Strikes are back

New transport strikes are scheduled again now that the festive season it over. On Friday 9 January urban public transport systems throughout the country will come to a standstill for most of the day....

The Befana in Villa Borghese

A range of activities for children will be organised in Villa Borghese, Romes most central park, on 6 January, the day of the Epiphany, better known as La Befana. As legend has it, on this day an old...

Hunt the stamps

Italian postal rates for internal ordinary mail went up from 41 to 45 cents on 1 January and priority mail rates came down from 62 to 60 cents. The changes have caused chaos among tobacconists, one o...

Desperately seeking a little magic

Over 9,000 cases of fraud and deception carried out by astrologers and so-called mediums or magicians (maghi) have been reported to the anti-consumer fraud (antiplagio) phone-line in its nine years of...

Waste not want not

"Roma non spreca" is the city councils slogan for a new campaign destined to reduce the wastage of food waste in the city and to help the needy. Romes wholesale fresh produce market, located east of t...

The skiway code

A new law aims to increase safety levels on Italys ski-slopes. Under regulations just approved by the Senate, children under 14 will have to wear a helmet while skiing otherwise they will get a fine...

Capodanno 2004 in Rome

Rome will host a series of free concerts around the edge of the city on New Years Eve. At the Metro A Anagnina parking lot, the Italian rapper artist Frankie Hi Nrg will perform with a host of others...

RAI once again in the lead

Italy's state-run TV channels have regained the largest audience figures for the coveted prime time slot after years of suffering at the hands of the Berlusconi-owned Mediaset network. The results for...

Rome's bookworms

One in three Romans is enrolled at one of the city’s local libraries according to Rome’s daily paper Il Messaggero. With the inauguration of a new library in Via Zabaglia in the Testaccio...

Rome parents ignore road safety rules

According to a survey conducted at the beginning of December at two primary schools in Rome 83 per cent of the children who were driven to school by their parents did not wear their safety belts. This...

Adopt a Pigotta for Christmas

The traditional “Adopt a Pigotta” campaign by the Italian branch of the United Nations Fund for Children (Unicef) is underway. A “pigotta” is a handmade doll made by people of...

Save on Christmas hampers

Rome's city council has launched another initiative in time for Christmas as part of its popular Romaspendebene campaign designed to contain prices. From now until Christmas 35 neighbourhood markets a...

Hanukkah celebrations in Rome

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is celebrated in Rome with the lighting of candles in a menorah (candelabrum) in Piazza Barberini. The first candle will be lit on Sun 21 Dec at 18.00 in the presence of...

Festive recycling

On three days over the festive season Rome residents can dispose of their empty packaging at 27 recycling points across the city, and in return enter a draw to win one of 19 environmentally-friendly m...

New deadlines for immigrant voters in Rome

Non-EU citizens living in Rome have an extra month both to register to vote for their representatives for city and local councils and to present their candidates for these elections. The deadline is n...

Duccio: Mediaeval art comes alive

On a fine noon on 9 June 1311 all the shops were shut and all the bells were ringing in the fortified Tuscan town of Siena. There was a sound of drums and fifes and trumpets and castanets. All the peo...

A new look at Georgina Masson

What would Georgina Masson, author of The Companion Guide to Rome, and John Fort, who has recently revised her text, have said to one another if they had ever met? Possibly Fort might have asked her a...

The symbol of an Italian Christmas

One of the delights of an Italian Christmas is going to churches to see the presepi, or Christmas cribs. Many of these are authentic works of art, with spectacular scenic effects reproducing picturesq...

Christmas church services in English

For the Popes programme contact the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household, tel. 0669883114, or see the Vatican daily newspaper "Osservatore Romano", available at newsstands. All Saints Anglican C...

Baby bonus

The Italian government is offering a financial bonus to encourage people to have more children. A 1,000 payment will go to mothers who have at least one child already and have another by the end of 20...
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