Rome reopens rose garden

Roseto Comunale will be open to the public for one month. Rome's rose garden, or Roseto Comunale, reopened on 16 May and will be open to the public until 14 June, the city has announced. However s...

Siena cancels Palio horse race

Italy cancels Siena Palio for first time since world war two. The Palio di Siena, Italy's historic horse race, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus, reports Italian news agency ANSA. The bare...

Gardens of Ninfa reopen after lockdown

Ninfa Gardens reopen to public after Italy's coronavirus lockdown. Ninfa - described by The New York Times as "the most beautiful and romantic garden in the world" - will reopen to visitors as Italy...

Vatican to reopen St Peter's Basilica on 18 May

Vatican to introduce temperature checks for public liturgies at St Peter's. St Peter's Basilica is to reopen to the public on Monday 18 May, following a two-month closure, after undergoing an intensi...

All you need to know about Historic Florentine Football

Regarded as one of the world's most dangerous sports, Calcio Storico Fiorentino,  or 'historic Florentine football," dates back to 16th century Florence. A combination of football and rugby, it was a...

Italy's beaches will be open but with strict rules

Social distancing will be key issue when Italy's beaches open for summer season. Italy's beaches will be permitted to open this summer but under strict regulations to minimise the risk of coronavirus...

Lazio region awarded 9 Blue Flag beaches

Italy has 407 bandiera blu beaches in 2020. Nine beaches in the Lazio region have been awarded the 2020 bandiera blu (Blue flag) status for high water quality standards. The Blue Flag beaches in L...

Rome metro station reopens fully after more than a year

Barberini metro station will reopen entrance on 15 May. Rome's central Barberini metro station, which partially reopened in February after its escalator collapsed more than a year ago, is to reopen f...

Italy: new rules for hairdressers, barbers and beauticians

Advance bookings and masks to be obligatory in Italy's hairdressers, barbers and beauticians which are set to reopen next week. A set of guidelines outlining health precautions for Italy's hairdresse...

Italy says no to EU tourist corridors this summer

Conte says Italy will not accept bilateral tourism pacts among EU states Italian premier Giuseppe Conte has said that European Union states must not forge tourist pacts between themselves during the...

Italy approves €55 billion stimulus package

Italy to grant temporary status to undocumented migrants, especially in agricultural sector. The Italian government has approved a €55 billion stimulus package to tackle the economic impact of the co...

Rome prepares for the 2022 Ryder Cup

Rome will host golf’s biggest tournament, the 2022 Ryder Cup, creating morale amongst golf fans around the world. Sporting events in Italy have a long-standing history of bringing fans together from...

Italian army cleans Rome churches

Churches in Italy to reopen for public Mass on 18 May. The Italian army has been drafted in to sanitise Catholic churches in Rome ahead of Monday 18 May when the faithful will once again be able to a...

Coronavirus: Italy considers further lifting of restrictions

Italy discusses lifting of ban on meeting friends and visiting second homes.  The Italian government is evaluating the possibility of allowing people to go to second homes, provided they are in the s...

Pope Francis: Nurses are 'saints next door'

Pope pays tribute to nurses on International Nurses Day on 12 May. Nurses are "among the saints next door", Pope Francis said in a message for the International Nurses Day on 12 May. Describing th...

Rome museums get ready to reopen

Rome residents encouraged to seize the opportunity to visit the city's tourist-free museums. Rome's museums are undertaking a series of anti-contagion precautionary measures as they prepare to reopen...

Italy: bars, restaurants and hairdressers can reopen from 18 May

Italy to give regions the power to roll back coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Italy's regional authorities will have the power to emerge from the nationwide coronavirus restrictions from Monday 18...

Opera in Italy to relaunch with open-air shows in Rome park

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma to present Verdi's Rigoletto in Villa Borghese. Rome's Opera House is planning to stage an outdoor production of Verdi's Rigoletto at a central Rome park in July, in what is...

Rome: Keats-Shelley House launches digital archive

Rome museum puts rare collections of the Romantic poets online. The Keats-Shelley House Museum and Library in Rome has launched its new digital collections of manuscripts and art celebrating the live...

The Colosseum looks to the post covid-19 era

Alfonsina Russo, director of the Colosseum Archaeological Park, talks to Wanted in Rome about the new realities of managing one of the world's most visited tourist sites in the era of covid-19. Inter...
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