The Italian Almanac
Italian News - November 30 A holidaymaker was killed by a bolt of lightning from an almost clear blue sky. Michael Haffenden died instantly when he was struck as he relaxed at a medieval castle near Siena.
Italian Movies - November 30 Massimo Boldi and Christian De Sica are going head-to-head at the box office this Christmas after 20 years of Yuletide hits set in exotic locations ended last year.
Italian News - November 28 Italy's and perhaps the world's most famous song, 'O Sole Mio', is the topic of a new book which traces its inspiration and looks at the many versions and covers the tune has seen.
Italian Sport - November 28 Azzurri captain Fabio Cannavaro was named the European Footballer of the Year, making him the fifth Italian to claim soccer's most prestigious individual award.
Italian News - November 27 A young Italian designer is banking on Zinedine Zidane's notorious World Cup headbutt to make his mark on the fashion world. Alessandro Ferrari has come up with the Xqua line.
Italian News - November 27 The growing interest in quality olive oil has resulted in a boom for farm tourism with over two million people a year now visiting oil mills to buy their oil straight from the source.
Italian News - November 25 Italians are eager to see whether a TV comedian who delights in impersonating the pope will dare to go on with his tricks after ten days of polemics and put-downs from the Catholic world.
Italian News - November 25 When Egon Hofer, an Austrian racing driver and classic-car collector, bought a sleek, shiny red 1960s Ferrari once driven by Graham Hill, he thought that he had a unique racing car.
Italian Movies - November 24 Legendary Italian director Mario Monicelli returned to movie theatres with a new film. Le Rose del Deserto (Desert Roses), a poignant comedy set in Italian-occupied Libya.
Italian News - November 24 Spouses who have to plug their ears because of their better halfs' snoring are to get a break now that Italy has opened a so-called 'night hospital' for people with sleep disorders.
Italian News - November 23 Vatican preparations for Christmas started to get under way this week as workmen began erecting the traditional nativity scene in front of St Peter's Basilica.
Italian News - November 23 The bronze statue of the wolf who suckled Romulus and Remus has been displayed on the Capitoline hill for years, its vintage proudly advertised as dating back to 753 BC.
Italian News - November 22 Unexpected cash brings out a difference between men and women, with men preferring to save and women more prone to spend, according to a new study.
Italian News - November 22 Italy should follow the lead set elsewhere and thrust women to the helm of the country's political life, President Giorgio Napolitano said Tuesday.
Italian News - November 21 Members of a movement in favor of the rights of separated fathers staged an unusual protest Monday morning, wearing metal chastity belts as a way to convince visiting males to abstain from sex.
Italian News - November 21 Castelnuovo Rangone in northern Italy has decided to dedicate a monument to the native American Indian to honor this people's history and respect for the environment.
Italian News - November 20 “I don’t think I’ll be sent to perdition for this sort of satire." Fiorello was responding to the objections raised by Fr Georg Genswein, the Pope’s personal secretary.
Italian News - November 20 Music can make a difference even in a world with ethnic tensions, war and terrorism, musician Peter Gabriel said after picking up his Man of Peace award in Rome.
Italian News - November 17 The Korogocho shantytown on the outskirts of Nairobi is home to a million people, who live around the planet's largest trash dump, a 30 metre-deep mountain of rubbish.
Italian News - November 17 The thing that Italian children hate the most is to see their parents argue, according to the Report on Infancy and Adolescence was drawn up by the Eurispes research group.
Italian News / Art - November 16 Milan is playing host to Europe's biggest ever exhibition devoted to American contemporary art legend Jean-Michel Basquiat. The show is at the city's Triennale Museum.
Italian News / Europe - November 16 The Maltese and the Greeks are the heavyweights of Europe, figures from the European Commission reveal. The Italians and French the most trim, while Britons are over weight.
Italian News - November 15 Italy's most popular footballer, Francesco Totti, is to be a father for the second time. The AS Roma star's wife, Ilary Blasi, announced that she is four-months pregnant.
Italian News - November 15 Having a spouse means older people are 12% less likely to die over a given period, whether they are living in the United States or Europe, an Italian study found.
Italian News - November 14 Small pieces of cloth being sold near the Vatican as 'relics' of the ever popular John Paul II are bogus, Catholic Church authorities warned. The scraps of material are available in three sizes.
Italian News - November 14 Thousands of Neapolitans lined up on Monday to pay their respects to the undisputed king of the 'sceneggiata', Mario Merola, who died Sunday night from cardiorespiratory failure.
Italian News - November 13 Italian researchers have come up with a new way for cardiac rehabilitation patients to exercise their damaged hearts without having to squeeze into spandex or gyrate in a gym.
Italian News - November 13 Italy is experiencing an unprecedented rise in marriage break-ups, according to a new report, with interfering mothers-in-law bearing a high proportion of the blame.
Italian News - November 11 Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni crossed swords with horror and playstation addicts on Friday, vowing to seek an Italian ban on a controversial video game called Rule of Rose.
Italian News - November 11 The first Europeans lived in southern Italy and not Spain, according to new Italian findings predating the oldest Spanish finds by almost a million years.
Italian News - November 10 Italy is to honour Dorando Pietri, the runner who became a symbol of athletic suffering after a famous incident in the men's marathon at the London Olympics in 1908.
Italian News - November 10 Italy has the oldest population in the European Union and despite an influx of young immigrants it is getting older every year, new population data confirm.
Italian News - November 9 A Como man wolfed down more than half a kilo of fiery Italian chilli peppers in half an hour to become Italy's latest Mr Peperoncino with 559 grammes.
Italian News - November 9 A picturesque medieval castle north of Rome is widely believed to be the location selected by Hollywood star Tom Cruise to wed his fiancée Katie Holmes later this month.
Italian News - November 7 A toilet which flushes to the musical accompaniment of Italy's national anthem was debated at a court hearing called to determine whether the device was an offense to the nation.
Italian News / Art - November 7 An Ancient Greek statue that blew Michelangelo's mind 500 years ago is to be feted as the icon of the Vatican Museum's celebration of its first half thousand years.
Italian News - November 6 Italian Catholics turn to Padre Pio more than any other saint, according to a poll of church-goers. The monk with the stigmata beat St Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost articles.
Italian News - November 6 A German electric company said a high-voltage transmission line it shut down over a river could have caused the chain-reaction power outages that left about 10 million people in the dark.
Italian News - November 4 Italians continue to adore their mobile phones but, still shy of computers, they lag behind the rest of Europe on Internet use, according to data presented this week by research institute Censis.
Italian News - November 4 Italian movie legend Claudia Cardinale has called on film directors to do their bit to bring about world peace. "The art of cinematography should be used to promote respect and cooperation".
Italian News - November 3 Lucca is celebrating its status as Italy's comics capital with the 40th edition of its renowned graphic-art festival. Lucca Comics & Games 2006 is expected to attract over 65,000 enthusiasts.
Italian News - November 3 The nuns at a convent school outside Genoa asked a pair of business consultants what they could do to generate some profits for charities and missionaries.
Italian News - November 2 Four inmates of the Vercelli women's prison near Milan have turned themselves into fashion designers, creating a line of garments inspired by post-war jail uniforms.
Italian News - November 2 At 5am on November 3, 1966 the skies over Tuscany opened and poured non-stop for 18 hours, causing an unprecedented artistic, economic and human disaster.
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