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 […]

No city for horses. Horses and carriages to be confined to parks

As promised during last year’s election campaign, environmental commissioner Estella Marino has announced that starting next January, horse-drawn carriages will be able to circulate only in Rome’s park. The means predominantly Rome’s Villa Borghese park where new stables are currently under construction. The news was greeted favorably by Rome’s animal rights associations who feel this […]

Rudi Garcia’s contract extended. Roma fans rejoice.

AS Roma’s management announced Friday that it has renewed its contract with coach Rudi Garcia.Under the terms of his new contract, the 50-year-old former French midfielder will remain in the Roma dugout through June 2018.His contract was due to expire on June 30, 2015 but after Garciaguided Roma to a second-place finish in a Serie […]

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 […]

Ostia Antica; still a lot to discover

Ostia Antica, the ancient seaport town that is next only to Pompeii in its impressive state of preservation, is apparently much bigger than was originally thought, Roman and British archeologists said recently. A second part of the ancient Roman port has been unearthed indicating that in the first century B.C., the city of Ostia was […]

Illegal peddlers; unchecked they are a blight on the Eternal CIty.

As Rome gears up for the hordes of pilgrims and tourists who have arrived here for both the Easter holiday and then the double canonization on April 27 of former popes John XXIII and John Paul II, there was more to deal with than just simple logistics. The city’s illegal thousands of illegal peddlers all […]