The Italian Almanac
Italian News - December 30 Zinedine Zidane's World Cup Final head-butt has become the inspiration for Italy's latest New Year firecracker, joining past favourites like Saddam's Head or the Bin Laden Bomb.
Italian News - December 30 A dolphin saved a 14-year-old boy from drowning in the Adriatic sea, pushing him to the surface and helping him to a nearby boat. The boy, who could not swim, said he fell from the boat.
Italian News - December 29 Brothers Piero and Giancarlo Bockos flew in from Verona, Italy, to Pasadena after they won judges over with a video of them marching and role playing at a theme park.
Italian News - December 29 The unidentified officer, a deputy superintendent, was fired after he was seen on several occasions in Venice city centre wearing a mini-skirt, long earrings and a skimpy T-shirt.
Italian News - December 28 The New Year is on its way and Italy's news stands and book stores are bristling with the usual array of calendars of naked and semi-naked women models. But the pin-ups are facing stiff competition.
Italian News - December 28 A long-lost manuscript on the art of chess by celebrated Renaissance mathematician Luca Pacioli, believed to have been written around 1500, has been discovered in a villa in northeast Italy.
Italian News - December 22 An Italian wood is leading the country's bid to meet greenhouse-gas reductions.. The oaks, ashes, willow and poplars are making a "significant" contribution to greenhouse-gas elimination.
Italian News - December 22 An Italian doctor said he had switched off the life support system of a terminally ill man who died after losing a legal battle to have his respirator disconnected.
Italian News - December 21 The first songs ever recorded by Italian comic actor Toto' have come to light some 40 years after the legendary Neapolitan artist's death. The recordings are on a rare 78 rpm disc.
Italian Television - December 21 Grande Fratello (Big Brother) and L'Isola Dei Famosi (Celebrity Island) were punished for "violating the rules of respect for religious sentiment and protection of minors".
Italian News - December 20 Italian women are steadily catching up with men when it comes to Internet use and among teenagers the girls have even overtaken the boys, according to the latest statistics.
Italian Sport - December 20 Siena is the best place to live in Italy, says the annual study made by the authoritative daily Il Sole 24 Ore. The study compared Italy's 103 provinces according to 36 parameters.
Italian News - December 19 Italian director Gabriele Muccino was overwhelmed on Tuesday after his new film starring Will Smith struck box office gold in the United States, raking in $27 million in its debut weekend.
Italian Sport - December 19 The Vatican may be the world's smallest state but it is thinking of mustering a soccer team that could compete with the world's best, according to Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone.
Italian News - December 16 Bologna city council's Nativity scene was at the centre of a heated row on Friday after the decision to include a naked figurine representing a famous dead porno star.
Italian News - December 16 University of Bologna professor Giorgio Celli exposes the animals that are guilty of the seven deadly sins in his latest book: 'Animals' Seven Capital Vices'.
Italian News - December 15 No carol concert at Bolzano nursery school. Parents and politicians protest. Head teacher says one pupil in three is foreign. Imam says Jesus is holy for us, too.
Italian News - December 15 Italian movie composer Ennio Morricone, famed for his work on such "spaghetti westerns" as "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," will receive an honorary Oscar.
Italian News - December 14 Racing gear worn by seven-time motorcycling champion Valentino Rossi fetched almost 35,000 euros at a charity auction on Wednesday in favor of the Gaslini Children's Hospital in Genoa.
Italian News - December 14 Italian Sergio Leone's 1968 Western classic "Once Upon a Time in the West," like so many films stashed away in storerooms for decades, has not aged well.
Italian News - December 13 The dreams that shaped Italian movie great Federico Fellini's masterpieces will be presented for the first time at the second edition of Rome's Film Festival next year.
Italian News - December 13 A letter chronicling Michelangelo's payments to his assistants fetched a record price of $576,000 at Sotheby's. Michelangelo's signed letter dates from 1521.
Italian News - December 12 The city council in Padua has voted to create a domestic partner registry for same-sex and not married couples. The leftist coalition-dominated council voted 26-7 in favor of the motion.
Italian News / Music - December 12 Famous tenor Roberto Alagna, who quit La Scala on Sunday night after being booed by the public, said that he would be back singing at the Milan opera house later this week.
Italian News - December 11 After opening to an avalanche of controversy in spring, Italy's first Museum of Eroticism failed to arouse the Venetian public's interest and has had to close.
Italian News - December 11 Italy is gearing up to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of one of its best-known actors, Marcello Mastroianni, who died of cancer aged 72 on December 19, 1996 in Paris.
Italian News - December 9 A wedding dress made of fabric derived from maize was modelled in Naples on Thursday as local farmers and researchers set out to show that these days anything can be biodegradable.
Italian News - December 9 The medieval 'foundling wheel', a device allowing young women to abandon newborn babies anonymously, is making a come-back at hospitals and religious institutions around Italy.
Italian Art - December 7 Michelangelo was the mind behind the mythological dreamscape that draws thousands of visitors to the Monster Park of Bomarzo near Viterbo each year.
Italian News - December 7 Milan's famed La Scala opera house opens its new season tonight with a production of Verdi's Aida that director Franco Zeffirelli hopes will re- establish Italy's supremacy in the art of opera.
Italian News - December 6 A new exhibition in Rovereto enables visitors to discover the secrets of revolutionary car designs of the past and take a peek at the motoring of the future.
Italian News - December 6 According to the Italian Food and Wine Institute, exports of spumante and prosecco in 2006 will hit the threshold of 100 million bottles for the first time ever.
Italian News - December 5 The young woman, armed with a portable stereo and dressed in a black latex girdle, fishnet stockings, black boots and cloth cat ears, has been sighted doing her dance on late-night trains.
Italian News - December 5 A poll out Monday showed that 60% of Italians side with Piergiorgio Welby, a terminally ill man whose request to die has stirred the euthanasia debate in Italy.
Italian News - December 5 Fiona May, the British-born former athlete is the star of 'Butta la Luna' (Fling the Moon), a new drama about immigration and social integration produced by state broadcaster Rai.
Italian News - December 2 Italy is recycling more plastic waste each year but there continues to be a major divide between north and south, according to figures unveiled at a conference in Catania.
Italian News - December 2 Italian scientists say geological evidence suggests a giant tsunami resulted from the collapse of the eastern flanks of Mount Etna nearly 8,000 years ago.
Italian News - December 1 A 12-year-old turtle is to be awarded honorary citizenship of Brancaleone, a seaside resort in southwest Italy, after being saved from near death by locals.
Italian Science - December 1 Italian researchers hope the eye can be used as a pathway to treat Alzheimer's disease. In the new approach nerve growth factor is put in eye drops to stop the degenerative disease in its tracks.
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