News from italy

More than 40 percent of the Italian coastline is polluted

October 2017 |
More than 40 percent of the Italian coastline is polluted says a study by a research ship from the Italian government organization Legambiente. The company’s Goletta Verde (Green Boat) has been sailing Italy’s coastline for the last 30 years to...

The source of Italy’s River Po has completely dried up

October 2017 |
The source of Italy’s River Po, the longest river in Italy, has completely dried up due to prolonged drought this summer. Across the entire Po basin, there was 10 percent less rainfall in August 2017 than the same month last year, according to Arpa...

Firefighters are being held on suspicion of starting non-existent wildfires

September 2017 |
Fifteen volunteer firefighters are being held on suspicion of starting or reporting non-existent wildfires in Sicily in a bonus payments scam. The volunteers have been arrested for allegedly trying to earn 10 euros per hour for putting out fake or...

UK model was kidnapped in Italy after being promised a photoshoot

September 2017 |
Model Chloe Ayling of the UK was kidnapped in Italy in July after being promised a photoshoot. Ayling was held for six days at a remote location just outside of Turin. Her kidnappers allegedly told her they were planning on selling her as a slave...

Pietro Parolin has met with President Putin

September 2017 |
Pietro Parolin, the number two in the Vatican hierarchy and its de-facto foreign minister, was set to travel to Russia at the end of August. His schedule included a meeting with President Putin and the head of the Russian Orthodox church, Patriarch...

Naples labelled as one of the world’s ten most dangerous cities

September 2017 |
British newspaper The Sun labelled Naples as one of the world’s ten most dangerous cities alongside Isis-occupied Raqqa in Syria. Sun contributor Guy Birchall wrote “Mafia killings are commonplace in Naples [sic].” The article did not cite any...

Italy is threatening to close its ports as the migrant crisis continues

August 2017 |
Italy is threatening to close its ports and impound rescue ships run by aid agencies as the European migrant crisis continues. More than 500,000 migrants have passed through Italian ports since 2014 (85,000 this year alone) and, as the numbers...

Rome has turned off its public drinking fountains

August 2017 |
Rome has turned off its public drinking fountains to cope with a sever drought. A symbol of the city and a welcome source of refreshment for thousands of locals and tourists, Rome’s public drinking fountains are as emblematic as the Colosseum....

Venice residents protest against tourist influx

August 2017 |
Venice residents marched the streets in protest against tourist influx in July. With slogans such as “Mi no vado via (I’m not leaving)” and “My Future is Venice” locals showed their discontent in the city’s leadership. “In our opinion what needs to...
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