The Italian Almanac
Italian News - April 30 Top British architect Sir Norman Foster has won Italy's prestigious Marble Architectural Award for the most original use of Carrara marble, the same stone that Michelangelo carved.
Italian News - April 30 Italian bank Banca Popolare di Vicenza on Saturday opened its first representative office in India to provide financial aid to Italian firms.
Italian News - April 29 Enamoured couples have been going to the bridge to attach padlocks to a bronze bust and the railings around it. The act is seen as showing the 'unbreakable' bonds uniting them.
Italian News - April 29 Spring is in full swing and the Maori back in Italy for a season of shearing sheep. The native New Zealanders are considered the best shearers in the world.
Italian News - April 28 Addressing a conference of experts, Chiara Palestrini of Milan University's veterinary faculty said that the first weeks of a dog's life are crucial in shaping its temperament.
Italian News - April 28 British secret agent James Bond has chased the world's most dangerous villains driving cars and spaceships, but in his latest film his vehicle of choice will be a bulldozer.
Italian News - April 27 It's official: Italians love ice cream. Only the youngest members of the Bel Paese aren't crazy about the stuff. Only the newborn, who can't eat it, don't share ice-cream mania.
Italian News - April 27 Italian housewives are hard to please. They want a different product for every job and shun multipurpose cleaners, demanding one spray for windows and another for mirrors.
Italian Sport - April 27 Italian downhill skier Kristian Ghedina hung up his skis on Wednesday after 13 wins in his 15 years at the pinnacle of his sport. "I have my fair share of aches and pains."
Italian News - April 26 He left as unwanted child and returned a millionaire. Michael Mannella came home to a hero’s welcome and was reunited with his mother.
Italian News / Movies - April 26 Giovanna Mezzogiorno, who starred in Italian foreign-language Oscar nominee "Don't Tell," will join Spanish actor Javier Bardem in "Love in the Time of Cholera".
Italian News - April 26 Pisa, Un Viaggio nel Mare dell'Antichita' (Pisa, A Journey Into The Sea Of Antiquity) features the reconstruction of two ancient ships, testifying a long maritime history.
Italian News - April 25 Catholic authorities in Rome are outraged by a decision to display a huge advert for the forthcoming film The Da Vinci Code on the facade of a church in the city's centre.
Italian News - April 25 As Michael Schumacher stood on the winner's podium at Imola, sharp-eyed fans may have noticed changes in his red suit during the long months away from the top spot.
Italian News - April 23 Italian actress Alida Valli, who starred in films by Hitchcock and Visconti, has died at the age of 84. She made her cinema debut at the age of 15 and appeared in over 100 films.
Italian News - April 22 A new home for the Roman Empire's most known peace symbol was unveiled on Friday after a turbulent seven years of building, polemics and alterations.
Italian News - April 22 In spite of the Catholic Church's opposition to the use of condoms, they may sometimes offer an acceptable way of fighting AIDS, according to a highly respected Italian cardinal.
Italian Science - April 22 A new Italian test for tuberculosis could be set to replace the traditional method used over the last 110 years. The Italian blood test is more accurate than the old method.
Italian News - April 21 Fitness fans who manage to climb a historically formidable Florence fortress can get in free to the fitness festival inside, organisers said Thursday.
Italian News - April 21 A selection of the epic Life magazine photos that helped form our collective memory of the 20th century are shown at FORMA, Milan's International Centre for Photography.
Italian News - April 20 Contrary to Italy's reputation as a place where image is everything, the majority of single Italians claim they don't worry about good looks when seeking romance.
Italian News - April 20 Sumptuous costumes worn on set by Italian cinema legends like Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida are the stars of a new show near the French capital.
Italian News - April 19 Audrey Hepburn and Jennifer Lopez were pleased to pose on one. It has inspired pop songs and films, and Italians are eager to hail its sleek design as a symbol of national pride.
Italian News / Science - April 19 A Columbia University study has shown that, as well as fending off problems like heart trouble and cancer, the Italian diet slashes the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
Italian News - April 19 One of the new schools offers 12 girls' middle school classes and 12 boys' high-school classes. The Italians sank a well to provide it with water. The other facility is a girls' high school.
Italian News - April 18 Wine conjures up the image of drinkers sipping their way d elicately through a full-bodied vintage. But northern Italy has the barbarians to thank for its long wine-making tradition.
Italian News - April 18 Think that Bay Area companies like Fireman's Fund that survived the 1906 earthquake are old? To find really old companies, take a trip to Asia or Europe.
Italian News - April 15 A new exhibition opening at the Galleria Ferrari celebrates the many stars of the entertainment world who own or have owned a model of the famed Italian sports car.
Italian Science - April 15 Italian scientists are leading the way in creating cypress trees whose sweet scent no longer poses health problems in spring time.
Italian News - April 14 Tourists were shunned by the resort island of Capri on Thursday as workers and inhabitants held a day-long protest 'strike' against cuts in the shuttle ferry service from Naples.
Italian News - April 14 A couple of nervous bandits broke into a Rome post office Thursday, pushed staff to the floor, cleaned out the tills, forced the manager to open the safe at gunpoint - and promptly ran out.
Italian News - April 13 Young Italians find it practically impossible to respect politicians, according to a survey published in the aftermath of the country's general election.
Italian News / Europe - April 13 Costing 220 million euros ($264 million), the satellite will fly in an elliptical orbit around the planet's two poles, descending as low as 250 km altitude and as high as 66,000 km.
Italian News - April 12 Superboss Bernardo Provenzano, whose ghostly aura fed the Sicilian Mafia's mystique for half a century, was arrested Tuesday morning in the biggest police coup in over a decade.
Italian News - April 12 Disegnare i Sogni (Drawing Dreams) features 60 works by Ferretti, who last year won an Oscar for his work on Martin Scorsese's Hollywood blockbuster The Aviator.
Italian News - April 11 Italy's general election has been enlived by some bizarre incidents, and those incidents ranged from the predictable to the downright weird.
Italian News - April 11 Assistant Bishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher says the Pope has confirmed his intention to visit Australia for the July 2008 World Youth Day celebrations.
Italian News - April 9 Roy Disney was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 10th Cartoons on the Bay Festival in Positano, which also featured the world premiere of the new Asterix and Obelix film.
Italian News - April 8 The Neolithic precursors of today's dental experts "used tiny flint-tipped wooden drills they managed to whirl around 20 times a second, using little bows."
Italian News - April 8 For the first time, Italians living abroad are able to vote in the election without having to return to Italy to cast a ballot. The Italian vote is shaping up as close run battle.
Italian News - April 7 An exhibit of Sophia Loren's family photos, dresses, jewels, awards and career memorabilia opens Friday at the Vittoriano museum in Rome's historic center.
Italian News - April 7 Florence's Uffizi Gallery plans to mend the wealth of magnificent tapestries around that have fallen into disrepair. The new centre will be located in the Boboli Gardens.
Italian Art - April 6 The rampant colours and violent energy of Italian Futurists are returning to the city where they threw down the gauntlet to the art world - but this time in triumph.
Italian News - April 6 The show in Civitella Museum combines ancient archaeological finds with recent artefacts to create a journey through centuries of female power, accompanied by haunting music.
Italian News - April 6 The 65-year-old was sure she was in the right place at the right time: the health center at 14:00 on March 29. Clerks couldn't figure out why the appointment hadn't been logged.
Italian News - April 5 Italians in their thirties are an increasingly unhappy bunch. The most striking development recently had been the emergence of a new group of oppressed souls.
Italian News - April 5 Keen to show that young people don't have a monopoly on sporting achievement, a retired mechanic from a village in northern Italy is about to walk across America from Miami to Portland.
Italian Science - April 5 An Italian surgeon has created a robot able to correct one of the heart's most common defects. A software based on surgical experience enables the robot to turn off atrial fibrillation.
Italian News - April 4 The imitation of Italy's prime food products is on the rise despite efforts to ban inferior clones. 'Italian-sounding' products now rake in some six billion dollars in sales.
Italian News - April 4 Italy's prime minister confessed yesterday that he had called sex chat lines - to talk politics not dirty. Silvio Berlusconi claimed to have been carrying out a bizarre opinion poll.
Italian News - April 4 Travellers at Milan's Malpensa Airport will be able to wait for their departing flights on the world's longest couch. A 45-meter Bombay Sapphire Stretch has been installed in the central departure lounge.
Italian News - April 2 A territory that all the world envies, where the most refined design products come from. This is Milan and its province, the synonym of design all over the world for over 50 years.
Italian News - April 2 Italian researchers have come up with software able to send heart-beat, blood-pressure and blood sugar data via cellphone. "All you need is a wireless device".
Italian News - April 1 The hunt is back on for Leonardo's lost fresco. Florence has asked the world's top Leonardo experts to help solve the riddle of a 'secret' wall in Palazzo Vecchio.
Italian News - April 1 Legendary Italian screenwriter Tonino Guerra is to start passing on his craft to a new generation of film hopefuls. Guerra is as spry at 86 as he was in his screenwriting heyday in the 1950 and '60.
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