Rome restaurants packed ahead of lockdown

Last-minute dash to hairdressers as people fill restaurants for last hurrah before lockdown. Rome's restaurants and bars are full today as friends and families gather to meet up for a last meal or ap...

Florence to open restored Vasari Corridor in 2022

Renovation works on the Vasari Corridor in Florence will begin after Easter and are expected to take about 15 months. Florence is set to reopen the Vasari Corridor to the public in 2022, six years af...

Why do we use all these English words, asks Italian premier

Draghi questions Italy's need to use English words such as "Baby Sitting" and "Smart Working," his ironic comment sparking a fresh debate on the topic. Italian premier Mario Draghi, during his visit...

Covid-19: Italy approves Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine

Italy authorises Johnson & Johnson single-dose coronavirus vaccine hailed by the EU as "safe and effective."  Italy's medicines agency (AIFA) gave the green light to Johnson & Johnson’s singl...

Italy tightens covid-19 restrictions amid new wave

Schools, restaurants, shops and museums set to close in half of Italy from Monday as nation faces "new wave" of covid-19 and a second Easter under lockdown. Italy is to be split between high-risk red...

Italy: EU says no indication of link between AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots

"Benefits outweigh risks" says the EMA which points out that there have been 30 cases of "thromboembolic events" among the five million Europeans who have received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Ita...

Covid-19: Italy bans AstraZeneca batch amid probe into two deaths

Italy's nationwide ban of a batch of AstraZeneca comes as several European nations suspend part or all of their roll-out of the covid-19 vaccine over blood-clotting fears. The Italian Medicines Agenc...

Covid-19: Italy to get up to 80 million vaccine doses by end of summer

Italy's health minister reports significant fall in covid-19 contagion levels among medical workers. Italy is to get around 50 million doses of covid-19 vaccines in the second quarter of this year, r...

Gemelli Hospital in Rome rated best in Italy

Newsweek crowns Gemelli Hospital in Rome the best hospital in Italy and among the top 100 in the world The Fondazione Policlinico universitario Agostino Gemelli Irccs is the first in Italy to appea...

Italy braced for tougher covid-19 restrictions

Italian government expected to tighten covid-19 restrictions at weekends and over Easter. Italy is expected to introduce tighter covid-19 restrictions, based on the advice of the government's technic...

Rome traffic ban on Sunday 14 March

UPDATE: Following the latest covid-19 restrictions, Rome's traffic-free Sunday scheduled for 14 March has been moved to 18 April. Traffic restrictions programmed for 14 March to battle air pollution...

Rome reopens pick-your-own tulip park

Rome's pick-your-own flower garden ready to welcome visitors from March to April. Tulipark, which allows visitors to pick their own tulips for purchase, reopens in Rome at 11.00 on Friday 19 March an...

Sophia Loren to get award from Oscar Academy Museum

Italian diva hopeful of Oscar nod for her lead role in The Life Ahead. Oscar-winning Italian actress Sophia Loren is to be honoured by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the long-awaited Los Ange...

Rome taxis take over-80s for covid vaccine for free

Rome mayor announces free taxi scheme for over-80s travelling to receive covid vaccines in the capital. Rome residents aged over 80 who have to receive the covid-19 vaccine will be able to reach the...

Italy's President Mattarella gets covid-19 vaccine in Rome

Italian president receives Moderna vaccine at the Spallanzani hospital. Italy's president Sergio Mattarella received his first dose of the covid-19 vaccine in Rome at midday today, 9 March. The he...

The personal history of Giovanni 'Gianni' Agnelli

Giovanni “Gianni” Agnelli, head of Fiat and an icon of Italian political and economic affairs, was a force to be reckoned with. A man of many names: L’Avvocato, Prince of Italy, King of Italy, and t...

Italy to launch 'Covid-Free' trains between Rome and Milan

Passengers and staff to be tested before getting on high-speed trains. First there were the Alitalia covid-free flights between Rome and Milan airports. Now it is the turn of trains. Italy's first...

Covid-19: Italy marks one year since first lockdown as death toll passes 100,000

Anniversary coincides with the prospect of new restrictions in Italy as well as some startling statistics: 3 million covid-19 cases and 100,000 deaths. On this day last year former Italian premier Gi...

The women in charge of Rome's museums

On International Women's Day we highlight Rome's leading museums and archaeological sites - among the most important in the world - that are run by women. While everybody knows that Rome is home to s...

Italy: Ash rains on local villages as Etna continues to erupt

Europe's tallest active volcano shows no signs of slowing down.Mount Etna continues to erupt, with a particularly violent explosion on 7 March sending a cloud of ash and lapilli raining down on villag...

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