Il Giornale Archive

Venice protests Cruise ships

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017







World famous for its canals and gondolas, Venice is a major destination for Mediterranean cruises. More than 600 big ships pass through the Giudecca Canal each year, ferrying millions of passengers to views of the 15th century Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square and other architectural and artistic wonders. Venice is being crushed by mass tourism, according to Count Andrea Carandini, president of the Italian Environment Fund, the main non-profit organization in charge of the protection, safeguarding and management of the country’s artistic and natural heritage.  “Venice now has a third of the inhabitants that it did in the 18th century,” he said. “Yet it receives 22 million tourists a year. It is unsustainable. If things continue like this, the city will die.” UNESCO, in fact, warned the Italian government in July that if the country fails to obey its resolution urging the city to implement the “prohibition of the largest ships and tankers” from Venice’s lagoon by 2017, the organization will place it on the list of endangered heritage sites, along with 38 other locations mainly in Africa and Asia.

Brexit ‘sad day that cd have been avoided’ – Pittella

Thursday, March 30th, 2017




Rome – European Parliament Socialist whip Gianni Pittella said the triggering of Brexit Wednesday was “a sad day that could have been avoided, but democracy is democracy and must be respected.  “When you have a divorce between two parents you go to the lawyer and the first things you negotiate are the money and the children: the children are the citizens, our co-citizens, and also the citizens of the United Kingdom,” Pittella said. He declined to comment on the purported cost of Brexit to London, 60 billion euros, only saying: “Now we’ll see how much it will be.  “The bill will be made up and what is due must be paid, otherwise you’re a debtor”. Pittella, a member of Italy’s centre-left Democratic Party (PD), added that the rights of EU citizens in Britain and British citizens in the EU “must be guaranteed”. Pittella went on to say that “unlike the false promises of Brexit propaganda mongers, leaving the EU means difficult decisions and there will be unforeseen and often damaging consequences”. He said “the British citizens should never forget who should be blamed for this leap into the dark: Nigel Farage, the British Conservatives, David Cameron and Theresa May”. (ANSA)

Italy presents truffle culture as UNESCO candidate

Thursday, March 30th, 2017



Rome – Italy’s UNESCO Committee has voted unanimously to present the Perdonanza Celestiniana, a religious ritual celebrated in L’Aquila, and truffle culture as candidates to be put onto UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List, ANSA sources said on Monday. The quake-hit central Italian town of Norcia is the promoter of the bid, the sources said. (ANSA)

Italy turning into leading wedding destination

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017




Rome – Italian wedding destinations are increasingly popular, according to data released by the Florence-based Tourism research centre Centro Studi ahead of the ‘Buy Wedding in Italy Tour’ event running from February 23 through April 11. The centre said that 7,000 foreign couples picked an Italian destination for their wedding in 2015, spending on average 54,000 euros. Overall, the wedding business generated over 330,000 arrivals and a total of 1.1 million tourists in Italy that year, according to the research centre. The roadshow kicking off on February 23 is organized by Bussolaeventi, the company behind the Buy Wedding in Italy, a platform for wedding planners. (ANSA)

All institutions mobilized on quakes says Gentiloni

Friday, January 20th, 2017




Rome – Premier Paolo Gentiloni said Thursday “an unprecedented pincers has been created” between earthquakes and winter weather and “faced with this vise all the institutions of the State have been mobilised, civilian and military”. He was speaking to civil protection staff at Rieti. Three people are confirmed dead in Abruzzo and many more are feared to have died in an avalanche that hit a mountain resort hotel. (ANSA)

Three in four Italians to eat fish Xmas eve

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016




Rome – Three in four Italians will be eating fish on Christmas Eve, according to a survey by the federation of fishery cooperatives Federcoopesca-Confcooperative released on Tuesday.  The federation reported a 5% increase in sales on last year and said Italians will spend over 550 million euros between the Christmas and New Year holidays. A reported 80% of those polled by the federation said they will be buying high-quality fish and Federcoopesca said they have created an app for smart phones enabling consumers to shop responsibly. The app, called ‘Che pesce sono?’, or what kind of fish am I, describes the 30 species mainly sold on the Italian market, describing their nutritional qualities, among other things. (ANSA)

Pope names 1st female Vatican Museums chief

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016



Vatican City – Pope Francis has named Barbara Jatta as the new director of the Vatican Museums, the Vatican said Tuesday. The appointment is effective as of January 1 next year. Jatta, 54, will be the first woman to fill the position. She was appointed deputy director of the Vatican Museums in June, after being in charge of the Prints Cabinet at the Vatican Library. Jatta, who is married and has three children, started working at the Vatican Library in 1996. She has been a professor of history of graphic arts at the University of Naples since 1994. (ANSA)

Riace Bronzes need more check-ups to prevent ‘cancer’

Friday, December 9th, 2016




Milan – The first unusual spots have appeared on the faces, legs and abdomen of the Riace Bronzes and experts say that more frequent check-ups are needed to ward off “cancer”. The two Greek bronzes of naked, bearded warriors from around 460-450 BC were found in the sea near Riace in 1972. They are currently held at the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia in the southern Italian city of Reggio Calabria, Italy. Experts from the University of Salento and the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione e il Restauro (ISCR) in Rome made the announcement at the National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria as part of the initiative ‘Arte E(‘) Scienza’, held over the weekend in several Italian cities by the Associazione Italiana di Archeometria (AIAr) to illustrate the most advanced techniques of scientific investigations applied to culture. One example is fluorescent X-rays, a non-invasive diagnostic technique used by the “doctors” in charge of the bronzes to examine them “lying down” in a sort of “field hospital” set up in Palazzo della Regione Calabria. Researchers were able to analyse the chemical composition of the patina left on the lower part of the two statues and create a sort of map of the spots which will serve to draw up future “cancer prevention” strategies. (ANSA)

Emperor Augustus’ last villa may have been found

Friday, December 2nd, 2016




Naples – Italian and Japanese archaeologists have found what could be the last villa of Rome’s first emperor, Augustus (63 BC-14 AD). The ruins of the splendid abode lie at Starza della Regina, near the Naples hinterland town of Somma Vesuviana, on the slopes of Mt Vesuvius. A dig on the large villa has been going on for 14 years. On Wednesday the site was visited by Professor Satoshi Matsuyama of Tokyo’s Imperial University, which has been funding the work since 2002, by archaeologist Antonio De Simone from Naples’ Suor Orsola Benincasa University, and by archeaological superintendency official Mario Cesarano. “So far 2,500 square metres has been excavated,” De Simone told ANSA, “and we expect to dig out as much again, at least”. The latest discovery was a huge water tank, measuring 30 metres by 10. Archaeologists say the villa dates to the first decades of the second century AD, but the dig has unveiled statues that date back to before the eruption of Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 AD. (ANSA)

Gentileschi, Palladio revealed in weekend openings

Friday, December 2nd, 2016




Rome – Four cities will feature exhibition openings this weekend, starting in Rome and working upwards toward the northern reaches of Bergamo, Vicenza and Trieste. In Rome, Palazzo Braschi hosts the unique talent of Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi; architect Andrea Palladio is revealed in a show in Vicenza; a rediscovered work designed by Lorenzo Lotto goes on display in Bergamo; and in Trieste, a show marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Franz Joseph I of Austria. (ANSA)