What would this year’s Giro d’Italia race be without last year’s victor there to defend the title? According to recent reports, anti-doping officials from Italy’s Olympic Committee (Coni) have demanded a two-year cycling ban for 32-year-old Tuscan champ, Danilo Di Luca, …
Italy’s women’s water polo team will fly east this summer to defend their Olympic crown at the Beijing Games, defeating Spain 10-7 on Italian soil in Imperia, Liguria, at the final qualifier of the semi-final round. In Beijing, the Italians will …
Florence has sadly parted with another remarkable public figure. Former president of AC Fiorentina, 79-year-old Ugo Poggi, died after a long illness. A native of Florence’s historic San Frediano neighborhood, Poggi was actively involved in local sport. He was a player …
Unique study traces the visitors view of Florence
Recent technological advances allow tourists to leave their mark on a city in a way never before possible. The digital footprint of the international traveler is the focus of a study analyzing how visitors with technology experience Florence.
Conducted by the Massachusetts …
The result: The controversial urban railway system will be constructed anyway
125,000 Florentines voted
53.2% voted against
46.8% of voters for
Only a minority of Florentines flocked to the polls on February 17 to have their say on the Tramvia project. Although a total of 315,641 Florentines were eligible to participate in the …
Fun on the banks of the Arno
Imagine attending a concert, catching a theatre show alfresco or going cycling along the Arno’s waters. A new proposal launched by provincial officials could give Florence its own parco fluviale, or river park.
The latest project by Palazzo Medici Riccardi …
Parking scandal stings city administration
Accusations of fraud and deceit are flying around the construction project in Piazza Ghiberti. What was supposed to be a four-story underground parking lot will now be half the size, with just over half the capacity—for the same price, 10 million …
Murder mystery cracked
Months of research using modern biomolecular technology, scanning equipment and DNA analyses on exhumed bone samples have solved a 500-year-old cold case.
Two cultural giants of Renaissance Florence, humanist philosopher Pico della Mirandola, and the scholar-poet Angelo Ambrosini, also known as Poliziano, …
New laws for a solar-powered city
The environmentally conscious can now rely on clean energy. Local officials have passed a motion to allow the installation of solar and photovoltaic panels across the city. Once prohibited on about 95 percent of the rooftops throughout the municipality of Florence, …
Regional tariffs at record high
Tuscans not only pay the highest automobile tax, but they are also some of the most taxed in all of Italy. According to a report released by the municipal association Anci and the finance and local economy institute Iefel, Tuscans pay …
Cruise operators eye Florence
Officials at Seatrain Spa have devised a cutting-edge plan to allow tourists a day in one of Italy’s most visited cities. Passengers on a Mediterranean cruise with Seatrain will soon be able to disembark in the Tuscan seaside city of Livorno …
Region launches campaign
A unique initiative to raise safety awareness among workers puts information about preventing injury directly into laborers’ hands while they are on the job.
Cement bags will carry messages and instructions about working safety in Italian, Arabic, Romanian and Albanian.
Coordinated by …
Rom community takes to the streets
On February 7, via Cavour rang with the voices of members of a marginal community that wants its voice heard. Equipped with loudspeakers and banners, over 50 Rom residing in Osmannoro staged a protest in front of the city Prefect’s office …
Going door-to-door to tackle trash
Tuscany is getting tough with garbage. The recent trash emergency in Naples has made officials ever more attentive to the rising levels of garbage produced in the region. With each Tuscan producing almost two kilos of trash a day, authorities from …
Phoney certificates tarnish university
What do Italian university students do when they cannot manage to pass the Preliminary English Test (PET) exam? They buy it.
A phone call to a private language institute located in the southern Italian region of Calabria and a few hundred euro …
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