The Tiber flowing through Rome. Photo: scaliger/Depositphotos The beach project announced by Rome's Five Star Movement mayor in 2017 is nearly ready to open, but critics say pollution in the water and along the river's banks represent a hazard to the public. "A beach on the Tiber. With sports fields, play areas for children and others dedicated to animals, paths on the quay surrounded by greenery. Next summer, citizens and tourists will be able to reclaim a section of the river. They can come back to live it." That is how Rome's Mayor Viriginia Raggi announced the beach on Rome's river in December 2017. Citing Paris, London, Madrid and Lisbon as inspirations, Rome's mayor said the project would help the city "reclaim its riverbanks." With cycle paths, sunbathing areas with sand and umbrellas, and a spate of security and anti-pollution measures promised, observers are wondering how the project, situated on the banks below the Ponte Giuseppe Marconi bridge in southeast Rome, will … [Read more...] about Beach on the Tiber River in Rome to open by August
Prisoner-gardeners from Rome's Rebibbia jail. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP It's 7:30 am at Rome's Rebibbia prison as inmates pile into a minibus headed for a day of freedom -- and a taste of life after incarceration. Some of the many green spaces in the Italian capital are now in the hands of prisoners under a new scheme that drafts them in to maintain or spruce up gardens and parks. No mafiosi Supervising the prisoner-gardeners, Claudio Iacobelli jokes: "If they escape, I won't chase them." READ ALSO: Italian courthouse cafe offers prisoners jobs serving coffee to judges Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP 'I make a pact with them' The prisoners are allowed to roam the open spaces freely and handle all kinds of sharp implements, shears and trimmers under the supervision of the guards. READ ALSO: Rome mulls getting inmates to clean rubbish-strewn streets Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP Potholes next? The initiative is a pilot project set to last six months, with similar ones planned for … [Read more...] about Rome’s green-fingered inmates clean up the city’s parks and gardens
A model of AS Roma's planned stadium. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP Nine people involved in the construction project for Serie A club AS Roma's proposed new stadium were arrested on Wednesday, including the owner of the company contracted to build the state-of-the-art facility, Italian police announced. Officers from the Carabinieri military police swooped in the early hours to arrest people on a range of charges that include a criminal conspiracy to corrupt public officials. No-one from Roma has been arrested or charged by police. Italian media reported that among those taken into custody is Luca Parnasi, owner of the construction company Eurnova, which is in line to build the new ground. Also arrested was Adriano Palozzi, vice-president of the Lazio region where Rome is located, regional councillor Michele Civita and Luca Lanzalone, the head of municipal electricity company ACEA, who has worked closely with Rome mayor Virginia Raggi in the ongoing approval process. "Those who did … [Read more...] about Nine arrested for corruption over new Rome stadium
Some of the cast and crew of upcoming Italian series Baby. Photo: Netflix Netflix has announced a crop of brand new Italian-language content, including its first ever Italian original film, as part of its drive to include more European films and TV series on the streaming site. The move is great news not only for Italy's contemporary film industry but also for speakers and learners of Italian. "Our belief is that great storytelling transcends borders," Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos said at an event in Rome on Wednesday, outlining plans for ten new European projects for 2018, two of them Italian. "Our next Stranger Things could come from anywhere in the world," Sarandos added, referring to the science fiction series now in its third season, which has become a global phenomenon and won numerous awards. READ ALSO: Among the ten projects announced for this year were an Italian original film and TV series. The film Rimetti A Noi I Nostri Debiti (Forgive Us Our … [Read more...] about Netflix announces three original Italian projects
Technology projects are being developed to ease daily life for people in Rome. Photo: Rosie Scammell/The Local Rome may be famed for its cultural sites, but living in an ancient city can be a challenge. The Local speaks to Fabio Pompei, a councillor in the capital, to find out how technology is being used to make Rome more liveable. Elected earlier this year, Pompei is part of a team of councillors working to transform Rome into a ‘smart city’, by using technology to help make citizens’ lives easier. Initiatives range from the Roma Bus smartphone app, which provides live travel updates, to technology which aims to do away with the notoriously long queues found in the capital. A start-up company is developing the latter, which will let people pre-book their spot in a queue through their mobile phone. “Then they can go to the [post or city council] office when their number is about to come up, optimizing people’s time,” Pompei explains. The … [Read more...] about Can technology make Rome life easier?