Feb 3, 2016

Italian Parliament backs Rome 2024 Olympics bid

The Italian Parliament voted on Tuesday to back Rome’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games Italian Premier Matteo Renzi is a strong supporter of Rome’s candidacy and the Parliament has now thrown its weight behind the bid. “Today the Italian Parliament adopted, by ...

Jan 27, 2016

Man unwittingly triggers Rome security alert with toy gun

A man who unwittingly caused a major alert at Rome’s central station by wandering through the terminus holding a toy gun handed himself into police on Tuesday after his mother recognized him from security video. Police evacuated the vast station on Monday evening after ...

Bicyclists have field day as smog-hit Milan bans car use

Dec 29, 2015

Bicyclists have field day as smog-hit Milan bans car use

Bicyclists had free rein of Milan’s streets Monday during a six-hour ban on private cars in a bid to alleviate persistent smog. Pollution levels in Italy’s business capital have exceeded levels considered healthy for more than 30 days straight, prompting officials to ban private ...

Dec 25, 2015

Choking on smog, Rome and Milan issue no-car day edicts

Rome and Milan have ordered no-car days next week to combat pollution, which has hit unhealthy levels for weeks mainly because no rain has fallen to wash away the smog. A six-hour ban on cars this Monday and Tuesday was announced by Rome on ...

Dec 14, 2015

Rome to host Ryder Cup for first time

The Ryder Cup is headed to Italy for the first time, with the Marco Simone club in Rome chosen Monday to host golf’s biggest team event in 2022. Italy beat rival bids from Germany, Spain and Austria to secure hosting rights for the 44th ...

Oct 2, 2015

Vatican beefs up IOC contacts, remains cautious on Rome bid

The Vatican is beefing up its contacts with the International Olympic Committee but isn’t taking sides in Rome’s bid for the 2024 Games, which organizers hope will include the marathon winding through St. Peter’s Square. The head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal ...

Sep 11, 2015

Rome submits bid for 2024 Summer Olympics

Rome has formally submitted its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Mayor Ignazio Marino, bid leader Luca Cordero di Montezemolo and Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago signed the candidate application on Friday at City Hall and sent it to the International Olympic Committee. ...

Excavation of Rome home shows city bigger than thought

Sep 10, 2015

Excavation of Rome home shows city bigger than thought

Archaeologists have discovered a sixth-century-B.C. residence under a palazzo in central Rome, saying it proves the ancient city was much bigger than previously thought. Officials said Wednesday that the area on the Quirinale Hill had long been thought to have only been used as ...