Policeman charged in the death of Lazio fan
Luigi Spaccatorella, aged 35, has been charged with voluntary homicide in the
tragic death of a 26-year-old Lazio supporter at a motorway rest stop on
November 11. However, Spaccatorella denies shooting to kill, saying that he was
not aiming at anything in particular.
quickly rushed …
Palazzo Vecchio launches campaign against driving while intoxicated
Drunk drivers behind the wheel will no longer be tolerated in the city. Safety superintendent Graziano Cioni is on the offensive against those who abuse alcohol and get behind the wheel. ‘If you drive drunk, it is as if you are …
Immigrants become the target of new national security measures
Following the deadly attack on a naval officer’s wife in Rome by a Romanian mugger, cabinet ministers quickly pushed through an emergency decree allowing for the expulsion of EU immigrants deemed a ‘danger to society’.
The victim, Giovanna Reggiani, was on her …
Bomb victims awarded millions for 1993 explosion
The victims of the car bombing that took the lives of five people and injured many more will be awarded almost 13 million euro in damages.
On May 27, 1993, an inconspicuous Fiat Fortino loaded with 250 kilos of explosives was parked …
Auction raises funds for restoration
At the renowned New York auction house, Christie’s, a nine-litre bottle of 2005 vintage Salmanazar produced by the celebrated Tenuta di Ornellaia was recently sold for $28,000.
Instead of going into a wine-dealer’s pocket, the proceeds of the sale will return Giovanni …
A rainless year has sent prices sky high
Truffle lovers are singing the blues. The region’s production drastically dropped by 50 percent in 2007. A relatively rainless autumn season is the culprit for the meager harvest of Tuscany’s most famed fungi—and the consequent hike in prices.
A kilo of truffles …
Car-sharing measure gives new meaning to public transportation
The province of Florence has started car sharing. The next step in a series of initiatives aimed at cutting political and administrative costs will soon have provincial officials car sharing their way around town. In addition, the cars will be made …
The low-cost Swedish fashion chain H&M recently announced that its latest signature collection will be created by Florentine designer Roberto Cavalli. Soon to be available in selected H&M stores across the globe, Cavalli’s special men’s and women’s designs will be a …
The botanical gardens in Staten Island will soon be home to a one-acre traditional Tuscan vineyard. Made possible by the Tuscan Garden Vineyard project, the working vineyard will educate visitors on the centuries-old winemaking process. The unique initiative was launched on …
A recent ruling by the High Court of Appeals has decided to uphold the life sentences given to the Nazi soldiers responsible for one of the bloodiest civilian massacres to have occurred in Italy during WWII. On August 12, 1944, three …
Domenici gets a rude awakening
The mayor of Florence was fined 5540 euro last week after an Appeals Court judge found him guilty of ‘damages to protected assets of important historical and artistic relevance’.
In an unprecedented case over a tree-cutting incident at the Fortezza da Basso, …
Regional survey probes attitudes and fears
A recent study has revealed that approximately four out of ten homosexuals are the targets of discrimination in state schools, hospitals and other public institutions.
Conducted by the Tuscan Region in collaboration with the online newspaper Gaynet and researchers from the …
Prodi shines new light on old path crossing Tuscan
buffs can follow footsteps from the past while traveling from
Canterbury to Rome. Italian premier Romano Prodi recently unveiled the
first of over 1,500 signposts that will line routes once used by
pilgrims in medieval times.
first signpost is located on via Francigena, which means …
Leaning tower of Pisa loses distinction toGerman twin
may be hard to fathom, but the Leaning Tower of Pisa is no longer the
farthest leaning structure in the world. Recently stripped of its
Guinness record, one of Tuscany's most visited monuments has been
replaced by a relatively unknown sloping church tower close …
Florence resumes production of vintage auto
young entrepreneurs and a university professor will soon revive a lost
art form in Florence. The Ermini racecar, currently being designed and
tested by researchers at the University of Florence, will make its way
back onto city streets.
Florentine mechanical engineer Pasquale Ermini began producing
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