The Italian Almanac
Italian News - March 31 The opulence of Roman banqueting is recreated in a new show in Naples which brings together for the first time all the silverware found at Pompeii.
Italian News - March 31 Cult comedienne and filmmaker Sabina Guzzanti is to star as Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi in one of Britain's best-known satire shows this weekend.
Italian News - March 30 For the first time in the world, Italians have managed to tap the national electricity grid into power generated by waves. The successful experiment took place at Messina.
Italian News / Television - March 30 The 2003 attack on Italy's peacekeeping contingent in southern Iraq had a huge impact on the public consciousness, producing a surge of national pride but also polemics over the mission.
Italian News - March 29 As well as earning less than their male peers, Italy's high-flying career women are also much more likely to divorce or be forced to give up all thoughts of a family.
Italian News - March 29 Italian archeologists working in Iraq have found a trove of ancient stone tablets from the fabled civilisation of Ur. The tablets bear around 500 engravings of a literary and historical nature.
Italian News - March 28 Until April 13 Milan plays host to Mozart of the Marionettes, a festival that brings the Austrian composer's operas together with puppet theatre.
Italian Television - March 28 Just as the second installment of "Rome" starts shooting at Italy's Cinecitta, a toned-down version of HBO's lusty historical skeinskein has finally marched onto Roman TV screens.
Italian News - March 26 According to the report that the drop for the entertainment sector is very disturbing and the situation will become a full-fledged crisis if this decline continues in 2006.
Italian Science - March 26 Italian scientists from the San Michele all'Adige Agrarian Institute have uncovered the 'life code' of the pinot noir grape plant, a breakthrough destined to change the future of wine-making.
Italian News - March 25 The tomb of Italy's greatest poet, Dante, is to be restored. The tomb in the northeastern city of Ravenna will be cleaned up in a seven month project starting after Easter.
Italian News - March 25 The government's environmental record was at the centre of a political tug-of-war, following the publication of a national report on the state of the country's ecological health.
Italian News - March 24 Images of quarreling couples and bitterly divided families on TV screens sow discord in the hearts of the real Italian families watching them, according to new research.
Italian News / Art - March 24 Suburban houses, flowers, birds, fruit, languid ladies and starchy bowler-hatted men float from Brussels to Lake Como in Italy's largest-ever show on Surrealist great Rene' Magritte.
Italian News - March 23 The round concrete pedestal on which 'vigili' stand to direct traffic in Piazza Venezia, waving their white-gloved hands in an elegant display of mime, has been there since 1898.
Italian News - March 23 Police in Forli' town are investigating the case of a statue of the Virgin Mary which reportedly wept tears of blood last week. The bishop removed the figure and called the police.
Italian News - March 22 The tragic history of the medieval Catharn is mingled with the Bosnian war in a new total theatre show with actors, dancers and singers interplaying with film footage and computers.
Italian News - March 22 A meeting in Rome seeks to shake the world into doing more to stop landmines and unexploded mines killing and injuring thousands of people every year.
Italian News - March 21 AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi is the toast of Italian soccer after an exemplary gesture of fair play during his side's 2-1 win over Messina Sunday.
Italian News - March 21 "Cicerobot is able to plan out tours according with the needs of individual visitors," said Antonio Chella, head of the Palermo University robotics laboratory that invented the robot.
Italian News - March 21 The medieval crusades had a "high and noble" goal and were not something to be apologised for, conference participants were told at a Vatican-sponsored university this weekend.
Italian News - March 19 Turkey has protested against Taviani brothers, world wide known Italian film directors, going to shoot a film called Lark Farm, dedicated to the Armenian Genocide.
Italian News - March 19 About 40 Saudi businesswomen participated in the first forum of Saudi and Italian busines women in Rome. The business forum was the first of its kind.
Italian News - March 18 The world's first research centre specializing in plant intelligence has started studying the power of green matter in Florence. "We are entering a totally unexplored world."
Italian News - March 18 According to a survey of 10,000 children and adults from all over the Italy, Alto Adige on the Austrian border has only 5.3% of obese people, compared to 19% in Sicily.
Italian Gossip - March 17 Speculation spread once again that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would wed on Italian shores. George Clooney lakefront villa in the town of Laglio is cited as a credible location for such a ceremony.
Italian News - March 17 The Vatican is to take measures against the ticket touts that plague tourists around the Vatican Museums. "We're aware of the problem and we're going to do something about it."
Italian News / Movies - March 16 Italy's greatest silent film epic Cabiria has been reconstructed from rushes. The reincarnated film will have its premiere preceded by a video intro by Martin Scorsese.
Italian News - March 16 At least 500,000 illegal immigrants now live in Italy, one of Italy's top charities said after immigrants flooded post offices with applications for legal status.
Italian News - March 15 The hunt is on for the 'brothers' of a 2,400 year old bronze satyr fished out of the sea off Sicily seven years ago. "We are sure there are similar objects down there."
Italian News - March 15 Florence this weekend will host the first-ever Taste Festival which aims to present the public with the best in food, wine and other earthly delights Italy has to offer.
Italian News - March 14 The many facets of Venice are to be spotlighted in a new satellite TV channel, Venice Channel. The new channel aims to promote the famed lagoon city as an emblem of Italian beauty and style.
Italian News - March 14 Some 300 stolen Ancient Roman coins were found in a town north of Rome on Monday as Italy's recent crackdown on art theft continued. The owner was cited for receiving stolen artifacts.
Italian News - March 14 Rome's chief rabbi paid a historic visit to Rome's mosque on Monday. It was the first time a rabbi had visited the mosque, the biggest in the West.
Italian News - March 13 Sudoku masters from Europe, the Americas and the Far East have come to Italy to bid for the first world title in the popular brain teasers.
Italian News - March 13 Italy's high court on Friday acquitted a woman who called an immigrant co-worker a 'bloody n**ger'. The Court said a charge of racial discrimination was "not relevant" in the case.
Italian News - March 13 Ansaldo Signal said it would design, make and install an advanced train control nsignalling system on Indian Railways, one of the world's largest networks.
Italian News - March 10 Boschi said INGV could "categorically deny the alarmist and irresponsible statements regarding the future activity of Vesuvius" made by Buffalo University's Michael Sheridan last Friday.
Italian News - March 10 Two new pavilions have expanded the area at the Verona fair grounds to some 80,000smq, which will host 4,200 stands, over 100 more than last year.
Italian News - March 10 The latest gadget in the 78-year-old pontiff's array of equipment is a specially designed iPod, a portable digital media player that is the rage among teenagers.
Italian News - March 8 A nurse in World War One, Stark was rumoured to have had a fling with Lawrence of Arabia, and in WWII worked for British intelligence in Aden, Baghdad, and Cairo.
Italian News - March 8 Still glowing from the success of the Winter Olympics, Turin and its surrounding mountains are now looking forward to make its Paralympic partner a hit.
Italian News - March 7 Italy's love for mineral water is overflowing, says a new book that seeks to guide consumers around the maze of spring-water products on the national market.
Italian News - March 7 Visitors to 'Un senso per l'arte' (A Sense for Art) can opt to be taken around the exhibit blindfold, led by blind guides, who help them discover the works on show via touch.
Italian News - March 5 Venice is selling 13 historic palaces and villas in some of the most sought-after locations on the planet: on the Grand Canal, the Lido and the island of Murano.
Italian Science - March 5 Italian doctors have used stem cells to rebuild human skin and repair tissue damage. A University team took stem cells from patients, grew them in the laboratory, and recreated the patients' skin.
Italian News - March 4 As toads across Italy gear up for the mating season, embarking on their annual migration, hundreds of animal lovers are taking to the roads to save them from meeting a messy end.
Italian News - March 4 A group of young Italians has come up with a solar-powered scooter you can put under the desk or stairs after it helps you beat inner city traffic.
Italian News / Art - March 3 A fascinating new exhibition in Rome seeks to give visitors a glimpse of African art and culture and buck some stereotypes in the process.
Italian News - March 3 Ferrari sports cars are starting to make inroads in China. The glamorous Italian auto maker expanded its sales network to meet demand from the booming Chinese market.
Italian News - March 2 Nobel Laureate and self-proclaimed jester Dario Fo kicks off Milan's first international clown festival. The playwright-performer will lead the opening procession of performers.
Italian News - March 2 The 5,000-year-old hunter who emerged from an Italian glacier in 1991 is to be flanked by 12 members of a large group of mummies found in the mountains of Peru in 1996.
Italian News / Television - March 1 An Italian presenter apologised for her 'Janet Jackson moment' and wardrobe slip on the opening night of Italy's top TV show of the year, the Sanremo Song Fest.
Italian News - March 1 The makers of Brunello di Montalcino, considered by many to be Italy's best wine, have turned to high technology to protect the authenticity of their product.
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