I wonder how many people think of spending a bit of time in a library when they’re in Italy. Of course, I’m not talking about your average small town affair, filled with tattered 1960s editions of the classics and a bunch of recent best sellers. No, nothing like that. I’m talking about ceiling-high bookshelves, carved wood reading tables and fresco...

Archaeologists Paul Scheding and Francesca Diosono of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich announced that they have uncovered traces of a structure in southwestern Italy that may have been the first Hellenistic temple constructed in the region of Latium. Dated to the second century B.C., the small temple stood on the Monte Sant’Angelo, in a terra...

An international crime gang that ransacked ancient sites in southern Italy and trafficked stolen archaeological goods worth millions of euros has been broken up, police said on Monday. Police conducted more than 80 searches in Italy, France, Britain, Germany and Serbia, arrested 23 people and recovered some 10,000 archaeological items. The crime ga...

A spectacularly beautiful city, Rome is, surprisingly, not as expensive as London or Paris. The centre is also fairly compact, which makes it a good walking city. The best and cheapest ways to see Rome are walking and catching public transport, although the extremely heavy traffic and crowded buses and metro are not pleasant. Taxis may not be the b...

Imagine the U.S. building a statue of Ho Chi Minh in the middle of New York City. Or one of Nikita Khrushchev in Washington DC. As unlikely as its sounds for a mighty empire to build such a monument to a once-great, potentially vanquished foe, that's how Ancient Rome used to roll. No matter what your high school history teacher told you, the Romans...

That Italy is beautiful goes without saying: I may be partial to the fairness of my own country, but I think the whole world has pretty much agreed on it, as heralded, for instance, by the large amount of UNESCO heritage sites in the country. What many may not know is that Italy, just as every country, doesn’t only have beautiful and historically r...

Inspired by the iconic city of Rome, Ferrari designers say the new swooping, minimalist design of the Ferrari Roma pays homage to the carefree vibrant life of that city in the 1950s and ’60s. Believed to have been designed to compete with the Aston Martin Vantage & Mercedes AMG GT, the Roma encompasses Ferrari’s award-winning turbo V-8, with 611 ho...

Rome's opera house first opened on the capital's Viminal hill on 1 November 1880 as the Teatro Costanzi, founded by entrepreneur Domenico Costanzi and designed by Milanese architect Achille Sfondrini. Costanzi's self-financed opera house was inaugurated with a performance of Rossini's Semiramide, in the presence of Italy's king and queen, on 27 Nov...

Put on a stylish sunglasses-scarf combo and start practicing saying “Ciao” into the mirror, Denver. Come springtime, there will be a nonstop flight from DIA to Rome. Norwegian Air will launch seasonal service between DIA and the Italian capital on March 31, the low-cost international carrier announced Tuesday. The flight will be flown on Boeing 787...

NOVEMBER 18, 7:30 PM (reception beginning at 6:30). The Italian Cultural Center. 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, Illusion Theater. IN ENGLISH. Running time: 95 Minutes. Seating is extremely limited for this ONE-NIGHT-ONLY event. ICC Members: $10. Non-Members: $15. BOOK YOUR SEAT UCCELLINI (Little Birds in Italian) is an Italian story of ar...