Beautiful priests

With no shortage of beautiful women on show in the Italian media, campaigners for equal rights may welcome the launch of a calendar full of beautiful men. But there is no flaunting of flesh within its...

The city in an SMS

You can now get the latest news about traffic, culture, events and services in Rome in the form of SMS messages sent to your mobile phone. The initiative, which includes such information as the openin...

Why Impressionism had to happen

The exhibition on the Impressionists at the Vittoriano in Rome is like a gift; entering rooms hung with pictures full of light and air, and sparkling with joyful and well-considered brushwork, you bre...

Primo Levi: a biography

Biographies are not often a pleasure to read. Too many are badly edited and bulked out with a mass of irrelevant detail, pseudo-psychological mumbo-jumbo and insights that are suspect to say the least...

The rise of the Roman wine bar

In recent years, wine bars have been popping up in Rome like mushrooms in a damp autumn. This is largely due to the rise in popularity of a wine culture, a heritage that was neglected for many years....

New director at the Anglican Centre

The Anglican Centre in Rome will get a new director in July after the departure of Bishop Richard Garrard, who left Rome earlier this month. Bishop Garrard had been the emissary in Rome of the Anglica...

Super league showjumping

Villa Borghese will host the Concorso Ippico di Piazza di Siena, the international showjumping competition, from 22-25 May. This year the tournament, now in its 71st year, will be part of the new "Sup...

Rome to host second "Glocal Forum"

More than 40 mayors from all over the world will be in Rome on 24 May for the second "Glocal Forum", a conference to promote the concept of re-balancing the global and the local through a worldwide ne...

A star is named

Lazio has found a place in the heavens with the naming of a star after the region. First spotted by the observatory at Campo Catino in Ciociaria in 1999, the asteroid's presence was recently verified...

Good-looking men wanted

Aspiring heartthrobs are needed to appear in the 2004 calendar "I Belli di Roma". Photographer Loretta Mariani is looking for 12 good-looking male Romans aged 20-40 who fancy being models for a day, p...

Getting onto the fast track

Rome-Milan, city centre to city centre, in only three hours? Comfortable, brand new regional trains which run on time? Smart new stations with deluxe facilities? If all that sounds like a commuters mi...

Cultural heritage SOS?

Of course no-one is going to sell the Colosseum, says Stefano Lenzi of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Italia, one of the organisers of the campaign to protect Italys cultural and environmental a...

The (not only) English Theatre of Rome

They will be laughing every Friday during May when The Gin Game, a play by D. L. Coburn, is staged. Trailed as a bitter-sweet comedy, it centres on a buffoonish and sarcastic clash between two quarrel...

Around Italy in 21 stages

Cycling fans will be hoping for a hard-fought, scandal-free Giro dItalia to help lift the sport out of its drug-inspired doldrums when the epic road race sets off on 10 May. The Giro, which follows a...

Italy sends in the carabinieri

The Italian constitution prohibits the countrys involvement in war, and in March the president of the Italian republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, made it very clear that Italy could not send troops to fig...

Anyone for tennis?

Some of the worlds top tennis players are taking part in the Telecom Italia Masters tournament at Romes Foro Italico. The first week of the clay court event (5-11 May) is devoted to the mens competiti...

Hang on to your bus ticket

The humble 0.77 public transport ticket, which entitles you to 75 minutes travel on Romes buses, metro and trams, could also give you a 1 discount at the cinema on the day you stamped your ticket. Fif...

Celebrating culture week

From 5-11 May the public has an opportunity to enjoy free admission to state-owned museums, archaeological areas and cultural heritage sites, as well a programme of special events throughout the count...

May day concert

Nearly a million people are expected to attend the traditional May Day concert in Piazza S. Giovanni organised by the main Italian trades unions. The annual event, which will feature seven hours of mu...

Green summer at Villa Borghese

The city council has announced stricter controls on the access of private vehicles to Villa Borghese, which is currently celebrating its 100th year as a public park. According to the new rules, cars a...
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