Steam train from Rome to Castel Gandolfo

Vintage steam train connects Rome to lakeside papal retreat. The long-awaited return of the historic Castelli Romani steam train from Rome's central Termini station to Castel Gandolfo, the summer ret...

Venice to charge tourist entry fee from July 2020

Venice entry fee will apply to tourists on day-trip visits. Venice will begin charging tourists an entry fee from 1 July 2020, according to the city council. The fee, which was first announced lat...

Rome: drunk tourists pour alcohol into Trevi Fountain

Tourists face charges of drunkeness and threatening Rome police. Three Australian tourists were arrested at Rome's Trevi Fountain during the night of 14 October, after an altercation with city police...

Tourists caught carving name into Leaning Tower of Pisa

American tourists carved name "Jeffy" into landmark monument. Two American brothers, both medical doctors, were arrested for carving one of their names into the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which dates to...

Japanese tourists charged €430 for two plates of spaghetti in Rome

€430 bill defended by owner of Rome bar-restaurant. Two Japanese tourists were charged €349 for two plates of spaghetti al cartoccio di pesce, with water, at the Antico Caffè di Marte on Via Banco di...

Colosseum ticket price to rise from €12 to €16

Colosseum standard ticket price to rise by one third from 1 November. The cost of standard tickets at the Colosseum are to increase from €12 to €16 from 1 November 2019. The tickets, which are val...

Thomas Cook collapses leaving 150,000 British tourists stranded overseas

Collapse of world's oldest holiday company triggers Britain's largest repatriation effort in history. UK tour operator Thomas Cook collapsed in the early hours of 23 September, stranding an estimated...

Rome seals off Orange Garden viewpoint

Giardino degli Aranci viewpoint closed for safety reasons. The famed viewpoint at Rome's Giardino degli Aranci, or Orange Garden, has been sealed off to the public for safety reasons due to structura...

Vatican Museums free for World Tourism Day

Payment still applies for Friday night late opening at Vatican Museums. The Vatican Museums are free to visitors on Friday 27 September, for the 2019 edition of World Tourism Day, from 09.00-18.00, w...

Tourist caught flying drone over Colosseum

Peruvian tourist cited for violating Rome's drone ban. Rome police caught a 28-year-old Peruvian tourist flying a drone over the Colosseum on 7 September. The tourist faces charges of breaking Rom...

Tourist carves name into Colosseum

American tourist engraved "Tait" into Colosseum column. A 26-year-old visitor from the US has become the latest tourist to be caught vandalising the Colosseum. The man used a key to carve his name...

Rome police swoop on Colosseum centurions

Costumed centurions and skip-the-line tour promoters flout Rome ban. Rome police surprised six costumed centurions in the act of pestering tourists for photograph souvenirs outside the Colosseum metr...

Time lists beachside castle near Rome among World's 100 Greatest Places

S. Severa Castle near Rome included in Time's 2019 list. The beachside Castello di S. Severa, located about 50km north of Rome, has been listed in the 2019 edition of the World's Greatest Places by A...

€8.5 million evaded in Rome tourist tax

Tax was paid by Rome tourists but not passed on to the city. Rome police have discovered that around €8.5 million in tourist tax was not received by city hall in the first six months of 2019, followi...

Tourist fined for bathing in historic Rome fountain

Belarus tourist caught bathing in Piazza del Popolo fountain. A 41-year-old tourist from Belarus was fined by Rome police after she was caught bathing in the waters of the Fontana della Dea in the ce...

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