First glimpse of what will be the “new” Coliseum

It will be a while yet until we’ll be able to see what a cleaned up Coliseum will look like but as of now we can have an idea. Yesterday morning, a year after renovation work began, workers removed a portion of scaffolding, thereby revealing the five arcades of the 2000-year old monument that have […]

New exhibit touts female seduction

If you come to Italy, you will quickly see that Italian women have few qualms abouot showing off their bodies, or at least parts of them. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the latest exhibition to open at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome is one centering on the seduction of the […]

Tying the knot in the Eternal City

Wanna get married in Rome? And in a place with historical significance? Well, you’ll soon be able to do just that. The Rome city council recently decided that starting next fall the number of venues available for unholy matrimony in the Eternal City will be significantly increased so if you’re willing to pay you may […]

Trevi fountain restoration (with Fendi money) to start

Sometime this week, restoration will begin on the magnificently baroque Trevi Fountain that is a major tourist attraction and, for many, a symbol of the Dolce Vita, as immortalized in his 1960 film, La Dolce Vita. The 2.2 million euro restoration of the monument completed in 1762  will be paid for by the Fendi fashion […]

Rome celebrates Republic Day with tri-color jet streams

Italy today celebrated the 68th anniversary of its transformation from a monarchy to a republic, following a Landmark popular referendum in 1946, at the end of World War II. As usual, the occasion was marked by a military parade observed by the country’s highest authorities and the placing of a commemorative wreath before the tomb […]

Rome to use street art to enhance city outskirts

While doing a great job at NEGLECTING Rome’s streets – potholes, rampant double-parking  and an ongoing invasion by THOUSANDS of illegal vendors – the Rome city government is launching a program of “street art” which may, if successful, do something to discourage – or inspire in a more traditional direction – the efforts of Rome’s persistent […]

Rome bike-sharing a disaster

Most major European cities now have bike-sharing programs that enable you to rent a bike and use it, free, for short errands, or for a low price (electronically-charged) for longer periods. But not the Italian capital. Bike-sharing was first introduced here in 2008 , with 19 bike-stations and 160 bikes, But it has been downhill […]

Birthday celebrations include 3D show in Roman Forum

On the 21st of April, Rome celebrated it’s 2,767th birthday, but this summer will mark another major landmark in Roman history, the 2000th anniversary of the death ofthe Emperor Augustu who died at the age of 56 s on August 19th, 14 A.D. It is a 40 minute 3D sound and light show designed to called the […]

Rome celebrates its 2,767th birthday

April 21st was Rome’s 2,767th birthday and Roman legionaires carrying imperial shields, gladiators, vestal virgins, and Roman matrons were on hand to celebrate the legendary founding of the Eternal City by twin brothers Romulus and Remus.The event involving some 1,800 actors and included several battle reconstructions. Romulus is believed to have been he first king of Rome, […]

Bizarre embryo mix-up at Rome hospital

And now what? Are the parents of twins whose embryos have been implanted in another woman with a similar last name going to feel any better now that several staff members at Rome’s Sandro Pertini hospital are under investigation? An in vitro procedure appears to have gone awry at some point along the way: when […]