News from italy

An avalanche on the Val Senales killed three German skiiers

February 2020 |
A woman and two young girls were killed in an avalanche on the Val Senales glacier in South Tyrol, Italy last month. More were reported injured. The group was hit by a large snow slide at around 2,000m up the glacier. It is reported that the...

“Portrait of a Lady” by Klimt was stolen in Piacenza... maybe is a fake?

February 2020 |
On February 22, 1997, artist Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of a Lady” was stolen from the Ricci-Oddi modern art gallery in Piacenza in Northern Italy. The frame of the painting was discarded on the roof of the building in an apparent attempt to show...

Vogue Italia go green

February 2020 |
Vogue Italia dropped photoshoots from its January issue to make a green statement. Instead of the traditional photos, eight illustrated covers featured work by different artists depicting real-life models wearing Gucci. The move is intended to...

Rome's Major moved souvenir stands for “decorum and security”

February 2020 |
Souvenir stands in front of some of Rome’s most prized monuments will be moved in an attempt to improve the city’s “decorum and security.” Rome’s mayor, Virginia Raggi, said the stalls are incongruous with their surroundings. Seventeen stalls will...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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