Putting the smallest first

The tiny Villa Lais in Piazza Cagliero off Via Tuscolana to the east of Romes city centre appears better suited as a play area and venue for the Sunday afternoon passeggiata than as the city councils...

Gearing up for the summer

Grab your tyre pump and get your bicycle ready, because the summer provides a good opportunity to see Rome from a different point of view. Whats that you say? You dont have a bike? No need to worry,...

Short and sharp

Short film, the traditional business card of the aspiring director, is enjoying something of a renaissance in Italy as a genre in its own right, with a range of festivals and events showcasing the cut...

Artists from all over the world at the Venice Biennale

Many foreign cultural academies are taking part in the 2003 Venice Biennale, where 64 national pavilions aim to reveal a cross-section of the worlds realities in the 50th international exhibition of a...

Latin-language cashpoint

An Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) has opened in the Vatican that gives instructions to users in Latin. "Inserito scidulam quaeso ut faciundam cognoscas rationem", the initial screen commands. The cash...

Travellers' tales

A book of stories written by passengers on Rome's public transport system has been published under the title "Parole in corsa". The 173 tales were selected from more than 300 sent to the Trambus web s...

Rome screening for rediscovered Sordi film

An unreleased film starring the late Alberto Sordi, the popular Roman star of movies including "Un americano a Roma", could be shown in the Piazza Campidoglio in the autumn, Rome's mayor Walter Veltro...

Roman Pride

Gay Pride week in Rome opens on Sat 27 June. There will be seven days of music, cinema, theatre, and conferences along the Tiber Bank between Porta Portese and the Isola Tiberina. The annual Gay Pride...

Next stop Quintiliani

Rome has a new metro stop, "Quintiliani" on line B between Monti Tiburtini and FS Tiburtina stations. The station in the Pietralata district in the northeast of Rome was constructed at the end of the...

Make yourself heard

The city council has opened an office of "Decoro Urbano" which is open Mon-Fri, 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00, to receive residents' complaints about urban decay by telephone and e-mail. Office staff lo...

Witches take over S. Giovanni

Look out for strange nocturnal events in the gardens of Via Sannio, S. Giovanni 23 June-1 July, when a gathering of witches promises mystery and entertainment. Organised by the cultural association "I...

Unhappy Italians

Italians are among the unhappiest people in the world, according to a survey of 40 countries conducted by the research institute Censis, with 26.4 percent dissatisfied with the quality of their lives...

Travelling lawyers

A bus full of lawyers will be making its way around the outskirts of Rome over the next month as part of an experiment to provide legal assistance on an itinerant basis. The lawyers of the Foro di Rom...

Honours for Alford and Payling

Richard Alford, the director of the British Council in Italy, has been made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queens Birthday Honours List. Alford has been director of...

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...
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