The Italian Almanac
Italian News - July 29 Two Sicilian love rivals rolled back the centuries Thursday by resolving a dispute over a lady with a duel. The men fought each other with knives and jackets wrapped around their arms.
Italian News - July 29 Italian celebrity Anna Falchi's bee-kissed lips are entirely a gift from Mother Nature, a court has ruled. The court awarded damages of 15,000 Euro against the Conde' Nast publishing group.
Italian News - July 29 Italian technology is going to help clean up the garbage mountaineers leave every year on mountains like Everest and K2. The new system, called EARTH, was presented Wednesday by its creators.
Italian News - July 28 Alessandro di Benedetto called in Sunday to say he was ahead of schedule on his bid to become the first person to steer a vessel without a cabin across the world's largest ocean.
Italian News - July 28 Renowned Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner is set to lead his family, including his four year old daughter, on a physically demanding pilgrimage to the world's most treacherous mountain.
Italian Gossip - July 27 TV star Michelle Hunziker has rekindled hopes that her fairy-tale romance with ex-hubbie, the Italian pop sensation Eros Ramazzotti, might soon be back on.
Italian News - July 27 Violent thunderstorms and gale-force winds hit northern Italy but the rest of the country continued to bake in a fierce heatwave. The ferocious heat has raised urban ozone levels to dangerous highs.
Italian News - July 26 Venice's gondolas are set to go back to basics, shedding the glitzy trappings recently tacked on to lure tourists. The city's gondola association has drawn up strict guidelines.
Italian News - July 26 The beaches of Italy offer a wide variety of facilities, but the Adriatic resort of Pescara can now offer a unique attraction - the opportunity to emerge from a night of partying with a soul wiped free of sin.
Italian News - July 25 Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi dressed up as an exotic dancer last week to spring his wife a romantic birthday surprise. The surprise was the climax of a fun-packed two-day stay in Marrakech.
Italian News - July 25 A little village in the Ligurian mountains has turned itself into a self-sufficient island of organic food and sustainable energy, becoming the ultimate in 'green' communities.
Italian News - July 25 The next time you call directory enquiries in Italy, you may speak to a convicted murderer. Italy's biggest phone operator, Telecom Italia, presented its new call-centre in Rome's largest prison.
Italian News - July 22 Authorities are taking action to help tourists survive the heat wave Italy is simmering under at the moment. The Rome Civil Protection Department is handing out bottles of water to dehydrated visitors.
Italian Movies - July 22 The National Gallery of Art will encourage cinematic time-traveling by hosting a rare screening of an Italian production, a 1914 classic spectacle titled "Cabiria".
Italian News - July 21 A python inadvertently stolen when a knapsack was snatched earlier this week turned up safe and sound on Thursday. The two feet Royal Python was "calm and only a little debilitated by the current heatwave".
Italian News - July 21 An Italian scooter rider fleeing from police hit the throttle, racking up a record penalty of 144 points off his 20-point driving licence in a few minutes of reckless riding.
Italian News - July 20 The fascinating contents of Andy Warhol's time capsules have arrived in Italy for the first time thanks to a new exhibition in Trieste. The show is entitled Timeboxes and it opens on Saturday.
Italian News - July 20 Pope Benedict has ordered that documents in Vatican archives relating to the pre-war pontificate of Pius XII be made accessible to the public. The archives will be available to historians and researchers.
Italian News - July 19 Forcing your wife to kneel down and scrub the house floor clean is a crime and amounts to mistreatment, Italy's highest appeals court ruled yesterday to upheld a conviction to a man who was left by his wife.
Italian Movies - July 19 Italian director Gabriele Muccino, who made his English-language debut with the upcoming Will Smith drama "The Pursuit of Happy-ness," is turning his attention to a French remake.
Italian News - July 18 Sicilian retailers are turning the tables on negative stereotypes about Italy and organized crime, by using the Mafia name to make honest cash. A number of shops are now selling "Cosa Nostra" T-Shirts.
Italian News - July 18 The 16th-century gardens, grounds, fountains and fancy waterworks of this Renaissance jewel at Tivoli have beaten 100 other great Italian gardens to qualify for the competition.
Italian News - July 17 Italian discotheques and police launched a scheme to boost road safety among disco-goers, by offering them free entry if they use a designated driver. The scheme lasts until the end of August.
Italian News - July 17 The Vatican Museums, whose treasures include fresco ceiling by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, plan to acquire modern artworks, the director said in an interview.
Italian News - July 15 Italy has built the longest sailing ship of the modern era, a sleek black steel-and-carbon-fibre clipper measuring almost 100 meters. The boat was commissioned by US computer magnate Tom Perkins.
Italian News - July 15 Italy is facing a dire shortage of vehicle license plates, automobile associations warned on Friday.The associations said the registration of new cars could suffer long delays as a consequence.
Italian News - July 14 Italy's only world heavyweight boxing champ, giant 1930s slugger Primo Carnera, has been feted in a new documentary. Part of celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Carnera's birth.
Italian News - July 14 Thousands of fake replicas of the 'status symbols' have been commissioned from a local firm and are ready to be strapped around the wrists of guests before they take to the city.
Italian News - July 13 The famed Italian Baroque 'castrato' singer 'the divine' Farinelli has been dug up again so experts can try to find out what made these vanished virtuosi so special.
Italian News - July 13 Rome's Trevi Fountain was 'netted' against the use of illegal nets by Italian fishermen. Dozens of bewildered tourists looked on as a mermaid waded into the waters of the landmark fountain.
Italian News - July 12 Graduating high-school students at a German-speaking institute in northern Italy are engaged in a spat over the school's tradition of making them leave their classroom as good as new.
Italian Fashion - July 12 Former equestrian champion Amalia Borgnino, who is still stunning despite her age, showed off designer Alessandro Consiglio's latest haute couture creation on Tuesday.
Italian News - July 11 The Italian population seems destined to become more and more multicultural in coming decades as immigrant families continue to have more children than native Italian ones.
Italian News - July 11 Italy's motorbike and scooter maker Piaggio made a brilliant debut on the Milan stock market on Tuesday leaping 8.91% from the price established in its initial public offering.
Italian News - July 10 The Italian Air force's famed Frecce Tricolore (Tri Color Arrows) acrobatic team will welcome back World Cup champions Italy streaking the sky with the green, white and red of the Italian flag.
Italian Movies - July 10 Italian actor Raoul Bova, out to show he's made of sterner stuff than his hunky movie-star image may suggest, is co-producing an independent film about the conflict between different cultures.
Italian News - July 8 Italians unable to travel to Berlin for the World Cup final between Italy and France were busy preparing to join the flag-waving crowds in piazzas and football stadiums across the nation.
Italian News / Art - July 8 The show, entitled the Dragon and the Butterfly, features around 100 paintings that give visitors a view of the Oriental nation's art in the 20th century and the latest trends.
Italian News - July 7 Italians are drinking less than ever, according to a report that countered recent alarms about a surge in youth bingeing. "The survey shows that alcohol consumption is dropping steadily,"
Italian Science - July 7 Italian scientists have for the first time sailed above the North Pole in a perfect circle to glean precious new information on the unique magnetic forces it exerts.
Italian News - July 6 Considered an icon in her native Italy, Sophia Loren is causing a new sensation with rumours she is to pose nude for the 2007 Pirelli calendar, with the actress dressed in nothing but a pair of earrings.
Italian News - July 6 The world's top design-and-architecture publication, is spreading its influence eastwards with a plush new Chinese edition. "Domus' arrival in China is confirmation of the magazine's mission.
Italian Art - July 6 The exquisite ceramics, Oriental-inspired paintings and delicate panels of the Tuscan artist Galileo Chini have gone on display in Rome in one of the largest ever shows devoted to his work.
Italian News - July 5 An Italian man escaped from house arrest and begged police to put him in jail because he could not bear living with his grandfather. The 30-year old had been placed under house arrest for six months.
Italian News - July 5 An Italian actress taking part in a re-enactment of an infamous witchburning incident caught fire going too close to a torch as she was about to take the stage.
Italian News - July 4 Italy is outshining its European partners when it comes to promoting products which are kinder to the environment. Italian consumers have shown a growing attitude to buy environmentally-friendly products.
Italian News - July 4 Italy's wine producers are looking to break into emerging markets in order to consolidate their lead in the world's export rankings. Italy was the top wine exporter last year in terms of volume.
Italian News - July 3 Italy is facing a summer of strikes after its new government unexpectedly announced bold measures to strip away layers of bureaucracy in business and open protected professions to competition.
Italian Science - July 3 An Italian researcher working in the United States has made a key advance in the study of the genetic causes of skin cancer. Much of her basic research was done at Cesena Hospital in northern Italy.
Italian News - July 1 Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome has thrown its doors open to the public at night, offering a packed programme of events turning the circular monument into a giant open-air theatre.
Italian Science - July 1 Pisa University is teaming up with NATO's Undersea Research Centre (NURC) for a new study to promote the conservation of marine life. The project seeks to put 'eyes' and 'ears' under the sea of Pianosa.
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