Rome Christmas religious services and Masses in English

English-language religious services in Rome during the 2021 Christmas season. We have put together a list of the times of Christmas religious services and Masses in Rome for 2021. Covid-19 protoco...

100 Presepi: Rome's Christmas Crib exhibition in St Peter's

100 Presepi returns to colonnade of Piazza S. Pietro.The 2021 edition of 100 Presepi, Rome's international Nativity crib exhibition, takes place under the colonnade of St Peter's Square from 5 Decembe...

Omicron: Italy tightens covid restrictions amid record surge

Omicron soon to be "dominant variant" as Italy records highest daily number of covid infections since the start of the pandemic. The Italian government has tightened its covid restrictions and Green...

Urbi et Orbi: Christmas blessing from Pope Francis

Vatican publishes pope's Christmas schedule. Pope Francis will celebrate the 'Midnight Mass' on Christmas Eve at 19.30, the same time as last year. Covid protocols will be in place in St Peter's B...

Omicron: Italy bans New Year events and shuts night clubs

Italy tightens rules amid rapid spread of Omicron variant. The Italian government has banned all public New Year's Eve celebrations and ordered the closure of night clubs and discos until 31 January...

Omicron: Italy records highest daily covid cases since start of pandemic

Italy set to tighten covid restrictions as number of new infections soars. Italy's health ministry on Thursday registered 44,595 new covid infections in the last 24 hours (up from 36,293 the day befo...

Omicron: Italian cities cancel New Year's Eve parties

New Year plans cancelled in cities across Italy amid concerns over Omicron covid variant. Florence has become the latest Italian city to cancel its New Year's Eve plans amid a sharp rise in new covid...

Rome region orders masks to be worn outdoors amid covid surge in Italy

Rome mask-wearing rules in force over Christmas and into the new year. The governor of the central Lazio region around Rome, Nicola Zingaretti, has ordered the mandatory wearing of masks outdoors fro...

Best day trips from Rome

Guide to 30 destinations for day trips or overnight stays within easy reach of Rome.They say “all roads lead to Rome”, however the central location of the Italian capital makes it a perfect departure...

Italy moves to ban fur farming

Animal rights activists in Italy celebrate the news. The Italian senate has passed an amendment to the government's 2022 budget bill that is to phase out fur farming in Italy next year, banning the b...

Rome bus and metro timetable for Christmas and New Year

Rome's public transport system will follow a reduced schedule during the main holidays over the 2021 Christmas season.24 Dec. Christmas Eve. All metro, buses, trams and regional train services and Rom...

Italy debates new covid restrictions at Christmas

Italy records highest number of covid cases in over a year. Italian premier Mario Draghi confirmed on Wednesday that the government would evaluate imposing additional covid restrictions at a meeting...

Italy pins Oscar hopes on Sorrentino movie

After a Golden Globe nomination, Sorrentino film enters Oscar shortlist. The Hand of God by award-winning Italian film director Paolo Sorrentino has been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination, the Acad...

Fendi restores Temple of Venus and Rome

Fendi continues to sponsor restoration of Rome landmarks. The Temple of Venus and Roma, located in the Roman Forum opposite the Colosseum, has undergone a €2.5 million restoration sponsored by the lu...

Italy police bust fake covid vaccine scam

No Vax leader and nurse detained in Palermo. Police in the Sicilian city of Palermo have arrested three people as part of an investigation into an alleged scam that involved a nurse pretending to adm...

Why do Italians watch Trading Places on Christmas Eve?

It wouldn't be Christmas in Italy without Una Poltrona per Due on tv. Italy is home to some of the world's oldest and most spectacular Christmas traditions that have illuminated and enriched the Ital...

Covid: Italy virologists sing 'Yes Vax' to tune of Jingle Bells

Backlash on social media in Italy for 'Sì vax' Three so-called celebrity virologists have raised eyebrows in Italy by singing a covid vaccine-inspired song called Sì, Sì vax to the tune of Jingle Bel...

Italy PM hails 2021 as extraordinary year for Italian sport

Draghi praises the "incredible talent" of Italy's sporting champions. Italy's premier Mario Draghi presided over the annual Collari d'Oro awards ceremony, the highest honour in Italian sport, at the...

Italy weighs up new covid restrictions as Omicron concerns grow

Italy vaccinates 52,000 children against covid-19 in first two days of vaccination programe. Italian health minister Roberto Speranza said on Sunday night that there is "an element of worry" within t...

Italy set to tighten covid rules amid rise of Omicron

Italy sees increase in Omicron cases over weekend. Italian premier Mario Draghi has convened a meeting with the government's covid 'control room', Palazzo Chigi announced, amid a rise in the number o...

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