S. Lorenzo traffic restrictions

The lively district of S. Lorenzo will be closed to private traffic, excluding drivers with access permits, every Friday and Saturday night 20.00-03.00 from 1 December in an attempt to ease congestion...

Hunger on the rise again, says FAO report

The number of hungry people in the world rose by 18 million during the second half of the 1990s after falling by 37 million in the first half, according to a new report by the Rome-based United Nation...

Euro unpopular with Italians

Six out of ten Italians would go back to the lira if they could, and nine out of ten feel poorer since the introduction of the euro, according to a survey by research institute Demoskopea, which inter...

Public transport strike

Public transport may suffer industrial action on Monday 1 December from 08.30 until 16.30 when a strike is scheduled to halt buses, trams, the metro and COTRAL buses that connect Rome with the suburbs...

Slow buses ever emptier

Sluggish public transport is finding it increasingly difficult to woo Italians away from their beloved cars, according to a new report by environmental association Legambiente. On average, it says, It...

Monument to Nassiriya victims will replace Axum obelisk

The victims of the 12 November bomb attack on the Italian base in Nassiriya, Iraq are to be remembered with a monument in Piazza di Porta Capena in front of the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization...

San Marco on the web

St Marks Basilica in Venice can now be visited from home. A new hi-tech website (www.basilicasanmarco.it) has been created which contains over 500 pages, a thousand images, several panoramic views and...

How to become a domestic god or goddess

With names like "applied domestic economics", "the epistemology of laundry", and "the foundations of domestic psychology", the six lessons that make up a new, one-day, course in home management aim to...

Feltrinelli expansion underway

Bookstore chain Feltrinelli is undergoing a period of expansion and renovation in Rome, with the second wing of the megastore at Largo di Torre Argentina due to open on 2 Dec. After the relocation of...

Shakespeare: as you like it

Mariangela Temperas love affair with William Shakespeare began back in the early 1970s, when she was a young student in London. I was working on my thesis on L.P. Hartley at the time and I didnt rea...

Floating down the Tiber

In the posters, they call it the oldest monument in Rome, and so it is, even though its the most recent one to be opened up. The namesakes of matrons from the ancient city show visitors around and hor...

Shakespeare: as you like it

Mariangela Temperas love affair with William Shakespeare began back in the early 1970s, when she was a young student in London. I was working on my thesis on L.P. Hartley at the time and I didnt rea...

Down and out in the Eternal City

My names Carmine Ariete and Im 41 years old. Im the one in the photo. Ill forgive you if you think the years have been unkind but thats life on the street for you. As you can see though, Im not your...

The swans of Lake Bracciano

It was a lovely boating afternoon on Lake Bracciano on 26 July, 1956. Xavier Leutenegger (the Swiss director of personnel at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization at the time), his wife...

The media waits on the pope

“We ordered the book in May, but it didn’t move for several months. Then all of a sudden it was sold out.” Dermot O’Connell, the owner of the Almost Corner Bookshop in Trasteve...

Rome mourns Nassiriya dead

The bodies of the 19 Italians killed by a bomb attack in Nassiriya in the south of Iraq, which were flown back to Rome on Saturday evening, will lie in state in the Victor Emmanuel Monument, the last...

Heatwave toll update

New health ministry figures show the summer's fierce heatwave took a much higher toll among Italy's elderly than previously reported, with 7,659 more deaths among the over-65s during the period 16 Jul...

A calendar for all religions and cultures

An intercultural calendar for 2004, marking religious and lay festivities celebrated by different cultures, has just been released by Roman publishing house Sinnos. Along with Christmas on 25 December...

Starry skies at EUR

A new state-of-the-art planetarium is being installed in Romes southern EUR district. The attraction is scheduled to open in mid-January in the vast high-ceilinged Museo della Civilt Romana complex. T...

Break-in at gay group offices

A break-in took place at the headquarters of Rome's international gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual contact group, the Circolo di Cultura Omosessuale Mario Mieli, on the night of Sat 8 November....

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