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Pope Francis to visit Myanmar and Bangladesh

ROME – Pope Francis plans to visit Myanmar and Bangladesh in late November and early December, two countries caught up in a crisis over the Rohingya Muslim minority.The Vatican, confirming an earlier Reuters report, said on Monday he would visit Myanmar from Nov.

Colosseum opens its top levels to public

Italian Culture Minister Dario Francheschini was on hand Tuesday to tour the new levels, which during ancient Roman times were the cheapest seats, reserved for the plebes because they were farther away from the spectacle and exposed to Rome's harsh sun.Italian Culture Minister Dario Francheschini was on hand Tuesday to tour the new levels, which during ancient Roman times were the cheapest seats, reserved for the plebes because they were farther away from the spectacle and exposed to Rome's harsh sun.

Time to go to Rome! Its best attractions are changing

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The best views of the Colosseum had been off limits - until now


The culture minister, Dario Franceschini, has been the bringer of both good and bad tidings.At the time, it was considered that the wooden benches at the top gave the worst views of the fighting, whilst the marble ones below were the most sought after.

Fendi's Return to Rome | The Week Portfolio

Paris’ Louvre Pyramid was recently made to 'disappear' thanks to giant trompe l’oeil panelling created by French street artist and photographer JR.The work was commissioned by Fendi, the luxury fashion house that is taking steps to improve the look of the Eternal City.

Tour These Ancient Ruins in America You Never Knew Existed

When you think of ancient ruins, your thoughts might wander to the Colosseum in Rome, the Egyptian pyramids of Giza, or the Great Wall of China.After all, these architectural masterpieces were erected in destinations that were once home to massive civilizations thousands of years ago.

Italy, Germany defend Libyan patrols after UN criticism

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Italy and Germany on Wednesday defended their support for Libyan coast guard patrols returning migrants to Libya, after the UN human rights chief denounced the policy as inhuman.Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano and his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, met in Rome a day after the UN released the findings of a visit to Libyan detention centers.

Pope Francis' farm: Harvest time at Castel Gandolfo

(CNN) — It's harvest time at Pope Francis' farm.At the 62-acre farm in the hills outside of Rome, a basket of fresh produce is prepared for the Pope's table every morning and sent down to the Vatican.

In Busy Rome, a Hotel That’s an Oasis

The 177-room hotel adds an oasis of calm to Rome’s busy Termini train station.Its sunny terrace overlooks a green lawn strewn with ruins — a section of the fourth-century Servian Wall.

Did Rome Kill Its Christmas Tree?

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Rome’s official Christmas tree, nicknamed Spelacchio, or Mangy, is estimated to have cost Italian taxpayers 48,000 euros.The tree cuts so sad and forlorn a figure that it has been nicknamed Spelacchio, or Mangy.

St Andrew’s: Midnight Mass at 400-year-old church

While most churches across the city conduct a service at night, St Andrew’s Church in Bandra remains one of the oldest.“When I was studying in Rome in 1976, I realised that they do not conduct a mass at midnight.