The Italian Almanac
Italian News - October 31 A Catholic priest known for his crusades against prostitution has blasted Halloween for being a satanic rite which undermines the principles of religion.
Italian News - October 31 Italian UFO buffs are excited about a mysterious ball of light caught on film in Sicily at the weekend. The phenomenon was spotted by a restaurateur and his wife as they were driving.
Italian News - October 30 When does a man not deserve to be treated as a woman? This question will weigh heavily on Italian politics as the speaker of the lower house of the Parliament prepares to rule on sanitary arrangements.
Italian News - October 30 Inn Southwest Florida as the weather starts getting cooler and the children start leaving home for the outside, they are also spreading into new territory when it comes to outdoor games.
Italian News - October 28 As a national group, Italians already outlive most other Europeans and Marche, on the eastern slopes of the Apennines, seems to be the place where conditions combine to produce maximum longevity.
Italian Science - October 28 Italian researchers have shown that tiny particles called nanocrystals can be flooded with more light than thought possible, paving the way for a raft of clinical and commercial uses.
Italian News - October 27 Chefs from all over the world will gather here next March to compete in the first Pesto Championship. The aim of the initiative is to highlight the Ligurian origin of the sauce.
Italian News - October 27 Experts swooped on Mount Etna on Thursday after the volcano sprang back into life. The volcanologists examined a fresh lava flow on the south side of the volcano.
Italian News - October 27 For the first time in Italy an arrest has been made under an August 2004 law against the mistreatment of animals. The arrest was made Tuesday in the province of Cagliari, Sardinia.
Italian News - October 26 The brothel of Pompeii, one of the ancient city's main tourist attractions, is re-opening after much needed restoration. Lovers of the ancient and naughty have been forced to wait a year.
Italian News / Art - October 26 Racing legend and former Ferrari driver Mario Andretti has been given the prestigious Italian title of 'Commendatore della Repubblica' for his contribution to the sport.
Italian News - October 24 A salute to Michael Schumacher will highlight the world finals of the Ferrari Challenge series open at the Monza race track on Wednesday and will run through October 29.
Italian News / Art - October 24 Parliament formally backed Rome's bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games and in a bipartisan motion called on the government to promote the capital's candidacy.
Italian News - October 23 A modern-day Russian film, based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, won top prize at Rome’s first international film festival as the nine-day marathon wrapped up on Saturday.
Italian News / Art - October 23 A new exhibition in Rome enables the public to get better acquainted with one of the 20th-century's finest and most approachable artists - Paul Klee - featuring important paintings by the Swiss artist.
Italian News - October 21 Gina Lollobrigida, the Italian movie icon whose sultry looks thrilled male cinema audiences in the 1960s, has shown she still has what it takes to get her man four decades later.
Italian News - October 21 Italians are increasingly picky about what goes on their dinner tables, preferring products from their own country and dismissing GM foods out of hand. All of this is music to the ears of Italian farmers.
Italian News - October 21 With nicknames ranging from Paranoid to DigitalMind 700 online players from 70 countries gathered in Monza, Italy, north of Milan, on Thursday to fight in the 2006 World Cyber Games.
Italian News - October 20 European champion Vanessa Ferrari spoiled Chinese hopes of a title sweep at the world gymnastics championships when she snatched Italy's first ever women's world title.
Italian Movie - October 20 One third of the world's pasta is produced in Italy where it is exclusively made from durum wheat, the union of Italian pastamakers UNIPI said in its latest report.
Italian News - October 19 Half an hour’s drive up the mountain from Morbegno, in Valtellina, at 1,032 metres above sea level, there is a six square-kilometre municipality with 33 residents.
Italian Movie - October 19 Italian Oscar-winning director Giuseppe Tornatore made a successful return to the cinema world, when his latest movie won rounds of applause at the Rome Film Fest.
Italian News - October 18 A 10-year-old boy has become the youngest person to swim across the Strait of Messina in southern Italy. Giuseppe Mangano covered the 3,800m (yards) in 55 minutes and 30 seconds.
Italian News - October 18 Researchers stressed that cases where women and men earned different sums for the same work were rare. The difference is more to do with the type of position the two sexes generally occupy.
Italian News - October 17 Four Italians have constructed what they believe is the world's first full-sized chocolate igloo but they have yet to solve an age-old problem: it still melts.
Italian News - October 17 Ondina Valla, the first Italian woman to win an Olympic medal, has died at the age of 90. She won the gold medal in the hurdles event at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
Italian News - October 16 More people will catch the flu this year than last and it should peak sometime between the end of December and the beginning of January, experts predicted.
Italian Music - October 16 Classically-trained Italian pop star Andrea Bocelli has been nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in the category of Best Male Pop Album. The 48-year-old Tuscan was nominated for his album 'Amor'
Italian News - October 16 Florence's administrators have banned people from feeding pigeons in the city's picturesque piazzas and from giving bread to the ducks in the River Arno.
Italian News - October 14 As stereotypes go, the Italian 'mamma' is one of the most enduring and appealing. But for many women - especially those with aspirations - it can be a handicap.
Italian News - October 14 Two young Egyptian vultures born in captivity have travelled thousands of kilometres south since being released in southern Italy earlier this year. They are two sisters, named Barbara and Arianna.
Italian News - October 14 The international film world is mourning Gillo Pontecorvo, Italian director of one of the most provocative films on freedom fighting, The Battle of Algiers.
Italian News - October 13 Air guitar involves pretending to play an imaginary guitar, usually to a heavy metal song, which includes not only the exaggerated strumming the instrument but also performing the physical stage movements.
Italian News - October 13 Top scholars have gathered in Rome this week to discuss the exciting and controversial idea that Sardinia is the lost island of Atlantis. A theory developed by the Italian journalist Sergio Frau.
Italian News - October 12 Italy's legendary family values are thriving despite the move towards fewer kids and new sorts of 'families', according to the latest figures from national statistics bureau Istat.
Italian News / Art - October 12 Until February 4, Piacenza's Palazzo Farnese hosts a selection of the 900 paintings and sculptures that were carefully assembled during the 20th century by Rosa Domenica Mazzolini.
Italian News - October 11 Italians shouldn't show too much aggression in friendly soccer matches - and certainly shouldn't tackle as if they were saving Italy's bacon in an international, Italy's high court said Tuesday.
Italian News - October 11 Among the events organized for 'Chocoday' is the presentation of a manifesto packed with information about pure chocolate's benefits and how it is produced.
Italian News - October 10 A mix of balmy and wet weather is set to keep truffle hunters busier this year and fans of the tasty tuber happier than ever. "The evening downpours should give the truffles extra flavour".
Italian News / Europe - October 10 The Internet has overtaken newspapers and magazines as Europeans’ main source of news and feature-type information. But television continues to be the dominant medium for most people.
Italian News - October 7 An Italian groom is taking his bride on a honeymoon trip with a difference: in a hot-air balloon. The couple will drive to an international ballooning meet, where they'll take off for points unknown.
Italian News - October 7 Some of Italy's bars and cafés are finding new ways of making customers hang around a bit longer than it takes to gulp down an espresso, according to the latest specialist guide.
Italian News - October 6 A Roman bride has made her fiance's dream of becoming a fireman come true as a gift for their wedding. "Simona, you've made me so happy," Pierluigi gushed after the 'pompieri' gave him an honorary uniform.
Italian Art - October 6 Fans of legendary Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni have the chance to see a different side of their idol over the next month thanks to a show spotlighting his recent art work.
Italian News - October 5 Center-left politicians raised a hue and cry over the airing by a state-run television network of a video spoof portraying Prime Minister Romano Prodi and several lawmakers as rap singers.
Italian News - October 5 Top director Roman Polanski will collect a Fellini Foundation Prize - a gold-leaf statue bearing a dream-like drawing by the Italian maestro - next December.
Italian News - October 4 A businessman who was unable to hold a working lunch at a sidewalk cafe' because of a continued parade of street hawkers has decided to sue the Eternal City for damages.
Italian News - October 4 Italy is to set up one of the highest stations for atmospheric and other tests, said project leader Agostino Da Polenza, one of the world's most respected high-altitude scientists.
Italian News - October 3 "The Bachelor" returns to TV with Lorenzo Borghese, a 34-year-old Italian-born prince who grew up in Connecticut and now helps his family operate a major cosmetics company.
Italian Movies - October 3 Nuovomondo (The Golden Door), written and directed by acclaimed young director Emanuele Crialese, will compete to be on the final five-strong shortlist to be unveiled on January 23.
Italian News - October 2 Afghan art restorers are being trained in Italy to repair some of the country's cultural heritage after years of civil war. The young men and women will work at Rome's famed Art Restoration Institute.
Italian News / Art - October 2 A special train is to bring Italy's greatest modern painters to the country's main cities next month. The 'Art Train-Museum For A Day' will visit 28 Italian cities from Turin to Palermo.
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