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years in this prestigious and often difficult position at the ministry of culture and fine arts, Adriano La Regina has been replaced by his coll...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...

No smoking.

Now that smoking has been banned from restaurants and bars, Italy has become one of the most radical of the European Union countries, in terms of no smoking. Only Italy and Ireland do not allow smokin...

Romes students to raise funds for tsunami regions.

Romes school children, teaching and non-teaching staff have been asked to contribute at least 1 a head to build at least four schools in the tsunami-devastated areas around the Indian Ocean. The citys...

Trajans Markets.

The entrance to Trajans Markets in Rome, normally in Via IV Novembre will be moved to Trajans Column off Piazza Venezia for the whole of January while maintenance is carried out on part of the complex...

Tsunami aid collections in Rome.

Both All Saints Anglican Church and S. Susanna Roman Catholic church in Rome are collecting money for the Indian Ocean disaster. Money from all the English-speaking churches will be pooled for one pro...

Cutting Romes smog.

From Thursday 13 January, and on every succesive Thursday for 12 weeks, private traffic on the city roads within the GRA, the city ring road, will be restricted according to number plate as a way of...

Underground closure.

From 10 January the A line of the underground, which runs from Agnanina to the south east of the city through the centre and on to Battistini beyond the Vatican to the north west, will close every eve...
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