News from italy

An ancient Roman statue discovered under via Appia

March 2023 |
An ancient Roman statue of Hercules has been discovered during repairs to the sewerage system underneath a park in Rome. The statue, which apparently dates back to the Roman imperial period (27BC to AD476), emerged from the ground around the second...

The Uffizi Museum will raise its prices in peak-season

February 2023 |
After Florence’s Uffizi announced it would raise peak-season prices, Italy's culture minister said it was the right move as the “average American family” could afford to pay more. The Uffizi art gallery in Florence said it was increasing its basic...

Pope Benedict XVI passed away

February 2023 |
Tens of thousands of Catholics lined up to pay their respects last month to former pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, at the start of three days of lying-in-state at St Peter's Basilica before his funeral. They began lining up before dawn to view...

The stolen art objects return to Italy

February 2023 |
Prosecutors in New York returned dozens of antiquities stolen from Italy valued at around $19 million, some of which were found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “These 58 pieces represent thousands of years of rich history, yet traffickers...

A Russian yacht keeps mysteriously disappearing

January 2023 |
A luxury yacht owned by a Russian oligarch that was supposedly seized under EU sanctions mysteriously disappeared from a port on the Italian island of Sardinia this summer. The 72-foot Aldabra is owned by Dmitry Mazepin, the billionaire owner of a...

Sheep pastures to revive Pompeii

January 2023 |
In late November, a flock of lawn-mowing sheep were released to trim unruly grass surrounding the ruins of Pompeii as part of an agricultural initiative for the site that also includes plans to revive ancient vineyards. The 150 sheep arrived in...

The Italian population is getting older and older

January 2023 |
Italy is ageing at a considerably faster rate than its EU peers, with the country’s population having fallen to under 59 million, The Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat) said last month. Such significant population decline is a major...

5.7 magnitude earthquake shook Italy’s Adriatic coast

December 2022 |
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook Italy’s Adriatic coast just after 7 a.m. local time on November 9 and was felt most strongly in the Marche region, where panicked residents ran out into the streets. The quake, which struck off-shore at a depth of...

Italian archaeologists have unearthed 24 beautifully preserved bronze statues in Tuscany

December 2022 |
Italian archaeologists have unearthed 24 beautifully preserved bronze statues in Tuscany believed to date back to ancient Roman times. The statues were discovered under the muddy ruins of an ancient bathhouse in San Casciano dei Bagni, a hilltop...
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