The heart of the immigration debate

Just a few days before it took over the EU presidency, the Italian government had a difficult situation on its hands. The concentrated arrival in Sicily of migrants heading north from Africa in the fi...

Athletics meeting in Rome

The Golden Gala athletics meeting takes place in Rome 11 July and looks set to attract many of the biggest stars of track and field. The meeting is one of six single-day events that are held over the...

Morisette headlines free concert

Canadian singer Alanis Morisette will be headlining a free concert in Piazza del Popolo on 12 July, which will also see performances by Britain's Craig David and Will Young and Italian stars Velvet an...

Transport strikes and protests

Rome's taxi drivers have announced they will hold a 24-hour strike on Monday 14 July in protest at illegal cabs, taxis from other provinces and regions which pick up passengers in the capital, and con...

Going back to Axum

The Axum obelisk in Piazza Porta Capena outside the headquarters of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization is due to be returned to Ethiopia in September or early October at the latest....

Rome's high fashion

Think of Rome and the ancient monuments, the priceless art, the timeless history come to mind. At the other end of the scale, perhaps you visualise a good plate of pasta served up in your favourite tr...

Donna sotto le stelle

July is the month for fashion collections, and as well as the shows presented by AltaRoma (see article Rome's High Fashion) and individual couturiers, the city is preparing for the impact of the annua...

Football without frontiers

The final of the first eight-a-side football tournament "Senza frontiere" (without borders) takes place on 16 July. The event was organised by the Associazione Senza Frontiere and the Associazione Rom...

Crocodile captured - stuffed

The crocodile that had been spotted in Rome by several alarmed residents in the last couple of weeks has apparently been caught, without much of a struggle, as it turns out it was stuffed. Police were...

Totti enjoys last laugh

Footballer Francesco Totti, captain of Roma, star of the Italian national team and butt of innumerable jokes based on his alleged lack of brain power, is enjoying the last laugh. His book, "Tutte le b...

Putting the smallest first

The tiny Villa Lais in Piazza Cagliero off Via Tuscolana to the east of Romes city centre appears better suited as a play area and venue for the Sunday afternoon passeggiata than as the city councils...

Gearing up for the summer

Grab your tyre pump and get your bicycle ready, because the summer provides a good opportunity to see Rome from a different point of view. Whats that you say? You dont have a bike? No need to worry,...

Short and sharp

Short film, the traditional business card of the aspiring director, is enjoying something of a renaissance in Italy as a genre in its own right, with a range of festivals and events showcasing the cut...

Artists from all over the world at the Venice Biennale

Many foreign cultural academies are taking part in the 2003 Venice Biennale, where 64 national pavilions aim to reveal a cross-section of the worlds realities in the 50th international exhibition of a...

Latin-language cashpoint

An Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) has opened in the Vatican that gives instructions to users in Latin. "Inserito scidulam quaeso ut faciundam cognoscas rationem", the initial screen commands. The cash...

Travellers' tales

A book of stories written by passengers on Rome's public transport system has been published under the title "Parole in corsa". The 173 tales were selected from more than 300 sent to the Trambus web s...

Rome screening for rediscovered Sordi film

An unreleased film starring the late Alberto Sordi, the popular Roman star of movies including "Un americano a Roma", could be shown in the Piazza Campidoglio in the autumn, Rome's mayor Walter Veltro...

Roman Pride

Gay Pride week in Rome opens on Sat 27 June. There will be seven days of music, cinema, theatre, and conferences along the Tiber Bank between Porta Portese and the Isola Tiberina. The annual Gay Pride...

Next stop Quintiliani

Rome has a new metro stop, "Quintiliani" on line B between Monti Tiburtini and FS Tiburtina stations. The station in the Pietralata district in the northeast of Rome was constructed at the end of the...

Make yourself heard

The city council has opened an office of "Decoro Urbano" which is open Mon-Fri, 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00, to receive residents' complaints about urban decay by telephone and e-mail. Office staff lo...

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