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August 10, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO and WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Now begins that deadest time of the year for Italy, sizzling doldrums when the Eternal City belongs to tourists and those few Romans unable to contrive summer escape. And next Thursday, a de facto shutdown of government and business becomes official, with a midsummer national holiday that will also--unofficially but universally--consume next Friday, and the next weekend, and as much beyond as schedule and conscience permits. In a country on vacation, people confer about the heat and the beach.
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January 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Hundreds of thousands of brightly colored balls went cascading down Rome's famed Spanish Steps on Wednesday in the latest stunt orchestrated by the man who dyed the waters of the Trevi Fountain red. TV cameras caught organizer Graziano Cecchini and several others emptying bags of red, green, yellow and blue balls down the 18th century steps. The balls bounced down the steps, filling the boat-shaped Barcaccia fountain in the piazza below in a spectacle that stunned passersby, who snapped photos and scooped up the balls as souvenirs.
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WORLD
July 28, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A rumor that terrorists had contaminated Rome's water supply spread through the Italian capital and prompted Mayor Walter Veltroni to call for calm. A mass circulation cellphone text message warned people not to drink the water, sparking a flood of calls to police and hospitals. Prosecutors opened an investigation into the source.
WORLD
January 16, 2008 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
It's a big deal when the pope agrees to speak at an event that isn't church-related. It's an even bigger deal when public protest forces him to cancel. Veteran Vatican-watchers said they'd never seen anything quite like it. Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday abruptly called off plans to speak at Rome's prestigious La Sapienza university, after students and professors rallied to proclaim him pontiff non grata.
NEWS
August 20, 2000 | From Associated Press
As many as 2 million candle-waving Roman Catholic pilgrims lighted up the hills outside Rome on Saturday in a spirited World Youth Day with Pope John Paul II. A helicopter ferried in the 80-year-old pontiff as the sun set, cooling a day that had reached 100 degrees--baking the crowds blanketing a 15-acre university campus. The pope smiled broadly as young people supported each of his arms while he shuffled slowly to his popemobile, which drove him to center stage for the evening vigil.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2004 | Randy Lewis
Quincy Jones is hoping to draw about 1 million people and a global television audience with an all-star concert May 16 in Rome aimed at easing the suffering of children in violence-racked parts of the world. Among the participants confirmed for "We Are the Future," which echoes the title of the "We Are the World" all-star charity single Jones produced in 1985, are Norah Jones, Jay-Z, Sting, Oprah Winfrey, Muhammad Ali, LL Cool J, Josh Groban and the casts of "Stomp" and Cirque du Soleil.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2006 | From Reuters
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.
NEWS
March 18, 1989 | From Reuters
Police Friday found a bomb in a bathroom of Rome's main courthouse following an anonymous call to a newspaper. Police evacuated the building, where most of the capital's civil and criminal cases are heard and many investigating magistrates have offices.
NEWS
April 13, 1992 | From The Times Washington staff
NEW SITE: Arab-Israeli peace talks may move from Washington to Rome after this month's round of negotiations. . . . Secretary of State James A. Baker III has promised Israel that the sessions will move closer to the Middle East--but aides say a European capital is probably as close as the Arab countries will accept. Brussels and Geneva are also under consideration, but Italian officials have been told to begin scouting for potential sites in Rome.
NEWS
January 12, 1990 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Eternal City, which according to legend was founded almost 3,000 years ago by a man who had been suckled by a wolf, has entered the 1990s in pursuit of a mysterious black panther. Eight times since Christmas, the panther has been sighted on the fringes of a city where big cats have not been seen much since the lions ate Christians in the Colosseum.
WORLD
June 10, 2007 | Tracy Wilkinson and James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writers
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2006 | From the Associated Press
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.
TRAVEL
March 12, 2006 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
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.
TRAVEL
March 12, 2006 | Susan Spano
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2006 | From Reuters
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2006 | From the Associated Press
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.
NEWS
May 3, 1988 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
Around the corner from the tourist jostle at the Trevi Fountain, Luigi Cataldo has been making shoes, one at a time, for more than 40 years. When Cataldo opened his tiny shop after World War II, he says he was one of several hundred master boot makers in central Rome. Today, semi-retired and nearly 70, he is one of six survivors. "By the end of the century, who knows if there will be any at all?" he asks, lovingly buffing a $350 pair of black brogues that took 16 hours to build.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2005 | Associated Press
Elton John will take the stage just outside the Colosseum in September, Rome officials said on Friday. The free Sept. 3 concert will take place on the Via dei Fori Imperiali, the large boulevard that leads to the Colosseum and is lined with ancient Roman relics. "I can't wait to meet my fans in Rome for a unique musical happening," John said in a video broadcast during a news conference. "It is so exciting." Last year, a Simon and Garfunkel concert there drew hundreds of thousands of fans.
WORLD
July 28, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A rumor that terrorists had contaminated Rome's water supply spread through the Italian capital and prompted Mayor Walter Veltroni to call for calm. A mass circulation cellphone text message warned people not to drink the water, sparking a flood of calls to police and hospitals. Prosecutors opened an investigation into the source.
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