News from italy

A series of avalanches claimed the lives of nine skiers

March 2019 |
A series of avalanches during the first week of February claimed the lives of at least nine skiers and snowboarders. Four people who were allegedly skiing off-piste (not skiing on the slopes that are carefully managed by a nearby resort) were hit...

Spanish police are credited with breaking up a branch of Italy's

March 2019 |
Spanish police are credited with breaking up a branch of Italy’s Camorra crime group, the “Marranella” clan. Spanish authorities arrested 14 people who they believe stole hashish from rival drug traffickers in Spain and then transported to Rome in...

The Italian government launched their "citizens' income" website

March 2019 |
The Italian government launched their “citizens’ income” website last month after an unprecedented standoff between Italy’s government, led by the M5S, and the European Commission who rejected the big-spending budget with a warning it could pave...

Italy had lurched back into recession

March 2019 |
Contradictory to Italian deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio’s predictions regarding Italy’s economic status early this year saying that the country was on the cusp of an economic miracle similar to the one enjoyed in the 1960s, data revealed last...

The city of Matera began its yearlong celebration as European Capital of Culture

February 2019 |
The city of Matera, in the Basilicata region of southern Italy, began its yearlong celebration as European Capital of Culture on Jan. 19. As the third-oldest city in the world, Matera is today one of Italy’s hottest travel destinations. The UNESCO...

A restaurant now welcomes dogs to dine at the table

February 2019 |
A restaurant in Albettone near Vicenza now welcomes dogs to dine with owners and fellow customers, for a small cover charge. It’s common in Italy to bring your four-legged friends to dinner and Fabio and Joe Formaggio (also the mayor of the town)...

North Korea's ambassador to Italy has disappeared

February 2019 |
According to South Korea’s spy agency, North Korea’s ambassador to Italy has disappeared amid unconfirmed reports that he sought asylum from an unidentified Western country. Jo Song-gil (48), the acting North Korean ambassador to Rome, was said to...

The ongoing battle between Venetians and tourists continues

February 2019 |
The ongoing battle between Venetians and tourists continues as Venice has won approval to introduce an entry fee of up to 10 euros for short-stay tourists to the city. Inhabitants of Italy’s tiny Aeolian Islands have long complained about the...

The Uffizi Gallery is demanding the return of a painting stolen by Nazi troops

February 2019 |
The Uffizi Gallery is demanding the return of a painting stolen by Nazi troops in 1943 that is now in the hands of a German family. The still life painting “Vase of Flowers” by Jan van Huysum was first displayed in the Florence museum in 1824....
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