The first G20 Culture Ministers’ Meeting will be held in Rome on 29 and 30 July, in a major two-day event held under the Italian G20 presidency. The meeting will begin at 18.00 on Thursday in the arena of the Colosseum, attended by the culture ministers of 20 of the world's largest economies together with 40 high-level cultural delegations. Italian...

Rome's Fiumicino airport has begun offering travellers the chance to be vaccinated against covid-19, even at the last minute before boarding their flights. Located in Terminal 3, the vaccine centre is dedicated to passengers departing, arriving and in transit, reports newspaper Corriere della Sera. The new 'Vax & Go' initiative became operational o...

It is a well-known fact that the city of Rome becomes a stifling oven during the summer months, and it is during this time that the city appears eerily quiet every weekend, as the locals evacuate the city for some cool respite. Not to forget that in August, it is tradition for Italians to have their summer (often annual) vacation, and even if it’s...

Bologna, Padua, and Rome's La Sapienza universities topped the rankings of major state-run Italian universities published by the CENSIS think tank on Monday. Bologna came top again with a score of 91.8 points, followed again by Padua with 88.7. La Sapienza rose from fourth last year to third this year with a score of 85.5 while Florence University...

If you read us regularly, you are definitely familiar with Pasquino, the talking statue located near Piazza Navona that, through his invectives, satires and commentaries (the famous Pasquinate) — all rigorously seasoned with a hefty dose of humor — outlined the popular history of the capital for many centuries. One of his most famous Pasquinate, “q...

It can be strange to imagine that in a country as touristy as Italy, there are still amazing places that have somehow been stowed away. That’s the feeling you get when traveling in Abruzzo.  See one of the best road trips from Rome to Abruzzo. Stretching from the Apennine mountains to the Adriatic sea, in Central/Southern Italy, Abruzzo comes with...

Rome archaeologists have unearthed a border stone laid during the reign of Emperor Claudius almost 2,000 years ago, the first such discovery in more than a century. The 'pomerium cippus' - a marker which defined the city's religious boundary - dates to 49 AD when Claudius expanded the boundaries of the pomerium, a sacred open space in which only Ro...

Something sinister is hovering over real estate Italian cultural assets which, even if privately owned, fail to remain within the scope of state property and are put up for sale without the Ministry of Culture apparently having any wiggle room. Two striking cases in a few months give a good example of the situation. The first one is Palazzo Sacchet...

My “Italian Adventure” novels are love letters to Italy. There’s no other way to describe the experiences of an American who arrives in Italy on holiday and decides to never leave. Both Cucina Tipica (2018) and Cucina Romana (2021) have characters and plot, conflict and resolution, humor and pathos, but all of these traditional narratives are infor...

Rome is awash with religious traditions however few are as popular as the Festa de' Noantri which has attracted large crowds every summer for almost 500 years. The festival, which dates back to the early 16th century, is based between two churches in Trastevere, one of Rome's oldest and most characteristic quarters. Central to the annual event, who...