The Italian Almanac
Italian News - May 31 Italian researchers are creating what they say is the world's first skin bank for firefighters, steelworkers and others at high risk of being burned in accidents.
Italian News - May 31 Iran has just started olive research projects, saying that Iranian experts would need the help of experienced researchers from countries like Italy, Greece and Spain.
Italian News - May 30 All women dream of an apricot, but many have to settle for an aubergine. In between there are oranges, which may not be perfect but are still a good result.
Italian News - May 30 The discovery of two World War II bombs in southern Italy has forced more than 10,000 people to evacuate their homes, snarled train travel and shut down a vital highway.
Italian News - May 29 Underwater kissing contests, aerobic dances inspired by Bollywood movies and buttocks-toning treadmills to make Jennifer Lopez envious.
Italian News - May 29 Tourists will soon be offered a chance to see Pompeii, one of Italy’s most prized archeological sites, from the vantage point of a hot-air balloon.
Italian News - May 29 The large, jolly, chaotic family of post-war Italy has long since vanished, killed off by tiny city flats and women's careers.
Italian News - May 27 Italian environmental group Legambiente's beach guide, which uses 128 parameters to comb 243 coastal spots in a yearly quality test, again gave Southern Italy top marks.
Italian News - May 26 Those tastes may not be for everyone's palate, but the specialties of ancient Pompeii are being revived for a month at the site of the ruins.
Italian News - May 26 European Union regulators ordered a 9 percent reduction in air pollution allowed by permits that Italy is giving industry, seeking to ensure companies buy some allowances.
Italian News - May 25 Romeo Caraccio was left furious after the former president of the United States and his party failed to show up without bothering to cancel their reservation.
Italian News - May 25 Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, who has made waves by denouncing Islam in her books, is to face trial for purportedly insulting the Muslim faith in her latest work.
Italian Sport - May 25 AC Milan, the Italian titans who have been crowned European champions six times and lifted 17 domestic league titles, have not always been a dominant force in Europe.
Italian News - May 24 A 17th-century book seized by the Nazis was returned to Rome's Jewish community, one of thousands Jewish volumes taken by looting German forces during World War II.
Italian News - May 24 No more than 60 films will be shown at the 2005 Venice Film Festival, which will be presided over by Dante Ferretti, art director and production designer.
Italian News - May 23 More than a thousand previously unknown letters, said to have been written by the legendary tenor Enrico Caruso, are to be made available to the public.
Italian News - May 23 Once regarded as a pricey playground for the rich, Italy emerged as the least expensive destination for a typical "holiday hamper" of 13 items including sunscreen and a meal.
Italian News - May 21 3G phone owners spent €140-million on pornographic material in 2004 - three times the amount spent on old-fashioned pornographic magazines.
Italian News - May 21 The explosive growth of budget airlines has introduced millions of passengers to some of Italy's lesser-known airports and to several real estate markets.
Italian News - May 20 A senior curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has been indicted in Italy on criminal charges involving the acquisition of precious antiquities.
Italian News - May 20 Italian fashion house Gianni Versace plans to build its second beach resort in Dubai as luxury groups keep betting that the ultra rich will follow their label lust.
Italian News - May 19 "Starting now, I'll be on a diet for the next month," Berlusconi told reporters on Wednesday. "I want to lose 5 kilos."
Italian News - May 19 An Italian mountaineer has been killed and three others injured when an avalanche hit their base camp on Mount Annapurna in west Nepal.
Italian News - May 18 A 26-year-old slogging her way through an aptitude interview with a psychologist had an uncanny feeling that her interviewer knew too much about her.
Italian News - May 18 The “Piano Man” found on a beach in Kent may have been identified. Italian police contacted UK cops yesterday to reveal that the mystery man has been named.
Italian News - May 18 An Italian Alitalia jet headed to Boston was diverted to Maine because a passenger's name matched that of a man on the U.S. government's no-fly list.
Italian News - May 17 Some might call Nevio Toich a Renaissance man, but to a select circle of enthusiasts and experts in Italy, he’s known simply as a "coltellinaio".
Italian News - May 17 Horses injected with the male impotency drug Viagra were used in illegal races organised near the southern Italian city of Naples.
Italian Art - May 17 Heavily muscled, naked men, mighty battle scenes and perhaps a glimpse or two of heaven: you can find it all in Ottawa in this summer's show at the National Gallery.
Italian News - May 16 A police forensics laboratory in Rome is using a powerful supercomputer developed by Silicon Graphics to create a three dimensional replica of a crime scene.
Italian News - May 16 Rome's top security official suggested the city needs a red-light district to keep prostitutes off the streets, saying citizens complain daily about prostitutes.
Italian Cookies - May 16 Italian-born Tonia Winkler has launched a company that is filling coffeehouses in Anchorage and other Alaska cities with homemade biscotti.
Italian News - May 14 Canadian households will finally get the chance to watch RAI International, the Italian state broadcaster, on their TV sets.
Italian Music - May 14 Buried deep in the Villa dei Papiri, covered by the molten lava of Vesuvius, lies one of the finest libraries of the ancient world.
Italian News - May 13 An impotent Italian man who kept his problem a secret from his wife until after their wedding must pay her damages.
Italian Music - May 13 On Sunday, the Metropolitan Opera honors this great artist from Modena with a gala concert marking the 50th anniversary of her professional debut.
Italian News - May 13 Italy's Rai state TV was the latest broadcaster to show excerpts from murdered director Theo van Gogh's controversial film Submission.
Italian Science - May 13 Italian researchers say the season in which a woman is born is related to the age at which she reaches menopause.
Italian News - May 11 Multi millionaire Serena Williams pleaded poverty as she vowed to stay away from “expensive” Italian shops during the Rome Masters.
Italian News - May 11 It all started when Zedda phoned Tiscali's help desk for problems with his email account. Gruff, with a strong regional accent, the customer made help desk gurus titter with his mangled English.
Italian News - May 11 Officials throughout the country are grappling with the ethical problem of financing much-needed restorations by using monuments as giant billboards.
Italian News - May 10 A Rome court convicted a Vatican cardinal and a top Vatican Radio official of polluting the environment with electromagnetic waves from a transmission tower.
Italian News - May 10 From today, non-residents of Naples' center will be required to leave their scooters behind, or walk them through the historic center, motors off.
Italian News - May 9 France and Italy settled a long-running power dispute on Friday as giant French electricity state firm EDF said it would stay in Italy.
Italian News - May 9 Killings committed more than 30 years ago returned last week to haunt Italy and cast doubt over the competence of its justice system.
Italian Sport - May 9 Englishman Steve Webster won the Italian Open Sunday, his first victory on the European Tour.
Italian News - May 7 Italian actress Monica Bellucci called in an interview for a "yes" vote in a referendum next month to partially repeal the country's fertility laws.
Italian Art - May 7 A scandal has broken out here ever since word got out that the sculptor Silla Ferradini would be installing a piece titled "Large woman's curl ... I'd eat you up with kisses" in a Milanese park.
Italian News - May 6 Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi has received this year's Charlemagne Prize, in recognition of services to European peace and unity.
Italian Music - May 6 Conte's own story is highly unusual. After training as a lawyer he spent his twenties working as a solicitor by day while learning to write music and composing songs at night.
Italian News - May 5 The death toll for Italy's sexy pinup calendars has sounded: even truck drivers are sick of them. Pulchritude is out, sanctity is in.
Italian News - May 5 After losing all their games the team decided to drown their sorrows and embarked on a massive pub crawl that ended in police being called to bring the situation under control.
Italian News - May 4 Day-trippers beware: this summer the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily will admit only 500 visitors per day from June until September.
Italian News - May 4 Many Italians would be hard pressed to locate it on a map, although Bevagna lies 35 kilometers from Perugia and about 150 kilometers from Rome.
Italian News - May 3 If you hear your name called in the street or park, don't turn around straight away. It might just be someone looking for a dog.
Italian News - May 3 Jewels worth about 10,000 Euro ($16,500) were stolen from the grave of a woman in north-western Italy who had been dead for 15 years.
Italian News - May 3 The couple flew to Venice on a private jet on Sunday to celebrate David's birthday Monday, according to a report in Britain's The Sun newspaper.
Italian News - May 2 Italian media have published classified sections of an official US military inquiry into the accidental killing of an Italian agent in Baghdad.
Italian Art - May 2 In Italy they called it "Arte Povera", elsewhere "junk art". For artists like Alberto Burri such trash would eventually become treasure.
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