10 reasons why we will all return to Rome when this is finally over

Life in Rome has been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, with the Eternal City seeming almost deserted without its usual hordes of tourists. Ahead of hopeful signs on the vaccine front a...

Covid-19: Pope to hold Christmas 'Midnight Mass' early due to Italy's curfew

Vatican to hold 'Midnight Mass' at 19.30 on Christmas Eve. Pope Francis will celebrate the traditional Christmas Eve Mass two hours earlier than normal to keep in line with Italy's covid-19 curfew, a...

Rome unveils its newly discovered treasures

Marble heads of Augustus and Dionysus displayed at Trajan's Markets museum in Rome. Rome has unveiled the ancient treasures unearthed during the excavations at Via Alessandrina, the small pedestrian...

Vatican lights up Christmas tree in St Peter's Square

Christmas magic comes to Piazza S. Pietro. The Vatican will light up its 2020 Christmas tree and inaugurate its Nativity scene in St Peter's Square at 16.30 on Friday 11 December, reports Vatican New...

Covid-19: Italy debates relaxing Christmas travel ban between towns

Government divided over travel ban on three Christmas holiday dates. The Italian premier Giuseppe Conte has opened a discussion on the possibility of relaxing Italy's travel ban on Christmas Day, St...

Covid-19: Italy's new travel rules for Christmas

Italy introduces blanket quarantine over Christmas season to discourage travel in a bid to avert a new spike of covid-19. Italy's latest emergency decree includes strict travel rules over the Christm...

Gifts and kind messages: Rome's Christmas Boxes for strangers

"I don't know you but you are in my thoughts": Kind-hearted Romans embrace concept of 'Christmas Boxes' for those less fortunate. A box of simple Christmas gifts, accompanied by a message of kindness...

Italy: Naples displays pizza Nativity scene for Christmas

Naples showcases pizza Nativity scene in Basilica di S. Chiara over the Christmas season.Pizza-makers in Naples have teamed up with local Christmas crib artisans to create a large Nativity scene made...

Must-see museums in Rome

The city of Rome is an historical treasure trove. You could spend an entire lifetime here and still not manage to see everything it has to offer. Paintings, sculptures, tapestries, frescoes, furnishin...

Rome's pilgrim routes

Much of the layout of Renaissance Rome was dictated by the needs of pilgrim routes to St Peter's from all parts of the city. By Arianna Farina The layout of Rome in the early 15th century was stil...

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the baker

Gian Lorenzo Bernini is one of Italy’s most renowned and valued artists, known as the greatest exponent of the baroque style and as an undisputed genius with a wide range of abilities. His works are...

Spelacchio: Rome lights up Christmas tree in Piazza Venezia

Rome to light up Via del Corso and illuminate Piazza Navona fountains. Rome mayor Virginia Raggi will switch on the 100,000 led lights on the city's Christmas tree in Piazza Venezia at 17.45 on Tuesd...

Rome: Pope Francis makes surprise dawn visit to Immaculate Conception statue in heavy rain

Vatican had announced that pontiff would not be making traditional pilgrimage to avoid covid-19 contagion among crowds. Pope Francis made a surprise visit to the statue of the Immaculate Conception n...

Rome illuminates Piazza Navona fountains with light shows for Christmas

Christmas light show in Piazza Navona in 2020. Rome's "Befana" Christmas market in Piazza Navona is cancelled this year, due to covid-19, but it looks like there will still be some festive colour....

Italy's interior minister tests positive for covid-19

News came through during cabinet meeting this evening. Italy's interior minister Luciana Lamorgese has tested positive for covid-19, reports Italian news agency ANSA. The minister reportedly recei...

Rome unveils plan to ferry tourists up and down river Tiber on electric boats

Plan to make Rome's river navigable "like in other European capitals" An ambitious plan to "restore the navigability" of the river Tiber, using electric boats to ferry tourists to and from the centre...

The race to save Rome's pines before it's too late

The city, the Vatican and private firms undertake a variety of treatments in the battle to save Rome's pine trees from a killer parasite By Andy DevaneOn a sunny morning in November, a small crowd of...

Rome to light up Christmas tree on Festa dell'Immacolata

Italy marks Feast of Immaculate Conception with public holiday. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception on 8 December is a Catholic holy day as well as a national public holiday in Italy. The fact...

Italy lights up the world's largest Christmas tree

Each year people 'adopt' a light from the world-famous Christmas tree display in central Italy. The 'world's largest Christmas tree' is lit up each year on the slopes of Monte Ingino, overlooking the...

The Simpsons pay tribute to Italy with visit to Pompeii

The Simpsons visit Italy and are immortalised in Pompeii. The Simpsons, America's longest-running sitcom, pays tribute to Italy with a special visit to Pompeii where the animated family finds itself...
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