News from italy

The city of Matera began its yearlong celebration as European Capital of Culture

February 2019 |
The city of Matera, in the Basilicata region of southern Italy, began its yearlong celebration as European Capital of Culture on Jan. 19. As the third-oldest city in the world, Matera is today one of Italy’s hottest travel destinations. The UNESCO...

A restaurant now welcomes dogs to dine at the table

February 2019 |
A restaurant in Albettone near Vicenza now welcomes dogs to dine with owners and fellow customers, for a small cover charge. It’s common in Italy to bring your four-legged friends to dinner and Fabio and Joe Formaggio (also the mayor of the town)...

North Korea's ambassador to Italy has disappeared

February 2019 |
According to South Korea’s spy agency, North Korea’s ambassador to Italy has disappeared amid unconfirmed reports that he sought asylum from an unidentified Western country. Jo Song-gil (48), the acting North Korean ambassador to Rome, was said to...

The ongoing battle between Venetians and tourists continues

February 2019 |
The ongoing battle between Venetians and tourists continues as Venice has won approval to introduce an entry fee of up to 10 euros for short-stay tourists to the city. Inhabitants of Italy’s tiny Aeolian Islands have long complained about the...

The Uffizi Gallery is demanding the return of a painting stolen by Nazi troops

February 2019 |
The Uffizi Gallery is demanding the return of a painting stolen by Nazi troops in 1943 that is now in the hands of a German family. The still life painting “Vase of Flowers” by Jan van Huysum was first displayed in the Florence museum in 1824....

Six people were killed and dozens were injured in a stampede at a nightclub

January 2019 |
Six people were killed and dozens were injured in a stampede at a nightclub in Corinaldo, Italy, near the eastern coastal city of Ancona. Five of the victims were 14 to 16-years-old. The incident took place during a concert by rapper Sfera Ebbasta...

Facebook was fined 10 million euros by Italian authorities

January 2019 |
Facebook was fined 10 million euros by Italian authorities for selling users’ data without informing them and “aggressively” discouraging users from trying to limit how the company shares their data. The fines were the result of an investigation...

Italian economy loses 236 billion euros a year to corruption

January 2019 |
An analysis conducted by the American NGO RAND for the European Parliament found that the Italian economy loses 236 billion euros a year to corruption, which is about 13 percent of GDP. The figure is twice as high as France and Germany. Eighty-nine...

The Italian government passed a law that clamps down on asylum rights

January 2019 |
The Italian government passed a law that clamps down on asylum rights. Interior Minister and right-wing League party leader Matteo Salvini gets his first major legislative win with the new law dubbed the “Salvini decree.” The new law eliminates...
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