Jan 9, 2016

Italy bottle cap tycoon leaves workers €1.5 million in will

Workers at an Italian factory were delighted by an unexpected Christmas bonus, receiving checks for thousands of euros bequeathed to them by their late boss who died in June, reports said Saturday. Piero Macchi, the founder of Enoplastic, which produces screw caps, synthetic corks ...

Bicyclists have field day as smog-hit Milan bans car use

Dec 29, 2015

Bicyclists have field day as smog-hit Milan bans car use

Bicyclists had free rein of Milan’s streets Monday during a six-hour ban on private cars in a bid to alleviate persistent smog. Pollution levels in Italy’s business capital have exceeded levels considered healthy for more than 30 days straight, prompting officials to ban private ...

Six more Roman sites open to public in Pompeii

Dec 25, 2015

Six more Roman sites open to public in Pompeii

Tourists in ancient Pompeii have freshly-restored marvels to admire, including a merchant’s luxuriously decorated home and a more modest middle-class dwelling. A business where Pompeii residents brought fabrics to be cared for and a structure with thermal bathing areas are also among the six ...

Dec 25, 2015

Choking on smog, Rome and Milan issue no-car day edicts

Rome and Milan have ordered no-car days next week to combat pollution, which has hit unhealthy levels for weeks mainly because no rain has fallen to wash away the smog. A six-hour ban on cars this Monday and Tuesday was announced by Rome on ...

Dec 16, 2015

Italian Mafias killing less but infiltrating more businesses

Italy’s Mafia syndicates are increasingly eschewing violence as they seek to infiltrate the business and political worlds to make money, the head of the country’s anti-mob police agency, the DIA, said Tuesday. Nunzio Antonio Ferla said the number of homicides thought to be the ...