News from italy

Italian producers of balsamic vinegar lost a legal challenge

January 2020 |
Italian producers of balsamic vinegar have lost a legal challenge with the EU’s top court to prevent a German company from using the names “aceto” or “aceto balsamico” to market its vinegar products. The Consortium for Balsamic Vinegar of Modena...

A canvas by Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi sold for €4.8 million

January 2020 |
A newly discovered canvas by the female 17th-century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi sold for almost €4.8 million last month, a record for the artist, auction house Artcurial said. The painting “Lucretia” depicts the ancient Roman noblewoman...

A landing fee for be a turist in Venice

January 2020 |
Venice’s city council has approved plans to introduce a contributo di accesso (landing fee) beginning July 1, 2020. The charge will apply to tourists not staying overnight and is set at €3 standard rate rising to €6 on busier days and €8 on...

Evacuated 10.000 people in Turin for a british bomb

January 2020 |
More than 10,000 people were evacuated from central Turin in early December as experts worked to diffuse a WWII bomb. The British bomb, dropped on the city during the war, contained 140 pounds of dynamite. A detonator on the tail end of the...

Matteo Salvini, Nutella ... and Turkish hazelnuts

January 2020 |
Former Deputy PM Matteo Salvini swore he will no longer eat Nutella after finding out the product is made using Turkish nuts. Salvini has long used food as a symbol of Italy’s national identity as he regularly poses with espresso and shares images...

Hundreds of farmers in Rome to protest against a surging number of wild boars

December 2019 |
Hundreds of farmers gathered in Rome last month to protest against a surging number of wild boars they allege are ruining their crops and land. The farmers say the boars, which are prolific breeders, need to be better controlled and rules...

New taxes on plastic and sugary drinks in Italy's 2020 budget

December 2019 |
Italy’s 2020 budget, designed to raise 1.3 billion euros, will include new taxes on plastic and sugary drinks. The plastic tax rides a wave of international action against pollution and is intended to raise almost 1 billion euros on its own, a...

A new fresco discovered in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.

December 2019 |
Archaeologists have uncovered a well-preserved fresco of two fighting gladiators in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. The city is undergoing a new phase of excavation, the “Great Pompeii” project, funded by the EU and Italy. This fresco was found...

Prosecco-flavored limited edition Pringles were seized

December 2019 |
Officials in Italy seized 250 cans of Prosecco-flavored Pringles after claims the company used the sparkling wine’s name without permission. Pringles produced the limited edition flavor in December 2018. The cans were seized from a supermarket in...
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