Rome is the capital of Italy. It played a major role in European history as the seat of the Roman Empire, and is regarded as one of the cradles of Western civilization.
Rome, also known as The Eternal City, has a history going back more than 2,500 years. It is now one of the most-visited cities in the EU. It is home to many international companies, and also an important hub of fashion and design. The Vatican City, an independent country, is located within its boundaries. This is an automatic compilation of DW content about Rome.
Pope Francis has warned of the presence of the devil. Last September the pontiff even said the devil was working overtime to undermine the Catholic Church. And it seems many Italians also believe in the devil's work. Every year, 500,000 Italians go to see an exorcist. Angelo van Schaik joined some of the faithful hoping for an audience with Rome's most famous exorcist, Padre Vincenzo.
Leonardo da Vinci died 500 years ago. In Italy, the birthplace of Leonardo, preparations are under way for a number of exhibitions to celebrate his genius, including one of his famed sketches and notebooks in the northern city of Turn. But before they go on display, they've spent months in Rome at a unique clinic for ancient books and artwork. Megan Williams has this report from Rome.
Some 200 people have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of the year, trying to reach Europe from North Africa. The Italian government has closed its ports to rescued migrants. As Megan Williams reports from Rome, the country's populist government has found a new culprit for the migrant crisis and Africa's problems: France and the currency it created in Africa in 1945.
Fruit and vegetables are grown all year round in Latina, just outside of Rome. But while produce from the region is exported to supermarkets throughout Europe, the migrant workers who pick the fruit and vegetables and work in the fields endure exhausting conditions and poor pay. Naomi Conrad went to this central Italian province to investigate.
Adi Hütter’s men completed a perfect Europa League group stage with a 2-1 away win over Lazio. But the focus was on the stands, as 10,000 away fans outnumbered their hosts and made the Olimpico feel like the Waldstadion.