Ferry passengers recount chaos in acrid, smoke-filled vessel

Dec 30, 2014

Ferry passengers recount chaos in acrid, smoke-filled vessel

There were no fire alarms at first, no knocks on the door from the crew, just thick, acrid smoke filling cabins and waking passengers on the overnight ferry from Greece to Italy. In the chaos that followed, passengers said, they received virtually no instructions ...

Dozens still trapped on Greek ferry as 49 reach land

Dec 29, 2014

Dozens still trapped on Greek ferry as 49 reach land

Exhausted and cold but safe, a group of 49 people arrived at the Italian port of Bari Monday after they were rescued from a Greek ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. Some 150 people remained trapped on the smoke-filled vessel adrift in ...

Dec 28, 2014

Italy names migrant baby born at sea on Christmas

A baby born at sea on Christmas Day after his Nigerian mother was plucked from a floundering migrant boat by the Italian Navy has been baptized Testimony Salvatore in honor of the medics who delivered him. The infant, who weighs 2,700 grams (just under ...

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 ...