Six new saints.

Pope John Paul II will proclaim six new saints on Sunday 16 May in a ceremony to be held in S.Peters Square. Four of the new saints are Italian, don Luigi Orione (1872-1940) padre Annibale Maria di F...

Rome's busy weekend.

It promises to be a very busy weekend in Rome and there is something for just about everyone. On Friday 14 at 21.00 about 2,000 young people will take part in a show in Piazza Navona to mark the anni...

Sotheby's first Roman sale.

Sotheby's the fine art auctioneers are holding a sale in Rome for the first time on Tuesday 18 May. The contents of a luxurious apartment in Piazza Farnese will be sold off in 553 lots including marb...

Rome demonstrations rerouted.

After five months' of discussion the prefect of Rome, Achille Serra, has reached an agreement with the trade unions, political parties, city and provincial authorities to reduce the amount of inconven...

Anzio and Monte Cassino commemoration.

The Duke of Kent will represent the Queen at two services to commemorate those who were lost in Allied action in Italy in1944. The first, and smaller service, will take place at the beachhead cemetery...

Traffic Free Sunday.

Sunday 16 May will be the last traffic free day in Rome until late in the summer. The areas of the city which will be closed to private traffic, including mopeds, will be the historic centre, Trasteve...

Mozart piano concertos.

The last 14 piano concertos composed by Mozart in Vienna between 1784 and 1791 will be performed in chronological order in a series of six concerts at the Sala Sinopoli and the Sala S. Cecilia at the...

Michelangelo carving on show.

A small crucifix carved in lime wood, believed to be by Michelangelo, has gone on display at the Museo Horne in Florence. The carving, only 41.3 centimetres high, is anatomically correct and extremely...

Liberation day moves.

A celebration that had been planned to take place in Rome's Piazza Venezia on 4 June to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the city from Nazi occupation has been moved to Sunday 6 June. T...

Studying in the Eternal City

Rome, with its legendary history and its breathtaking collection of art extending across the city in museums, churches and galleries, has always been a major tourism centre. This has brought a mix of...

The beautiful angel of the Roman Forum

The angelo bello (beautiful angel) that fascinated archaeologists and art historians during the first excavations, carried out at the church of S. Maria Antiqua in 1900, peeps out from behind the scaf...

Museums for bargain hunters

Although most of the museums in Rome are free for those under 18 or over 65 and reduced for those from 18-25, they are not so for the majority who are outside those categories. The unfortunate truth i...

The changing politics of social centres

A dark stone fortress looms in the shadows beyond an unmarked dirt parking lot. After crossing a bridge and walking through a dark tunnel one is greeted by a number of stray dogs and hippies with pier...

Glocal forum in Rome.

The third annual Glocalization Conference, organised by the Glocal Forum, takes place 16-17 May at Circo Massimo in Rome. The campaign, entitled We are the future, brings together mayors, celebrities...

Security at the Colosseum.

The Amphitheatre Flavio of Vespasian, known to all as the Colosseum, is the most popular tourist attraction in Rome, a distinction that makes city officials worry that it might be a potential terroris...

Work prospects for Italians.

A survey of the work experience and expectations of 1,400 Italians aged 18-30 has revealed that although 64 per cent of those interviewed had encountered great difficulty in finding employment, 77 per...

Water pollution worries

As the summer approaches and the beaches fill up with weekenders and tourists, the seasons first report on the state of Italys seas has been released. The report, prepared for the environment ministry...

Home-grown accidents.

The number of accidents in Italian homes has increased by 60 per cent in the last ten years, with 4 million accidents causing 8,000 deaths a year. In a survey conducted by Censis (the Centro studi inv...

Artisans festival in Florence.

The craftspeople of Italy, famous around the world, are decreasing in numbers. High rents and taxes have pushed their work places from city centres to the suburbs, and a lack of interest among the you...

Illegal street-sellers under siege.

An operation was launched on 3 May targeting illegal street-traders across Rome. The city and state police,Carabiniere, and Guardia di Finanza joined forces in questioning traders. Uniformed and...
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