The Italian Almanac
Italian News / Music - July 31 British superstar Elton John will take the stage just outside the Colosseum in September. The free concert will take place on the Via dei Fori Imperiali.
Italian News - July 30 An Italian beach etiquette guide which advises against topless bathing and the consumption of beer on beach has provoked a backlash from German holiday makers.
Italian News - July 30 An estimated ten million cars will pack Italy's motorways this weekend as some 16 million Italians begin their August vacation.
Italian News - July 30 The villa Napoleon's favorite younger sister had built here to serve as her love nest has been fully restored and open to the public for an exhibition.
Italian News - July 29 Riccione is playing host to hundreds of siblings who are gathering here for the 2005 European Twins Festival. Twins from a range of nationalities and ages are taking part.
Italian News - July 29 A 2,000-year-old highway, a mausoleum and an aqueduct have emerged from the dust just outside the Italian capital, making experts consider redrawing maps of ancient Rome.
Italian News - July 27 Italian high school students from Tuscany have invented a vibrating "alarm clock" for deaf sleepers that is taking them all the way to Oslo.
Italian News - July 27 Spain's first gay married couple will spend the first night of their honeymoon in Venice free, the association of Venice hoteliers announced.
Italian History - July 27 Roman soldiers who disappeared after a famous defeat founded a city in eastern China. The phantom legion was part of the defeated forces of Marcus Licinius Crassus.
Italian News - July 26 Help will soon be at hand for thirsty trees, dried out grass and parched plants left to wilt and die in the baking August heat as Italians head off on holiday.
Italian News - July 26 If you have travelled through Rome's main train station recently, you may have noticed a well-lit, modern store selling nothing but...water.
Italian News - July 24 The 'love ice-cream' contains a spicy mixture of African herbs which have traditionally been used to boost sexual prowess.
Italian Sport - July 24 Tania Cagnotto, 20-year-old daughter of top '70s diver Giorgio Cagnotto, took bronze behind two Chinese aces in the 3-meters springboard.
Italian News - July 23 Nobel prize winner Dario Fo has nearly completed a play on the role of women in the early Christian Church, asking why they were airbrushed out.
Italian News - July 23 A priest has refused to give an Italian woman a Christian funeral. "She lived with her lover, so she was a public sinner," Father Mazzotta said.
Italian News - July 22 Italian police caught up with two gangs of teenage 'crackers' - the nastier version of Internet hackers. One cracker leader was 13.
Italian Art - July 22 The winged horses of Tarquinia, one of the world's most famous ancient sculptures and the most significant from the Etruscan era, have returned home after being restored.
Italian News - July 22 Italy has won an international competition to build the launchpad and ground equipment for a new generation European rocket.
Italian News - July 21 A revolutionary new Italian road surface that can eat up pollution is hitting the high road for tests in the Alpine region of Alto Adige.
Italian News - July 21 "Eureka! The Genius of the Ancients". A major new show in Naples highlights the extraordinary science and technology created by ancient Greek masters.
Italian News / Art - July 19 Hadrian's Villa, among the most ambitious of palaces built by Roman emperors, has opened for evening guided tours led by archaeologists.
Italian News / Medicine - July 19 Italy has made a key advance in knee transplant surgery. An entire knee has been transplanted using living cartilage and tendons.
Italian News / Art - July 18 The show hinges on the juxtaposition of aquatints by 18th Century British artists and contemporary images of the landscapes they portrayed.
Italian News - July 18 A study found that wine as an aperitif is gaining constant ground, with a marked preference for sparkling wine and whites with a strong personality.
Italian News - July 18 Staff at the Ciak Si Mangia eatery are trained to take orders in Italian Sign Language. This means deaf people can go there without the need for a signing hearer to go along to translate.
Italian News - July 17 The life-sized cows which will take part in Italy's first CowParade have begun to arrive in Florence and local artists will soon be at work.
Italian News - July 17 'A Tavola Con Gli Etruschi Di Marzabotto' (Dining With The Etruscans Of Marzabotto) examines the food resources and dining habits of this ancient civilization.
Italian News - July 16 Unions and police in the southern city of Bari have united to set up a help line to make sure the elderly don't fall for 'spiritual' con artists.
Italian News / Movies - July 16 The world's first and foremost children's cinema festival kicks off in Giffoni on Saturday evening, and the main theme of the Film Festival is emotion.
Italian News - July 15 Pope Benedict believes the Harry Potter books subtly seduce young readers and "distort Christianity in the soul" before it can develop properly.
Italian News - July 15 Deep divisions have emerged in Tuscany over whether the top should be lopped off a mountain where Michelangelo found the world's finest white marble.
Italian News / Fashion - July 15 Italian fashion icon Valentino on Thursday received France's most prestigious award, becoming a member of the Legion d'Honneur.
Italian News - July 13 Tourists flocked to the banks of the Tiber on Tuesday to watch Tom Cruise blast up and down the river in a speed boat as Rome became a backdrop for Mission Impossible III.
Italian News - July 13 Legend has it that St Lucius, still on the calendar but not an 'official' saint, was a 14th-century Italian shepherd-boy stabbed to death by a jealous cheesemaker.
Italian News - July 12 Sardinian forests have received the world's first-ever certification for eco-friendly production of cork, which is made from the bark of local trees.
Italian Art - July 12 A stone bee, sculpted on a central Roman fountain by Italian baroque maestro Gian Lorenzo Bernini, is the latest victim of the city's statue vandals.
Italian News - July 11 Most Italians think nude sunbathing is perfectly natural and don't mind crossing paths with bottomless beach-goers, even when those bottoms are unsightly.
Italian News - July 11 If Jacques Chirac and Silvio Berlusconi didn't have enough political setbacks to make them unpopular, they can now add their disdain for the food in Finland.
Italian Music - July 10 America's overpowering jazz's legacy seems to be freezing current practice and, unexpectedly, it was the Italian musicians, mostly unknown outside their country, who stole the show.
Italian News - July 9 In the popular imagination they are rich, drive fast cars, date beautiful women and are hero-worshipped every weekend.
Italian Sport - July 9 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin ran his fastest 100-meter time of the season, winning the race at the Rome Golden Gala meet in 9.96 seconds.
Italian News - July 8 A bid to make an international standard for Parmesan cheese failed after Italy and the European Union insisted it must come from the area around Parma.
Italian News - July 8 The Vatican singled out divorced members who remarry and politicians who support abortion in criticizing the faithful who continue to receive Holy Communion while in mortal sin.
Italian News - July 7 A talking wine label could soon tell consumers in Italy everything they want to know about a particular bottle, from its production history to the kind of food it should accompany.
Italian News - July 6 The Chinese threat has to be turned into a development opportunity for Italy’s business system. To make this happen, the first step is the education of managers.
Italian Science - July 6 Encouraged by an initial trial, Italy wants to launch a larger-scale human test of its AIDS vaccine in Africa in the hope of having it ready by 2011.
Italian News - July 5 Seven months of courtship via mobile phone convinced Geraldine, 35, from the Philippines but living in a Palermo convent, that her future was with Maurizio.
Italian News - July 5 Italian film director Alberto Lattuada has died at the age of 90. Lattuada's films explored racism, unemployment and strikes following World War II.
Italian News - July 3 The Defense Ministry gave clearance Friday for the last Italians serving under the military draft to be discharged, marking the end of a 200-year-old practice.
Italian News - July 3 A new board game based on life at Milan's San Vittore prison will help Italians find out what happens after you pull the 'jail' card.
Italian News - July 1 Many of Italy's biggest pop stars have shaken off their skepticism about Live8 and agreed to perform on the Rome stage on Saturday.
Italian News - July 1 To see the Uffizi in Florence or Leonardo’s "Last Supper" in Milan this summer you need to book at least a month in advance.
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