June 10, 2007 |
With Italians converging on Rome to decry the war in Iraq, President Bush received a more subtle but pointed message Saturday about America's Middle East policy in his first meeting with Pope Benedict XVI. Benedict urged the president to pursue a "regional and negotiated" solution to the violence engulfing the Middle East, a Vatican statement said, and voiced alarm about "the worrying situation in Iraq" and the plight of the besieged and dwindling community of Christians there.
May 5, 2007 |
A bronze horse, possibly the work of the Parthenon sculptor, went on display Friday at a Rome museum after a decades-long restoration. The horse was returned to the Capitoline Museums after a $680,000 restoration that began in the late 1970s, museum director Anna Mura Sommella said.
April 26, 2006 |
Italy's Interior Ministry said Tuesday it would remove a poster promoting "The Da Vinci Code" movie from the scaffolding of a Rome church undergoing renovation after its clergymen complained. The enormous poster, featuring a picture of Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" and the title of the upcoming film, has been plastered for a few weeks on the scaffolded facade of the church of St. Pantaleo, which is just off a major thoroughfare in Rome's historic center.
March 12, 2006 |
THE owner's dog sleeps on a chair in the lobby. You could grow old waiting for the crotchety cage elevator, and the keys look like something out of Nancy Drew. The beds sag, the plumbing sings and the carpet could use a shampoo. Recognize this? It's a budget hotel in London, Paris or Rome, as basic as a Days Inn or an Econo Lodge in the U.S. but far more idiosyncratic. The kinks and character are part of the fun.
March 12, 2006 |
If you're looking for bargains in hotels in London, Paris and Rome, here are some things to consider: * The star rating systems in Europe are neither standardized (what one establishment considers four-star quality may be considered only two stars-worthy by another) nor reliable and are often awarded by the hotels themselves. Those ratings are best used as general indicators of amenities. Find a guidebook writer who personally inspects hotels and has well-honed budget travel sensibilities.
January 27, 2006 |
Rome's mayor unveiled plans for his ambitious new international film festival on Thursday, playing down what many see as an inevitable rivalry with the Venice competition. "We want the two to grow together," Walter Veltroni, a movie buff who hails from the biggest party in Italy's center-left opposition, told a packed news conference. "This is a different creature," he said, describing the Oct.