‘Like a horror film’: revisiting the Fyre-esque disaster of Woodstock 99

A new documentary surveys the mess of Woodstock 1999 – a disaster of poor planning and a microcosm of toxic masculinity, raunch culture and entitlement It would be easy, as the director Garrett Price says in the opening seconds of his documentary Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage, to structure a film about the disastrous […]

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for coffee semifreddo | A kitchen in Rome

An imperfect but joyful summer treat that bears more than a passing resemblance to a velvety iced cappuccino covered in dark chocolate “I screamed, sprinted to the sea, flung off shoes and socks, ran towards imagined heaving waves.” I remember the first time I read those opening four lines of Hollie McNish’s When We Got […]

Three Floors review: Nanni Moretti melodrama lacks profundity

There are powerhouse performances and queasily effective scenes in this story of a man who suspects his neighbour of abuse, but it’s a soapy shadow of The Son’s Room Nanni Moretti has come to Cannes with this watchable and tautly structured soap-operatic ensemble movie about four families living in the same apartment building, adapted from […]

Raffaella Carrà, Italian cultural institution and LGBT icon, laid to rest in Rome

Thousands in streets to mourn television star, actor and singer as funeral is broadcast live on TV In Italy’s week of mourning for Raffaella Carrà, one image summed up her universal appeal: a rainbow flag – the symbol of the LGBT movement – next to her coffin in a Catholic church. Carrà, who died on […]

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for roast aubergine with tomato and basil | A kitchen in Rome

‘Thick, striped rounds of aubergine baked with loads of olive oil and salt until tender and velvety, then topped with finely diced macerated tomato’ Years ago, I did a workshop in a church hall that smelled of milky tea and damp carpet. One of the various exercises was to write a short story, a page […]

Wales ‘don’t want to limp across the line’, says Page with Italy test looming

Wales travel to Rome knowing win will clinch top spot Gareth Bale: ‘We feel there are areas we can exploit’ Robert Page has said Wales are determined to advance to the European Championship knockout stages in style and stressed they have no desire to “limp across the line” as they attempt to unseat Italy in […]

We can be heroes: in Garibaldi’s footsteps from Arezzo to the sea | Tim Parks

The great general of Italy’s unification undertook an epic march to Venice in 1849. Following his route today is less of a feat, but still brings majestic rewards Arezzo to the Adriatic, that’s the plan. Which means crossing the Apennines, Italy’s mountainous spine. Most hikers walk these hills in the other direction, using the Via […]

James Crawford obituary

Energetic public international lawyer who advised many countries and reshaped the rules on wrongdoings between them In 1996, the UN international law commission asked James Crawford to codify the rules on the wrongdoings of states. Half a century after its initiation, the project was mired in controversy, with failure in the air. Five years later, […]

Italy make flying start to Euro 2020 with dominant opening win over Turkey

Well hello there, Italy. It’s good to have you back. On a taut and muggy night in Rome, a statement performance from what we now have to describe as one of the favourites: a vivid and thrilling display of smart attacking football. Five years after their last appearance in a major tournament, three decades after […]

After much waiting Euro 2020 opener shows football’s restorative powers | Louise Taylor

One year and one day after the tournament was due to start Rome played host to the ultimate in delayed gratification Delayed gratification is supposed to be good for the soul but, particularly in a pandemic, it is easy to become tired of waiting. Yet if no one can yet be quite sure whether staging […]

Rome ready for Euro 2020 kick-off but fans struggle to get in mood

Games will not boost local trade by as much as was hoped but there is optimism over Italy’s chances The rescheduled European football championships kick off in Rome on Friday in what the city’s mayor, Virginia Raggi, has billed as a symbol of a new beginning. Andrea Bocelli will sing Nessun Dorma before the opening […]

Nerves, hopes, dreams: why Euro 2020 will be a tournament like no other

Staging a multi-country event in a pandemic is a challenge, but there is a whiff of optimism about this summer’s football feast It is billed as an 11-city football extravaganza from Baku to Bucharest, Seville to St Petersburg. But when Euro 2020 kicks off a year and a day later than planned in Rome on […]

The Fiver | England usually schedule this sort of farce for the end of the tournament

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now! We’re nearly there. At the end of the week, the space-time-continuum-bothering festival of football that is Euro Not 2020 kicks off in [checks notes] Rome. It’s definitely going to happen this time, it’ll get completed for sure, nothing to worry about at all, […]

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for fried cheese with honey, oregano and vinegar | A kitchen in Rome

Melted, stringy cheese doused in a honey, vinegar and oregano dressing with just a hint of chilli: devour with bread and make the neighbours jealous Caciocavallo is a formaggio a pasta filata, or stretched-curd cheese, and part of the family that includes mozzarella, scamorza, provolone and halloumi. To make it, cow’s milk curds are kneaded […]

Nero: The Man Behind the Myth review – legend and truth

British Museum, LondonThis Roman blockbuster features relics from the great fire of AD64 and invites the visitor to judge the emperor’s true nature Fiddling while Rome burns is a hard charge to dislodge. Nero did nothing, or he played the violin (so I was taught as a child), while the city went up in flames. […]

Italian climate activists sue government over inaction

Plaintiffs want court to order Mario Draghi’s government to adopt more ambitious climate policies Environment campaigners in Italy are suing the government for failing to sufficiently tackle the climate crisis in what is the first legal action of its kind in the country. The 203 plaintiffs will submit their lawsuit to Rome’s civil court on […]

The Chagos Islands: a millstone around the neck of British diplomacy | Letters

With political will, the UK could bring about an overall settlement for the displaced islanders who wish to return, writes David Snoxell, while Peter Harris says it’s never the wrong time to do the right thing Your editorial (The Guardian view on Britain and the Chagos Islands: time for justice, 1 June) made a powerful […]

‘I’m still alive’: Gomorrah author hails court victory over mafia threats

Roberto Saviano says that a court has shown that the crime clans – whose threats forced him to live with a bodyguard – are not invincible The internationally renowned anti-mafia writer Roberto Saviano has declared that “journalism has been vindicated; words are vindicated – and so am I”, after a landmark judgment in Rome over […]

Was the fiddler framed? How Nero may have been a good guy after all

He was a demonic emperor who stabbed citizens at random and let Rome burn. Or was he? We go behind the scenes at a new show exploding myths about the ancient world’s favourite baddie Nero comes with a lurid reputation. “The main thing we know about him is his infamy,” says Thorsten Opper, curator of […]

The Guardian’s first fashion editor: ‘Highbrows no longer ignore high fashion’

Jess Cartner-Morley, associate editor (Fashion), looks through the archives of Alison Adburgham, one of the pioneers of press style journalism Celebrate 200 years of independent Guardian journalism, and help power our future – make a contribution, or become a subscriber. “Now comes the Paris week, with the fighting on the stairways, the multilingual shrieking in […]

Long lunches, tea with the mafia … how reporting Italy has changed over the years

Rome correspondent Angela Giuffrida asks predecessor John Hooper how he covered the country in the pre-internet era Long before even meeting John Hooper, affectionately known among foreign correspondents in Rome as “the Hoops”, I considered him a guide. In 2018, in preparation for the March general election, I bought his book, The Italians, seeking insight […]

Andy Murray pulls out of French Open to focus on Wimbledon

Scot suffers from discomfort during doubles match in Rome Murray also turns down wildcard for Geneva ATP tournament Andy Murray will not compete at Roland Garros this year after suffering from some discomfort during the ATP Masters 1000 event in Rome and will instead attempt to return to singles during the upcoming grass season and […]

Andy Murray makes winning doubles return with Liam Broady in Rome

Murray hoping for wildcard entry into French Open draw Serena Williams beaten in 1,000th WTA match Andy Murray eased back into competition for the first time since early March as he and his fellow Briton Liam Broady pulled off an excellent 5-7, 7-6 (5), 10-6 victory against the Australian pair Luke Saville and Max Purcell […]

Vermicelli alla Sophia Loren: Rachel Roddy’s recipe for pasta with parsley pesto | A kitchen in Rome

A favourite old cookbook (and a pile of parsley to use up) inspire this simple salsa verde – parsley, anchovies, capers, olives – in a fairytale tangle of vermicelli The story starts with a pregnant woman stealing parsley from a garden. She gets caught by the owner, a furious ogress, who, as penance, makes the […]

Remains of nine Neanderthals found in cave south of Rome

Italian archaeologists believe most of Neanderthals were killed by hyenas then dragged back to den Italian archaeologists have unearthed the bones of nine Neanderthals who were allegedly hunted and mauled by hyenas in their den about 100km south-east of Rome. Scientists from the Archaeological Superintendency of Latina and the University of Tor Vergata in Rome […]

The Guardian view on arts education cuts: we don’t need no philistines | Editorial

Removing funding from university arts courses signals that they don’t matter. Ministers couldn’t be more wrong “Beauty is truth, truth beauty, – that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” With the final couplet of his poem, John Keats – who died 200 years ago in Rome, aged 25 […]

Rome’s Colosseum to gain hi-tech arena floor

Retractable floor will allow visitors to see the ‘majesty of the monument’ from its centre, says culture minister The floor of Rome’s Colosseum, where gladiators once fought against each other and wild animals, is set to be restored to its former glory. Milan Ingegneria, a structural engineering and architecture firm, has won an €18.5m (£16m) […]

Jhumpa Lahiri: ‘I’ve always existed in a kind of linguistic exile’

A decade ago, the Pulitzer-winning author threw herself into mastering Italian. She talks about her love for Rome, translating Italy’s ‘finest living writer’ and rewriting her own work in English Jhumpa Lahiri’s third novel is the triumphant culmination of her 20-year love affair with Italian, an obsession that led her to move to Rome with […]