NEWS FROM : ITALY  

Human trials of an Italian-developed covid-19 vaccine will begin at Rome's Spallanzani hospital from 24 August, reports Italian news agency ANSA. The news was announced on 7 August by Nicola Zingaretti, the president of the Lazio Region and leader of the centre-left Partito Democratico (PD). "The first doses of a completely Italian-made vaccine, re...

During those first, dramatic days of lockdown balconies became, for a large number of Italians, the sole place to experience human contact. Stepping outside on that small, reassuring outdoor corner of our home was the closest thing to our former life we had: we could see the streets, we could meet our neighbors, we could even sip a coffee in compag...

The directive, published on Monday after getting the approval of Italy's regional governors, apply to children attending an asilo nido (nursery school, for 0-3 year olds) or scuola dell'infanzia (preschool, for 3-6 year olds). They stress the importance of getting Italy's youngest pupils back to class in person from September, more than six months...

What are the most common Italian female names? We already wrote about the boys, the changes in parents’ preferences and regional differences. This also applies to girls; their names on the top of the charts changed a lot in the new century. Fewer and fewer children are being born in Italy, but new names, also of import, are always being born. The m...

One of the most recent additions to Unesco’s list of Italian World Heritage sites is ‘Le colline del Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene’, added in 2019. Cheers to that for sure.  Prosecco is a fresh, light and fruity fizzy white wine, with notes of white flowers, green apple and citrus fruits; it's versatile and pairs well with aperitif snacks...

  The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce recently signed an agreement with Centro Estero of the Piemonte Region to launch a new project – “Made in Piemonte Luxury & Design”. The initiative will take place from September 21st till September 25th, 2020 and it aims to assist furniture manufacturing companies located in the Piedmont region (Northern Ita...

I have been with my partner Marco for almost 20 years. We've survived the normal things every couple faces, along with the serious challenges life throws at you. But now we are being kept apart by Covid-19. I am in New York City. Marco is in Italy. We haven't seen each other in six months. On July 1st, the European Union effectively banned American...

Sergio Leone's work with Clint Eastwood changed the landscape of Westerns, as well as the landscape of world cinema. After the overwhelming success of 1964's A Fistful of Dollars, a new subgenre was born: The Spaghetti Western. The resulting films represent a now-gone era of stylish filmmaking. The Spaghetti Western differentiates itself from tradi...

Ligurians, often, don’t come across as particularly pleasant: they lack the expansiveness of our Southerners, but also the good-tempered simplicity of the Piedmontese. Perceived as perennially in a  bad mood and unfriendly to the verge of rudeness, in truth Ligurians are not like that at all.  In many ways, they are people stuck in the very idiosyn...

Three toes were damaged on the right foot of a plaster statue of a reclining Pauline Bonaparte, by Italian neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova, at the Gypsotheca Museum in Possagno, northern Italy, police said in a statement on Tuesday. The plaster cast was the original for a nal marble version -- which portrays the sister of French Emperor Napole...

Roma on Thursday announced a change of ownership, with US billionaire Dan Friedkin buying the Serie A club for 591 million euros (US$700 million). Friedkin, 54, takes over the Italian side from American businessman James Pallotta, 62. "AS Roma can confirm that an agreement has tonight been reached between AS Roma SPV, LLC, the majority shareholder...

CINQUE TERRE IS A FAMOUS area of the Italian Riviera along the coast of Liguria. The rugged and mountainous terrain that makes up this coast creates many promontories and inlets. A medieval fortress known as Doria Castle (Castello Doria) stands on top of a rocky ridge near the village of Vernazza. The first nucleus of the fortress was dedicated dur...