Jun 26, 2015

Rome city council OKs Olympic bid

Rome’s city council voted 38-6 in favor of the capital’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics on Thursday — a strong showing amid a widening corruption scandal. “Like it was for Barcelona and London, the Rome 2024 Olympics will leave a renewed, modern and ...

I'm old, ailing, too, pope tells elderly and sick

May 4, 2015

I'm old, ailing, too, pope tells elderly and sick

Pope Francis on Sunday asked a group of elderly and sick members of Rome’s seaside parish to pray for him because he, too, had grown old and was ailing. “Pray for me, too, eh,” Francis told the parishioners in a private meeting that was ...

U.S. tourist pair face charges for defacing Colosseum

Mar 10, 2015

U.S. tourist pair face charges for defacing Colosseum

Two American tourists face charges for carving their names into the Colosseum, the latest act of vandalism sustained by the ancient monument at the hands of tourists, police said Monday. The tourists from California, aged 21 and 25, were cited Saturday for carving their ...

Feb 8, 2015

Rome gives green light to red-light zone

Authorities in Rome have approved plans for a red-light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said Saturday. Ignazio Marino, the Italian capital’s center-left mayor, gave his blessing on Friday evening to the experiment in the EUR business district south of ...

Kerry, Lavrov meet in Rome as tensions soar over Ukraine

Dec 15, 2014

Kerry, Lavrov meet in Rome as tensions soar over Ukraine

Top U.S. diplomat John Kerry met his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, Sunday amid anger in Moscow over the prospect of new U.S. sanctions and possible lethal military aid for Ukraine. The meeting in Rome comes as tensions soar after U.S. lawmakers passed a bill ...

Work on Rome subway digs up  ancient farm, tools

Dec 4, 2014

Work on Rome subway digs up ancient farm, tools

Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient commercial farm in the heart of modern Rome, taking advantage of subway construction to explore deeply in urban settings. They worked some 20 meters down (some six stories deep) near St. John in Lateran Basilica. Today’s Rome rests upon ...

The Great Beauty

Aug 20, 2014

The Great Beauty

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‘The Great Beauty” recalls two other films set in Rome: “La Dolce Vita” and “Roman Holiday.” The former takes huge bites out of the city’s decadence and debauchery in much the same way as “The Great Beauty.” The latter takes a mere lick at ...

Sacro GRA

Aug 20, 2014

Sacro GRA

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“Sacro GRA” takes the all-roads-lead-to-Rome adage one step further by telling us that one of those roads is actually sacred — the 65-odd-km GRA (Grande Raccordo Anulare). It’s Italy’s most expensive highway, circling Rome in one big loop. Documentarian Gianfranco Rosi took his camera ...