News from italy

Florence banned snacking on the four streets that run through the city's historic center

October 2018 |
Last month, the city of Florence banned snacking on the four streets that run through the city’s historic center. Anyone caught eating on the banned streets can be fined up to 500 euros. Restrictions apply during peak lunch and dinner hours for at...

Starbucks opened its first branch in Italy

October 2018 |
U.S. coffee chain Starbucks opened its first branch in Italy last month. The former post office in Milan’s Piazza Cordusio, near the city’s cathedral, has been transformed into the “most beautiful Starbucks in the world,” according to the coffee...

Liguria is the longest-living in the European Union

October 2018 |
The northern Italian region of Liguria is the longest-living in the European Union, according to figures from Italy’s national statistics office, Istat. Istat reports that more than three of every 100,000 Ligurians live to at least 105. La...

Morandi Bridge collapsed killing 43 people

October 2018 |
On August 14, the Morandi Bridge on the main motorway linking Italy to France collapsed killing 43 people and injuring dozens more. In September Italian magistrates announced they were investigating 20 people and the company that manages the Genoa...

Migrants trapped on a ship for 6 days were finally able to disembark

October 2018 |
As part of the ongoing migrant crisis in Italy, migrants trapped on a ship in a Sicilian port for 6 days in August were finally able to disembark. A stand-off between the Italian government and other European states ended when Italian bishops...

David Hasselhoff married his girlfriend Hayley Roberts in the Puglia region

September 2018 |
Former “Baywatch” star David Hasselhoff (66) married his Welsh girlfriend, Hayley Roberts (38), in the Puglia region in the south of Italy this past July. The two met when Roberts asked Hasselhoff for an autograph and he, in turn, asked for her...

Fashion powerhouse Prada has returned to profit growth

September 2018 |
Fashion powerhouse Prada has returned to profit growth after years of declining sales. The Italian luxury goods brand finally followed suit of its competitors by upgrading its retail network and developing digital technologies while revamping...

A bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games would see three cities hosting the event

September 2018 |
On August 1, the Italian Olympic Committee voted to ratify a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games that would see three cities hosting the event for the first time. The bid proposes that Milan, Turin and Cortina (d’Ampezzo) as hosts for the Olympic...

Human remains and ski equipment were found 3,000 meters high in the Alps

September 2018 |
In 2005, human remains, ski equipment including wooden skiis and glasses were found 3,000 meters high in the Alps in Italy’s Aosta region near the Swiss border. The remains could not be identified so investigators took to sharing the story on...
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