Italian spumante bests France's finest
Some 140 million bottles of Italian spumante were popped worldwide on New Year's Eve, making 2009 a record year for the up-and-coming Italian bubbly.
In the face of plummeting sales for French Champagne, down a record 44 percent in the first half …
Air Berlin recently announced it would increase flights to better connect Florence and the German city of Stuttgart. The daily flight service from Florence's Vespucci airport to Germany's sixth largest city begins on March 28, 2010, with flights leaving Monday to …
Healthy, clean and eco-conscious: this is the next generation of newborns in Pontassieve. As part of the Tuscan city's new project, the Green Stork, all new parents will receive a kit containing 15 cloth diapers, three underpants and a gift card …
Study abroad program celebrates milestone
Students, staff and alumni of Syracuse University Florence (SUF) as well as many others from the city's English-speaking community gathered last autumn to celebrate a milestone year for one of the oldest study abroad programs in Italy when SUF held a …
Festivities and exhibits around Italy
The year 2010 marks 400 years since the death of one of Italy's most acclaimed and notorious artists, Caravaggio. Major exhibits across the country will pay homage to the great Mannerist maestro, born Michelangolo Merisi. Caravaggio celebrations kick off with a …
Knox sentence divides sister cities
The Seattle parks and recreations department has recently abandoned a plan to name a green area after its sister city in Italy.
Intended to be named Perugia Park, the area will now be left unnamed until spring, Seattle officials say, following local …
Top musicians flock to Italy
For Italy, 2010 promises to be a memorable year in popular music, with several high-profile concerts scheduled around the country.
The artists range from homegrown Italian talents, like rockers Ligabue and Vasco Rossi (who closes the Italian leg of his European tour …
Amnesty brings in millions
'The time of tax havens has finished forever. To place or keep money in tax havens is no longer convenient, neither in economic nor in tax terms. The returns are small, the risk is high', said Italy's finance ministry in an …
Italy's artistic heritage accessible to the disabled
Ten Italian museums recently inaugurated special exhibits for disabled art lovers on occasion of the International Day of the Disabled, which was celebrated last December 3.
Famous paintings, important monuments, sculptures, engravings, toys, nativity figurines and archeological artifacts are now flanked by …
In his end-of-year address to the Italian populace, Italian president Giorgio Nappolitano announced that the Italian government ‘will open its doors to users of the new medias.' The daily goings-on of Italy's Quirinale and presidential addresses will now be broadcast live …
‘We have no doubts that the attack was by organized crime. The manner in which it was carried out and the professionalism demonstrated by the men who planted the bomb made it clear to us that it was commissioned by ‘Ndrangheta', …
As 2009 ended, club officials and Viola coach Cesare Prandelli reflected on the successes reached this past year and the new challenges of the future.
After five years of sacrifice and hard work, which saw the Fiorentina reach the ‘big four' (Milan, …
Florence and Arezzo team up to hold Serie A
Arezzo baseball have agreed to hold future Italian Serie A tourneys at the recently renovated Cerreti Baseball Stadium in Florence. City and regional officials hope the grand return of the high-profile national event helps promote the once-popular sport.
‘This extraordinary synergy to …
City and region plan more routes
Hoping to increase pollution-free transit options, city and regional officials recently announced plans for two new walking and cycling paths.
A 1,300-meter foot and bike path along the Arno River will run from Rovezzano to Girone. The path, with an estimated price …
New stadium, new dreams
Taking another step toward building an American baseball stadium in Tuscany, San Bartolo a Cintoia recently opened public bids on construction of the facility, set to be completed by 2011.
The new stadium will be the home of Florence's homegrown baseball team, …
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