Florence on alert as river Arno rises to highest levels in 20 years

Flooding situation critical across Tuscany.Florence is on alert as the waters of the river Arno have risen to the highest levels in 20 years, reaching 4.8 metres on Sunday 17 November. However the ri...

Vatican Christmas tree in St Peter's Square

Vatican to switch on Christmas tree lights on 5 December 2019. This year's Christmas tree in St Peter's Square will come from the centuries-old forests in northern Italy that were devastated by storm...

Visiting the Vatican Museums: All You Need to Know

The ultimate guide on how to visit the Vatican City, Vatican Gardens and Museums along with practical information including tickets and visiting hours.  For those who are planning a holiday in Rome,...

Falling tree flattens car in Rome

Tree destroyed parked Fiat Seicento in Rome suburb. A large pine tree fell across a street in the south Rome suburb of Mostacciano, squashing a parked car, on the morning of Friday 15 November. Th...

Rome bus strike on 18 November

Rome bus companies Roma TPL and Cotral go on strike. Rome bus services operated by Roma TPL and the regional Cotral bus company will be affected by a 24-hour strike on Monday 18 November. The strike...

The Trevi Fountain: A Brief History

Rome is a spectacular city boasting a rich history that is filled with countless attractions such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and St Peter’s Basilica. There is, however, one more attraction withou...

Helbiz launches Greta e-bike sharing in Rome

Greta will cost far less than Rome bike-sharing competitor Uber Jump. Commuters and tourists in Rome now have a new bike-sharing option with the arrival in the capital of Greta, the pedal-assisted e-...

Italy's Marsican brown bears face extinction

WWF Italy raises awareness of critically-endangered bear. Italy's Marsican brown bear faces the prospect of extinction as experts say there are only about 50 of the animals left in existence. The...

Venice mayor declares disaster as city hit by highest tide in 50 years

Water levels in Venice have not been this high since 1966. Venice mayor Luigi Brugraro has declared a state of disaster after the lagoon city in northern Italy was hit by the second highest tide in m...

Rome's Barberini metro station to half-open in December

Barberini will only be open to commuters leaving the station. Rome's central Barberini metro station, which has been closed since its escalator collapsed on 21 March, is expected to reopen in Decembe...

Rome metro station evacuated over smoke

Commuters have been evacuated from the Spagna station on Rome's Metro A line due to smoke.  The fumes were possibly caused by a broken-down train being towed from the Cornelia station where it had...

Rome's Metro A partially closed after train breaks down

Rome's Metro A line is closed between Ottaviano (St Peter's) and Battistini after a train broke down near Cornelia station at 14.15 on Tuesday 12 November. Substitute shuttle buses are running in plac...

Another Rome bus bursts into flames

No injuries in latest Rome bus fire. A Rome city bus burst into flames while on duty at 05.30 on the morning of 12 November. There were no passengers aboard at the time and the driver escaped unhurt...

Where to buy Vatican stamps

Souvenir postcards from Vatican City with Vatican stamps. While on vacation in Rome many tourists enquire about sending a postcard from Vatican City with a Vatican stamp, either as a souvenir for the...

Rome braced for more heavy rain

City issues weather warning for 12 November. Rome residents can expect more heavy rain, as well as thunder storms and gales, on the afternoon of Tuesday 12 November and for the following 12-18 hours,...

Rome motorists trapped in floods

Rome firefighters rescue motorists from floods. Four people, including two children, were rescued from two cars stuck in floods on the afternoon of Monday 11 November, following a day of torrential r...

Free tours of palaces and castles in Lazio region

70 historic sites in Lazio region open to visitors on 17 November. The Lazio Region holds the third edition of Dimore storiche del Lazio, opening the doors of its historic private homes and architect...

Venice celebrates Peggy Guggenheim

Major exhibition in Venice on 40th anniversary of death of Peggy Guggenheim. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection celebrates the Venetian years of its art collector founder who lived in Venice for three d...

Nutella-filled biscuits go on sale in Italy

Nutella Biscuits launched by Ferrero in Italian supermarkets. Ferrero, the Italian brand behind the Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread, has introduced its first Nutella-filled biscuits in supermarkets...

Rome bus company holds auditions for Christmas show

ATAC seeks hidden talent for its Christmas concert. Rome city bus company ATAC is holding auditions to find talented singers, musicians and dancers among its employees who will have the chance to sta...

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