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...

The spread of Anglo-Roman

Anglo-Roman, the pidgin English used by young people in the capital, is becoming increasingly well-known. Marco Naviglis recently-published book "But speak like you eat! (ma parla come magni!)" featur...

The changing sound of Italian

New entries in the latest edition of the Rizzoli Larousse Dizionario della Lingua Italiana provide an interesting insight into the national zeitgeist. They include antiglobal, someone who opposes glob...

Elementary reading ability

Italian elementary school pupils came tenth in a survey of reading standards in 35 countries, behind a top three of Sweden, Holland and England, and the United States in ninth place, but above Germany...

Beautiful priests

With no shortage of beautiful women on show in the Italian media, campaigners for equal rights may welcome the launch of a calendar full of beautiful men. But there is no flaunting of flesh within its...

The city in an SMS

You can now get the latest news about traffic, culture, events and services in Rome in the form of SMS messages sent to your mobile phone. The initiative, which includes such information as the openin...

Why Impressionism had to happen

The exhibition on the Impressionists at the Vittoriano in Rome is like a gift; entering rooms hung with pictures full of light and air, and sparkling with joyful and well-considered brushwork, you bre...

Primo Levi: a biography

Biographies are not often a pleasure to read. Too many are badly edited and bulked out with a mass of irrelevant detail, pseudo-psychological mumbo-jumbo and insights that are suspect to say the least...

The rise of the Roman wine bar

In recent years, wine bars have been popping up in Rome like mushrooms in a damp autumn. This is largely due to the rise in popularity of a wine culture, a heritage that was neglected for many years....

New director at the Anglican Centre

The Anglican Centre in Rome will get a new director in July after the departure of Bishop Richard Garrard, who left Rome earlier this month. Bishop Garrard had been the emissary in Rome of the Anglica...

Super league showjumping

Villa Borghese will host the Concorso Ippico di Piazza di Siena, the international showjumping competition, from 22-25 May. This year the tournament, now in its 71st year, will be part of the new "Sup...

Rome to host second "Glocal Forum"

More than 40 mayors from all over the world will be in Rome on 24 May for the second "Glocal Forum", a conference to promote the concept of re-balancing the global and the local through a worldwide ne...

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...
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