News from italy

Demonstrations across 60 Italian cities to protest divorce law reforms

December 2018 |
Last month, thousands took part in demonstrations across 60 Italian cities to protest divorce law reforms currently being considered by parliament that they believe are a threat to human rights. Conservative senator Simone Pillon of the League...

A bank manager narrowly avoided jail time for stealing from the rich to give to the poor

November 2018 |
A bank manager in the small town of Forni di Sopra in the Dolomites narrowly avoided jail time after being convicted of stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Gilberto Bascheria took small amounts of money from wealthy clients and transferred...

The list of potential hosts for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games

November 2018 |
The list of potential hosts for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games has been narrowed down to Calgary, Stockholm and the combined sites of Italy’s Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The 2026 vote is scheduled for...

Domenico Lucano, the mayor of Riace, was placed under house arrest

November 2018 |
Domenico Lucano, the mayor of Riace, a small town in Calabria in southern Italy, was placed under house arrest for his alleged involvement in illegal “marriages of convenience” for immigration purposes. Lucano, who was named one of the world’s 50...

A submarine search for the remains of 24 American WWII soldiers in Italy’s Lake Garda

November 2018 |
A submarine search for the remains of 24 American WWII soldiers whose amphibious vehicle sank in a storm on Italy’s Lake Garda was called off last month. A three-day expedition to find uniforms or remains of the men that drown on April 30, 1945 at...

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...
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