The Italian Almanac
Italian News - October 31 Naples hailed the success of its first 'White Night' experience, saying more than two million people took part in the dusk-to-dawn bonanza of music and culture.
Italian News / Art - October 31 An outstanding exhibition in the northern Italian town of Brescia offers the public a unique opportunity to compare and admire the art of Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.
Italian News - October 30 An exhibition featuring the recently discovered fossil hatchlings of one of history's largest dinosaurs was a star attraction at the Genoa Science Festival.
Italian Art - October 30 Renaissance genius and patron saint of artists Fra Angelico is set to wow New York with the first major American exhibition of his work.
Italian News - October 28 Piazza Navona, which has Bernini's famous Four Rivers fountain at its centre, is especially crowded at night with painters and artists of varying talents.
Italian News - October 28 A rare species of crab has taken up residence in one of the city's most important sites and is not only thriving but also growing to abnormal proportions.
Italian News - October 27 The 40-year-old from Viterbo got her marching orders when she flatly turned down pleas for cash after a 360-euro fish lunch.
Italian Music - October 27 Italian pop sensation Eros Ramazzotti is primed to return to the world's charts with 'Calma Apparente' (Apparent Calm), his new album which comes out on Friday.
Italian News - October 26 The city of Rome has banned goldfish bowls, which animal rights activists say are cruel, after reports that they can cause fish to go blind.
Italian News - October 26 Costantino Beltrami, an adventurer who found the source of the Mississippi and roved the West when buffalo herds still covered the Great Plains.
Italian News - October 25 After MotoGP champion Rossi's recent tests in a Ferrari Formula One car, Schumacher tried out a Ducati similar to the one used by Loris Capirossi.
Italian News - October 25 The world's best copy of Christopher Columbus' first letter about the lands he discovered is the highlight of a new show in Marche.
Italian News - October 24 Perhaps those tuxedoed types arenít real waiters. As in fact they arenít. Theyíre The Camerieri Pazzi (Crazy Waiters) and by trade they are stand-up comedians.
Italian News - October 24 Despite protests from religious authorities, Halloween has taken root in Italy. In just a few years this imported pagan festival has become an accepted custom.
Italian News - October 22 AC Milan's scientific lab is to work with the prestigious Massachusetts Instutite of Technology (MIT) to try and cut down errors by coaches, players and doctors.
Italian News - October 22 For Italian men becoming a new parent is an experience that takes place at an advanced age, with the result that Italian dads have a smaller overall number of children.
Italian News - October 20 Italian commuters are set to get a dose of culture with their journeys as writers and poets entertain them with readings as they ply their way to and from work.
Italian News - October 20 Dario Fo, the Italian playwright who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997, has said he wants to run for the office of mayor in Milan, his home city, next year.
Italian News - October 19 All of a sudden, to the astonishment of her fellow politicians, widow Maria Viglianti announced she had taken vows as a nun in an enclosed order.
Italian News - October 19 Two drunken youths entered the grounds of Premier Silvio Berlusconi's luxurious Sardinian villa and took a dip in his swimming pool.
Italian Television - October 18 "Rockpolitik," a weekly variety program to be shown on RAI, is expected to feature left-wing political commentator Michele Santoro and comic Daniele Luttazzi.
Italian News - October 17 Organizers say it is the first show of this kind to examine the social life surrounding Italian motorbikes, as well as the machines themselves.
Italian Art - October 17 A rare collection of silver plates and sketches has gone on show, as part of new exhibit exploring the feats of one of Genoa's most famous sons.
Italian News - October 16 It appears that the shadow of the taxman, rather than the hand of God, has prompted the former footballer to pull out after three weeks.
Italian Television - October 16 Oscar winner Roberto Benigni treated Italians watching Saturday's prime time news show to an impromptu strip tease.
Italian News - October 15 Since they were introduced in 1948, the three-wheeled Ape (Bee) has been the main mode of transport for thousands of Italian peasants.
Italian News - October 15 Rinaldo Maestrelli, 73, was declared dead by doctors after they battled to revive him from a cardiac arrest. The medics had struggled to save his life.
Italian News - October 14 A dish filled with beautifully preserved yellow noodles from 4,000 years ago has been unearthed at a dig near the Yellow River in northwestern China.
Italian Movies - October 14 The Academy of Motion Pictures has alerted Italy's Oscar selection committee that the film initially selected to represent Italy is ineligible.
Italian News - October 14 The Impregilo-led consortium will be the general contractor for the final project and completion of the bridge over the Strait of Messina.
Italian Art - October 13 The fresco called Faith was discovered in the Church of Santa Maria Maddalena beneath a layer of plaster on a semi circular panel or lunette.
Italian News - October 11 Animal activists will stage demos across Italy this weekend, in a bid to raise awareness of the suffering of chickens bred for meat.
Italian Television - October 11 The Argentinian soccer legend has abandoned the Dancing With the Stars show after only four weeks, leaving a troupe of lesser stars to entertain audiences.
Italian News - October 9 MPs, human rights activists, economists and a Nobel laureate gathered in Florence on Saturday for an international conference on the status of women around the world.
Italian Art - October 9 Subtitled The International Caravaggio School: From Caravaggio To Mattia Preti, the exhibit charts the adoption of the Italian artist's famous techniques.
Italian News - October 8 Restaurants in Italy's northern province of Trentino are being encouraged to stock up on bibs, nappies and baby-bottle warmers in a drive to make them more child-friendly.
Italian News - October 8 Describing the burly Genoa native as a cross between John Belushi and Jose' Bove, Time dubbed him "that rare class clown who has done his homework."
Italian News - October 7 The robot breathes, has blood pressure and flutters its eyelids when it feels poorly. It can simulate emergency situations such as heart attacks and angina.
Italian News - October 7 AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says his club could leave their famous San Siro home and build a new a venue in the city.
Italian News - October 6 The exhibition opening at Brescia's Arms Museum on October 22 focuses on beautiful suits of armour and headgear made here in the 15th century and early 16th century.
Italian Movies - October 6 Clooney, who spends much of the year at his villa on Lake Como and has been fulsome in his praise of Italy's lifestyle, will receive an award for supporting Italian movie-making.
Italian News - October 6 An Italian man who spent two years supposedly unconscious in a deep coma awoke saying he heard and understood everything happening around him.
Italian News - October 5 The fact that his tomb was in Rome's basilica of St Apollinaire re-emerged a few weeks ago in a television broadcast, causing eyebrows to be raised across the nation.
Italian Movies - October 5 La Tigre e la Neve (The Tiger and the Snow), a romantic comedy set against the backdrop of the Iraq war, stars Benigni as a love struck poet.
Italian News / Art - October 3 A major exhibition devoted to the brilliant, but tragically brief, career of American street artist Keith Haring opened at Milan's Triennale museum this week.
Italian Science - October 3 Italian researchers have discovered the birth place of consciousness, a breakthrough that could eventually help cure a variety of medical conditions.
Italian News - October 1 A woman with a rare brain disease stopped recognising her family and objects but consistently identified the country's prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi.
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