ORVIETO- Nestled in the Umbrian countryside, this small hill town is very much worth the one-hour train trip from the capital. Perched on top of a large rocky outcrop, the pretty winding streets and vine-covered alleyways are easily accessible from Rome, via direct trains and a funicular, and the views, once there, are incredibly beautiful.
ROME- Another collision between two trams on Tuesday morning caused delays and some injuries. The accident occurred near Preneste, in central Rome, and slowed down the lines 5, 19, and 14 for more than two hours.
Two passengers were hospitalised and transported to the San Giovanni hospital. The injuries sustained by the two have been deemed ‘’yellow’’ and ‘’green’’ codes by the medical personnel, meaning the life of neither is at risk. Other passengers were assisted on the spot by the paramedics of 118, the Italian emergency service.
ROME- There were no exchanges of money or gifts but, according to Magistrate Fabio Mostarda, a clique of top Italain law and political science academics from the ancient La Sapienza university and other hallowed ivory towers engaged in corrupt practices and collusion by exchanging favours and even recommendations for professorships.
In this way the professorship of Constitutional Law at the European University of Rome (a private university on via Aldobrandeschi) was assigned without any merit, claims the magistrate.
ROME- The deputy speaker of the Chamber of Deputies has launched a bid to become the world’s youngest national leader, announcing his candidacy for leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and prime minister of Italy if the party wins a general election due by next May.
At the age of 31, Luigi Di Maio is three years younger than Kim Jong-Un of North Korea.
ROME- We met by Trajan’s column, bathed in the golden light of the mellow September sun, for our afternoon wander through the ancient history of the Eternal City. The group was a good size, about 15, which meant that you could hear what was going on and felt part of it, but not so small that you couldn’t pause to take a photo or lag slightly behind to catch a glimpse of Caesar’s memorial for example.