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10.24.12 Irina Dvalidze

Tourists shitting in your city sucks, we know. Seems like Rome’s mayor Gianni Alemanno is getting militant about fighting them. He’s recently pioneered a new ordinance which outlaws eating and drinking in areas of “particular historic, artistic, architectonic and cultural value,” including landmarks such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon and even the Spanish Steps, which […]

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12.30.11 Marina Galperina

Even though witnesses reported that bits of rocks fell from the Colosseum, and even though an Italian news agency reported that more bits of rocks fell from the Colosseum a few days later, and even though the environmental group Legambiente has been telling people for years that traffic exhaust fumes and nearby metro’s vibrations are […]

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09.06.11 Marina Galperina

An angry bald man was captured on tape hopping into the Moro Fountain in Rome and defacing an old marble statue by maniacally bashing it with a big rock (0:15). He was apprehended trying to bludgeon the Trevi Fountain too. […]

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05.20.11 Bucky Turco

Basically, everyone in Rome hates the abstract 16-foot-tall sculpture of Pope John Paul II created by artist Oliviero Rainaldi. It was placed in front of the city’s major train depot and some say it’s ugly, while others claim it looks nothing like him, but does resemble fascist dictator Mussolini. Even the Vatican is hating on […]

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12.14.10 Bucky Turco

Uh-oh, better turn the volume down. Like other riot-prone Europeans, the Italians also like to take to the streets, torch things, and clash with police blaring the most god-awful sirens. This was the scene earlier in Rome after Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi squeezed out a narrow vote of confidence from the Parliament. […]

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08.11.10 Bucky Turco

Drug dealers in Rome reportedly employed a 10-foot albino python to protect their coke and according to an Italian police officer, this was no dumb snake: “From our investigation we can say it had been trained to watch over the drugs.” Ha. I’m no zoological expert, but assume it was better at scaring the shit […]

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07.30.10 Marina Galperina

Since a dye-chucking prankster turned the Trevi Fountain red, Rome’s precious public statues have been under attack with tags, cracks and scribbled swears. Busts are consistently de-nosed, presumably by hammered, hammer-happy students. The vandalism is so rampant that the resource-strapped gov-heads are forced to parole convicts and have them guard Rome’s monuments. Drunk kids and […]

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09.24.09 Will Sherman

Following all the domestically painted tributes to SACE aka Dash Snow, comes an Italian memorial. Fellow writer VIZIE brought back photos of a piece dedicated to the vandal in Rome. Photo by VIZIE […]

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