Culture Minister Dario Franceschini on Friday announced the creation of an Italian Digital Library aimed at valorising the vast heritage contained in Italy's libraries and archives. "Today I signed a ministerial decree which will now be financed with two million euros for the birth of a Digital Library," he said. "We have 101 archives, 37 libraries...

Italy is giving all women free entry to the country’s museums on Wednesday to mark International Women’s Day. The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage announced on Thursday that it wanted to “celebrate the feminine world” by highlighting works of art by and of women in their collections. A number of special events, talks and exhibitions will take...

It’s become a model for all of Europe. In 2011, Pompeii’s ancient walls were crumbling with each and every downpour; it had no services, was inhospitable, and teemed with packs of stray dogs. Today, that same ancient city has become a symbol of redemption for Italy, particularly the South. “The Great Pompeii Project is an example to follow, you can...

The Colosseum is set to become part of an archaeological park that will also include the Domus Aurea, Palatine Hill and Forum sites, Culture Minister Dario Franceschini announced on Tuesday. The park will have a new director appointed via an international selection process, as has already happened for 30 other top cultural sites that were made auto...

by Marzio Bartoloni   The government has just drawn up its 2017-2023 strategic plan for the tourism industry, one of most undervalued sectors in the nation. Revenue totaled €35.8 billion in 2015, putting Italy in seventh place in value and fifth (after France, the USA, Spain and China) in number of visitors (50.7 million). That's too few giv...

Parte la XIV edizione del Premio New York che per la prima volta, da quest'anno, oltre alla partecipazione della Farnesina, dell'Istituto Italiano di Cultura a New York e dell'Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, vede anche l'adesione del Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo – Direzione Generale Arte e Architettur...

It took years of often tense negotiations, but on Tuesday the Italian Ministry of Culture and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museum in Copenhagen signed an agreement that includes the return of archaeological artifacts that Italy said had been looted from Italian soil.   "What at first looked as if it would turn into a legal, political deadl...

Tutte le strade portano a Roma. Così la via di Francesco, il Cammino Francescano della Marca, il Cammino di San Benedetto, la via Francigena e la via Amerina si snodano nel centro Italia svelando l'arte, la storia, la spiritualità e le eccellenze dei luoghi attraversati per confluire nella capitale. Cinque percorsi di pellegrinaggio costituiscono i...

As a younger generation of Italians emigrates in search of better opportunities, an older generation of Italians who have lived abroad for many years look back nostalgically to return to their homeland. The views of these two faces of migration were well-encapsulated in the world-premiere performance of "Moving Out," a two-character theatrical/oper...

The cloak of time that concealed them – not to mention the green grass that covered them – is gone at last, and the precious polychrome "fan-shaped" mosaics in [one of the] palaestrae of the Baths of Caracalla (Rome), dating back to the third century AD, have resumed their ancient luster thanks to the restoration work begun in 2015.   The pr...