News from italy

Isole Tremiti has banned plastic cups, forks, plates, and other picnicware

June 2018 |
Isole Tremiti, a chain of islands off Italy’s eastern coast, has banned plastic cups, forks, plates, and other picnicware. The move comes after scientists measured alarming levels of plastic particles in the waters surrounding the archipelago,...

10% of the world's best beaches are in Italy

June 2018 |
Ten percent of the world’s best beaches are in Italy. This year, 368 Italian beaches in 175 different municipalities were awarded the Blue Flag, a marker based on 32 different criteria including water quality, environmental impact, access,...

Italy's "Father of Disco" celebrated his 78th birthday

June 2018 |
Italy’s “Father of Disco” celebrated his 78th birthday. Pioneering Italian composer Giorgio Moroder, famed for Oscar-winning soundtracks to “Flashdance,” “Top Gun” and “Midnight Express” and for his collaboration with music royalty like Donna...

Parmigiano Reggiano had its best ever year in 2017

June 2018 |
Italy’s famous Parmigiano Reggiano (fondly known as Parmesan in English) had its best ever year in 2017 producing a record-busting 147,000 tons and generating 2.2 billion euros in sales. While Italians still eat the majority of Parmesan, exports...

Pope Francis celebrated his name day by ordering ice creams for Rome's poorest

June 2018 |
Pope Francis celebrated his name day in April by ordering thousands of ice creams for Rome’s poorest. Francis, whose real name is Jorge (George) Mario Bergoglio celebrated Saint George’s Day “with the most needy and the homeless of Rome,” a Vatican...

Gina Lollobrigida has been honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

June 2018 |
Italian screen icon, Gina Lollobrigida, dubbed ‘the most beautiful woman in the world,’ has been honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. As one of the world’s most iconic leading ladies, Lollobrigida appeared in about 60 movies, but her...

Italy returned a 17th century tombstone to its native Iran

May 2018 |
In an effort to prove “the importance that Italy places on the culture of restitution,” the country of Italy returned a 17th century tombstone featuring Arabic and Farsi inscriptions to its native Iran. Italy’s carabinieri art squad organized a...

Italy's "migrant hero" was baptized by Pope Francis

May 2018 |
Italy’s “migrant hero” was baptized by Pope Francis during an Easter service at St. Peter’s Basilica. John Ogah, 31, was begging outside a supermarket in Rome last year when a masked thief armed with a cleaver tried to rob it. The Nigerian man held...

Italy granted citizenship to over 200,000 people in 2016

May 2018 |
Italy granted citizenship to over 200,000 people in 2016, more than any other country in the European Union. While EU nationals can live in the country permanently without so much as a visa, non-Europeans also have the option to stay without...
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