Vatican launches athletics team with nuns, priests and Swiss Guards

Vatican athletics team has its eye on the Olympic Games. The Vatican's first athletic team, known as Athletica Vaticana, includes priests, nuns and Swiss guards, and is aiming to compete in internati...

Rome mayor in Twitter spat with Salvini

Italy's deputy premier embroiled in social media spat with Rome mayor. Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi and Italy's deputy premier Matteo Salvini have been involved in a spat on social media following a f...

Man gunned down outside Rome playschool

Victim died after being shot execution-style outside nursery in Rome suburb. A man shot outside a nursery school in Rome's Magliana district at around 08.50 on 10 January died from his injuries later...

Rome Marathon to celebrate 25 years

Runners can register until 25 March for 2019 marathon. Registration for the 2019 Maratona di Roma, now in its 25th edition, is open until 25 March. The 42-km race, which begins and ends at the Colos...

Starbucks to open near Vatican Museums in Rome

Starbucks expected to launch in Vatican area of Rome in September 2019. Starbucks is to open an outlet in Rome near the Vatican Museums, at an as-yet unidentified location, according to reports in lo...

Visitor boom for Rome's MAXXI in 2018

Successful 2018 for Rome's Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo.Rome's MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo welcomed 204,000 visitors in 2018, recording an 11 per cent increase in tick...

Rome recycles Christmas trees

AMA Roma replants healthy Christmas trees in Arcinazzo Romano. Rome’s refuse collection service AMA Roma has requested that people "who do not have the opportunity to replant their Christmas tree in...

Record year for Rome's Fiumicino airport

Almost 49 million travellers pass through Rome's airports in 2018. 2018 was a record year for passenger numbers at Rome's two international airports, Fiumicino and Ciampino, which between them welcom...

Italian rugby stars launch rugby pub in Rome

Celebrated figures from Italian rugby open Uno Due Pub in Rome. A new rugby pub called Uno Due is due to open in central Rome in late January, just in time for the upcoming Six Nations rugby tourname...

Rome refugee centre seeks blankets for homeless

Joel Nafuma Refugee Center appeals for sleeping bags for homeless. Rome's Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC) is seeking donations of sleeping bags and blankets to help homeless asylum seekers facing t...

Doctors warn Rome trash crisis poses serious health risk

Medics express concerns to Rome mayor over "serious public health problem." Rome's associaton of doctors and dentists has expressed public health concerns in relation to the capital's rubbish crisis...

Reopening of Rome schools at risk over trash crisis

School principals threaten not to reopen Rome schools after Christmas. The Lazio branch of the national association of school principals has written to Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi, demanding the remo...

Rome bans centurions from city's historic centre

Rome mayor bans costumed centurions from Colosseum until March. Rome's costumed centurions have been banned from operating around the Colosseum and the historic centre following legislation introduce...

Rome upgrades green areas around Colosseum

Colosseum welcomed record 7.6 million visitors in 2018. The area around the Colosseum is to be upgraded with new lawns and clumps of "ancient" rose bushes as well as ground-level lighting. The pro...

Rome shelters homeless from freezing conditions

Rome offers shelter to homeless people in city's metro stations. As night temperatures in Rome drop below 0°, the capital has introduced a piano freddo, or cold plan, in preparation for the "eventual...

Rome city bus bursts into flames: first of 2019

First ATAC bus to go on fire in Rome in 2019. A city bus in the east Rome suburb of Tuscolana burst into flames on the morning of 3 January, becoming the first municipal bus to catch fire in the capi...

Prisoners, not soldiers, to fix Rome's roads

President Mattarella dismisses idea of army fixing Rome's potholes. A plan to draft in the army to fix Rome's potholed roads has been scrapped following the intervention of Italy's president, Sergio...

Mosa One mural in Rome's Tor Bella Monaca

Giant mural in Rome organised by 999Contemporary. Italian-Egyptian street artist Mosa One has created a large-scale mural on a building in Rome's disadvantaged east suburb Tor Bella Monaca.  Mosa...

Pedestrianisation plan for Rome's Monti quarter

Rome mayor announces "complete restyling" of Monti district.The Monti quarter of central Rome will have new pedestrian areas, wider pavements and reduced speed limits for traffic in 2019, according to...

Netflix screens Season 2 of Rome crime series Suburra

Second season of Netflix series Suburra hits TV screens in February. Netflix has announced that the second series of the crime series Suburra, set in Rome's underworld, will hit television screens on...

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