Rome mayor Roberto Gualtieri has paid tribute to a taxi driver who saved the life of a tourist after the man collapsed on a street near the central Termini station. The driver, identified as Gianluca, witnessed the scene as he drove by in his 'Lyon 2' taxi. Without hesitating he grabbed the defibrillator he had in his car and rushed to the man's ai...

An ancient gold coin proves that a third century Roman emperor written out of history as a fictional character really did exist, scientists say. The coin bearing the name of Sponsian and his portrait was found more than 300 years ago in Transylvania, once a far-flung outpost of the Roman empire. Believed to be a fake, it had been locked away in a m...

In October 2022, I visited Italy for the first time as part of a two-week European train trip through Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. It was my first time visiting each country and I spent a week in Italy with one night on a sleeper train, two nights in Venice, two nights in Rome, and one night in Milan. I left thinking I wished I had mor...

The Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo was established in 1923 to protect nature and to save certain wild animals from extinction. It’s in the heart of the central Apennines between Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise and its some 50,000 hectares are home to 25 towns. The scenery here is characterized by mountain chains, karst phenomena, rivers (including the Sangro...

Right in the middle of Rome, within the Vatican City rises the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world. Its impressive dome stands out over all the other roofs of the Eternal City, while the Vatican Museums know that what they hold inside goes beyond the value of the Sistine Chapel alone.  The beating heart of Catholicism,...

Milan (Lombardy), Rome (Lazio), Venice (Veneto). These are the cities on the podium for the locations chosen by wealthy Europeans interested in finding a fine residence in Italy. 9.1% choose the city of the Madonnina, in first position compared to 8.7% of those who choose the Italian capital. In third position is Venice with 2.5 percent. While the...

Thanks to archaeology, history and art, today we know quite a lot about the Ancient Romans, yet, there are still some mysteries to unveil: one of them is certainly that of the Vestals, the holy priestesses who dedicated their lives to Vesta, the goddess of the hearth and the family, whose worship was considered essential for the welfare and safety...

Rome is a desirable year-round tourist destination holding an impressive breadth of artistic and cultural heritage. Going on vacation to Rome for the first time means not missing a whole series of "must-see" stops, such as the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums. But outside of the "mainstream" circuit, so to speak, the capital still has plenty to of...

The majestic silver fir that had been destined to become the Vatican's Christmas tree in St Peter's Square this year has been spared from the chop after a last-minute intervention by environmental activists. The news brings an end to a long-running dispute over the felling of the tree - which was to be a gift to Pope Francis from the mountain villa...

An Etruscan temple dating back to the fifth century BCE was recently discovered in the ancient city of Vulci in Latium, Italy, the University of Freiburg announced on Thursday. The building measures 45x35 meters and is located west of a sacred structure called Tempio Grande.  An initial examination of the rocks in the foundation of the temple, as w...