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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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April 27, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman
The stocking repairman is long dead, the hat seller is gone too, but down Via Merulana the sparks still fly around Sergio Zoppo, his hands, the color of ore, skimming knife blades across grindstones. The steel heats and hums, a kind of music in the late morning air, coiling through the roar of buses, the whine of motorini. He looks up, glasses dangling on a string around his neck, his blue smock smeared with minerals and grime.
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WORLD
April 27, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman
The stocking repairman is long dead, the hat seller is gone too, but down Via Merulana the sparks still fly around Sergio Zoppo, his hands, the color of ore, skimming knife blades across grindstones. The steel heats and hums, a kind of music in the late morning air, coiling through the roar of buses, the whine of motorini. He looks up, glasses dangling on a string around his neck, his blue smock smeared with minerals and grime.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Police in Rome said Friday that they had recovered more than 2,000 looted artifacts and 1,500 fragments worth more than $4.6 million. The items include a fragment believed to belong to a 5th century B.C. wine cup by Greek artist Euphronius, which was returned by L.A.'s J. Paul Getty Museum in 1999. The cup had been looted from an Etruscan site near Rome and now is on display in the Italian capital. The items were recovered in three investigations earlier this year in private homes in and around Rome, authorities said.
TRAVEL
June 1, 2008 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
At a tourist information center near the Roman Forum, I asked an attendant whether anything was free in the Eternal City. He looked at me strangely, then came up with a response. "Si, signora," he said, pointing to the brochures on the countertop, "all these are free." It's like that in Rome, where prices for everything are high, even before you get sticker shock from exchanging dollars to euros. Here's how a budget traveler can try to make do.
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.
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.
TRAVEL
June 1, 2008 | Susan Spano
I seldom see people on bicycles in Rome, probably because of the traffic and uneven pavement. Then, too, the Eternal City is full of hills, seven of which are famous. -- Susan Spano Aventine Many Rome aficionados know this hill south of the Forum because of the moderately priced Hotel Aventino, www.aventinohotels.com, and its nearby sister hotels, the San Anselmo and the San Pio.
TRAVEL
June 1, 2008 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
At a tourist information center near the Roman Forum, I asked an attendant whether anything was free in the Eternal City. He looked at me strangely, then came up with a response. "Si, signora," he said, pointing to the brochures on the countertop, "all these are free." It's like that in Rome, where prices for everything are high, even before you get sticker shock from exchanging dollars to euros. Here's how a budget traveler can try to make do.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2007 | From Reuters
When the Rome Film Festival forgot to invite Sophia Loren for its first edition last year, she was said to be furious at the snub. This year, organizers made good by giving Loren a lifetime achievement award and scheduling a series of events to honor the half-century career of an actress who has been called Italy's best-known export after pasta. "It's the first time I have had a career award in Italy; I hope I deserve it," said the 73-year-old Oscar-winning star.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2007 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Imagine strolling through the Forum like Emperor Constantine, or climbing the marble steps of the Senate amid the splendor that was ancient Rome, the caput mundi, the capital of the world. Such flights of fancy have long been the dream of many a scholar, tourist and ordinary modern Roman. A new $2-million, 3-D computer project by a team of international experts may make the dream a reality -- a virtual reality.
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.
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