Villa Sciarra restored.

The second stage of restoration work on the romantic gardens at the Villa Sciarra on the Janiculum hill in Rome has been completed. Trees that did not feature in the original planting and any trees th...

The week that was in Italy.

Sunday 16 January. A traffic block was imposed in several Italian cities in an attempt to cut smog levels. A slow goods train was derailed near Varese, the second train accident in a week. Omert was...

Homeless in Rome.

The Rome city council, in conjunction with two city transport companies, Atac and Trambus has inaugurated a new service to help the homeless in the winter months. Two coaches go around the city at nig...

Air pollution kills.

About 4,000 people die annually in Italy of air pollution related complications, according latest findings in a study by the Italian National Cancer Research Institute of Genoa. The research carried...

Italy and the Six Nations.

The 2005 edition of the six nations rugby championship begins again in early February. Italy will be playing three matches at home in Rome at the Stadio Flaminio starting with the first match on Sunda...

Keep traffic off the roads.

Thursday 20 January vehicles with licence plates ending in an odd number will not be able circulate in the fascia verde in Rome. This is the second Thursday when private traffic on the city roads in t...

Protest at Rome's museums.

Closure of museums and archaeological sites, including the Colosseum, the Forum, the Baths of Caracalla, Palazzo Massimo and the Baths of Diocletian, is threatened on Thursday morning 20 January, whil...

Infertility yes or no?

When a new law on assisted reproduction for infertile couples passed through the Italian parliament in February 2004 it was fiercely opposed by left-wing politicians for being illiberal and anti- femi...

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Reconciliation will be among the key themes during the annual week of prayer for Christian Unity from 18-25 January. Prof Louis Weil will discuss the issue at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Via X...

New guardian for Romes remains.

Rome has a new superintendent for archaeology. After 28 years in this prestigious and often difficult position at the ministry of culture and fine arts, Adriano La Regina has been replaced by his coll...

Winning on the back of the tsunami.

" Hes the Berlusconi of Thailand," quipped Geoffrey, an elderly British resident of Bangkok, comparing the Thai prime minister to his counterpart in Italy, Silvio Berlusconi. "Youve got to love or ha...

Traffic-free Sunday.

Cars and motorcycles will be banned from Romes streets on Sunday 16 January from 10.00 18.00 in a further attempt to cut pollution, which has reached dangerous levels in the city. The Sunday ban fol...

Animal blessings.

The annual church service for the blessing of domestic animals will take place on Sunday 16 January in the church of S. Eusebio at Piazza Vittorio at 10.00. Everyone invited to take their pets along t...

Rail strike.

Railway workers, responsible for safety on Italian rail tracks, are asking all railway workers to join them in a 24 hour strike from 21.00 on Sunday 16 January until the same time on Monday 17 January...

New term at Cinecitt Campus.

The new term at Cinecitt Campus in Rome, starts on 17 January. This academy for young people who aspire to work in show business has created considerable interest in the six months that it has been op...

Il Tempietto del Carmelo restored.

An 18th century edicola or small shrine, il Tempietto del Carmelo, in the Ghetto area of Rome has been restored to its former splendour. The shrine was originally built by a grocer in 1759 and attac...

The state of justice.

At the opening of the judicial year Italy's chief prosecutor, Francesco Favera, stated that 81 per cent of all reported crimes had gone unpunished in the first half of 2004. He also announced that the...

Will Koh Samed go the same way as Phuket?

This small paradise island 40 minutes by boat off the sheltered coastline of eastern Thailand in the lagoon-like Gulf of Thailand, is doomed for the same fate as the island of Phuket, wildly popular b...

Adoption at a distance.

Romes mayor, Walter Veltroni, has put the city councils information switchboard at the disposal of several organisations who arrange adoption at a distance, a system whereby individuals or groups ca...

Adoption at a distance.

I just wanted to do something useful, says Evelyne De Crescenzo, explaining her decision to sponsor eight-year-old Fiorella in Peru. Fiorella lives with her parents and four brothers and sisters but h...
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