Nighttime traffic restrictions

The busy district of S. Lorenzo is now closed to private traffic (excluding residents, motorbikes and scooters) Wed-Sun 20.00-03.00. The measure, which affects the area enclosed by, but excluding, Via...

Ice cream capital

Rome is Italy's ice cream capital, according to a recent report in "Il Messaggero" newspaper, with an average 15 kilograms consumed per person last year. Those cones and cups added up to an estimated...

Opera back at the baths

Lyric opera will be performed at the baths of Caracalla this summer for the first time in ten years. George Bizet's "Carmen" will echo around the Roman ruins on eight dates beginning 24 July, directed...

And the Oscar for best red wine goes to

The fifth annual wine Oscars, organised by the AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommelier), will be held on Saturday 7 June at the Cavalieri Hilton, Via A. Cadlolo 101, at 16.00. The prize-giving ceremony w...

Two new post offices open

Two new post offices have opened in the suburbs of Rome, one in Nuovo Salario (Piazza F. de Lucia) and the other in Tor Bellamonaca (Via Cambellotti). The new outlets are equipped for receiving disabl...

Virtual lectures

Students at the Universit La Sapienza will soon be able keep up with classes even when too exhausted to make it out of bed, by logging onto a live broadcast of their lectures. The Dipartimento di Scie...

City council to check discrimination

The city council is setting up a "discrimination observatory" in collaboration with the Istituto Psicoanalitico per la Ricerche Sociali to monitor how its services apply to foreign residents. The offi...

Politician, poet, artist and dreamer

Meet Giuseppe Mannino, artist and lawyer, politician and poet, and president of Rome city council. He occupies one of the top offices literally and figuratively of the Campidoglio, and as I ask my w...

Fine tuning the auditorium

The interval came and two thirsty concert-goers in the huge balcony of the biggest of the three so-called beetles that make up Romes new music auditorium wanted a drink. To their astonishment, a unifo...

Making scents of it all

After an afternoon of serious shopping or sightseeing, it would be easy to slide onto one of the modern bar stools at the sleek counter of LOlfattorio on Via di Ripetta and expect to order an aperitif...

Republic Day - 2 June

Reinstated as a national holiday by President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi in 2001, this is the day on which Italians celebrate the foundation of the republic on 2 June 1946. In Rome the tradi...

Night owls and book worms

Books and CDs will soon be part of Romes nightlife, thanks to a city council initiative allowing book and music shops to stay open until the early hours of the morning. In the first phase of a project...

Bad roads or bad drivers?

Italians may have a reputation for erratic driving, but apparently its not all their fault: one third of Italys road accidents is due to infrastructure problems including badly marked lanes, obstacles...

Night-time traffic rules

New nocturnal traffic restrictions in the S. Lorenzo area, between Termini station and the Verano cemetery, will come into force on 4 June. The district, which is favoured by Romes student population...

New Trastevere shuttle bus

A new electric shuttle bus, the 115, is set to link the Janiculum car park near the Vatican with the central Ponte Garibaldi from 3 June, 07.00-02.00 daily. The bus will pass the Bambin Ges and Fatebe...

Let there be light

Rome is to get 13,000 new street lamps over the next three years under an ambitious plan drawn up by the city council in conjunction with the municipal energy supplier ACEA. The project, which will co...

Campo de Fiori to go back to the old days

The famous market at Campo de Fiori is to go back to the old days of selling mainly food under new rules agreed by the city council. Once famed for its fruit and veg, in recent years the market has se...

Romans at risk of alcoholism

More than 350,000 people in Rome are thought to be at risk of alcoholism, according to research conducted by the Centro di Riferimento Alcologico Regionale (CRAR) and the city council. A study found t...

European court favours Italian ham and cheese

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Parma ham and Grana Padano cheese must be sliced or grated and packaged in the region of production if they are to carry the protected designation of origi...

Romes high-flying mayor

Romes mayor Walter Veltroni has been elected vice-president of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), a voluntary organisation set up in 1951 to promote the contribution from local...

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