Rome's regal Quirinal Palace now open to all

Aug 15, 2015

Rome's regal Quirinal Palace now open to all

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Popes and royals resided there in glorious splendor. An emperor dreamed in vain of doing so, too. Nowadays presidents live there. The Quirinal Palace, crowning one of Rome’s ancient hills, is a storied gem whose architectural marvels, elegant gardens and fascinating history— four conclaves ...

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 ...