Rome closes Colosseum during Chinese state visit

3,500 police on duty in Rome for visit of Chinese president. The Colosseum and the surrounding area will be closed to the public on the afternoon of Friday 22 March, while Trajan's Markets will be sh...

Rome city council president arrested for corruption

Marcello De Vito accused of corruption in relation to Rome stadium project. The president of the Rome city council Marcello De Vito of the populist Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S) was arrested on 20 March a...

Maximum security in Rome for visit of Chinese leader

China's Xi Jinping will be in Rome from 21-23 March. Rome security chiefs will establish two "green zones" in the city during the visit of the president of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping,...

Former Rome mayor Alemanno gets six years in jail

Alemanno convicted of corruption and illegal financing.Gianni Alemanno, the former right-wing mayor of Rome, was sentenced to six years in jail on 25 February after being found guilty of corruption an...

Rome environment councillor resigns

Pinuccia Montanari resigns from Raggi administration. Rome's environment councillor Pinuccia Montanari resigned from her post on the evening of 8 February. Montanari's surprise resignation follows h...

Rome city council votes to evict CasaPound

City assembly passes motion to evict far-right group from illegally occupied Rome building. Rome city council has passed a motion calling for the "immediate eviction" of the far-right organisation Ca...

Rome mayor in Twitter spat with Salvini

Italy's deputy premier embroiled in social media spat with Rome mayor. Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi and Italy's deputy premier Matteo Salvini have been involved in a spat on social media following a f...

Rome mayor acquitted in appointment case

Virginia Raggi cleared of charge of lying over city hall appointment.Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has been acquitted by a court of charges of making false public statements about a senior city appointmen...

Rome mayor lashes out at city hall protestors

Romadicebasta protest at Campidoglio attracts 10,000 Romans. Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi has dismissed the estimated 10,000 protestors who showed up at city hall as the "old guard of the Partito Demo...

Italy to get M5S-Lega government

Mattarella appoints Giuseppe Conte as prime minister and approves new list of ministers. President Sergio Mattarella has appointed law professor and political novice Giuseppe Conte to head up a coali...

M5S, Lega make progress in government-formation talks

The populist Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S) and right-wing Lega agree a government ‘contract’, but who will head the new executive remains unclear. The populist Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S) and rig...

President Mattarella proposes neutral government or new elections

M5s and Lega reject Mattarella proposal, PD gives support Italy must either give itself a ‘neutral’ government with cross-party support that will hold office until the end of the year pending new ele...

Chamber of deputies speaker Fico to explore possible M5S-PD alliance

New exploratory government formation mandate after talks with Lega fail Chamber of deputies speaker Roberto Fico of the anti-establishment Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S) has been asked to explore th...

Italian senate speaker Casellati to explore government possibilities

Casellati must “verify existence of majority between centre-right and M5S” Senate speaker Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati of Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party has been asked to see if she can...

Italy's new parliament elects speakers

Roberto Fico of M5S elected in the chamber of deputies, Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati of Forza Italia in the senate. Roberto Fico of the anti-establishment Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S) and Ma...

Italy votes anti-establishment

Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini the new forces in Italian politics. Although counting is still underway it is now clear that the Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S) and the Lega are the two main winners of Ita...

Tight security in Rome for anti-fascist rally on 24 February

Four rallies taking place in Rome amid rising political tensions. Rome police chiefs have drawn up a security plan to deal with four separate demonstrations scheduled in the capital on Saturday 24 Fe...

Erdogan to visit Rome and Vatican

Tight security and street closures in Rome for visit of Turkish leader.Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will pay an official two-day visit to Rome on 4-5 February, during which time he will meet...

Callista Gingrich is US ambassador-designate to Vatican

US senate confirms Trump's nomination for the Holy See.Callista Gingrich is the new US ambassador-designate to the Holy See following the US senate's 70-23 approval of her 19 May nomination by Preside...

US ambassador-designate arrives in Rome

 Trump nominee Lewis Eisenberg to represent US in Italy and San Marino. Lewis Eisenberg, the new United States ambassador-designate to Italy, arrived in Rome on 1 October and is expected to present...

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