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Italy's passion for the table has created some of the world's most popular dishes, and along the way the rituals for best enjoying them.
Italy may be at a turning point to end a two-month political deadlock as Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio signaled he’s ready to give up his quest to be prime minister as a way to begin talks with the League’s Matteo Salvini on forming a government.
Ermanno Olmi, one of the giants of Italian cinema who won the top award at Cannes for "The Tree of Wooden Clogs," has died at 86.
A record number of Italian beaches now boast the prestigious Blue Flag certificate of cleanliness and safety.
This year, 368 Italian beaches in 175 different municipalities were awarded the Blue Flag – 10 percent of the world's total.
The international Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) awards the marker based on 32 different criteria, including water quality, environmental impact, access, services and "livability" at the height of the summer season, which sees thousands of visitors flock to Italy's coastline and lakes.
The Giro d’Italia will become the the first Grand Tour to start outside Europe when it kicks off in Jerusalem on Friday
Jerusalem - Nothing in the rules of Italy’s most famous bicycle race says it must be contained entirely in Italy. In its 109-year existence, for example, the Giro d’Italia has spilled over the Italian border into neighboring Monaco, France, and landlocked San Marino.
In other words, the Italia part of Giro d’Italia is merely a suggestion.
Over the past two decades, organizers have steadily pushed the envelope. In 2002, the Giro organized the start of the race in the Netherlands. In 2012, it visited Denmark. And in 2014, the race kicked off in Northern Ireland. That’s when organizers began to wonder: if the race doesn’t need to start in Italy, does it need to start in Europe at all?
As Italy struggles to deal with burgeoning populations of an introduced giant rodent, a mayor has come up with a novel solution – eat them.
Coypu were introduced to Italy a century ago from their native South America to be farmed for their fur.
But many escaped or were deliberately released after wearing fur fell out of fashion and the species is now thriving.
Although Italy may be the international capital for art, it isn’t anywhere close to being the international capital for ART law. That is, assisted reproductive technology (ART). Use of assisted reproductive technology like in vitro fertilization (IVF) and surrogacy is highly regulated, and it is reserved only for those in “stable heterosexual relationships.” I’m not sure many of us, regardless of sexual orientation, can confidently claim that status.
In any event, despite the typical Italian skepticism toward ART, last week there was news that a same-sex female couple was permitted to register their donor-conceived son to both women as parents. This was an exciting first!
Sergio Mattarella, Italy’s president, will hold a new round of talks with the country’s political parties on Monday after conceding the failure of two months of wrangling over the formation of a new government in the wake of the March 4 general election. “The starting positions of the parties have remained unchanged. No prospect of a governing majority has emerged,” the Quirinal Palace, the seat of the Italian presidency, said in a statement on Thursday, adding that the new talks would serve to “verify” if any other solutions were in store.
Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is in talks to become the new Italy manager.
The 53-year-old former Italy forward is currently at Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.
He would succeed Giampiero Ventura, who was sacked in November after Italy failed to reach the World Cup, with Under-21 boss Luigi di Biagio put in temporary charge.
Mancini led City to their first Premier League title in 2012.
In a 17-year managerial career he has also had spells at Fiorentina, Galatasaray and Inter Milan.
VATICAN CITY - The Knights of Malta, the ancient Roman Catholic aristocratic lay order that weathered a governance scandal last year, has elected an Italian nobleman as its leader for life.
The 54 electors on Wednesday tapped Fra' Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto as grand master. The 73-year-old Dalla Torre had been serving as the lieutenant grand master since last year — a temporary post that now becomes a life term with his election as the 80th grand master in the order's 900-year history.