NEWS FROM : ITALY  

by Rossella Bocciarelli   Italy is slowly emerging from the tunnel of recession, but it is not yet clear whether new jobs will shore up the recovery.    The latest survey on expected inflation and growth carried out by Il Sole 24 Ore and the Bank of Italy confirmed the outlook recently outlined by Bank of Italy Governor Ignazio V...

by Giulia Louise Steigerwalt On October 17, 2014 the selection panel of 13 independent experts responsible for assessing the Italian cities competing to be European Capital of Culture in 2019, has recommended that Matera should be awarded with the famous title. This award started in 1985. Since then, more than 40 cities have been designated Europ...

by Hunter Davis   'You went to one of the best hotels in the world, in one of the smartest places, which some of the classiest people have raved about over the decades – and you brought us back a tin of tomatoes! Oh my gawd, what are you like?' That was the reaction of my dear wife and children on my return.   I shall explain the...

by Rachel Donadio   Deep beneath the historic Villa Torlonia, where Benito Mussolini lived for nearly two decades, a wine cellar repurposed in 1941 as a bunker to protect the Fascist leader was recently opened to the public.   Even in a city stratified with centuries of history, where archaeologists are digging up the remains of an an...

by Judith Valente   The ancient city of Norcia in central Italy is known for its wild boar sausages and black truffles, but now it's known for something else: Its singing monks. "We sing the praises of God nine times a day. So if you add all that up, it's probably five hours every day, rain or shine, 365 days a year," said Cassian Folso...

by Kevin Rawlinson   The novelist and intellectual Umberto Eco has died aged 84. Eco, who was perhaps best known for his 1980 work The Name of the Rose, was one of the world's most revered literary names. The author, who had been suffering from cancer, died on Friday night. Eco was the 1992-1993 Norton professor at Harvard and taug...

Three late 15th century paintings missing since they were looted by Nazi troops from a Tuscan villa over 70 years ago have been recovered and two people have been accused of receiving stolen goods, police announced on Monday. The works, of religious themes, seized in two private homes in Milan last July, were described by art historian Paola S...

Una Giornata nazionale dedicata agli italiani nel mondo. Questo è l'oggetto di un disegno di legge che alla Camera ho presentato assieme agli altri colleghi del PD eletti all'estero. Se approvato, il 12 ottobre di ogni anno si celebrerà in Italia e all'estero la Giornata nazionale degli italiani nel mondo, nella quale nei canali di informazione, ne...

di Sveva Alagna   Si incontreranno al Verdura Resort, tutto prenotato in esclusiva da oggi al 3 agosto, lunedì ceneranno al Tempio della Concordia alla Valle dei Templi di Agrigento, martedì parteciperanno a una serata di gala in piazza Angelo Scandaliato di Sciacca, con sfilata vista mare ed esibizione di carri allegorici del Carnevale: son...

Mary Ellen Countryman ha assunto l'incarico di console generale degli Stati Uniti a Napoli. Diplomatica di carriera con oltre 25 anni di servizio, Mary Ellen Countryman ha lavorato recentemente come Capo della Comunicazione Strategica presso l'ufficio del Direttore Generale del Servizio Diplomatico americano. Dal 2008 al 2011 è stata Console Genera...

People think they need to travel thousands of miles for an authentic Italian meal, but the secret is just as much about how you eat, as what you eat. This year, Bertolli is encouraging Americans to "Mangia" – in other words – eat like Italians do – especially during National Pasta Month this October.   To coincide with the launch of its refo...

Milano è da oggi un po' più vicina agli Stati Uniti. Il Dipartimento di sicurezza interno americano ha selezionato dopo controlli severissimi gli 11 aeroporti al mondo da cui sarà possibile sbrigare tutte le pratiche di immigrazione - controllo dei passaporti, verifica dei visti e del resto dell'eventuale documentazione commerciale - direttamente a...