News from italy

Restrictions on motor vehicles to cut down on air pollution

January 2017 |
Milan, Rome and Naples are cities that have introduced restrictions on cars and other motor vehicles to cut down on high levels of air pollution. Polluting petrol cars and some diesel cars have been banned from streets because of the smog on...

Italian teens celebrating their 18th birthday before December 31 can receive a 500 euro bonus

December 2016 |
Italian teens celebrating their 18th birthday before December 31 can receive a 500 euro bonus from the government to be used solely on cultural items. There are about 574,000 teens in that group who can spend the stipend on books, concert and...

The Vatican has issued guidelines on cremations

December 2016 |
The Vatican has issued guidelines on cremations. With the number of cremations rising steadily and funeral costs rising rapidly, the Vatican urged that remains be preserved in cemeteries or other approved sacred places. The Roman Catholic Church...

Italian police deny any abuse against migrants

December 2016 |
Italian police deny any abuse against migrants during their identification or reparation process. The European Union has imposed tougher requirements on fingerprinting to reduce onward movement and expulsion of migrants. The ill treatment claims...

More than 100 people drowned off the coast of Libya. 29 survivors taken to Lampedusa.

December 2016 |
More than 100 people drowned off the coast of Libya following a migrant shipwreck. The vessel overturned leaving only 29 survivors. Those who survived were taken to the island of Lampedusa by the Italian coast guard. Over 4,000 migrants have died...

Recent earthquakes will impact the tourism business

December 2016 |
The National Farmers Confederation Coldiretti says the series of recent earthquakes will impact the tourism business. They claim tourists spend 220,000 nights a year in the mountainous zone and the current earthquake devastation has turned off...

Earthquakes and aftershocks continue to affect central Italy

December 2016 |
Earthquakes and aftershocks continue to affect central Italy. A Norcia tremor destroyed all but the façade of the 14th century St. Benedict Cathedral. Norcia is famed for its monastery and for the birthplace of St. Benedict. Twenty people...

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi claims Italy’s 2017 budget is good news for the country

November 2016 |
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi claims Italy’s 2017 budget is good news for the country. Italy’s economy has been at a virtual standstill during the first six months of this year but, Renzi says the year will end with a 1 percent growth...

Pope Francis is offering his summer vacation palace as a tourist attraction

November 2016 |
Pope Francis is offering his summer vacation palace as a tourist attraction. Castel Gandolfo is just outside of Rome and his private apartment has been converted into a museum. The pontiff has visited the palace a couple of times since his election...
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