A star is named

Lazio has found a place in the heavens with the naming of a star after the region. First spotted by the observatory at Campo Catino in Ciociaria in 1999, the asteroid's presence was recently verified...

Good-looking men wanted

Aspiring heartthrobs are needed to appear in the 2004 calendar "I Belli di Roma". Photographer Loretta Mariani is looking for 12 good-looking male Romans aged 20-40 who fancy being models for a day, p...

Getting onto the fast track

Rome-Milan, city centre to city centre, in only three hours? Comfortable, brand new regional trains which run on time? Smart new stations with deluxe facilities? If all that sounds like a commuters mi...

Cultural heritage SOS?

Of course no-one is going to sell the Colosseum, says Stefano Lenzi of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Italia, one of the organisers of the campaign to protect Italys cultural and environmental a...

The (not only) English Theatre of Rome

They will be laughing every Friday during May when The Gin Game, a play by D. L. Coburn, is staged. Trailed as a bitter-sweet comedy, it centres on a buffoonish and sarcastic clash between two quarrel...

Around Italy in 21 stages

Cycling fans will be hoping for a hard-fought, scandal-free Giro dItalia to help lift the sport out of its drug-inspired doldrums when the epic road race sets off on 10 May. The Giro, which follows a...

Italy sends in the carabinieri

The Italian constitution prohibits the countrys involvement in war, and in March the president of the Italian republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, made it very clear that Italy could not send troops to fig...

Anyone for tennis?

Some of the worlds top tennis players are taking part in the Telecom Italia Masters tournament at Romes Foro Italico. The first week of the clay court event (5-11 May) is devoted to the mens competiti...

Hang on to your bus ticket

The humble 0.77 public transport ticket, which entitles you to 75 minutes travel on Romes buses, metro and trams, could also give you a 1 discount at the cinema on the day you stamped your ticket. Fif...

Celebrating culture week

From 5-11 May the public has an opportunity to enjoy free admission to state-owned museums, archaeological areas and cultural heritage sites, as well a programme of special events throughout the count...

May day concert

Nearly a million people are expected to attend the traditional May Day concert in Piazza S. Giovanni organised by the main Italian trades unions. The annual event, which will feature seven hours of mu...

Green summer at Villa Borghese

The city council has announced stricter controls on the access of private vehicles to Villa Borghese, which is currently celebrating its 100th year as a public park. According to the new rules, cars a...

More to Fiumicino than flights

Weary travellers waiting for flights at Fiumicino can treat themselves to a pick-me-up following the opening of a health club at the airport. The new branch of the "Tonic Beauty Club" chain that opene...

River boat update

A public river boat service has finally set sail on the Tiber after lengthy delays. However, the project, run by the Italian-French Ponte S. Angelo company, is still in an experimental phase and there...

New metro signs point the way for tourists

Four of Rome's metro stations are to be renamed to give tourists using the underground system a better idea of where to get off for certain attractions. Barberini and Flaminio stations on line A are t...

The Companion Guide to Georgina Masson

In the days before Lonely Planets and Rough Guides became ubiquitous, many visitors to the Eternal City relied on a rather different kind of handbook: Georgina Masson's much-loved "Companion Guide to...

In search of Romes writers

A new kind of literary event hit the Roman scene on the first Sunday in April. At a cafe in Trastevere packed with Italians and foreigners, an Australian, an American and an Italian writer read from t...

Spring gardening in Umbria

In Umbria spring is particularly welcome. Spring and autumn are our high times. Soil here is thin and mean, and it takes loads of compost and organic additives to make a garden grow. Many plants will...

Rome's chocolate centre

The history of chocolate goes back millennia, but its popularity at Easter is much more recent. Chocolates place in European history and in the hearts of sweet tooths and chocoholics worldwide can be...

The Majesty of Rome

These three very rich offerings in three prestigious museum sites were put together to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the installation of the French Academy at Villa Medici, and to highlight the r...
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