre

First time in the world that a piano enters the operating room. A 10-year-old boy underwent major surgery to the backdrop of a piano played live during the operation at the Salesi hospital in the Ita...

Vatican to keep festive spirit alive with Christmas tree in St Peter's Square

Covid-19 won't stop the Vatican from bringing Christmas cheer to Piazza S. Pietro. The Vatican is scheduled to illuminate its 2020 Christmas tree and Nativity scene in St Peter's Square at 16.30 on F...

Covid-19 in Italy: Next 7-10 days crucial, says health minister

Health minister calls on Italians to be realistic about Christmas. Italian health minister Roberto Speranza has said that "the next 7-10 days will be crucial" in Italy's battle against covid-19. S...

Rome mayor recovers from covid-19 and returns to city hall

"The battle against the coronavirus is not over yet" says Rome's mayor. Rome mayor Virginia Raggi says she no longer has covid-19 and that she will be back to work in city hall from today, Monday 16...

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...

Rome's Sapienza University elects female rector for first time in 700 years

Antonella Polimeni is the first female rector elected to a major Italian university. La Sapienza University in Rome has appointed Antonella Polimeni as its new rector, the first woman to hold the top...

Italy reports record 40,000 cases of covid-19 in one day

Italy declares covid-19 red zones in Tuscany and Campania. Italy has registered a record 40,902 new covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry announced on 13 November, with 550...

Lego unveils its biggest set ever: a 9,000-brick Colosseum

Lego hails new Colosseum as its ‘largest product ever made.’ Lego, the toy company famous for its interlocking bricks, has unveiled its own Lego Colosseum which contains a staggering 9,036 pieces and...

S.S. Lazio customised aircraft presented at Ciampino airport

The first test flight was carried out, now the personal plane that President Claudio Lotito wanted to give his Lazio awaits only the official take-off, which will most likely take place on 20 November...

Covid-19: Rome combats weekend crowds by closing stores and metro stations

Rome police and Lazio Region to tackle crowds at weekends. Rome's central metro stations at Spagna and Flaminio are to be closed this weekend from mid-morning until early evening, to reduce crowds in...

52 kilos of cocaine and heroin were seized at Fiumicino airport in Rome

A flood of drugs ready to crash into the piazzas of Italy’s capital was intercepted at Fiumicino airport by the Guardia di Finanza, Rome’s law enforcement agency responsible for dealing with financial...

Rome battles rising smog with traffic ban

Traffic-free Sunday in Rome on 15 November. Rome has banned motorists from driving within the fascia verde (green belt) on Sunday 15 November, from 07.30 to 12.30 and from 16.30 until 20.30. The m...
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