Thumbs up for the new general market

The dream of Vittorio Bocca is to make artichokes fly. Bocca is the chairman of CAR, short for Centro Agroalimentare di Roma, the enormous, brand-new wholesale fruit, vegetable and fish market that op...

A spotlight on Italy

The spotlight on Italian politics is widening to take in the whole of the European stage. Next month, Italy picks up the rotating European Union presidency, so all of a sudden what goes on here is not...

A golfing centenary

This year Italian golf celebrates the venerable old age of 100. The sport was officially launched in Italy when Romes Acquasanta Golf Club situated between the ancient and new Appian ways and a stone...

Transport strikes

Air passengers in Italy have a potentially difficult month ahead with a series of planned strikes within the sector. According to the transport ministry, on 24 June air traffic controllers will be out...

Festa dell'Unit

The Festa dell'Unit, the summer gathering of the Democratici di Sinistra (DS), kicks off on 19 June at the former general market on Via Ostiense. Following the provincial elections in May that saw the...

Latin American fever

Fiesta!, the Festival Internazionale di Musica e Cultura Latinoamericano, begins 19 June at the Capannelle racecourse on Via Appia Nuova with a performance by the African reggae star Alpha Blondie. Ot...

World Refugee Day

On 20 June the international community will turn its attention to the 20 million men, women and children worldwide who are currently under the protection of the United Nations High Commission for Refu...

New British ambassador

Britain has a new ambassador to the Quirinale, Sir Ivor Roberts. He replaces Sir John Shepherd, who has retired after three years in Italy. Sir Ivor has been in the British diplomatic service since 1...

Clooney to the rescue

Hollywood superstar George Clooney is due in Rome on 24 June to donate ten "superscooters" to the Running Heart Foundation. The scooters are designed to get emergency equipment to heart attack victims...

Happy anniversary Villa Pamphili

The 40th anniversary of the acquisition of Villa Doria Pamphili by the city council will be marked by a four-day festival in what is now the largest public park in Rome. The celebrations will include...

Dancing Satyr at Campidoglio

The beautiful Greek bronze of a dancing satyr, fished from the sea off Sicily in 1998, is on show at the Capitoline Museums until 7 July after a successful spell at Palazzo Montecitorio. Dated 3rd-2nd...

Costly calls

If you receive an e-mail or an SMS message to your cell phone from an unknown source instructing you to dial a number beginning with the digits 899, beware: the call could cost you as much as 10 and...

Venice Biennale

The 50th edition of the international arts exhibition opens in Venice on 15 June with the theme "Dreams and conflicts the viewer's dictatorship" directed by Francesco Bonami. This year the biennale i...

Nighttime traffic restrictions

The busy district of S. Lorenzo is now closed to private traffic (excluding residents, motorbikes and scooters) Wed-Sun 20.00-03.00. The measure, which affects the area enclosed by, but excluding, Via...

Ice cream capital

Rome is Italy's ice cream capital, according to a recent report in "Il Messaggero" newspaper, with an average 15 kilograms consumed per person last year. Those cones and cups added up to an estimated...

Opera back at the baths

Lyric opera will be performed at the baths of Caracalla this summer for the first time in ten years. George Bizet's "Carmen" will echo around the Roman ruins on eight dates beginning 24 July, directed...

And the Oscar for best red wine goes to

The fifth annual wine Oscars, organised by the AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommelier), will be held on Saturday 7 June at the Cavalieri Hilton, Via A. Cadlolo 101, at 16.00. The prize-giving ceremony w...

Two new post offices open

Two new post offices have opened in the suburbs of Rome, one in Nuovo Salario (Piazza F. de Lucia) and the other in Tor Bellamonaca (Via Cambellotti). The new outlets are equipped for receiving disabl...

Virtual lectures

Students at the Universit La Sapienza will soon be able keep up with classes even when too exhausted to make it out of bed, by logging onto a live broadcast of their lectures. The Dipartimento di Scie...

City council to check discrimination

The city council is setting up a "discrimination observatory" in collaboration with the Istituto Psicoanalitico per la Ricerche Sociali to monitor how its services apply to foreign residents. The offi...

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