Watch your language

A swearword or vulgar expression is pronounced on Italian television every 21 minutes, says a report by Meta Research, a company that monitors television in Italy. The research association interviewed...

The dating game Italian style

My mother is Italian and my father is English, and they are still very much together. Recently I have started to think that this is because they are both atypical: my father is not particularly Euro-s...

The supernatural world of Italian comics

From Dylan Dog investigating the paranormal underbelly of London life to the king of terror Diabolik and the erotic works of Manara, Italian comics, or fumetti, are almost as much a part of the countr...

Getting to grips with Metaphysical art

Immediately before world war one, a group of young Italian men, quite macho and from provincial families nostalgic for past glories, formed a circle of friends in Ferrara. They had no special theories...

Irish College anniversary

The Pontifical Irish College celebrates its 375th anniversary on 6 November. The college is one of a handful of survivors of what in the 16th and 17th centuries was a thriving network of Irish seminar...

Remembering the war dead

A Remembrance Day ceremony to commemorate the Commonwealth war dead will be held in Rome at the Via Zabaglia military cemetery on Tuesday 11 November. Participants are asked to arrive punctually by 10...

Burial grounds for furry friends

As early November approaches, an annual rite here in Italy is upon us. Families will begin flocking to their local cemeteries, autumnal flowers in hand, to pay respects to the departed and tidy up the...

The Irish College celebrates its heritage

The Pontifical Irish College in Via dei SS. Quattro Coronati, or Colaiste na nGaedeal, as its green gates proclaim, is celebrating its 375th anniversary on 6 November. As with many birthdays for those...

Rome housing sales increase

Sales of residential housing in the province of Rome increased by 24.55 per cent in 2002 compared with the previous year, and in the city of Rome they increased by 32.1 per cent, according to a report...

Romantic centenery

The Keat-Shelley Memorial Association opened its centenary celebrations with plays, poetry readings and a gala dinner in Rome on 29 Oct. The association was formed in 1903 to buy the house at the foot...

Recycling in Rome

Romans are learning to recycle their rubbish. 14 percent of all waste in Rome is now recycled, up from 5.6 percent in 2001. So far this year 60,000 tonnes less waste have been sent to landfills and in...

Immigrants in Italy

There will be 2.5 million legally-registered immigrants in Italy by the end of this year, according to the annual report by the Catholic relief agency Caritas. By the end of this year the percentage...

Not so competitive

The Italian economy is less competitive on world markets than last year, according to the annual Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum. This year Italy is placed 41 on a list of 10...

Halloween

A few years ago Italians hardly knew what Halloween was, but now the spooky feast of “all hallows eve” on 31 Oct is becoming increasingly popular among Romans. Many pubs host themed partie...

How environmental are we?

How environmental are we? The town Cremona in the Lombardy region in north-eastern Italy has been billed the most ecological city in the country according to the environmental association Legambiente...

More works at the station

The next phase of redevelopment at Rome's Termini's station is set to begin early next year. The works will include the construction of two car parks, one over the rail-tracks and another on nearby Vi...

General strike on 24 Oct

A general strike has been called for 24 October by all three major unions, with a four-hour walk-out planned by workers to protest the pensions reforms announced by prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. B...

Confusing rules for man's best friend

Mad dog mania seems to be going around, with reports about canine aggression constantly in the headlines. Victims of these attacks are running to hospitals, while most benevolent dog-owners are still...

A balloon's-eye view of Rome

They used to refer to them as the seven hills of Rome. Now there are eight. That is what they call it: lottavo colle or the eighth hill. Ascent and descent take 15-20 stupendous minutes, and it is bes...

How to get a permesso di soggiorno

What follows are details of what you need to do to obtain a permesso di soggiorno, or permit to stay in Italy. However, you will not necessarily be asked for all of the documents listed, and you may b...
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