A motherland of artists and scientists that changed the shape of the world, home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and a kaleidoscope of bewitching vistas - Bella Italia! From the staggering antiquities of Rome and the alluring romance of Venice to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the cosmopolitan flair of Milan, the country is...

European Studies at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and The US-Italy Global Affairs Forum invite you to a panel discussion on Francis I: A New Pope for a Globalized World?

By Marissa Martinelli HBO's series The Young Pope hasn't even debuted in the U.S. yet, but it's already a meme of biblical proportions in the Twittersphere. And why not? Paolo Sorrentino's drama stars Jude Law as a young, Italian American pontiff who threatens to shake up the Vatican with his war on rampant liberalism and his collection of sick po...

Knights of Columbus Star of the Sea Council 7297 is offering La Bella Italia, a tour of some of the most beautiful cities of Italy, leaving Saturday, Oct. 31, and returning Thursday, Nov. 12. Deposits are due April 10.   The tour goes from Venice to Bologna, Padua, Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Rome. The trip includes 11 nights in first-class...

The official library of the Holy See is undertaking a massive digitization project designed to upload hundred of thousands of books and images from its physical archives into an online database.   As Business Insider reports, nonprofit organization Digita Vaticana Onlus was founded in 2013 with the goal digitizing 80,000 manuscripts. That's...

Even though the territory of Vatican is incredibly small, just 44 hectares, its international significance both for the political and cultural life of planet is rather impressive. The absolute monarchy ruled by the Pope was founded on February 11th in the 1929 and is located "inside" the territory of Rome, the Italian capital.   There a...

After the summer break, the evening openings of the Vatican Museums will continue until the end of October in the grandiloquent Vatican City exhibition, located in the heart of Rome.   Every Friday evening, from 07.00 pm, the Pio Clementino Museum, the Egyptian Museum, the Upper Galleries (Candelabra, Tapestries and Maps Galleries), the Raph...

I manoscritti di Dante Alighieri saranno presto accessibili a tutti. Le opere del padre della lingua italiana potranno essere sfogliate da chiunque e gratuitamente, senza dover ricevere permessi speciali come Robert Langdon, lo studioso protagonista de "Il codice da Vinci" e degli altri libri di Dan Brown.   Lo hanno annunciato la Biblioteca...

This, the Rev. Bob Simon wants you to know, is a Kragle-free zone. That is, the Vatican he's building out of LEGO bricks -- hundreds of thousands of them, mostly in white -- holds itself together, no Krazy Glue (or Kragle if you saw "The LEGO Movie") required.   "The dome scared me the most," said Simon, a parish priest from near Scrant...

by Gina Mussio   Italy is on everyone's bucket list, but it's a long way for many to travel and the country is so jam-packed with spectacular sites and amazing things to do that choosing what to do in Italy on a two week vacation is nearly impossible.   Don't worry, we've got your back. We've combed through our extensive archives, tal...