Rome museums free on Sunday 6 January

Free opening of Rome's state and city museums for La Befana. Italy's state-run museums and archaeological sites are open free of charge on Sunday 6 January 2019 as part of the Italian culture ministr...

Rome celebrates La Befana

La Befana in 2019 coincides with free museum Sunday in Rome. Italians celebrate the religious feast of the Epiphany, or the more popular one of La Befana, on Sunday 6 January 2019. It is a public hol...

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke and deputy resign

Vatican spokesman and deputy stand down abruptly on New Year's Eve. Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of Vatican spokesman Greg Burke and his deputy Paloma Garcia Ovejero, according to an an...

Celebrating New Year's Eve in Rome

Rome rings in 2019 with 24 hours of cultural events from 31 December 2018 until 1 January 2019. Here is our guide to enjoying New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in the Eternal City. The Festa di Roma,...

Top 10 exhibitions in Rome over New Year

Rome offers a wonderful range of exhibitions over New Year, with something for all ages and all tastes. Here are ten of Rome's best shows to catch during the festive season. 1. Pop art supremo Andy W...

Rome public transport timetable over New Year

Public transport in Rome on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. 31 Dec. On New Year's Eve all metro services in Rome run until 03.30 at night (early hours of 1 January), substituted from 03.30 until 0...

Magic moon in Rome's Orange Garden for New Year's Eve

Giant New Year moon installation in Rome's Giardino degli Aranci. Rome's Orange Garden on the Aventine hill rings in the new year with Museum of the Moon, a giant installlation by British artist Luke...

Rome bus tickets on sale at parking meters

Public transport tickets can be bought at 2,200 parking meters in Rome. Tickets for Rome's public transport network can now be purchased at 2,200 parking meters across the capital, according to an an...

New Year fireworks ban in Rome

Rome mayor bans use of firecrackers and bangers over New Year. Rome has banned the use of firecrackers and bangers from 00.01 on 31 December 2018 until midnight on 1 January 2019, following an order...

Rome bans glass bottles for New Year's Eve party

Glass bottle ban in place for New Year party in Circus Maximus. Glass bottles have been banned from Rome's New Year's festivities in the Circus Maximus area, effective from 20.00 on New Year's Eve un...

3.2 magnitude earthquake east of Rome

Earthquake felt by residents of east Rome.A 3.2-magnitude earthquake was registered at 00.52 on 30 December about 24 km east of Rome. The earthquake's epicentre was between Gallicano and Colonna, and...

January 2019 sales in Rome

Rome's winter sales begin on 5 January 2019.The post-Christmas sales season begins in Rome and throughout Lazio on 5 January, running for six weeks, until 28 February 2019.Shopkeepers are obliged to d...

Patrick Pistolesi: Rome's cocktail king

How an Irish-Italian is at the forefront in the changing face of Rome's bar scene. Affable and imposing in equal measure, Patrick Pistolesi has a commanding presence. Just turned 40, he is already a...

Vatican illuminates St Peter's Basilica with led lights

Vatican to inaugurate new energy-saving led lighting scheme on 25 January. The Vatican has installed a new led lighting system in the interior of St Peter's Basilica following a two-year project carr...

Tourist caught stealing piece of Rome's Colosseum

Tourists in Rome continue to vandalise the Colosseum. An American tourist has become the latest visitor to the Colosseum caught stealing a fragment of the monument as a "souvenir", according to local...

Catania hit by strong earthquake as Etna erupts

Volcanic activity at Stromboli also increases over Christmas. The city of Catania in north-east Sicily was hit by a 4.8 magnitude earthquake at 03.19 on 26 December, according to Italian news agency...

Celebrating Christmas in Rome

Guide to celebrating the festive season in the Eternal City. The Christmas season in Rome is a particularly festive experience thanks to the traditional display of Christmas street lights and Nativit...

Roman Forum church reopens for Christmas after roof collapse

Roof of 16th-century church at Roman Forum collapsed last summer. The central Rome church of S. Giuseppe dei Falegnami, whose roof collapsed on 30 August, will reopen to visitors during the Christmas...

Rome's Galleria Borghese opens late on Thursdays

Galleria Borghese opens late on Thursdays for duration of Picasso show. Rome's Borghese Gallery will stay open until 21.00 on Thursday nights until 3 February, for the duration of its exhibition of P...

Rocca Sinibalda: Lazio's most mysterious castle

The strange, multi-layered story of Rocca Sinibalda, located 50 km north of Rome. The 12th-century Rocca Sinibalda sits on a spur of rock dominating the Turano Valley, a 40-minute drive north of Rome...

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