August 19, 2007 |
Tourists can now buy tickets to the Colosseum on the Internet and avoid long lines at the ancient Roman arena, officials said. The online booking system allows visitors to pick a spot on a guided tour in their preferred language, giving them access to the 1st century arena and its temporary exhibitions as well as the nearby Palatine Hill, where Rome's emperors lived in luxury. Each year 4 million people pay to visit the Colosseum and the Palatine.
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 9, 2007 |
An unusual Easter Parade made its way through the streets of Rome and into St. Peter's Square on Sunday. Some of the participants wore ropes tied into nooses around their necks. One 21-year-old, Daniele de Luca, carried pieces of a homemade gallows. To protest the death penalty, and war in general, they chose Easter, the day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. After all, they said, Jesus was the perfect pacifist who fell victim to a regime-sanctioned execution.
January 25, 2007 |
ITALIAN police have unearthed the hidden cache of a group of grave robbers, recovering ancient Roman marble reliefs depicting stunningly lifelike gladiators locked in mortal combat, officials said Wednesday. The 12 panels were buried in the garden of a home near Fiano Romano, 25 miles north of Rome. Officials hailed it as a major archeological find and a blow to the illegal antiquities market. Archeologists said the work offers a glimpse into early gladiator fights.
June 5, 2006 |
Denise Sofia, in black spandex sweats, trotted across the busy 20th of September Street and neared the end of her morning jog. Her run had taken her through St. Peter's Square, along the Tiber River, around the ancient Roman ruins of the Forum and Colosseum. Sofia doubles as a personal trainer and guide in a new fad in the gigantic tourism trade that floods Italy with millions of visitors every year: "sight-jogging." Tourists check out the sights as they run past.