City council to check discrimination

The city council is setting up a "discrimination observatory" in collaboration with the Istituto Psicoanalitico per la Ricerche Sociali to monitor how its services apply to foreign residents. The offi...

Politician, poet, artist and dreamer

Meet Giuseppe Mannino, artist and lawyer, politician and poet, and president of Rome city council. He occupies one of the top offices literally and figuratively of the Campidoglio, and as I ask my w...

Fine tuning the auditorium

The interval came and two thirsty concert-goers in the huge balcony of the biggest of the three so-called beetles that make up Romes new music auditorium wanted a drink. To their astonishment, a unifo...

Making scents of it all

After an afternoon of serious shopping or sightseeing, it would be easy to slide onto one of the modern bar stools at the sleek counter of LOlfattorio on Via di Ripetta and expect to order an aperitif...

Republic Day - 2 June

Reinstated as a national holiday by President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi in 2001, this is the day on which Italians celebrate the foundation of the republic on 2 June 1946. In Rome the tradi...

Night owls and book worms

Books and CDs will soon be part of Romes nightlife, thanks to a city council initiative allowing book and music shops to stay open until the early hours of the morning. In the first phase of a project...

Bad roads or bad drivers?

Italians may have a reputation for erratic driving, but apparently its not all their fault: one third of Italys road accidents is due to infrastructure problems including badly marked lanes, obstacles...

Night-time traffic rules

New nocturnal traffic restrictions in the S. Lorenzo area, between Termini station and the Verano cemetery, will come into force on 4 June. The district, which is favoured by Romes student population...

New Trastevere shuttle bus

A new electric shuttle bus, the 115, is set to link the Janiculum car park near the Vatican with the central Ponte Garibaldi from 3 June, 07.00-02.00 daily. The bus will pass the Bambin Ges and Fatebe...

Let there be light

Rome is to get 13,000 new street lamps over the next three years under an ambitious plan drawn up by the city council in conjunction with the municipal energy supplier ACEA. The project, which will co...

Campo de Fiori to go back to the old days

The famous market at Campo de Fiori is to go back to the old days of selling mainly food under new rules agreed by the city council. Once famed for its fruit and veg, in recent years the market has se...

Romans at risk of alcoholism

More than 350,000 people in Rome are thought to be at risk of alcoholism, according to research conducted by the Centro di Riferimento Alcologico Regionale (CRAR) and the city council. A study found t...

European court favours Italian ham and cheese

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Parma ham and Grana Padano cheese must be sliced or grated and packaged in the region of production if they are to carry the protected designation of origi...

Romes high-flying mayor

Romes mayor Walter Veltroni has been elected vice-president of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), a voluntary organisation set up in 1951 to promote the contribution from local...

The spread of Anglo-Roman

Anglo-Roman, the pidgin English used by young people in the capital, is becoming increasingly well-known. Marco Naviglis recently-published book "But speak like you eat! (ma parla come magni!)" featur...

The changing sound of Italian

New entries in the latest edition of the Rizzoli Larousse Dizionario della Lingua Italiana provide an interesting insight into the national zeitgeist. They include antiglobal, someone who opposes glob...

Elementary reading ability

Italian elementary school pupils came tenth in a survey of reading standards in 35 countries, behind a top three of Sweden, Holland and England, and the United States in ninth place, but above Germany...

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...
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