Speedos on standby for New Year's river dip in Rome

Dec 27, 2014

Speedos on standby for New Year's river dip in Rome

His figure-hugging black Speedos at the ready, fast-food vendor Marco Fois is preparing to uphold a New Year’s tradition and take the plunge into the murky waters of Rome’s fabled Tiber River. Fois, 52, is one of four Italians who strip off and dive ...

Dec 21, 2014

Series of tremors rattles Florence

More than 250 minor tremors have rattled the Florence region over the past three days, sparking alarm in Italy over the safety of Michelangelo’s “David” statue. According to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, the two strongest shocks in the Chianti region between ...

Dec 20, 2014

Italy's chianti country hit by quake swarm

Several mini-earthquakes with a maximum magnitude of 4.1 shook Italy’s famous Chianti wine region Friday. The tremors were sufficiently powerful to result in homes, schools and offices being evacuated but no serious damage or injuries were reported. The National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology ...

'Early Mona Lisa' traced to English country home

Dec 16, 2014

'Early Mona Lisa' traced to English country home

Researchers into the provenance of a painting dubbed the “Early Mona Lisa” reported on Monday they had identified an English noble who probably bought it in Italy in the late 18th century and a country house where it was found in 1911. The revelations ...

Dec 11, 2014

Two Italian parties call for exit from eurozone

A pair of euro-skeptic parties announced Wednesday they have plans to get Italy out of the eurozone, echoing popular anger against the 28-nation bloc. Northern League head Matteo Salvini — the rising star of an Italian right in disarray — told reporters: “We want ...

Dec 8, 2014

Italy arrests fugitive sought for French murder in Venezuela

Italian police have arrested a fugitive wanted in the 2012 killing of a Frenchman in Venezuela, whose dismembered body was thrown out to sea in a suitcase, media reports said Sunday. The Italian man, sought by Interpol for the grisly murder, was discovered at ...

Dec 5, 2014

Massive white truffle to be sold at New York auction

An Italian white truffle, reportedly the largest in the world, will be sold at an in-house and online auction in New York on Saturday where bidding is expected to start at $50,000 and could go much higher, Sotheby’s said on Thursday. The auction house ...

UKIP victory sets stage for EU upheaval

Nov 23, 2014

UKIP victory sets stage for EU upheaval

Some 16,867 voters in southeast England ushered in a season of European political tumult that in an extreme scenario could lead to Britain exiting the European Union, Greece quitting the euro or Catalonia seceding from Spain. Victory by the anti-EU U.K. Independence Party in ...

Nov 23, 2014

Venice declares war on noisy suitcases

Famed for the serene silence of its timeless nooks and crannies, Venice is about to get even quieter by banning noisy suitcases on wheels. Residents have had it with the round-the-clock rumble of luggage being dragged across cobblestoned alleyways and bridges by a large ...

Nov 21, 2014

Astronauts to get 'ISSpresso' coffee machine

Ristretto or lungo? Not a question astronauts on the International Space Station normally have to contemplate, but that is about to change thanks to a new zero-gravity coffee machine being delivered this weekend. The ISSpresso machine is set to boldly go to the orbital ...