Exploring the villages of the Sabina Region north of Rome

The villages in the Sabine hills north of Rome are rich in history and culture. Where is Sabina and what is it best known for? For many people who live in Rome it is an area they have heard of but ne...

Italy records highest number of daily covid cases in over a year

Italy registers 28,632 new covid cases in 24 hours. A sharp rise in new covid-19 infections in Italy the week before Christmas has led major cities including Rome and Naples to cancel New Year festiv...

Italy 'miracle' as blood of Naples saint liquefies

Recurring 'miracle' occurred at precisely 17.59 after a day of intense prayer. The blood of Naples' patron saint Gennaro liquefied at the city's cathedral on Thursday evening, leading to relief among...

US returns $10 million of looted treasures to Italy

Largest single repatriation of ancient treasures from America to Italy.The US has returned 200 antiquities stolen from Italy, many of them linked to one Rome-based dealer, in a massive repatriation va...

The Economist crowns Italy 'Country of the Year'

Italy is the country that has improved the most in 2021 in the view of The Economist. Italy has been crowned 'Country of the Year' by The Economist, an annual honour awarded by the international news...

Italy imposes new travel rules over Christmas

Italy updates its covid travel rules for EU visitors ahead of the festive season. People travelling to Italy from European Union countries must now undergo a covid test before departure - including t...

Zampognari: Italy Christmas tradition of bagpipe-playing shepherds

The spectacle of bagpipe-playing shepherds, known as zampognari, is common in central and southern Italy during the Christmas season and still exists in Naples and Rome. Dressed in traditional sheeps...

Italy Green Pass protest leader banned from another city

Trieste port worker was recently barred from Rome for one year. Stefano Puzzer, the leader of a high-profile No Green Pass protest in Trieste, has been banned from Pordenone for three years after tak...

Italy PM says covid vaccine essential to face Omicron

Draghi says extending Italy's state of emergency was necessary to deal with situation. Italian premier Mario Draghi said on Wednesday that Italy is facing into Christmas "more prepared and safer" tha...

Italy braced for general strike on 16 December

Trade unions call strike against government's "unsatisfactory" budget. Two of Italy's largest trade unions have called for a general strike on Thursday 16 December in protest over the 2022 budget pla...

Italy's new travel rules require covid tests for EU arrivals

All you need to know about Italy's latest travel restrictions. Italy now requires quarantine for unvaccinated EU visitors. All travellers to Italy from European Union countries must undergo a covi...

Italy: Netflix launches Sorrentino film The Hand of God

Sorrentino movie is nominated for a Golden Globe. Netflix begins streaming The Hand of God, the new movie by award-winning Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, on Wednesday 15 December. The launch of...

Qantas to fly direct from Italy to Australia

First direct flights between Italy and Australia to take off in June. Qantas Airways is to launch a direct flight route between Australia and Italy, with the first non-stop service between Rome and P...

Italy orders police, soldiers and teachers to get covid vaccine

Mandatory vaccination included in Italy's 'Super Green Pass' decree. The Italian government has made the covid vaccine obligatory for the nation's teachers, police officers and military, with the new...

Italy extends covid state of emergency to 31 March 2022

Italian government extends emergency powers for three months. The Italian government on Tuesday night extended the nation's emergency powers until 31 March 2022, amid a rise in covid-19 cases. The...

Italy presents Rome bid for Expo 2030

Rome mayor hails city as "ideal" for Expo 2030. Italy's foreign minister Luigi Di Maio and Rome mayor Roberto Gualtieri presented the Italian capital's bid to host Expo 2030 during the general assemb...

Italy's birth rate is lowest in 160 years

Birth rate in Italy hits new record low. Italy's declining birth rate is in the news again with the latest data from the national statistic office ISTAT citing the "negative effects" of the covid-19...

Italy starts vaccinating kids against covid-19

Italian regions open vaccine bookings for children. Italy is to begin offering covid vaccines to children aged 5-11 from 16 December, with reservations already open in most regions around the country...

US puts Italy on 'very high' travel risk list for covid-19

CDC warns against travel to Italy. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added Italy to its highest-risk category in its latest travel advisory issued on 13 December. The CDC...

Rome's Botanic Garden: a semi-forgotten wonder

All you need to know about Rome's Botanical Garden.  The Orto Botanico in Rome's Trastevere district offers a beautiful escape from the bustle of the city’s streets. For images of paradise, visito...

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