Italians are very serious when they talk about pizza. You may not know that there are two different pizza philosophies in Italy: the romana and the napoletana, one comes from Rome, the other from Naples. ARE YOU ROOTING FOR NAPLES OR ROME? Let’s start with the history. Even though Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans had some “prehistoric” pizzas, the bir...

A mega exhibition of more than 200 works of art from Raphael will open in Rome in March to mark the 500-year anniversary of the death of the Italian Renaissance master. The exhibition, which opens on March 5 at the Scuderie del Quirinale, is the culmination of the world-wide celebration of the artist, who died in Rome on April 6, 1520 at the age of...

Palestrina is a town not far from Rome, at the foot of Mount Ginestro. Here, the Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia (or Fortune of the First Born) was built in the 2nd century BC: inspired by the monumental complexes in the eastern Aegean Islands, today it is considered one of the most relevant examples of Hellenistic architecture in Italy. In its day...

Around 10million self-taking tourists cram into Rome's streets and around its ancient sites each year. But it wasn't always so. These fascinating vintage pictures taken in 1956 show a far less hectic Eternal City. The black-and-white snaps were captured by photographer Allan Hailstone, from Coventry, on a trip to Rome as a schoolboy in August 1956...

Ownership of the Italian soccer giants AS Roma may be changing sooner rather than later, but will still remain in American hands. The Friedkin Group, a consortium run by U.S. billionaire Dan Friedkin, is reportedly about to purchase the majority share of AS Roma from current co-owner and chairman James Pallotta, Friedkin’s compatriot and executive...

The 90-year-old Dino Impagliazzo, also known as “the chef of the poor”, who has been feeding more than 250 homeless people a day in Rome for more than 10 years, will be awarded by President of Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella with the Merit honors of the Italian Republic. The recognition for distinguished itself for acts of heroism, for the engag...

Frayed teddy bears and broken toy cars resurrect under the magic touch of Guido Pacelli, a modern-day Geppetto who works overtime so that Rome's poor and sick children wake up to a gift on Christmas morning.Armed with a screwdriver, a microscope and a small welder, "Guido Aggiustagiocattoli", a.k.a Guido the Toy Fixer, has mended between 50 and 70...

Tickets for the Colosseum will also include a swathe of sites in the Roman forum from January 1, the culture ministry recalled on Tuesday. The new 'differentiated' ticketing system has been introduced for the Colosseum and other nearby archaeological sites in Rome. Visitors will have to pay 16 euros, an increase of 33% from 12 euros, for a ticket g...

The splendid Garden of Ninfa, described by the New York Times as one of the most beautiful and romantic gardens in the world, will be reopening on Saturday, April 6th. Centuries-old plants and trees from various continents, fleshy fruits, dazzlingly-coloured flowers, the blue of lavender, the many varieties of roses and gently-flowing streams that...

Rome will host a brand new American Festival at Vallelunga's Autodromo Piero Taruffi on Sept. 12-13, headlined by four double-points-paying NASCAR Whelen Euro Series playoff races and thus bringing Euro NASCAR to the heart of Italy. "We are very happy to bring the NASCAR show to the Roman fans and I'm sure this event will become one of the highligh...