Masked revelers turned out in style for the Carnival of Venice, a centuries-old, annual festival, which began as a way for Venetians to let loose in the days leading up to Lent. Nearly three million visitors flock to the islands of Venice every year to partake in the carnival’s gala dinners, parades, masked balls and concerts. Continue reading
The Vatican has removed controversial video urging women to reflect on their role in society ahead of the organization’s an all-male summit on women’s issues this week. Continue reading
Countries like Germany have gotten away with lecturing others about their fiscal prudence. But maybe the Germans should take a look around them, argues economist Larry Kotlikoff, to see which European Union country is doing it better. Continue reading
A painting by Italian Renaissance artist Piero della Francesca, “The Resurrection”, which escaped destruction during World War Two, is getting its own revival. Continue reading
The Sistine Chapel just got a makeover. Vatican officials unveiled new state-of-the-art energy-efficient lighting and air purification systems to protect Michelangelo’s more than 500-year old frescoes. The three-year-long installation cost roughly $3.8 million.
For decades the kitchen of a retired Italian factory worker unwittingly held the secret to a 1970 art heist in London. Continue reading
Interpol has confirmed that at least two passports used by passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight were registered in its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database, the international police agency said on Sunday. Continue reading
Rub the bronze breast of the Juliet statue in the fair city of Verona, Italy, and your luck with love will turn around, the legend goes. But tourists hoping to claim their share of the star-crossed lovers’ romance have rubbed … Continue reading
Epicureans and lovers of Italian fare can rejoice at the news that Eataly — the Italian food-emporium chain — and the municipality of Bologna will develop a theme park dedicated entirely to food; the latest in a string of public-private partnerships aimed at helping to revive Italy’s economy.
As Congress narrows in on an end to the shutdown, the rest of the world is watching their actions closely. Judy Woodruff talks to Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta about the importance of a U.S. budget deal on international market stability, the ongoing Euro crisis recovery and Italy’s next move on immigration reform. Continue reading