NEWS FROM : ITALY  

There's an Italian paradise by the sea that is home to mermaids, volcanoes, limoncello, Greek legends and Italian traditions. Since the times of ancient Rome, the rich and famous always seem to “Come Back to Sorrento.” Sorrento likely got its name from Surrentum, the ancient Roman name for this spot; but it could also have come from the word siren,...

Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy won the men's 1500m freestyle final at the world championships on Sunday to retain the title he won two years ago in Kazan. Paltrinieri clocked 14 minutes, 52.07 seconds with Ukraine's Mykhailo Romanchuk taking silver at 1.29 back and Mack Horton of Australia earning bronze at 11.85 behind. Romanchuk g...

Now, even super-luxury brand Maserati is looking to go electric. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says that the Italian luxury brand will begin to produce electric vehicles, possibly before the end of the decade, in a move that could position the brand as a competitor to Tesla. "I think we’re now in a position to acknowledge that at least one of...

Italy's 60-year-old astronaut Paolo Nespoli started a new mission to space on Friday, when the Russian Soyuz spacecraft lifted off to take him to the International Space Station (ISS). Lift-off from the Baikonur base in Kazakhstan took place on time at 17:41 central European time. "Beam me up S…oyuz! Hitching another ride soon to the @Space_Station...

If you are looking for a charming and slightly unusual holiday, sailing in the extreme corner of north-eastern Italy could be a very good option for you. You will find long stretches of golden sand in the seaside resorts of Lignano and Grado, with white cliffs dropping sheer into the sea towards Trieste. A charming Central-European city surrounded...

Today marks the close of a jubilee year dedicated to Padre Pio, now formally known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, the great 20th century Capuchin mystic, stigmatic and healer. The jubilee began last July 28, which marked the 100th anniversary of his arrival in San Giovanni Rotondo, the small town in the Italian province of Foggia where he would spend...

About 55 years ago, two doctors discovered something unusual about the people of Roseto, a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania's slate country. Heart disease was rare. So was early death. The people seemed to live forever ... well, at least years and years past the national average. The doctors were confused. The men mostly worked in the slate...

One of the best aspects of living in Italy for over a decade as a travel writer has been discovering towns I didn’t have on my radar before moving here. From Tuscany to Calabria, the Dolomites to Basilicata, this country is crammed with villages full of art, food, and natural beauty—places that many travelers miss out on while focusing on the tried...

Italy has affirmed its status as the world's largest producer of pasta with 3,324,636 tonnes produced in 2016 (+1.6%) and sales of €4.74 billion (-1.1%), according to the annual report of the Association of the Italian Confectionery and Pasta Industries (AIDEPI), reports Ansa. Italian producers allocated almost 1.9 million tonnes of pasta for expor...

Art, good food, the sea… it’s no mystery why every year millions of us choose to make Italy our summer holiday destination. If you’re heading to Italy this year, don’t forget that not only Italian is one of the most beautiful languages in the world, but it’s also loads of fun to speak! We’ve compiled a list of 20 phrases that will serve you well on...

Rome’s ongoing heatwave may feel near intolerable when confronting the city’s ancient centre and its morass of sweating tourists, but the high likelihood of clear, dry skies and toasty night-time temperatures does at least mean the coming weeks make the perfect time to rediscover the Roman Forum. The centre of ancient Rome and long a highlight of v...

Although the United States still holds a commanding lead of both the number of golds and overall medals at the 2017 World Championships, several nations are making subtle moves by way of big swims. Today was Italy’s turn, with Federica Pellegrini taking the women’s 200m freestyle field, relegating both American Katie Ledecky and Australian Emma McK...