At the height of its empire, the inhabitants of ancient Rome genetically resembled the populations of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, according to a DNA study published Thursday. The paper is based on genome data of 127 individuals from 29 archaeological sites in and around the city state, spanning nearly 12,000 years of Roman prehistory...

Centrale Montemartini. Industrial archeology meets classic archeology. Centrale Montemartini is one of Rome’s most original museums: it houses about 400 ancient sculptures and floor mosaics inside a former power plant inaugurated in 1912 and inactive since 1963. Since 1997, Centrale Montemartini has housed part of the huge collection of the Capitol...

World War II remains the deadliest war ever fought in the history of mankind. Lasting from 1939 to 1945, as many as 70 million deaths have been attributed to the conflict. The European theater saw some of the bloodiest battles of the war as Allied forces fought to oust German troops from the continent. Following the 1942 defeat of Axis powers in No...

On a rocky bastion that precipitates right into the sea, Torre Truglia rises on the promontory of Sperlonga. It is a symbol of the Lazio town, and an evocative location offering a breathtaking view. Built in 1532 over a pre-existing, Roman-origin tower, Torre Truglia was part of the local defense system, which also included Torre del Nibbio (part o...

William Shakespeare is one of the most read authors in the English language. “The Bard” was a British poet, actor, and playwright. Despite being such a big name in the world of literature, a lot of his personal life is still a mystery. Shakespeare’s works however, have been turned into movies and graphic novels. They continue to be performed onstag...

The U.S. ambassador to Italy has returned to Italian officials the head of a statue stolen from an archaeological site in Rome in 1968. Ambassador Lewis Eisenberg handed over the marble head of the mythical figure Pan to Culture Minister Dario Franceschini Thursday on the 50th anniversary of a Carabinieri unit dedicated to the recovery of cultural...

Italy has often been described as a cultural superpower and for good reason—it has more Unesco World Heritage Sites than any other country, and is home to the Uffizi Galleries and Vatican Museums, repositories of some of the world’s most spectacular art. But it has many lesser-known, exceptional museums, where you can can take in a broad range of m...

Stellario Baccellieri has been Caffè Greco’s artist in residence for more than 40 years, capturing the conviviality of Rome’s oldest coffee bar on canvas every day and painting the portraits of its illustrious patrons. “I’ve seen everything and everyone,” he said on a recent visit by the Guardian, as he pointed towards a closed-off area where the I...

The Italy women's national soccer team was awarded the Foreign Press Association's Invictus award Monday for promoting and "emancipating" the female game in the country with its run to the World Cup quarterfinals. Head coach Milena Bertolini and forward Barbara Bonansea were given the award during a ceremony at the Rome-based association. With s...

Ciao from Rome to all the friends of We the Italians! What a month! It has been full of wonderful opportunities to show and testify how great the relationship between Italy and the US is! On September 22nd I had the honor and the pleasure of giving the welcoming remarks at the National Italian American Bar Association, welcoming old and new friends...