Articles tagged “rome”

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Spanish Low-Cost Carrier Vueling is Building a Base in Rome

Spanish Low-Cost Carrier Vueling is Building a Base in Rome

Andrea Rothman, Bloomberg

Vueling has a distinctive enough product, but it's also betting on the continued weakness of Alitalia and is hoping to pick up its disgruntled passengers.

6 years ago

Vatican City Discovers Way to Boost Tourism: New Pope

Vatican City Discovers Way to Boost Tourism: New Pope

Philip A. Stephenson, Quartz

The fact that Francis did not oversee any of the recent terrors of the Catholic church helps his Q factor -- and drives visits -- immensely.

6 years ago

Rome Accused of Ignoring the Demise of Popular Tourist Site at Pompeii

Rome Accused of Ignoring the Demise of Popular Tourist Site at Pompeii

Naomi O'Leary, Reuters

Tourism is an important economic driver in Italy, especially during the European recession, which makes leaders' delays in the site's restoration baffling and quite risky.

6 years ago

Rome’s Latin American Visitors Grew 20% This Year Thanks to Pope Francis

Rome’s Latin American Visitors Grew 20% This Year Thanks to Pope Francis

Josephine McKenna, The Daily Telegraph

The pope is increasing the allure of Rome to what was once one of Italy's smaller source markets. And Latin American travel trends are boosting businesses outside of the city center.

6 years ago

Rome’s Mayor Will Close Ancient Colosseum Area to Traffic

Rome’s Mayor Will Close Ancient Colosseum Area to Traffic

Catherine Hornby and James Mackenzie, Reuters

Local business owners hate this plan for the construction's disruption to foot-traffic, but once its done they will probably recover. Either way, the mayor isn't much concerned with their complaints, as he says protecting one of the world's oldest archaeological monument trumps their interests.

6 years ago

Rome tour boat operators won’t cruise this summer: Tiber too dirty

The purpose of the threat by the Rome Boats boss is likely to shame the city into acting before high season kicks in.

7 years ago

Alitalia baggage handlers arrested after hidden cameras capture string of thefts

Associated Press

This is why people don't check bags or, when they do, wrap them in layer upon layer of plastic.

7 years ago

EasyJet continues move into European business routes with Rome-Milan launch

Kari Lundgren, Bloomberg

Legacy carriers are losing capacity to low-cost carriers as businesses cut travel budgets and flyers opt for cheaper fares with no-frills service.

7 years ago

Vatican reporter reveals: Popes like to dish dirt while airborne

Vatican reporter reveals: Popes like to dish dirt while airborne

Victor Simpson, Associated Press

It's interesting to think about popes using their airborne time to chew the fat with reporters much in the same way presidential candidates in the U.S. will roll up their sleeves to chat with their press pool on the way to another speech.

7 years ago

Major travel magazines in the U.S. agree: March is time for Italy

Major travel magazines in the U.S. agree: March is time for Italy

Jason Clampet, Skift

Travel magazines don't mind returning to Italy year after year after year for cover material. Unlike other top destinations like Orlando or Vegas, Italy never disappoints.

7 years ago

Rome’s most famous fountain is getting a $3 million facelift

Rome’s most famous fountain is getting a $3 million facelift

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press

If Rome's fabled fashion houses can come up with the cash necessary to keep the water running without too many cracks they should be welcomed.

7 years ago

How to pay €500 for gelato on Rome’s Spanish Steps

How to pay €500 for gelato on Rome’s Spanish Steps

Nick Squires, The Daily Telegraph

Italians have long looked down on foreigners who think it's fine to drip ice cream on historic sights. But since some tourists will continue to be manners-challenged, Rome can expect a nice, steady revenue stream when the tourists return in May.

7 years ago