In 1840, the Colosseum was a heap of ruins. In 1860, the year before Italy became a unified state, there was nothing but a wooden ladder to climb to the topmost tiers. One hundred years on, it had become the monument we see today. In the 1970s, tourism was still scarce, so it was possible to shut the amphitheater down for extensive restoration wor...

Last fall a news bounced in the newspapers throughout Italy and particularly in the specialized ones in the artistic field: the Fondazione Giulio e Giovanna Sacchetti donated the portrait of the ancestor Cardinal Giulio Cesare Sacchetti to the Galleria Borghese Museum in Rome. The donation makes sense from a philological point of view, and is linke...

It is famed as the place where gladiators battled lions to the amusement of the citizens of ancient Rome. But of the six million visitors who flock to the Colosseum each year, how many know that during mediaeval times, it was also the fortress base of a powerful Roman family for over two centuries? Or that in the 1600s, it was like a botanical gard...

Viveva a Roma la più antica comunità di Neanderthal di cui sia mai stata trovata traccia in Europa: lo dimostra la datazione di ossa umane e animali ritrovate lungo la valle dell'Aniene e risalenti ad almeno 250.000 anni fa. Li hanno analizzati i ricercatori dell'Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (Ingv), in collaborazione con i paleont...

As an Italian-American, I’ve grown up with the traditional stereotypes anyone with a strange sounding last name would have to endure. From an early age I was exposed to the Italian traditions, tastes and attitude. In the end, those traits and values have greatly shaped the man who’s writing this article today. I’ve heard all the mafia, Mussolini ja...

From fresh fruits to Easter cakes, the onset of spring in Rome is a gourmand’s delight. The Local speaks to resident foodie Katie Parla about the unmissable taste of spring in the Italian capital. While tourists tend to pick the same classic pizza or pasta dishes year-round in Rome, the best flavours can be found by eating with the seasons, and pin...

The selection process to appoint a general manager for the newly created Colosseum Archaeological Park was launched on Monday with an international call for applicants on the culture ministry's website. The successful candidate will sign a four year contract and have an annual salary of 145,000 euros, plus bonuses of up to 35,000 euros.

It’s the beginning of artichokes season in Italy. This time of the year is when they are tender and not too big, in fact so tender that they can be eaten raw, thinly cut and simply seasoned with salt, olive oil and lemon juice. However, my favourite recipe for artichokes is an absolute classic dish from the Eternal City and it’s called ‘Carciofi al...

Italy is to seek world heritage status for its leg of the Francigena Way, a much-tramped pilgrim's route which once linked Canterbury in southern England to Rome via France and Switzerland. Seven regions are backing the application to secure Unesco protection for the section of the famous hiking route that starts in the Alps and winds through plain...

It’s a common enough story in Italy: An ancient ruin — in this case, a tract of Roman road — is discovered during the construction of a building — in this case, a McDonald’s — and puts a halt to the work until the site can be excavated. Rather than fret about lost time and money, McDonald’s decided to sponsor the dig, and it worked with the archaeo...