The Italian Almanac
Italian News - February 28 The Giffoni Film Festival (GFF) for children is going to Australia. The 35-year-old festival has set up a new branch in Sydney which will stage a sister event there.
Italian News - February 28 Italian luxury jewelry firm Bulgari is to help save the crumbling gravestones of Rome's Protestant cemetery, the burial place of English poets John Keats and Percy Shelley.
Italian News - February 26 Adult toys jostled for space with cotton pads and cough syrup on pharmacy shelves in Rome this week, but a rash of publicity has prompted shop owners to withdraw them from view.
Italian News - February 26 Italy has not merely lost its allure as a holiday destination: it no longs appeals to its own citizens. According to a Eurispes survey, about 37% of Italians would move to another country if they could.
Italian News - February 25 An Ornithological Museum at Marostica near Venice has set up Europe's first professional school in the ancient art, which can be traced back through the medieval nobility.
Italian News - February 25 The forthcoming publication of the 'Gospel of Judas' has sparked fears among some Catholic theologians that it could give people wrong ideas about the man who is famous for betraying Jesus Christ.
Italian News - February 24 Vladimir Luxuria says she shares something with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi: they both dab on make-up and wear heels to make them look taller. The similarities end there.
Italian News - February 24 Online love is booming, with a growing number of people turning to the internet to find partners through chatrooms , blog sites, newsgroups and bulletin boards.
Italian Sport - February 23 Enrico Fabris' Winter Games are not over yet, but the 24-year-old speed skater is already being hailed as Italy's hero of the Turin Winter Olympics.
Italian News - February 23 Italian pop princess Laura Pausini, who recently became the first Italian woman to win a Grammy, has now been awarded one of the country's top honours for achievements in the arts.
Italian News / Art - February 22 The 90 large-scale images feature a series of Newton's legendary explorations of the female form, as well as lesser-known travel and landscape studies.
Italian News - February 22 An exhibition of costumes from Bertolucci's Oscar winning movie The Last Emperor has kicked off a rich programme of events giving an oriental flavour to this year's Venice Carnevale.
Italian News - February 22 After an absence of 13 years, legendary Italian motorcycle maker Gilera is to return to the 250cc class in world championship racing. The team has hired Italian riders for both bikes.
Italian News - February 21 The Russian Olympic delegation in Turin has been accused of shipping large quantities of black caviar into Italy and breaking international environmental conventions.
Italian News - February 21 The muses of classical antiquity are appearing at the Colosseum in a new show spotlighting the workings of artistic creation. The exhibition features statues, vases and frescoes.
Italian News - February 19 Italian journalists have coined 5,000 new words over the last five years, many of them come from English, according to a book from the National Research Center.
Italian News - February 19 The Turin Winter Olympics is proving to be more popular on the Internet than the 2004 Summer Games in Athens. The Torino 2006 Web site had 50 million hits on Wednesday.
Italian News - February 18 Italy's Constitutional Court criticized a law preventing children from taking their mother's name but said it was powerless to change the situation.
Italian News - February 18 An Italian clothes firm is producing jeans that are tailor-made for the Islamic world. The trousers are the brainchild of Luca Corradi, an Italian stylist.
Italian News - February 17 Curling has gained a record television audience in Italy at the Turin Winter Olympics. Nearly five million Italians tuned in to watch Italy's unranked men.
Italian Recipes - February 17 These fritters are a specialty of the Veneto during Carnevale. Be warned, they are highly addictive! The fritole are much more than a donut or a simple fritter.
Italian News - February 16 Recurrent reports of a panther on the loose in the capital spurred police to put out an all points bulletin for the big cat. It was Italy's sixth panther alert in just over a decade.
Italian News - February 16 Italy's highest administrative court ruled on Wednesday that crucifixes should remain in the country's classrooms as a symbol of key Italian values.
Italian News / Movies - February 15 Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci is about to get back behind the camera to make a movie about terrorism. The flick will be an adaptation of a best-selling novel by US writer Ann Patchett.
Italian Television - February 15 Five of Italy's top fashion designers have been called in to splash an extra dose of glamour onto a glitzy song contest which becomes a national obsession every spring.
Italian News - February 14 Priceless jewels which once belonged to Italy's royal family could soon emerge from the dusty vault where the Bank of Italy has kept them for nearly 60 years.
Italian Science - February 14 Italy has found a new way of treating pain that could be used where traditional methods have failed. The new compound holds out hope for a string of crippling conditions.
Italian News - February 12 Italy is set to dig up more of the Medici family in a bid to discover the buried secrets of Florence's dynasty, to find out more about how the opulent and sometimes murderous family lived and died.
Italian News - February 12 Russia and Italy plan to conduct large-scale naval exercises, Ionex-2006, in the Ionian Sea in 2006," Russia's Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said.
Italian News - February 11 More than 4,700 performers, including fast-moving skaters with fiery rocket packs, dancers and even dancing cows opened the festivities. The worldwide television audience was estimated at two billion.
Italian Art - February 11 Mantua is paying tribute to Andrea Mantegna on the 500th anniversary of his death with a wide ranging show charting his immense contribution to cultural Renaissance in the 15th century.
Italian News / Music - February 10 The Italian pop princess, who picked up this year's Grammy award for best Latin pop album, received dozens of messages of congratulation from fellow singers.
Italian News - February 10 Researchers have produced futuristic clothing able to monitor their wearer's environment and help protect them from danger. The clothes are created using micro and nanotechnology.
Italian News - February 9 Opera star Luciano Pavarotti will sing at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. The singer has recently been on a farewell tour that is expected to last several years.
Italian Science - February 9 A chemical in the wine slows ageing and wards off two things the elderly often gripe about, feeling weaker and slower on the uptake, the scientists said.
Italian News - February 8 Turin's richly stocked National Cinema Museum has been revamped ready to shine for the 20th Winter Olympics. The new-look museum will be uncovered Thursday.
Italian News - February 8 Italy has finished the huge task of hauling tonnes of measuring devices up Everest to build the world's highest station for analysing the atmosphere.
Italian News - February 8 Dante Alighieri Manila is the first Filipino branch of SocietÓ Dante Alighieri, one of the most prestigious Italian nonprofit cultural organizations.
Italian News - February 7 An Italian priest who runs a music label of religious songs said that Michael Jackson could be one of several artists to sing on a CD of Pope John Paul II's prayers.
Italian News - February 7 The fans at the Turin Games won't be the only ones cheering on their favorite Olympians starting this weekend. They'll get some help from cheerleaders.
Italian News - February 5 Too many youngsters whose perfect peachy skin, gangly legs and flat chests make them ideal clothes-horses are being exploited as models before they are mature enough to cope.
Italian News - February 5 Hadrian's Villa has unveiled its latest secret, a monumental staircase complete with huge columns and a giant sphinx. "Extraordinary finds," said the archaeologist who made the discoveries.
Italian News - February 4 Internationally recognized jazz pianist, Romano Mussolini, the youngest son of Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, died on Friday at the age of 78.
Italian News - February 4 Italians are notorious across Europe for staying at home longer than any other but according to a new report their parents could be the ones to blame.
Italian News - February 3 The search for George Clooney lookalikes has moved from America to Lake Como. The actor burst out laughing when he saw his double.
Italian News - February 3 Italians can be fined for using traditional insulting gestures against fellow motorists but are free to use the Italian language's full vocabulary of obscenities.
Italian Music - February 2 Italian pop princess Laura Pausini has been nominated for one of this year's prestigious Grammy music awards. She believes she has a strong chance of actually winning.
Italian Movies - February 2 A Rome court has ruled that men have no monopoly over Waiting for Godot, dismissing objections to the use of actresses in an Italian production of the play.
Italian News - February 2 The Europolis fair seeks both to give a view of the metropolis of the future and provide a showcase for new products that can make life easier for city-dwellers today.
Italian Movies - February 1 The Italian film La Bestia nel Cuore (Don't Tell) has been nominated to compete in the best foreign film category for the upcoming Oscar awards.
Italian News - February 1 Italy will be able to use Swiss air space to make sure the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin are safe from airborne threats, according to an agreement signed on Tuesday.
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