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Notorious Mafia 'boss of bosses' Toto Riina dead at 87

ROME (AP) — Cosa Nostra's "boss of bosses," who was serving 26 life sentences as the convicted mastermind of dozens of murders of rivals for power on his Sicilian turf as well as prominent anti-Mafia heroes, died Friday in an Italian hospital prison ward.

Chinese cardinal: There’s growing concern that Rome will ‘sell out the faithful church’ to Communist gov’t

Cardinal Joseph Zen believes the Holy See is taking the wrong approach with dialogue and compromise, and 'now things are going down, down.'

Bravo Wants You To Find Your Italian Stallion With Their New Show To Rome For Love! WATCH!

Introducing your newest guilty pleasure! In Bravo's latest reality TV show To Rome For Love, a group of American women — Gina Neely, Shay Atkins, Nakita McGraw, Ashley Russell, and Mercedes Young — travel all the way to Italy to find the love of their lives! Related: WATCH The RHOBH Season 8 Trailer HERE! However, in their pursuit [...]

Serena Williams Just Got Married And Her Wedding Was Magical!

4 hours agoLifestyle / Fashion : SheFinds

It’s official! Tennis superstar Serena Williams and her fiance, Alexis Ohanian, are now married! Williams and Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, met in Rome in 2015 and got engaged last December! Their wedding took place last night at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. [Photo: Essence] Of course, the event was a star-studded affair. Show More Summary

The boss is dead but the mafia lives, magistrate and mobster say

ROME/PALERMO (Reuters) - The death of Sicilian Mafia boss Salvatore "Toto'" Riina on Friday does not mark the end of Cosa Nostra, but the crime group is unlikely to allow one man such power ever again, a top magistrate and former mobster said.

Pope Francis Stunts With the Holiest Lamborghini Huracán & It’s Going up for Auction

The supreme pontiff and leader of all Catholics worldwide, Pope Francis, was recently gifted a very special edition Lamborghini Huracán in front of the Vatican hotel where he lives in Rome. While it’s not considered to be the new popemobile, this exclusive variation of the supercar will be auctioned off at RM Sotheby’s next year […]

Cool interactive map of Rome's landmarks and related literary musings

2 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Walks in Rome is an interactive map project that updates and modernizies a famous 1870 guidebook of Rome by August Hare. (more…)

Revisiting Edith Hamilton, Who Introduced Generations To Classical Greece And Rome

"Although less well known in Europe, Hamilton achieved such popularity in the United States that, when I tell people that I study Classics, most people over the age of fifty who are familiar with the subject tell me that Hamilton was their entry point." Now that her The Grrek Way (1930) and The Roman Way […]

Netflix Orders Italian Teen Prostitution Drama ‘Baby’ From Fabula Pictures

Netflix is doubling down on Italian drama after ordering its latest high-end scripted series Baby. The streaming service has ordered an 8-part coming-of-age story from fledgling Rome producer Fabula Pictures. The series explores theShow More Summary

The Relics of St Josaphat in the Vatican

St Josaphat Kuntsevych, né John, was martyred in the year 1623 for his ardent championship of union with Rome among the Byzantine Rite Christians of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. A member of the Basilian Order, he was made bishop of Vitebsk in 1617, at the age of only 37, and archbishop of Polotsk the following year. Show More Summary

Maradona rues Italy’s World Cup absence

3 days agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

Rome (AFP) – Argentine legend Diego Maradona lamented Italy’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup, regretting the absence of “one of the greats” of international football. Four-time world champions Italy missed out on a place...Show More Summary

EBU purse bid and update

By Marco Bratusch At Monday’s EBU purse bid in Rome, Italy, French promoter Gerard Teysseron of Europrom offered 42,001 Euros as the only bidder to guarantee to his company the… Read More » The post EBU purse bid and update appeared first on

What Will Push Them Over The Edge?

Authored by Jeff Thomas via, Recently, the people of two of Italy’s most prosperous regions voted in a referendum, on whether they wished to have greater autonomy from Rome. The referendum is non-binding, but that’s...Show More Summary

‘It’s over’ – dismay, disbelief as Italy miss World Cup

4 days agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

Rome (AFP) – Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years was greeted by a mixture of disbelief, dismay and resigned disappointment by fans across the country. In Rome’s trendy San Lorenzo district, the...Show More Summary

Notes on Mark Koyama on Rome on Medium...

Mark Koyama: [Could Rome Have Had an Industrial Revolution?/span>]( ---- ## The Malthusian Epoch and Its End The agrarian age Malthusian epoch in human economic-demographic history had three principal driving characteristics: 1. Show More Summary

Catacombs of Washington, D.C. in Washington, D.C.

Beneath Washington, D.C. a dimly lit web of passages weaves throughout row after row of eerie wall graves, recalling early Christian burials in the catacombs of Ancient Rome. The subterranean complex is located underneath the Franciscan...Show More Summary

It's all his fault: Italy's left obsessed with Renzi, not foes

ROME (Reuters) - National elections are looming and Italy's left seems bent on engineering its own defeat as Democratic Party (PD) leader Matteo Renzi continues to come under fire from potential allies.

Lakers' Jordan Clarkson is more focused on the court

Jordan Clarkson was at the top of the Fendi headquarters this summer in the Palazzo della Civilta Italiana in Rome, goofing off on the set of a fashion shoot when he thought he messed it all up. Fendi had built a basketball court on the roof for the shoot, but Clarkson’s antics knocked out the...

Sotheby's announces highlights from the November Sale of Ancient Sculpture and Works of Art

5 days agoArts : Artdaily

Covering an unprecedented spectrum of objects from Classical Greece and Rome to Ancient Egypt and the Near East, Sotheby?s November sale of Ancient Sculpture and Works of Art brings to life past civilisations. With estimates ranging from £800 to £400,000, the sale presents an opportunity for first time buyers as well as seasoned collectors. Show More Summary

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