Rome city museums open for free on 2 August

Rome's municipal museums are free to all visitors on 2 August.Rome's city-run museums, which reopened earlier this summer after being closed for almost three months due to the covid-19 lockdown, will...

10 Italian cities on red alert for heatwave

10 cities including Rome on Level 3 alert for heatwave on 31 July. With Italy set to experience an intense heatwave later this week the Italian health ministry has issued a heat warning for 10 cities...

Italy extends covid-19 state of emergency until 15 October

Italy extends state of emergency over the covid-19 crisis until 15 October 2020. The Italian government has extended the country's existing state of emergency, which expands the government’s powers i...

Sole inhabitant of Italian paradise island faces eviction

81-year-old hermit has called island paradise his home for 31 years. A hermit who has lived on the tiny Italian island of Budelli for the past 31 years is facing eviction amid plans to turn his ramsh...

Italy sends army to Sicily as migrants flee quarantine centres

Soldiers to guard quarantine centres in Sicily after migrants flee en masse. Italy's interior minister Luciana Lamorgese has announced plans to send the military to Sicily after around 100 migrants v...

Man in Spider-Man mask tries to rob Rome gelateria

Owner of Garbatella ice-cream shop foiled attempted robbery. A man dressed in a Spider-Man mask attempted to rob a gelateria in the Garbatella district of Rome, reports Italian newspaper La Repubblic...

Italian town seeks damages for Nazi destruction of Caligula's ships

Nemi town council says archaeological treasures were burned by Nazis. Nemi, a small lakeside town near Rome, is demanding compensation from Germany for the destruction of the remains of two ancient R...

The ex Mattatoio experience. Exploring Testaccio's slaughterhouse

“I don’t think we should be here,” Charlie says, glancing nervously at the monstrous brick buildings looming in front of us. Their shadows, cast by the weak yellow light of flickering street lamps, sp...

Cannabis light: the confusing illusion of legal marijuana in Rome

Oh, the classic sights of Rome: ancient Roman ruins, cobblestone streets, picture-perfect restaurants, quaint leather shops, and… weed dispensaries. Tourists in the Eternal City may be taken aback by...

Italy braced for intense heatwave

Temperatures set to reach peaks of up to 43°C in Sardinia. Italy faces its first heatwave of the year this week, after a 'cooler' than normal summer so far, with temperatures expected to rise to the...

Covid-19: Andrea Bocelli 'humiliated and offended' by Italy's lockdown

Italian tenor causes surprise in Italy by attacking his government's handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli has caused surprise and controversy in Italy by saying that he...

Rome residents urged not to abandon pets over summer holidays

Annual campaign urges Romans not to dump their dogs or cats during summer. Rome has launched its annual campaign calling on residents of the capital not to abandon their pets as they head off on summ...

Italy: Covid-19 tests for travellers arriving in Rome by bus from high-risk countries

Lazio Region to conduct coronavirus tests on passengers arriving in Rome by bus from abroad. People arriving into Rome by bus from countries where there is a high risk of covid-19 will soon be subjec...

Rome lights up Piazza del Popolo

Landmark Roman piazza illuminated with new lights. Rome has illuminated the central Piazza del Popolo, including the obelisk and the Fontana dei Leoni, with new LED lights. Rome's mayor Virginia R...

Covid-19: Italy adds Romania and Bulgaria to quarantine list

Quarantine for those who enter Italy from Romania and Bulgaria. The Italian government has imposed quarantine measures for people entering Italy after staying in Romania and Bulgaria in the last 14 d...

Rome Film Fest to premiere David Bowie movie

Rome's annual film festival is scheduled from 15-25 October 2020. The 2020 edition of the Rome Film Festival will screen a documentary biopic about the career of David Bowie. The festival, schedul...

Alex Zanardi back in intensive care

Zanardi transferred to intensive care as condition becomes unstable. Alex Zanardi, the ex-Formula One driver and Paralympic champion, has been transferred to intensive care due to his "unstable clini...

Italy's Garden of Ninfa celebrates 100 years

World's most romantic garden opens ruins of ancient castle with concert-shows and visits at dusk. Ninfa - described by The New York Times as "the most beautiful and romantic garden in the world" - ce...

Rome opens Colosseum for moonlight tours this summer

Visit the Colosseum under the stars with guided tours in English and Italian. Guided tours of the Colosseum take place every Saturday night this summer, from 25 July to 29 August 2020, thanks to the...

Rome restores Raphael's Sibyls fresco

Renaissance treasure in Chigi Chapel is restored to former glory. Rome has restored The Sibyls fresco by Italian Renaissance artist Raphael - on the 500th anniversary of his death - in the Chigi Chap...
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