The remains of a magnificent Roman villa, or domus, buried for almost 2,000 years at the foot of Rome's Aventine Hill, will open to visitors for the first time from 7 May. The visits - on the first and third Friday of the month - are enhanced by video projections, lights, sounds and historical narration by the celebrated duo of scientific presenter...

Two American students have been sentenced to life in prison by a Rome court for the murder of Italian police officer Mario Cerciello Rega. After almost 13 hour of deliberation, a jury convicted Finnegan Lee Elder, 21, and Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, 20, of murdering Cerciello Rega, who had only just returned to duty after his honeymoon when he was stabb...

The Circo Maximo Experience, reopens from 29 April until 31 July, offering visitors the chance to "relive the ancient splendours of the Circus Maximus in the Imperial period of Rome through augmented and virtual reality." Modern-day visitors can experience the roars of the crowd at the chariot races that once packed the 600-m long venue, or mingle...

The Italian Program announces the winner of the 2020-2021 “Italian Club of Dallas” Scholarship! This year’s recipient is…Alexa Hassell, who will be spending the summer in Rome. Alexa Hassell is a current sophomore who knew what she wanted to do from day one. Before starting her first day of classes, she walked into Italian Program Director Anthony...

A project to build a high-tech, lightweight stage inside the Roman Colosseum will allow visitors a central viewpoint from within the ancient structure “to see the majesty of the monument," Italy’s culture minister said Sunday. Dario Franceschini announced a 18.5 million euro ($22 million) contract to build and install the retractable structure that...

Forget the secret garden, this is the secret neighbourhood of Rome. Tucked behind the main streets of Quartiere Trieste between piazza Buenos Aires and via Tagliamento, is the bizarre and elaborate district of Coppedè. I was shown this magical place by my Roman man, obscured from the view of daily passers-by I was unaware it existed. Ok, so Rome is...

A vending machine that can make a pizza, in just three minutes, has been raising eyebrows in Rome since it was installed near Piazza Bologna in recent days. The pizza dispenser, called Mr. Go, is active around the clock and offers four flavours: margherita, quattro formaggi, diavola, and pancetta. Prices range from €4.50 to €6. Just insert the coin...

The President and Board of Trustees of The American University of Rome today announced that actor, writer, and producer, Stanley Tucci, has been nominated as their honorary degree recipient for 2021. The degree will be conferred at their annual commencement ceremony on 21 May 2021.  In making the announcement, AUR’s President, Dr. Scott Sprenger, s...

Michael Collins, the American astronaut who was the command module pilot for the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, has died at the age of 90. The astronaut, who was born in the Salaria district of Rome in 1930, joined Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in the first manned mission to the moon in July 1969. He died peacefully on 28 April, after "a valiant b...

Following a chief recovery and restoration project strongly supported by the Superintendency of Rome,  began in 2017, and thanks to the support of Fondazione TIM, the Mausoleum of Augustus has finally reopen to the public after 14 years, as of 2nd March 2021. This major museum project, which also included the rearrangement of the Piazza Augusto Imp...