The monumentality of The Eternal City manifests in substantial music with fully-developed harmonic structure. We feature GB Costanzi, a maestro di cappella of the Cappella Giulia at St. Peter's. What Makes It Italian? Discovering Regional Characteristics in Music is a music listening and discussion group that meets online on the Zoom platform and i...

Rome's traditional cobblestones are loved and hated in equal measure.   Rome would not be the same without its ubiquitous cobblestones, known locally as sampietrini, which carpet the streets and alleyways of the city's historic centre. Although an undoubted symbol of Rome, and much-photographed by tourists, the sampietrini are a source of debate an...

Let me confess: although I have called Rome "home" for almost twenty years now, I have never visited the Vatican Museums. Too many crowds too many lines, too much hassle, so I consoled myself by admiring the impressive dome of St. Peter and imagining the magnificence of the Sistine Chapel.  This changed in the middle of July, thanks to a friend who...

Martedì 27 ottobre sarà presentato a Roma alle ore 10,00 il Rapporto Italiani nel Mondo 2020 della Fondazione Migrantes. Si tratta della XV edizione completamente rinnovata e alla quale hanno partecipato circa 60 autori dall’Italia e dall’estero. L’evento si terrà in presenza con partecipazione solo su invito nel pieno rispetto della normativa sani...

Last December I had the pleasure of attending the College Life Italia award ceremony, here in Rome. There were many boys who had finished showing their soccer skills, hoping to be chosen by American university coaches who had arrived from America. After I had provided an award to one of their boys, some parents came to ask me about College Life Ita...

The legendary Torlonia Collection, considered among the world's most important private collections of Greek-Roman classical art, will at last come to light after being largely hidden away for more than 70 years. Palazzo Caffarelli, a newly-restored exhibition space in Rome's Capitoline Museums, will display 92 pieces from the priceless collection o...

The Rome-based United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger. WFP has acted "as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict" said the Norwegian Nobel Committee. The 101st winner of the prize, worth about $1 million, was announced tod...

Rome archaeologists have unveiled the remains of a magnificent Roman villa, or domus, buried for almost 2,000 years under an apartment block at the foot of the Aventine Hill. The spectacular discovery was made in 2014 during works to earthquake-proof the foundations of the 1950s-era building in Piazza Albania, not far from the Circus Maximus. Archa...

About 50 kilometres to the north of Rome lies a vast site which is encircled by an intact, ancient wall. The 2.4 kilometre-long wall is overgrown with weeds. The area confined by it measures 32 hectares and, apart from a church, an abbey and a farm, is mainly an agricultural field containing mainly corn and figs. In the south-west part of the site...

NEAR THE CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING TRACK on Terminillo, a winter resort famously developed by Italian Dictator Mussolini in the 1930s, a mysterious medieval sword stands as a testimony to an ancient local legend. The sword is set in the stone in an area known as “Cinque Confini” (Five Borders), at a spot where traditionally the territories of five towns...