The magnificent Villa d'Este in Tivoli is one of Italy's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Just a brief train ride from Rome, Villa d'Este was originally commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este (Governor of Tivoli in 1550). The Cardinal, disappointed that he was not elected pontiff, wished to bring to Villa d’Este the luxury of the Ferrarese, Roman...

Rome is preparing to unveil a floating cinema on the lake in the EUR neighbourhood, which will be launched by Oscar-winning US director Oliver Stone on 24 August. The TimVision Floating Theatre will be hosted on the laghetto from 24 August until 24 September, with Stone presenting his new autobiography Cercando la luce at 20.30 on the opening night...

Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport, better known as Fiumicino, celebrates its 60th birthday on 20 August 2020. The airport, which was a symbol of restart during Italy's post-war economic boom, opened to air traffic on 20 August 1960, five days before the start of Rome's Olympic Games. Designed to cope with increasing demand for flights...

Human trials of an Italian-developed covid-19 vaccine will begin at Rome's Spallanzani hospital from 24 August, reports Italian news agency ANSA. The news was announced on 7 August by Nicola Zingaretti, the president of the Lazio Region and leader of the centre-left Partito Democratico (PD). "The first doses of a completely Italian-made vaccine, re...

Three toes were damaged on the right foot of a plaster statue of a reclining Pauline Bonaparte, by Italian neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova, at the Gypsotheca Museum in Possagno, northern Italy, police said in a statement on Tuesday. The plaster cast was the original for a nal marble version -- which portrays the sister of French Emperor Napole...

Roma on Thursday announced a change of ownership, with US billionaire Dan Friedkin buying the Serie A club for 591 million euros (US$700 million). Friedkin, 54, takes over the Italian side from American businessman James Pallotta, 62. "AS Roma can confirm that an agreement has tonight been reached between AS Roma SPV, LLC, the majority shareholder...

The Etruscan cemeteries of Cerveteri and Tarquinia are rare and precious testimonies to the ancient Etruscans, who were the first people to establish an urban type of civilization in the western Mediterranean, a civilization that survived for about 700 years from the eighth to the first century BC, in the territories of central Italy, from Lazio to...

Rome celebrates La Madonna della Neve (Our Lady of the Snows) by recreating a miracle snowfall outside the Basilica di S. Maria Maggiore during the height of summer. The spectacle normally takes place on the night of 5 August however this year it is set to snow on 30 August instead, reports Italian newspaper La Repubblica. The event, organised with...

Blessed with mountains, lakes and 7600km of coastline, Italy offers some of the most stunning beaches in Europe. From the trendy hotspots to the out-of-the-way locales, it's not hard to find a piece of sand with unforgettable vistas. Here are Italy's 10 best beaches to add to your bucket list. 1. Spiaggia Rena Bianca – Santa Teresa di Gallura The “...

A complete itinerary for Rome must include activities besides just seeing ancient monuments and incredible art. For me, that means getting out of the historic center by strolling through a local neighborhood, taking a day trip to a beautiful hill town in nearby Umbria, and resting my tired feet at a beautiful rooftop bar overlooking the city. Just...