The Italian Almanac
Italian News - December 30 Virginia Dighero died of a stroke in her Genoa home. She celebrated her 114th birthday on Christmas Eve with her sons Giacomo, 83, and Attilio, 80.
Italian Science - December 30 Sun on snow purifies the air above it, Italian scientists have found. The scientists said that, with enough sun, compounds in ground snow released types of beneficial radicals.
Italian News - December 29 Fears of a wild feline on the prowl have hit the country for the fifth time in just over a decade. The latest reports came from citizens on the outskirts of Turin.
Italian News - December 29 A veteran Italian tomb raider was stopped with three bulging bags of plundered artifacts. In a raid on the 74-year-old man's home, police found almost 10,000 pieces.
Italian News - December 29 Paolo Maldini, a top soccer fullback who was in Maldives when the Indian Ocean tsunami struck, is back to help fight rising drug abuse in the archipelago.
Italian News - December 28 Serie A clubs report that the proportion of women at stadiums is on the up, and a recent Rome University study confirmed that female interest in football is booming.
Italian News - December 28 The mobile phone continues to take over the world. If the media and telecommunications companies are right the mobile will be the universal all-purpose device.
Italian News - December 27 Italian women spend more of their time doing housework and looking after children than any of their European peers, according to a new survey by national statistics bureau Istat.
Italian News - December 27 Italian police have a new device which will enable them to foil cunning motorists who drive over the speed limit and slow down only on monitored stretches of road.
Italian News - December 24 This year's essential Christmas present for urban Italians is a miniature vineyard that can be planted in a window box or grown on the smallest balcony.
Italian News - December 24 Trieste is celebrating the oriental coffee trade that made Italy's gateway to the Orient a melting pot that inspired writers and poets.
Italian News - December 24 Grappa is a brandy distilled from the pulpy mass of skins, pits, and stalks left in the wine press after the juice of the grapes have been extracted to make wine.
Italian News - December 23 A night in an igloo, preferably one you have made yourself, is one way of escaping from the same old holiday routine of days spent skiing, shopping and clubbing.
Italian News - December 23 Five young wolves will be settling into their new home in the Rome's Zoo, or Biopark, over Christmas after being saved from hunger and probable death in Croatia.
Italian Movies - December 23 To fans' dismay Massimo Boldi and Christian De Sica have announced that Christmas In Miami, which flew to the top of the box-office charts, will be their last movie together.
Italian News - December 21 The Tarot: Art And Magic looks at material from the 15th century to the 20th century, including a number of engravings by well-known artists such as Albrecht Durer.
Italian News - December 21 Exasperated with repeated delays on the rail network, an Italian teacher has decided to take the national train company to court for causing him "existential damage".
Italian News - December 20 Rome commuters of all ages are asking Santa Claus for a helping hand by sticking messages to him on a huge Christmas tree in the city's main railway station.
Italian Sport - December 20 The Italian skiing team's spectacular form is raising hopes here that the host nation is in for a rich medal haul at February's Turin Winter Olympics.
Italian News - December 18 An 11-year-old Austrian boy who saved the life of a young relative last summer lit a towering Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square, giving Vatican City a festive air.
Italian Movies - December 18 The long-crowned king of the Italian box, Leonardo Pieraccioni is back again this Christmas, with something of a language lesson weaved inside his new comedy.
Italian News - December 17 Scientists analyzed the portrait of the Mona Lisa, a woman with famously mixed emotions, hoping to unlock her smile with the help of emotion recognition software.
Italian News - December 17 Two sisters-in-law, each married to a member of a wealthy Milanese clan, could battle it out for the job of Milan's city mayor early next year.
Italian News - December 16 A renowned statue of Marcus Aurelius, considered a symbol of Rome, has found a permanent home after 26 years of wandering. The massive equestrian bronze will be on view starting next Thursday.
Italian News - December 15 Italians under the age of 18 must get their parents' permission if they want even a small tattoo, the country's highest appeals court ruled on Wednesday.
Italian News / Music - December 15 Excitement is mounting for this Sunday's concert in Acireale by the British pop group Simply Red, whose flame-haired singer Mick Hucknall has a vineyard on the nearby slopes of Mt. Etna.
Italian News - December 15 Italy's homicide rate is the seventh highest in the European Union with more than 700 murders in 2004, according to a crime report issued on Tuesday.
Italian News - December 14 The razzle-dazzle of Paris's circuses and the bustle of its marketplaces are explored through the work of great French illustrators and artists in a new exhibition.
Italian Music - December 14 Claudio Baglioni’s concert last Saturday was a night to remember for his many Maltese fans and also for those who might not like Italian music or this singer in particular.
Italian News - December 13 The Domus Aurea, a celebrated monument dating from Ancient Roman times, is to be closed with immediate effect. The announcement was made at a media conference by minister Buttiglione.
Italian News / Fashion - December 13 American actress Julia Roberts has completed a photo session with photographer Mario Testino in her new role as pretty woman for fashion label Ferre'.
Italian News - December 13 Lazio striker Paolo Di Canio's second Fascist salute in less than a year was condemned on Monday by soccer officials, politicians and members of Italy's Jewish community.
Italian News - December 12 In a new TV commercial 86-year-old Andreotti sits in a plane while explaining how he likes to hear music on his third-generation mobile phone. “How trendy you are, Mr. Senator.”
Italian News - December 12 Addressing thousands of pilgrims the pope said that "Christmas unfortunately suffers a sort of commercial contamination which risks modifying its authentic spirit."
Italian News / Sport - December 10 The speedskating oval for the Turin Winter Olympics opened with World Cup races Friday, winning praise from those who were convinced it would not be completed in time.
Italian Movies - December 10 Oscar-winning Italian director Gabriele Salvatores will take to the sea for his next project, titled "Open Sea," a film he described as a 'Master and Commander' for the wretched.
Italian News - December 9 More ammunition in the eternal debate in Italy around the Christmas holidays. What represents the season better: the Nativity scene or the tree?
Italian News - December 9 An Italian actor threw German police into panic on Wednesday night, when he showed up at the European premiere of a Hollywood blockbuster pretending to be Silvio Berlusconi.
Italian News - December 9 Italy is to host the headquarters of the Mediterranean's only marine mammal sanctuary, set up to protect and encourage the growth of dolphins, whales and other marine life.
Italian News - December 8 Tuscany's famed Fiorentina T-bone steak is to return on New Year's Day after a four-and-a-half year ban. The return of the steak was agreed in October by the EU's food safety committee.
Italian News / Music - December 8 Daniel Harding scored a personal triumph and a standing ovation Wednesday after conducting Mozart's "Idomeneo" at the season opening of the famed La Scala opera house.
Italian News - December 7 Italians are the biggest opponents of torture, even as a method of extracting information from terrorists, according to an international survey out Tuesday.
Italian News - December 7 Italian archaeologists have found a remarkable trove of five untouched Roman sarcophagi in a burial vault outside Rome. One of them probably contains the remains of a small child.
Italian News - December 6 An elementary school teacher in Como has come under fire from several of her students' parents for telling her third grade class that Santa Claus does not exist.
Italian News - December 6 The Velletri jail will soon be offering yoga classes to its inmates in a year-long experiment aimed at helping the prisoners find inner peace and aiding their social rehabilitation.
Italian News - December 5 Luca Cordero di Montezemolo is the most elegant man in the world, according to the Japanese monthly Men's EX. The magazine came to its conclusion after surveying 450 opinions in the fashion sector.
Italian News - December 5 An Italian mother who had a sex change has, in her new incarnation as a man, married a female childhood friend at a ceremony witnessed by both their sets of children.
Italian Science - December 5 Italy's base in Antarctica could play an important role in plans to map the chromosomes of fish in the region, an Italian researcher has revealed.
Italian News - December 4 Florence is to deploy a squad of hostess to reprimand visitors who offend the authorities with casual holiday acts such as picnicking on church steps.
Italian News - December 4 Florence University is soon to become Europe's first higher education institute to offer a specialization course in Chinese herbal medicine.
Italian News - December 3 Vets at Rome zoo, anxious to relieve Bellamy, a 13-year-old male lion, from arthritis have injected tiny particles of gold into its aching muscles.
Italian News - December 3 A porn tax, an idea often discussed but never yet implemented, is being looked at seriously again as the government's budget package is debated in parliament.
Italian News - December 1 Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has had an island in the Caribbean Sea named after him, something none of his predecessors can boast. From now on it is to be known as Silvio Bay.
Italian News / Music - December 1 Opera legend Luciano Pavarotti confirmed he would play at least one final concert with Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo as the world famous Three Tenors.
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