The Italian Almanac
Italian News - August 31 The Italian authorities have sent out a ship carrying a team of its top scientists on a mission to find a highly precious commodity: 10,000-year-old sand.
Italian Television - August 31 French actress Clotilde Courau married Prince Emanuele Filiberto acquiring the title of Princess. Now she is to work playing Princess Giovanna of Savoy.
Italian News - August 30 "Goodbye Ugo! You will always be with us". Then a few pics showing him near a river and on the house's terrace and three signatures: Andrea, Laura and Ilaria.
Italian News - August 30 Pierluigi Collina, the world's most famous referee, shocked Italian soccer on Monday by quitting because of a row over a sponsorship deal.
Italian News - August 28 Soragna, a small town near Parma, thumbs some magnificent noses at Italy's beauty obsession by holding a yearly "King Nose" contest.
Italian Art - August 28 How did paintings by Venetian Renaissance artists get their special glow? Barbara Berrie, at the National Gallery of Art, discovered one of their secrets.
Italian News - August 27 Immigrants in Bergamo are to have a greater voice in labour relations, thanks to a new initiative designed to give foreign workers top positions within local trade unions.
Italian News - August 26 Despite forest fires, overbuilding, hunting and poaching, the wildlife population has been showing signs of a major and unexpected recovery.
Italian News - August 26 A priceless set of ancient jewelry, probably from Egypt, is the latest archaeological jackpot experts have struck on the southern Italian island of Pantelleria.
Italian News - August 25 The Italian home town of silent movie great Rudolph Valentino is continuing its campaign to revive the actor's legend with a new cinema fest.
Italian Science - August 25 The study by the National Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR) has shown that on a day-to-day basis, dolphins communicate with dialect unique to their own pod.
Italian News - August 25 Italian government, hoping to cash in on Italy's most abundant natural resource, approved incentives this summer that could see solar panels blooming on rooftops.
Italian News - August 23 On the small Italian island of Lampedusa a "field hospital" maintained by volunteers from the WWF group gives a second chance to injured sea turtles.
Italian News - August 23 When Assisi officials asked residents to 'adopt' graves at the local Commonwealth WWII cemetery, they would never have bet on such an enthusiastic response.
Italian News - August 22 Alarm about the potentially lethal health threats posed by ad-lib tattooists. The sector is unregulated, making Italy a 'Wild West' of tattooing.
Italian News / Music - August 21 Organizers say the 18th edition of the Ferrara Buskers Festival, which runs between August 22 and 28, is going to be the most colourful yet.
Italian News - August 20 Puglia has taken the first step in fighting the loss of its ancient olive trees, which have become the latest lifestyle accessory for well-to-do Northern Italians.
Italian News - August 20 A Dutch couple on vacation in Venice thought they were getting a great deal when they picked up a stylish Prada handbag from a street vendor.
Italian News - August 19 At first sight, Seborga is a typical picture postcard village on the Italian Riviera with minute squares and narrow streets meandering beneath an imposing bell tower.
Italian News - August 19 In today's tough economic climate, Italy's grandparents are increasing a key source of support for young families, a new study has revealed.
Italian News - August 19 A new barrier will soon ring the Colosseum as part of tighter security measures being implemented across Italy in the wake of last month's terror attacks in London.
Italian News - August 18 Pope Benedict XVI has apologized after he forgot to bless the hundreds of pilgrims who attended his weekly audience at his Italian summer residence.
Italian News - August 18 Siena was girding itself for its renowned Palio race on Tuesday amid heightened security in the wake of last month's terror attacks in London.
Italian Music - August 16 Italian composer Ennio Morricone, best known for film scores that have graced silver screen productions, will make his Seoul debut next month.
Italian News - August 14 When the giant submarine came lumbering down the lonely strip of highway headed for its new home in a Milan museum, hundreds of mobile phones were raised to capture images.
Italian News - August 14 Petty thieves, phony taxi drivers and drug smugglers have a tough time since Italian police stepped up sweeps through Rome's Fiumicino airport.
Italian News - August 13 Itís a bad season for Alpine glaciers. The retreat of the ice is allowing vegetation to grow back, which means that summer skiing is no longer an option.
Italian News - August 13 Italian archaeologists believe they are on the verge of finding the ancient ships downed in the battle of the Aegates more than 2,000 years ago.
Italian News - August 12 A flock of gluttonous herons is pitting environmentalists against a worried local official who objects to their habit of dining off choice trout.
Italian News - August 12 Speaking as the summer holiday season was getting into full swing, Folco Quilici said the health of Italian waters had improved dramatically in recent years.
Italian News - August 10 Once again the Feast of Saint Lawrence will be toasted with wine throughout Italy in the hope that wishes made on a falling star will come true.
Italian News - August 10 In the past month 76 parked cars and 104 motorcycles have been set ablaze during the night, with engines exploding and flames damaging buildings.
Italian Art - August 10 A leading art historian has called for a 16th century masterpiece to be locked up safely after another renowned Florentine sculpture was damaged by vandals last week.
Italian News - August 9 A Macedonian man who drove away from a service station without his wife only noticed she wasn't in the car when police phoned him six hours later.
Italian News / Europe - August 9 One and a half years after its sister spacecraft Mars Express arrived at Mars, Europe's newest planetary probe is ready to depart on the first leg of its journey to the mysterious Venus.
Italian News - August 8 Many Italians can't remember when fireflies brightened summer nights, but scientists say the luminous insects are making a comeback this season.
Italian News - August 8 A 8,000-year-old pirogue - a canoe made from a hollowed tree trunk - was discovered on the bed of Lake Bracciano at a depth of just 12 metres.
Italian News - August 7 Transport Minister Pietro Lunardi has issued a series of directives to prevent beach-goers from being injured by motorboats or jet skis when they go for a swim.
Italian News - August 6 Tim Grobben, 31, and Ben Stinkens, 21, from Belgium, beat a bristling array of cameras and high walls that Clooney has installed at his lakeside home.
Italian News - August 6 In the wake of the latest instructions from soccer authority, Italian referees are wondering whether they have to remove their wedding rings before matches.
Italian News - August 5 Tax authorities have taken a novel approach to tax fraud in beach-side bars in Italy. News reported that the trial project was so successful that it would be expanded.
Italian News - August 5 Italy assumed command of the NATO's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) from Turkey and will hold it for the next nine months.
Italian News - August 5 Rome's centuries-old cobblestone streets may soon be relegated to a few tourist friendly pedestrian squares as Rome paves over the huge slabs.
Italian News / Music - August 4 Luciano Pavarotti will bring his production of 'La Boheme' to the Valley of the Temples for a single performance.
Italian News - August 4 The Italian government continued its clampdown on soccer hooliganism with a new decree that turns up the heat on troublemakers.
Italian News - August 3 Women accused of witchcraft more than four centuries ago left behind an impressive series of graffiti in a Palermo prison as they waited to be burned at the stake.
Italian Science - August 3 Italian scientists have revealed in a new study that human brain does not necessarily perceive events in the order they happen, it may decide to sense more important things first.
Italian News - August 3 A famous 16th-century statue of Neptune in Florence's central square has been damaged by vandals who tried to climb up it during the night.
Italian News - August 2 James Bond, the world's most famous secret agent, is to abandon the fast sports cars of the past for a Fiat Panda with a top speed of 90 mph.
Italian News - August 2 An attempt to set the new world record for the longest pizza will be made later this month in Pesaro, a small city on the upper Adriatic coast.
Italian News - August 1 Italy's beach playboys, the seaside predators who would make a pass at every girl under the sun, appear to be a dying breed, according to a new report.
Italian Movies - August 1 While the rest of the nation heads for its holidays, most of Italy's top film-makers will be sweating the summer away on the sets of their latest movies.
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