US returns $10 million of looted treasures to Italy

Largest single repatriation of ancient treasures from America to Italy.The US has returned 200 antiquities stolen from Italy, many of them linked to one Rome-based dealer, in a massive repatriation va...

The Economist crowns Italy 'Country of the Year'

Italy is the country that has improved the most in 2021 in the view of The Economist. Italy has been crowned 'Country of the Year' by The Economist, an annual honour awarded by the international news...

Italy Green Pass protest leader banned from another city

Trieste port worker was recently barred from Rome for one year. Stefano Puzzer, the leader of a high-profile No Green Pass protest in Trieste, has been banned from Pordenone for three years after tak...

Italy braced for general strike on 16 December

Trade unions call strike against government's "unsatisfactory" budget. Two of Italy's largest trade unions have called for a general strike on Thursday 16 December in protest over the 2022 budget pla...

Italy presents Rome bid for Expo 2030

Rome mayor hails city as "ideal" for Expo 2030. Italy's foreign minister Luigi Di Maio and Rome mayor Roberto Gualtieri presented the Italian capital's bid to host Expo 2030 during the general assemb...

Italy's birth rate is lowest in 160 years

Birth rate in Italy hits new record low. Italy's declining birth rate is in the news again with the latest data from the national statistic office ISTAT citing the "negative effects" of the covid-19...

Rome climbs ranks in Italy's Quality of Life index

Annual survey once again underlines north-south divide in Italy. Trieste in northern Italy has come first in the annual quality of life index of Italian provinces published on Monday by leading busin...

In Italy, Greta Thunberg stars in Naples Christmas crib

Neapolitan Christmas tradition honours Greta Thunberg. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has been chosen as the 'person of the year' by master crib-maker Genny Di Virgilio in Naples, reports ne...

Italy’s amazing sand Nativity Scenes in Jesolo

Jesolo hosts 12 masterpieces by international sand sculptors this Christmas. Sculptors from around the world return to Jesolo, a seaside resort near Venice in north-east Italy, for an annual sand fes...

What are Italy's new Super Green Pass covid rules?

Italy brings in new covid restrictions over the Christmas season. Italy's new two-tiered covid Green Pass system, which comes into force on Monday 6 December, will restrict the movements of those who...

Ravanusa: 2 dead, 7 missing in Italy building collapse

Gas leak likely cause of explosion in Sicilian town. Two people are dead and seven still missing after a four-storey building collapsed in the town of Ravanusa, in the sout-west Agrigento area of Sic...

Italy rubbish collection strike on 13 December

Garbage disposal at risk across Italy on Monday. Workers employed in Italy's rubbish collection and environmental hygiene sectors are set to join a nationwide strike on Monday 13 December. The 24-...

Italy bishop tells kids Santa Claus is not real

Italian bishop accused of wrecking Christmas magic for children. A bishop in Sicily has stirred controversy in Italy after he told his stunned congregation, including many small children, that "Santa...

In Italy, a floating Nativity scene brings Christmas magic to Venice

Burano's floating Nativity scene returns this Christmas season. A floating Nativity scene has been installed in the waters around the island of Burano, in the northern part of the Venice lagoon, for...

Rome residents asked not to wrap Christmas gifts amid trash crisis

Rome mayor had pledged to clean up capital by Christmas. Rome residents have been asked to wrap fewer Christmas presents as the city battles to clean up its rubbish-strewn streets. The bizarre app...

Italy marks Feast of Immaculate Conception with 8 December holiday

Rome to light up Christmas tree on Festa dell'Immacolata. Italy marks the Feast of Immaculate Conception, a Catholic holy day, with a national public holiday on 8 December. The fact that the festa f...

Italy welcomes release of Patrick Zaki

Zaki to be released, pending trial, but has not been acquitted. Italian premier Mario Draghi has expressed his satisfaction at the news that Patrick Zaki, the Egyptian human rights activist and stude...

Italy's oldest man dies aged 109

Oldest woman in Italy is Ida Zoccarato, aged 112. Giuseppe Venturi, who was the oldest man in Italy, died on Tuesday aged 109 after a bout of bronchitis. The news was announced by his granddaughte...

Wild boar in Italy filmed playing football

Wild boar once again make the news in Italy. After a wild boar family outing in Roman traffic made headlines around the world in September, the hogs are back in the spotlight again. There is nothing...

Italy brings in Super Green Pass covid rules on 6 December

New covid rules will have major impact on unvaccinated as Italy brings in two-tiered Green Pass system over Christmas. Italy's restrictions centred around the Green Pass will be tightened significant...

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