The Italian Almanac
Italian News - September 29 A worldwide hit penned by an Italian songsmith 50 years ago, containing the famous 'Volare...oh-oh oh-oh!' refrain, is the song that Italian mums and dads sing most often with their kids.
Italian Art - September 29 The central Italian region of Emilia has set up a prize for the most nutritious and best-smelling manure to help its cows p roduce that Italian culinary glory, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Italian News - September 28 The 2007 and 20th edition of the Italian Wine catalogue will see a record number of wines receive the 'three glasses' insignia of top quality. The catalogue will be presented in Turin.
Italian Art - September 28 The art market is finally giving modern Italian art the respect it deserves, with prices for works by leading artists hitting new highs, according to Christies auction house.
Italian News - September 27 Producers and fans of Italian Prosecco are up in arms over plans by an Austrian company to market the sparkling white wine in a can. The wine in a can is called Rich Prosecco.
Italian News - September 27 Monsignor Emmanuel Milingo, the archbishop who shocked the Vatican in 2001 by defecting to a sect and marrying a Korean acupuncturist, has been excommunicated.
Italian News - September 26 Crossing theology with cyberspace, Priests On-Line answers parishioners' inquietudes with downloads of advice and Catholic guidance. The Web site appears to be quite popular.
Italian News / Art - September 26 A new show in Ferrara on forgotten French modern artist André Derain is set to stir "indescribable emotions" in visitors. The exhibition features 90 works covering the whole career of Derain.
Italian News - September 25 Contrary to popular belief, Italian women are better drivers than men and cause fewer accidents, according to a new report from the national association of insurance companies ANIA.
Italian News - September 25 For the second year in a row a drawing by an Italian girl has been chosen by the United Nations for one of its stamps marking International Peace Day 2006.
Italian News - September 22 Speaking recently at an erotic film festival in Abruzzo, Erika Neri said her male counterparts no longer live up to their traditional reputation of "Italian stallions".
Italian News - September 22 A roof garden overlooking central Rome where book lovers can while away a few hours is the latest initiative in the government's bid to use publicly owned real estate in better ways.
Italian News - September 22 The watchword is “dissuasion”, the declared purpose of the CCTVs that Rome city council plans to install in the streets of the capital most affected by prostitution.
Italian News - September 21 Two copies of Leonardo da Vinci's greatest lost fresco The Battle of Anghiari are the centrepiece of an upcoming show in Florence capping the city's Leonardo year.
Italian Science - September 21 Italian researchers have found a molecule that makes the body burn more fat, paving the way for new drugs. Injected into mice, the molecule upped the animals' metabolism and stopped them becoming fat.
Italian News - September 20 Oscar-winning American actor Sean Penn could star as Albert Einstein in a joint US-Italian television production about the famous physicist. Penn is a fan of one of the screenplay's authors.
Italian News - September 20 A gold rush has begun in the hills a stone’s throw from the villas of the famous at Manciano, and among the farmhouses and fields at Civitella Paganico.
Italian News - September 19 Jugglers, acrobats, fire breathers and scores of other performers have spent the last three weekends helping residents on the outskirts of Milan keep a centuries-old tradition of open-air theatre alive.
Italian Sport - September 19 Italy were handed their first Fed Cup title when Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne was forced to withdraw through injury in the deciding doubles match on Sunday.
Italian News - September 18 A half eaten meal, charts of the Mediterranean and piles of clothes were found on board an empty twin masted sailing vessel discovered floating off the Italian coast.
Italian News - September 18 The deadline for closing children's institutes would not be postponed. All of Italy's orphanages will close by the end of the year, despite delays in organizing alternatives.
Italian News - September 16 Mayor Letizia Moratti of Milan wants designers to do a little math before the coming fashion week: calculate the body-mass of their catwalk models to be sure they meet healthy standards.
Italian News - September 16 A major new show on Chinese calligraphy opened on Friday in Genoa, heralding an array of exhibitions on China. The show at Palazzo Ducale illustrates the beauty and history of Chinese writing.
Italian News - September 15 Italian men are now happily giving a hand around the house, according to a recent poll. Some 66% of Italians are “precise” and “accurate” in the chores they do.
Italian News - September 15 A tug-of-war involving a 10-year-old Belarussian child risked degenerating into a diplomatic spat between Italy and Belarus. The child was due to return to Belarus a week ago.
Italian News - September 15 Controversial crusading journalist Oriana Fallaci died Thursday night in her native Florence after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 77. Fallaci sparked a storm with anti-Islam books.
Italian News - September 14 Italian bosses mustn't rise to the bait when someone tries to pick a fight. The Court of Cassation rejected an appeal by a boss who was sacked because he flew off the handle when one of his staff provoked him.
Italian News - September 14 Adriatic coast of Marche offer seafood lovers a very intense week. The city of Fano is hosting the International Festival of Seafood Soup — which run through September 17.
Italian News - September 13 A museum in northeast Italy was delighted by the return of a rare, giant shell that was recently snatched by thieves. It turned up again early on Tuesday morning, deposited outside the museum.
Italian News - September 13 The Mediterraneo Primo from Mazara del Vallo in western Sicily was seized overnight while fishing for crayfish and is currently impounded at the Libyan port of Darna.
Italian News - September 12 A centuries-old giant oak which featured in the adventures of Pinocchio is ailing. The famous oak, believed to be 600 years old, stands in private grounds near the Tuscan town of Lucca.
Italian Science - September 12 Italian scientists opened a new chapter in modern physics when a burst of sub-atomic particles was sent hurtling from Switzerland to a lab buried under Italy's biggest mountain.
Italian News - September 11 Nothing says "I've been to Venice" better than a photo snapped with pigeons perched on arms, head, shoulders, breast. Multiply that by, perhaps, a million times a year.
Italian News - September 11 Head of State Giorgio Napolitano will officially open the school year September 18 with a ceremony which this year will be staged in the courtyard of the presidential Quirinale Palace in Rome.
Italian News - September 9 Telecom Italia, Italy's main telephone operator, has partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a real-time mapping system that tracks how people move in urban spaces.
Italian News - September 9 Genoa has rejected a US newspaper claim that it is the picture of a bleak European future where the elderly weigh hard and there are few children to support or replace them.
Italian News - September 8 The Palio della Balestra is a 5 century tournament old, where the host city Sansepolcro compete with the city of Gubbio in a medieval crossbow contest, following parades in medieval costume.
Italian Science - September 8 Italian researchers have identified a substance they believe is responsible for the panic attacks and bouts of anxiety that make sufferers' lives miserable.
Italian News - September 8 A Mexican weighing 550 kilos, and thought to be the fattest man in the world, is to have his bodyweight surgically reduced in Italy. Manuel Uribe Garza, 40, is to travel to Modena for his operation.
Italian Art - September 7 Paris's glittering high society at the turn of the last century is the focus of a new exhibit near Livorno, exploring the work of three artists that came to typify the Belle Epoque.
Italian News - September 7 This year's wine harvest looks promising in terms of both quality and quantity, according to Lamberto Vallarino Gancia, whose family is famous for its sparking spumante wine.
Italian News - September 6 Film lovers will be able to relive the golden age of Italian cinema at a new photographic exhibition opening in Rome next month. The show is entitled 'Facce di Cinema' (Faces of Cinema).
Italian News - September 6 Naples, the city that invented pizza, has lined up the first edition of 'World Pizza Day'. Makers and pizza lovers from all over the world will attend the inaugural event on Thursday.
Italian News - September 5 Paparazzi are coming under fire in Venice. Ben Affleck, who stars in "Hollywoodland", took the opportunity to lash out at the photographers eager to snap his shot.
Italian News - September 5 Giancinto Facchetti, fondly remembered captain of the great Inter and Italy sides of the '60s and '70s, died of cancer on Monday. He was 64. Facchetti played for Italy 94 times, captaining the side 70 times.
Italian News - September 2 The 54-year-old star, who has penned a string of pop anthems, said he had come to the conclusion that letting big companies use his work in ads was like "selling my dreams".
Italian News - September 2 The man would stand for hours, camera at the ready, under the Ponte della Paglia, a bridge near San Marco. But he wasn’t interested in photographing the canals or the churches.
Italian News - September 2 Computers won a points victory over human crossword puzzle enthusiasts at a contest organised during the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Trento.
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