NEWS FROM : ITALY  

Binotto said Formula One's new budget cap of $145m for teams from 2021 would lead to staff being made redundant and the Italian carmaker was looking at options to ensure its employees retain their jobs, albeit in a different field.  The budget cap had been set initially at $175m but some teams had wanted a limit closer to $100m to ensure the sport...

A three-hour drive from Rome, through rolling hills and nestled between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, lies the region of Le Marche. With neither the Renaissance legend of Tuscany nor the dense forests of Umbria, Le Marche is quiet and rural, stretching nearly 4,000 square miles across Italy's sandy eastern coast. However unassuming L...

Never like today the idea of having a quick lunch while walking down the main street of our town or village has been so alluring. Whatever we picture chomping on, it tastes like freedom, doesn’t it? Regardless to your country of origin, street food is a staple of traditional cuisine, a quick key to understand the secrets of a place’s tastes, the Cl...

The Fontana dell’Acqua Paola (Acqua Paola Fountain) is one of Rome’s most famous sites and has appeared in movies and songs. Also known as Fontanone del Gianicolo (“the big fountain on the Janiculum”), it rises at the top of that hill. It was commissioned by Pope Paul V, born Camillo Borghese, to celebrate the redevelopment of the Aqua Traiana aque...

Winemakers in Italy want to convert their unsold stock into hand sanitising gel, which is in high demand amid the coronavirus pandemic. They have excess wine in their tanks after the country's long lockdown left restaurants and bars closed. Now, with the new harvest season approaching, they are keen to free up space and help ease shortages of sanit...

FOR THE FIRST time in 40 years, Vincenzo Labbate will not be playing the clarinet with his orchestra companions on Pentecost Sunday. As he walks through the streets of Accettura, his hometown, he notes how unusually quiet it is this year. “There’s a melancholic atmosphere these days. Normally, you could breathe excitement in the air,” Labbate says....

New direct high-speed services will soon start running from the northern city of Turin to the southern tip of the country, state railway company Trenitalia and its rival Italo have both announced. Italo announced on Wednesday that its high-speed trains would soon be providing a new direct link between Turin and Reggio Calabria in the south, startin...

The Venice Film Festival will go ahead as scheduled at the beginning of September, Luca Zaia, the governor of the region around the Italian city said on Sunday as the spread of the new coronavirus in the country slows. Organized by the Biennale di Venezia company, Venice is the world's longest running film festival. In January it announced that Cat...

"Se mi chiedete si quest'estate le vacanze si faranno, io rispondo di sì, quest'estate si faranno le vacanze: saranno diverse, dovremo osservare le misure che ci sono prescritte per tutte le attività: il distanziamento, in qualche caso le mascherine e la sanificazione, tutte misure che conosciamo ormai molto bene. Saranno vacanze diverse, ma si pot...

Three hundred-year-old administrative documents from the Roman government, granting residents permission to repair damage to their buildings, can help modern-day seismologists calculate intensities for a notable sequence of earthquakes that struck central Italy in 1703. Details gleaned from these "Lettere Patenti" offer a unique glimpse at the geog...

With the term street food (in Italian “cibo di strada”) we indicate those foods, salty and sweet, prepared, served and consumed in the street, often cheap and hearty. An ancient practice that in Italy has its roots in the regional culinary tradition. Every city has its own delicacies, and Puglia is no less so. Here we make you discover the genuine...

Raffaello 1520-1483, hailed as the world's greatest Raphael show, is to reopen on 2 June, on the occasion of Italy's national day, Festa della Repubblica. The much-anticipated news will see the blockbuster exhibition - held on the 500th anniversary of Raphael's birth - extended until 30 August. The "unprecedented" show dedicated to the High Renaiss...