NEWS FROM : ITALY  

The tides of war turned irrevocably in favor of the Allied forces in July 1943 when 150,000 British and American soldiers swarmed the shores of Sicily at the start of World War II's bloody Italian Campaign. Along with Canadian, French and other Allies, the invasion was the start of a long march to Rome that would forever be noted as some of th...

According to FIP (Federazione Italiana Pallacanestro) Italy's National Basketball organization, the Wildcat will be the only non-Italy-based player join the Italian National Team Training Camp.   Coach Wright wished the point guard luck before his flight to Europe. The rising junior is coming off a season where he averaged 9.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg a...

From July 18th to August 3rd, Martina Franca hosts the new edition of the Festival della Valle d'Itria, an event that for forty years has brought opera, drama and classical music to the splendid baroque town in Puglia. On the occasion of its fortieth year, the Festival presents a program that aims to combine the three key elements that have charac...

Immigrants have had an enormous economic impact on the labor market. Is there still room for them? And, more importantly, will the "window" of opportunity, GDP growth in Europe, provide jobs for foreign workers as well as Italians?   Let's start with the impact they've had so far: over the last decade, according to the OECD, immigrants have...

The use of lapis lazuli for the manufacturing of ornaments or worship objects has a very long tradition. Already in Mesopotamia and in Egypt, this stone was appreciated and sought after, as its ore deposits were very rare.   The main one, and also the oldest, mentioned by Marco Polo, is located in the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan...

Il settore del lusso ha di fronte a sé un'altra decade di crescita. A patto di investire su autenticità, trasparenza delle produzioni e digitale. «La frenata del motore asiatico trasformerà la corsa degli ultimi 15 anni in una camminata a passo molto veloce: sarà una crescita basata per il 70% sullo sviluppo organico e solo per il 30% su nuovi nego...

Before you can graduate from Olive Garden's endless breadstick basket, you need to know how to actually say your entree choice. Pointing at the menu and hoping the server says it first can only get you so far.   To keep you from looking totally dumb during your next OG trip, we created this handy pronunciation guide to popular Italian dishes...

As we continue to see what's possible when sensors, electronics and 3D printing come together, some of the most impressive projects we've seen to date include various efforts towards building bionic hands for enabling those in need of a prosthesis.   Almost a year ago, 3Ders reported on an Italian start-up called Youbionic, which was founded...

by Paola Dezza   Real estate investments in Italy are expected to increase sharply at the end of 2015 halting the deep recession that has weighed on the sector since 2008. Many consulting companies believe that Italy's recovery appears to be increasingly strong because of the better economic growth. A recent report from JLL underlines t...

by Claudia Astarita   Tuscany is rich in fascinating archaeological sites, such as the Baratti and Populonia Park (within a beautiful bay and a fascinating medieval village), the Museum of Ancient Ships in Pisa and the recently discovered necropolis.   Exhibitions, workshops and food&wine tastings have taken place all around the a...

Surprise. Italy, the nation with the most robust recycling industry in Europe, imports 5.9 million tons of refuse a year as raw material (especially metals used by steel mills) to recycle. Meanwhile, it pays to export 450,000 tons of garbage (non-recyclable, real trash, like the kind that Naples can't seem to get rid of) to burn as high-priced comb...

by Simone D'Antonio   A few years ago, a group of women in their 50s living near Bologna's Piazza Carducci grew tired of seeing paint chipping from worn-out benches in the square. They didn't just complain to city officials. They made a generous offer: The women were willing to repaint the benches themselves.   What should have been a...