The Italian Almanac
Italian News - August 31 Under a strict policy imposed by the city council, wild animals at Rome's zoo are never allowed to reproduce on the grounds that their young will be forced into an unnatural lifestyle.
Italian News - August 31 The school's switchboard has been jumping with irate calls since authorities backed down on a pledge to transfer the so-called 'Porno Prof', a 30-year-old literature teacher.
Italian News - August 30 Italian environmentalists are worried about the future of the country's finest beaches, which they say are threatened by a growing trade in 'souvenir sand'.
Italian News - August 30 The San Marino Grand Prix, one of two Formula 1 races traditionally held in Italy each year, was excluded on Tuesday from the sport's official calendar for 2007.
Italian News - August 29 Women parliamentarians have presented 13 different bills - 10 to the House and three to the Senate - to change the law that stops children from taking their mother's name unless the father is unknown.
Italian News - August 29 The Tuscan city's Santa Maria della Scala complex is holding workshops on preparing ancient Egyptian make-up, skin creams and beauty potions. The shop is accompanying an exhibition.
Italian News - August 28 Dieters struggling fruitlessly to lose weight may soon be able to knock back a chemical cocktail that will help them fight body fat, according to a team of Italian researchers.
Italian Movies - August 28 New York's Ellis Island, the door to America for millions of immigrants last century, has inspired a major Italian film competing at this year's Venice Film Festival.
Italian News - August 26 Hollywood superstar Nicole Kidman is to open Rome's eagerly awaited new film festival with her portrayal of iconic US photographer Diane Arbus. Kidman will unveil the Arbus film, Fur, at the inaugural gala.
Italian News - August 26 The debut edition of the Festival dei Saperi takes place September 6-10. It has a packed programme of exhibitions, debates, shows, concerts, literary readings, conferences and lectures.
Italian News - August 25 Farmers in many parts of northern Italy have called for the declaration of a state of natural disaster. They say a severe drought and devastating storms have destroyed many crops, including basil.
Italian News - August 25 The Apennines with their historical, cultural and natural heritage will become a school offering thousands of opportunities for learning while having fun.
Italian News - August 24 Economic pressures and changing lifestyles have more Italians staying home in August, once a idle month at the heart of one of Italy's and Europe's most cherished traditions.
Italian News - August 24 Irish rock legend Bono paid a flying visit this week to his old friend Luciano Pavarotti, who is convalescing after undergoing surgery for pancreas cancer in July.
Italian News - August 23 Enthusiasts have tried to organise 10,000 people to dip simultaneously in the sea on the beaches near Viareggio in an attempt to beat the record for longest and most numerous sea bathings.
Italian News - August 23 A previously unseen interview with Pier Paolo Pasolini shot just months before his murder has been incorporated into a new documentary about the cult director and intellectual.
Italian News - August 22 I don't, was the odd answer a priest at the Santa Maria delle Grazie church in the Italian town of Squinzano got when asking a groom whether he was taking the bride as his lawful wife.
Italian News - August 22 The world's oldest competitive skipper takes to the waves at least once a week and already has a packed schedule of races planned for 2007 - when he will be 91.
Italian News - August 22 An endangered species of marine turtle is turning up along Italy's southern shores in increasing numbers this summer and using its sandy beaches as nesting ground.
Italian News - August 21 Thousands of holidaymakers in parts of Italy and Spain have been told not to enter the water due to the threat of stings and poisoning from unusually large outbreaks of algae and jellyfish.
Italian News - August 21 For those either gearing themselves up to return to work after a summer break or rushing to clear their desks before going away, the Pope yesterday had a message: don’t work too hard.
Italian News - August 19 Italians are taking their passion for homegrowing one step further. According to the Union of Italian Beekeepers more people than ever are setting up apiaries in order to produce their own honey.
Italian News - August 19 Venice may soon become the first city in Italy to charge tourists for visiting it as authorities look to the introduction of an entrance charge to offset the damage done by hordes of holidaymakers.
Italian News - August 18 Italian researchers found that cartoons helped kids to distract from the pain of medical treatments. Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo and the Power Rangers might have a place in the doctor's office.
Italian News - August 18 A new atlas is going to give recognition to Italian farmers who are defending traditional crops against the onslaught of genetically modified food and multinationals.
Italian Television - August 17 Leonardo da Vinci probably conjures up the image of an elderly man with a flowing beard, but a new tv cartoon for kids paints the Renaissance genius as an excitable and charismatic child.
Italian News - August 17 Security experts have warned of a new Trojan being spammed out disguised as a bogus BBC News report claiming that former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been killed by terrorist.
Italian News - August 16 The show’s popularity lured many famous guests — sports, music and movie stars — to the Rome studios of the state broadcaster RAI to take part in the madcap madness.
Italian Science - August 16 The Woad plant, which the Celts used to use as a blue war paint dye, also contains compounds which could help fight breast cancer, say researchers from Bologna University.
Italian News - August 14 A new wolf museum in the mountains of central Italy is aiming to persuade kids that the scary animals described by grandma on winter evenings are actually rather cuddly.
Italian News - August 14 A team of Italian students has won Microsoft's Imagine Cup which lets budding software designers compete for a large cash prize. The quartet from Turin Polytechnic beat 41 other teams.
Italian News - August 12 Dogs have the "existential right" to bark their muzzles off, according to a northern Italian justice of the peace. Justice Clemente Ravetto said this was his reason for overruling a claim.
Italian News - August 12 Automobili Lamborghini SpA has closed the first half of this year to 30 June 2006, with a positive result. Sales increased during the first six months from 655 to 952 vehicles.
Italian News - August 11 Hotels at an Italian seaside resort are eager to act on the town's decision to authorise an all female beach sections for Muslim women, with at least one owner saying that plans are under way.
Italian News - August 11 Millionaires clashed this week over a spate of new taxes being levied on wealthy tourists holidaying on the island of Sardinia this summer. The "luxury taxes" were introduced in June.
Italian News - August 10 A survey said that 83% of the adverts shown on three important Italian TV channels were broadcast with a volume level about 50% higher than the programmes they interrupted.
Italian Sport - August 10 New European long jump champion Andrew Howe has played down his American roots and insists he is "more Italian" than many people born in the Bel Paese. "I prefer our country to the US," he said.
Italian News - August 8 Angelo Piroddi, 45, was tracked down by a British newspaper last week after the lawyers of his dead mother's estate said he risked losing his money if he was not located.
Italian News - August 8 One of the Eternal City's oldest bridges has this summer become the focus a grand romantic ritual that has seized the imagination of hundreds of couples from Rome and abroad.
Italian News - August 7 Former American top model, Cindy Crawford, spent a couple of days this week holidaying on Lake Como with her husband, Rande Gerber. The couple arrived in Italy in two helicopters.
Italian News - August 7 Italian ice cream can now help people stay in top condition. A new survey shows that the trend for Italy's ice-cream makers this summer is to produce new varieties with a range of healthy properties.
Italian News - August 5 Mums and dads prefer to call their new baby boys Francesco and their girls Giulia. Other popular boys names include Alessandro, Andrea or Matteo, and Martina, Chiara or Sara for girls.
Italian Fashion - August 5 Salvatore Ferragamo, the Florentine fashion house owned and run by the Ferragamo family for 80 years, is about to take the historic step of putting an outsider at its helm.
Italian News - August 4 The owner of a hotel in the Italian Alps is taking her neighbour to court because the bells worn by his cows allegedly drive away guests looking for peace and tranquillity.
Italian News - August 4 Smartly dressed soldiers were let loose on beaches near Rome, in a bid to drum up new recruits among young Italians soaking up the sun. The move is aimed at overturning preconceptions about the armed forces.
Italian Art - August 3 The unveiling of a statue is not the kind of thing you expect to produce a controversy. But Italy's deputy prime minister, Francesco Rutelli, succeeded in putting the cat among the pigeons.
Italian News - August 3 Italy's central bank has switched a quarter of its reserves into the British pound and slashed holdings of the U.S. dollar, the Bank of Italy showed in its half-year report.
Italian Sport - August 2 Italy is toasting the 19-year-old Roman who is the nation's first woman ever to strike gold swimming at the European Championships. Alessia Filippi smashed the Italian record by almost five seconds.
Italian News - August 2 Culture and Tourism Minister Francesco Rutelli asked the Italian public not to "betray" the nation by taking their summer holidays abroad. Rutelli wants Italy to be the "world champion of tourism" once again.
Italian News - August 1 Billy Joel and Bryan Adams became the latest music greats to play in the shadows of Rome's Colosseum. The "Telecomcerto" has become an annual summer treat for the capital's public.
Italian News - August 1 Leonardo Da Vinci's painting of the Last Supper could soon remain open in the evening, in a bid to cope with its upsurge in popularity on the back of Dan Brown's blockbuster.
Italian News - August 1 Widely anticipated movie The Black Dahlia from Brian De Palma has been chosen to open the Venice film festival in Italy. Starring two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank and Scarlett Johansson.
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