News from italy

Seagulls have occupied the runways of Venice airport

November 2023 |
Venice’s Marco Polo airport was forced to close briefly last month after an unusually large number of seagulls “invaded” the runway, leading flights to be delayed or redirected. Various tools were deployed to ward off the gulls, including a...

The parchments burned by Vesuvius in 79AD will be read by the AI

November 2023 |
When the blast from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius reached Herculaneum in 79 A.D., it burned hundreds of ancient scrolls to a crisp in the library of a luxury villa and buried the Roman town in ash and pumice. The disaster appeared to have...

Campi Flegrei alerts the population near Naples

November 2023 |
At press time, the Italian government was planning for a possible mass evacuation of tens of thousands of people who live around the Campi Flegrei super volcano near Naples. The new measures, which include a scheme to check on the strength of...

Raynair threatens to abandon flights to Italian islands

October 2023 |
At press time, Ryanair was threatening to cut more routes due to Italy’s flight price cap. "We have already reduced flights by 10 percent to Sardinia and we will do the same for Sicily this winter," O'Leary said early last month, amid an ongoing...

UNESCO says "Venice is at risk"

October 2023 |
Venice announced it will trial a long-delayed ticketing system from spring next year, as mass tourism puts the city’s UNESCO status at risk. Councilors said last month that day-trippers would be charged five euros to enter the floating city's...

The motorway to Mont Blanc is back in operation

October 2023 |
A key motorway linking France and Italy reopened last month following a 2-week closure after a landslide blocked the route. The reopening of the A43 allowed planned maintenance work to go ahead on the Mont Blanc tunnel, an alternative route between...

Renata Scotto died in August in Savona

September 2023 |
Renata Scotto, a soprano of uncommon intensity who became a successful director after her singing career, died in August in her hometown of Savona, Italy. She was 89. Scotto’s New York-based manager, Robert Lombardo, said he was called by her...

in Sicily, the Etna volcano blocks air flights

September 2023 |
Flights serving the eastern Sicilian city of Catania were halted after an eruption from nearby Mount Etna, local authorities said, bringing fresh travel troubles to the crisis-plagued Italian airport. The 11,000 foot high volcano burst into action...

The Tower of Pisa is 850 years old

September 2023 |
The Tower of Pisa, one of the most admired and famous buildings in the world, has kicked off its 850th birthday celebrations after the laying of its first stone on August 9, 1173. Considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, together with the whole...
Page 2 of 47