I have thrown my fair share of coins into the Trevi Fountain. In fact, I make a point of tossing in a few cents whenever I find myself in the area. Even though I find myself unable to resist the romantic story behind the coin toss – I have often wondered exactly where the money in the Trevi Fountain ends up. So, here’s more information on just how...

The modern city of Rome is a complex place for those who live here and especially for those who visit. With its thousands of years of history and its hidden ancient treasures, it continues to surprise. Among the most historic and unusual places in this city, the Scala Santa (Holy Stair) complex deserves special attention. Standing next to the Basil...

“Oh, Dio.” The stout blond woman grumbles audibly as she jostles in the line behind me. Come to think of it, line might be too strong of a word to use here. In Italy, people do not line up, they clump. Her sentiments seem shared by the majority of the frowning crowd: middle-aged, average height, dressed in thick winter coats even though it’s 65 and...

The American University of Rome (AUR) has named Dr Scott Sprenger as its new President, succeeding Dr Richard Hodges, who is retiring after more than a decade in the position. President-elect Sprenger, who will assume the post of AUR President on 1 July, is currently Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah....

Rome's Garbatella neighbourhood, which celebrates its centenary in 2020, was designed primarily to house railway and dock workers working in the neighbouring industrial district of Ostiense. When Garbatella's ground-breaking ceremony took place at Piazza Brin on 18 February 1920, an event presided over by Italy's King Victor Emanuel III, the fledgl...

This week, as part of the celebrations commemorating the 500th anniversary of the death of the famous Renaissance artist Raphael Sanzio, the Vatican Museums will be hosting an extraordinary exhibit: for the first time, the tapestries designed by Raphael for the Sistine Chapel are being displayed in the original location for which they were intended...

Doctors at Rome's Bambino Gesù (OPBG) children's hospital say that they have successfully used a blood-purification technique to avert the potential lethal side effects of the Cart-T therapy on a child with leukemia in a world first. After the successful apheresis treatment the child was discharged from the hospital's intensive-care department afte...

1. And, Italy’s capital goes to… Garibaldi isn’t the most popular figure among Americans who descended from Southern Italy, but it was he who declared Rome as Italy’s capital in 1870, while the country’s Unification movement came to a close. Florence was the capital, prior to the historic decision. 2. A penny for your thoughts Each year, tens of th...

Rome archaeologists have discovered a hypogeum or underground temple and tomb believed to be devoted to the cult of Romulus, the city's legendary founder. The discovery, described as "extraordinary" by the Colosseum Archaeological Park director Alfonsina Russo, was made next to the Curia-Comitium complex in the Roman Forum. The tomb, which contains...

The story that leads to what promises to be one of the most important exhibitions of the 2020 season in Italy and beyond, starts from a contested will, shameful accusations, false claims: a fratricidal war for the billionaire legacy of Prince Alessandro Torlonia who died in 2017, which won media popularity and also involved the immense artistic her...