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Holy Shit: Vatican Track Team Aiming for Olympics

Fine, it doesn't seem like Pope Francis is going to be on the squad. But you know he's rooting for them—and that's one holy cheerleader.
Liam Daniel Pierce
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Video Shows Terrifying Escalator Accident in Rome That Injured at Least 20

Cellphone footage shows the machine going haywire and suddenly speeding up, sending dozens of people hurtling down the steps.
Drew Schwartz
Chinese food

How Rome Fell in Love with Chinese Food

Sonia, the one-name-only grande dame of Rome's Chinese restaurant scene, had a lot to do with it.
Giancarlo Buonomo

The Chill Roman Priests Who Worshipped a Goddess and Castrated Themselves

Rome is frequently hailed by the alt-right as a bastion of masculinity, but the cult of Cybele says otherwise.
Siobhan Ball
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©©'s New Album Is a Dog-Eared Postcard From Off the Grid

Stream the elusive producer’s ‘People, Places, Patterns’ before it comes out June 27 on Jungle Gym Records.
Krystal Rodriguez

The Roads of the Roman Empire as a Subway Map

All roads lead to Rome, and now you can understand them at a glance.
Beckett Mufson
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A$AP Mob's "Wrong" Video Is a Regally-Shot Classical History Lesson

Is there an A$AP Augustus? A$AP Constantine?
Phil Witmer
The Restless Youth Issue

What Does LGBTQ Activism Look Like in Italy?

"Just because I'm gay doesn't mean I'm an atheist. And I feel sorry for those who deny their sexuality in the name of religion."
Vincenzo Ligresti

Intimate Portraits Show Tender Moments in the Lives of Refugees

Photographer Serena Vittorini highlights the passions and joys of two Malian refugees living in Rome.
Abby Ronner

Pope Francis Warns that Texting at the Dinner Table Will Cause Wars

Pope Francis is on a crusade to preserve one of the last bastions of “togetherness and solidarity” in our depraved world, and he’ll be damned if he’s going to let emojis and right swipes get in the way of a good meal.
Nick Rose

Starbucks Is Coming to Italy and Italians Are Predictably Skeptical

The chain has announced plans to open its first location in one of the world's proudest coffee-drinking nations.
Phoebe Hurst

See All of Rome in Under 3 Minutes in this Super Speedy Video Portrait

Filmmaker Alex Soloviev uses complicated edits and multiple camera techniques to film the crowds, sights, and energy of the eternal city.
Kevin Holmes