248 beaches in Italy recognized
There has been an increase in the number of Italian beaches raising the Blue Flag, the seal of approval from the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) Italia. With two more beaches added to the list this year, 248 beaches across Italy …
IMU payments suspended until September
One of the first decrees to get approval from Italy’s new cabinet, led by the centre-left and Enrico Letta, was the suspension of the June payment of the controversial Imposta municipale unica (IMU) property tax.
The decision came after weeks of threats …
Earliest European depiction of American Indians
Officials at the Vatican recently showcased what they believe to be the earliest European depiction of Native Americans. During a cleaning of Pinturicchio’s Resurrection of Christ in the Vatican’s Borgia Apartments, art historians noticed an intriguing scene immediately above Christ’s opened …
Italian research team predicts astral explosion
An international team of researchers based at the International Centre for Relativistic Astrophysics at La Sapienza University, Rome, predicted a spectacular and scientifically significant event: the explosion of a supernova.
On April 27, the team of young researchers, ages 25 and 29, …
Pisan leads new government
More than 60 days since the February general elections, in which no party came out a real winner, Italy finally swore in a new coalition government.
The new government, headed by 45-year-old Enrico Letta, deputy of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), was …
Venice has only 60,000 residents, but welcoming more than 12 million tourists a year has led to all sorts of problems, among them crowds and public indecency, as well as inconvenience for locals trying to go about their daily business.
Now the …
Former PM and life senator dies
One of Italy’s most controversial politicians, seven-time prime minister of Italy, Giulio Andreotti, died in his home in Rome on May 6. He was 94.
Andreotti was an important figure within the Christian Democrats, one of the two leading post-war parties. He …
Guided night tours until November 2
Every Thursday and Saturday from 8:20pm until midnight, the Sopritendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma is holding a special evening tour for visitors: The Moon on the Colosseum: Night Tours of the Flavian Amphitheatre.
The 75-minute tour is for pre-reserved …
President of the Republic elected for second term
After six rounds of voting, in which the pre-selected group of parliamentarians and regional representatives had failed to find a suitable candidate, Italy elected Giorgio Napolitano for a second term as president of the Italian Republic.
He is the first Italian president …
Tod?s reinvests 1 percent of profits in local economy
An estimated 1,000 businesses in Italy closed each day in the first nine months of 2012, according to a recent study conducted by the CGIA di Mestre research centre. Owner of luxury fashion brand Tod’s and the ACF Fiorentina soccer club, …
50,000 euro per day to shoot in St. Peter's Square
After a visit to Rome to scout locations, Ridley Scott returned to begin shooting the first few scenes of the pilot for The Vatican on via della Conciliazione. The production is massive, costing 5 million euro in Rome alone. Renting Piazza …
Lombardy capital hosts solidarity event
Despite the rain, hundreds of runners gathered on April 21 to take part in a special marathon organized by the City of Milan and the U.S. Consulate in Milan to remember the victims of the Boston marathon and express ‘solidarity with …
America's Cup returns April 16 to 21
Since serving as back-to-back stops in the America’s Cup World Series in spring 2012, Naples and Venice have been vying to host a second stop and the honour of being the only European site for 2013.
Last February, event officials confirmed that …
Rome inaugurates Buddhist temple
Home to more than 7,000 Chinese residents, Rome is now the city with the largest Buddhist temple in Europe. The temple opened during the Christian celebrations for Easter, as Pope Francis delivered his first Urbi et Orbi Easter Sunday address in …
Italians spend 100 hours a year in traffic
With 7 out of 10 Italians travelling to work by car, motorists are spending more time than ever sitting in traffic.
Traffic is the worst in Italy’s major cities, with Palermo, Rome and Milan topping the list. In these cities, drivers can …
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