A Vatican Library Shortens the Distance Between Its Works and Its Scholars

Rare books in Rome are going online thanks to a German copier, a Long Island scanning firm and a New York software company.

#books-and-literature, #libraries-and-librarians, #pontifical-oriental-institute, #rome-italy

Less Mange, More Frills: Rome’s New Mayor Bets on His Christmas Tree

The annual Christmas tree in the Italian capital has come under scrutiny ever since a 2017 debacle. Will this year’s pass social media muster?

#christmas, #christmas-trees, #food-and-agriculture-organization-of-the-united-nations, #gualtieri-roberto, #raggi-virginia-1978, #rome-italy, #social-media, #united-nations

Chinese Tourists Aren’t Coming Back Any Time Soon

Even before Omicron’s arrival, China was discouraging its citizens from traveling abroad. That has had a huge impact on global tourism.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #paris-france, #rome-italy, #travel-and-vacations

‘Afghan Girl’ From 1985 National Geographic Cover Takes Refuge in Italy

Sharbat Gula, whose haunting portrait was featured by the magazine more than three decades ago, was evacuated to Rome after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #gula-sharbat, #immigration-and-emigration, #mccurry-steve, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #national-geographic, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rome-italy, #taliban

Little Amal, a Refugee Puppet, Looks for Home

In “The Walk,” a 12-foot tall, 9-year-old Syrian girl named Amal trekked from Turkey to Britain to find her mother. In a politically divided continent, were any minds changed?

#athens-greece, #calais-france, #europe, #france, #gaziantep-turkey, #greece, #immigration-and-emigration, #italy, #lan-david, #london-england, #puppets, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rome-italy, #syria, #theater, #turkey, #zuabi-amir-nizar

Scholars Cringe at the Term ‘Dark Ages.’ Dan Jones Explains Why.

Jones’s book “Powers and Thrones” is a comprehensive history of the Middle Ages that links the medieval era’s genuine achievements to modern times.

#books-and-literature, #europe, #jones-dan-1981, #middle-ages-historical-period, #monasteries-and-monks, #rome-italy

Struggling at Home, Biden Is Buoyed by G20 Trip Abroad

A trip to Rome invigorated a president whose poll numbers are slumping at home, but who projected confidence in his foreign and domestic agenda.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #group-of-twenty, #rome-italy, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pressure Grows on G20 Nations to Get Covid Vaccines to the Poor

The world’s leaders are focusing on preventing future pandemics, but experts say rich nations are not doing enough to help the poor survive the current one.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #draghi-mario, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #foreign-aid, #francis, #group-of-twenty, #income-inequality, #international-trade-and-world-market, #pfizer-inc, #philanthropy, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #rome-italy, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Biden Eases Fray with France and Savors Meeting with Pope as Europe Trip Begins

Mr. Biden sought to mend ties with France’s president over a sabotaged French submarine contract, and expressed gratitude toward Pope Francis after a 90-minute meeting.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #draghi-mario, #european-union, #francis, #group-of-twenty, #rome-italy, #united-states-international-relations

Renato Casaro’s Posters Capture Films’ Essential Moments

Renato Casaro’s hand-drawn art has hooked movie audiences around the world since the 1950s. Tarantino and Stallone are big fans. One secret to his success? “You can’t cheat.”

#art, #casaro-renato, #content-type-personal-profile, #de-laurentiis-dino, #italy, #movies, #once-upon-a-time-in-hollywood-movie, #posters, #rambo-movie, #rome-italy, #schwarzenegger-arnold, #tarantino-quentin, #treviso-italy

Rome Mayor Loses Re-election Bid, a Defeat for Five Star Movement

In five years in office, Virginia Raggi failed to stem the dysfunction of Italy’s capital, where voters will choose between two of her rivals in a runoff.

#elections-mayors, #five-star-movement-italy, #italy, #politics-and-government, #raggi-virginia-1978, #rome-italy

Romans Choose From a Crowded Field to Run a Chaotic City

Rome has defied efforts to make basic services work, and the incumbent mayor lags in the polls, with no shortage of rivals hoping to take her place.

#democratic-party-italy, #elections-mayors, #five-star-movement-italy, #raggi-virginia-1978, #rome-italy, #waste-materials-and-disposal

Pope Criticizes Western Intervention in Afghanistan

Francis said in a wide-ranging interview with a Spanish-language radio network that he was in good health after colon surgery in July and insisted that he had not considered resigning.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #united-states-international-relations

Italian Official Resigns After Uproar Over His Plans to Name Park After Fascist

Claudio Durigon, a member of the right-wing League party and a deputy economy minister, had proposed to rename a park after Benito Mussolini’s brother.

#fringe-groups-and-movements, #italy, #league-italian-political-party, #mussolini-benito, #names-geographical, #politics-and-government, #rome-italy

Overnight Vaccination Drive in Rome Reaches Out to the ‘Most Fragile’

Nearly 900 people showed up for music, free espresso and cornetti, and a chance for protection against the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeless-persons, #italy, #johnsonjohnson, #romani-people, #rome-italy, #vaccination-and-immunization

Colosseum Opens Its Belly to the Public

The underground warren where ancient Roman gladiators and animals awaited their fates has been restored.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #colosseum-rome, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #restoration-and-renovation, #roman-civilization, #rome-italy

Roast Pig Statue in Rome Draws Animal Rights Protests

A new set of public artworks was supposed to pay tribute to the Italian capital, but a sculpture of a roasted pig has raised the hackles of animal rights groups and finnicky Romans.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #art, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #pigs, #rome-italy, #vegetarianism

A Latin Expert’s Odyssey, From the Vatican to the Gay Rights Movement

Francesco Lepore likes to challenge the status quo. He now writes a general-interest column in Latin, with the latest on “Ioannes Biden” and “Vladimirum Putin.”

#christians-and-christianity, #content-type-personal-profile, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #latin-language, #lepore-francesco, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #vatican-city, #writing-and-writers

In Rome, an Apartment Rich in Color and History Opens to the Public

One of the leading figures of Italian Futurism, Giacomo Balla turned his home into proof of his idea that art should live in all things.

#balla-giacomo-1871-1958, #culture-arts, #design, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #museo-nazionale-delle-arti-del-xxi-secolo-maxxi, #museums, #rome-italy

Rome Gets Its First Pizza Vending Machine. Will Romans Bite?

In a city with no shortage of pizza — or self-appointed food critics — an entrepreneur is betting on diners with a sense of adventure.

#italian-food-cuisine, #pizza, #rome-italy, #vending-machines

Serena Williams Struggles, Losing Her First Match in Nearly Three Months

Her 1,000th career singles match, against Nadia Podoroska at the Italian Open, was a frustrating reminder of what is left to accomplish, and how hard it will be.

#italian-open-tennis, #podoroska-nadia-1997, #rome-italy, #williams-serena, #womens-tennis-assn

Why Do Humans Feed So Many Animals?

Researchers want to learn more about the connections between humans and the feeding of birds, beasts and other fauna.

#animal-behavior, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #birds, #cats, #delhi-india, #dogs, #great-britain, #isotopes, #monkeys-and-apes, #pet-foods, #pets, #rome-italy, #your-feed-science, #zoos

2 Americans Found Guilty of Murder of Italian Police Officer

The two men were in their teens in July 2019 when an early-morning scuffle with two plainclothes police officers in Rome turned deadly.

#attacks-on-police, #cerciello-rega-mario, #elder-finnegan-lee, #hjorth-gabriel-christian-natale, #italy, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rome-italy, #united-states, #varriale-andrea

$18 Million Refit of Colosseum Will Give Visitors a Gladiator’s View

The winning design for a new floor for the Roman landmark, planned to be ready for 2023, will cover the exposed subterranean chambers and reconnect “the thread of time.”

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #colosseum-rome, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #rome-italy

After Covid Upended a Dying Woman’s Rome Dream, Her Twin Stepped In

When Lisa Maksym tested positive for the coronavirus, she was forced to stop cancer treatments, threatening a long-planned return to Rome. Her sister hatched a plan.

#amalfi-coast-italy, #arizona, #breast-cancer, #chemotherapy, #colosseum-rome, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #italy, #phoenix-ariz, #rome-italy

Gianluigi Colalucci, Who Showed Michelangelo’s True Colors, Dies at 91

The chief restorer of the Vatican Museums, he led the cleaning of the Sistine Chapel, a 14-year effort that revealed a new vision of Michelangelo’s complex work.

#art, #buonarroti-michelangelo, #colalucci-gianluigi, #deaths-obituaries, #restoration-and-renovation, #rome-italy, #sistine-chapel-vatican-city, #vatican-museums

Traffic Cops Return to Rome’s Landmark Piazza

While motorists in Rome are known for their chaotic driving, the return of police officers directing traffic at the intersection was greeted by many as a sign of normality at a difficult time.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #italy, #police, #roads-and-traffic, #rome-italy, #sordi-alberto

The Rome Apartment a Hotelier Calls Home

Marie-Louise Sciò bounces among her family’s three hotels — including the legendary Il Pellicano in Tuscany — but her own flat is a different sort of retreat.

#content-type-personal-profile, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #rome-italy, #scio-marie-louise

Covid-19 Conundrum in Rome: More Homeless on Streets as Shelters Shrink

Distancing measures have forced shelters to limit capacity, leaving many homeless people vulnerable to harsh weather and other hardships.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeless-persons, #italy, #rome-italy, #shutdowns-institutional

Prosecutor Seeks Life Sentence for Americans in Killing of Italian Officer

Two San Francisco men, she said, instigated a “violent, deadly, disproportionate attack” in a confrontation with plainclothes military police officers.

#attacks-on-police, #cerciello-rega-mario, #elder-finnegan-lee, #hjorth-gabriel-christian-natale, #italy, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rome-italy, #varriale-andrea

How a Disaster Relief Program Changed the Roman Empire for the Better

Pompeii may symbolize catastrophe, but its aftermath provides a blueprint for rebuilding.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #disasters-and-emergencies, #pompeii-italy, #rome-italy

American Accused of Killing Italian Officer Says He Acted in Self-Defense

Finnegan Elder, of San Francisco, told a Rome court that the officer did not identify himself and that he “panicked” and believed the officer would kill him.

#attacks-on-police, #cerciello-rega-mario, #elder-finnegan-lee, #hjorth-gabriel-christian-natale, #italy, #rome-italy, #youth

His Books Inspired Lovestruck Teens to Put Locks on Bridges

Federico Moccia, the Italian writer likened to Nicholas Sparks and John Green, is releasing his Rome Novels in English for the first time.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #italian-language, #italy, #locks-and-keys, #moccia-federico, #one-step-to-you-book, #rome-italy, #writing-and-writers

Ancient Rome Has an Urgent Warning for Us

The era of the Antonine Plague offers a reminder of what a powerful force nature has been throughout human history.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #plague, #roman-civilization, #rome-italy, #smallpox

After Government Falls, Italy Must Navigate Pandemic on ‘Cruise Control’

The country is no stranger to political chaos. But it now faces the unsettling prospect of going rudderless during the coronavirus crisis.

#conte-giuseppe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curfews, #italy, #politics-and-government, #renzi-matteo, #rome-italy, #salvini-matteo, #vaccination-and-immunization

Caligula’s Garden of Delights, Unearthed and Restored

Relics from the favorite hideaway of ancient Rome’s most infamous tyrant have been recovered and put on display by archaeologists.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #buildings-structures, #caligula-12-41-ad, #capitoline-museums, #museums, #roman-civilization, #rome-italy, #your-feed-science

Pope Calls Coronavirus Vaccinations an Ethical Obligation

Saying he will be vaccinated himself next week, Francis described the refusal to get the vaccine as suicidal.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #vaccination-and-immunization

In a Tough Year, a Nativity Scene ‘That Has Had Problems’

The Vatican’s Nativity scene this year has prompted much criticism — and some head-scratching.

#ceramics-and-pottery, #christmas, #francis, #italy, #nativity-scene, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #vatican-city

Rome Tracks Down the Man Behind All That Graffiti. No, It’s Not Banksy.

The tagger known as Geco is not as famous as the British provocateur, but he has made a name for himself in Italy.

#art, #banksy, #fairey-shepard, #graffiti, #haring-keith, #italy, #lisbon-portugal, #portugal, #raggi-virginia-1978, #rome-italy, #vandalism

Gigi Proietti, Actor Who Embodied the Roman Spirit, Dies at 80

Beloved in Italy, he was best known as the star of a TV series playing a small-town police chief. He also had a long film career and a popular one-man stage show.

#actors-and-actresses, #deaths-obituaries, #il-maresciallo-rocca-tv-program, #italy, #proietti-gigi-1940-2020, #rome-italy, #theater

Pope’s Remarks on Same-Sex Unions Were Cut From a 2019 Vatican Interview

A Mexican broadcast company says Francis made the comments to its correspondent more than a year ago, and sources close to the company say the Vatican then edited them out.

#afineevsky-evgeny-1972, #alazraki-valentina, #francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #movies, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

Romans Want to Get Rid of Wild Boars, but Killing Them? That’s Another Matter

The euthanizing of a boar and her six piglets on a playground near the Vatican has aroused fury in Rome, a city that has long complained about the often aggressive animals.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #hunting-and-trapping, #italy, #pigs, #raggi-virginia-1978, #roads-and-traffic, #rome-italy

Powerful Cardinal, a Fixture of Vatican Intrigue, Resigns Suddenly

In a cryptic statement, the Vatican did not explain the reason for Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu’s departure. News reports had connected him to a financial scandal.

#becciu-giovanni-angelo, #cardinals-roman-catholic-prelates, #francis, #italy, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy

In the Virtual (and Actual) Footsteps of Raphael

In Italy and beyond, the plan was to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance artist’s death with great fanfare. Then came the pandemic, and the virtual world stepped in.

#architecture, #art, #florence-italy, #italy, #pantheon-rome, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #raphael, #rome-italy, #travel-and-vacations, #urbino-italy

Slowly, Italy Is Waking From the Coronavirus Nightmare

This is a very strange, subdued summer for a country with an economy that relies heavily on tourism and merrymaking. But E.U. aid is on the way.

#abruzzo-italy, #adriatic-sea, #beaches, #bergamo-italy, #brussels-belgium, #conte-giuseppe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #deaths-fatalities, #europe, #european-council, #european-stability-mechanism, #european-union, #florence-italy, #italy, #lombardy-italy, #naples-italy, #palermo-italy, #quarantines, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rome-italy, #shutdowns-institutional, #spain, #stimulus-economic, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations, #turin-italy, #tuscany-italy, #veneto-italy, #venice-italy

Looking at Epic Poetry Through 21st-Century Eyes

New translations of the “Aeneid,” “Beowulf” and other ancient stories challenge some of our modern-day ideas.

#aeneid-book, #bartsch-shadi, #beowulf-book, #books-and-literature, #dante-alighieri-1265-1321, #greek-civilization, #headley-maria-dahvana, #nicholson-catherine-1978, #poetry-and-poets, #reading-and-not-reading-the-faerie-queene-spenser-and-the-making-of-literary-criticism-book, #roman-civilization, #rome-italy, #spenser-edmund, #the-faerie-queene-book, #translation-and-interpreters, #virgil, #wilson-emily-1971

Voices From Travel’s Front Lines: ‘We Walk in Fear, We Work in Fear’

Six travel workers from Alaska to the Maldives talk about returning to the job. They are in a new world, with restrictions and health measures, uncertainty and new procedures.

#alaska, #alitalia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #flight-attendants, #florida, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #maldives, #miami-fla, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #rome-italy, #st-john-virgin-islands, #st-lucia, #travel-and-vacations, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Italy’s Outdoor Summer Movies See Threat From Ailing Film Industry

A longstanding dispute between film distributors and associations that show outdoor films for free comes to a head as the industry reels from a post-coronavirus downturn.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #italy, #milan-italy, #movies, #radiotelevisione-italiana-spa, #rome-italy, #summer-season, #theaters-buildings, #twentieth-century-fox, #universal-pictures, #walt-disney-company, #warner-brothers

The Roman Republic Was Teetering. Then a Volcano Erupted 6,000 Miles Away.

Scientists have linked historical political instability to a number of volcanic events, the latest involving an eruption in the Aleutian Islands.

#alaska, #aleutian-islands, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #caesar-julius, #nile-river, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #roman-civilization, #rome-italy, #volcanoes, #your-feed-science

Paolo Giorgio Ferri, Hunter of Looted Antiquities, Dies at 72

A prosecutor in Italy, he dismantled multinational trafficking rings, recovering tens of thousands of Greco-Roman artifacts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #deaths-obituaries, #ferri-paolo-giorgio, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #rome-italy