VINCI - Leonardo da Vinci, the unrivalled genius of the Renaissance, described himself as “omo sanza lettere” or “unschooled.” The child of an unmarried mother, he was born on the April 15, 1452, at Anchiano, three kilometres outside the small town of Vinci, in a humble farmhouse that was part of the estate of his father, Ser Piero da Vinci, a local notary.
ROME – With the arrival of the newly revised Fiscal Decree and the Legge di Bilancio 2019, several fiscal aspects have been reviewed by the Italian government, creating special tax benefits and opportunities for individual Italian taxpayers and expats if they apply before the May 31 deadline.
SPERLONGA - An Italian blogger has been ordered to pay 20,000 euros or risk facing a defamation lawsuit by the lawyer of a local architect following the publication of information that linked a construction site to criminal gangs.
Bernardo Bassoli, founder of the Latina Tu blog, now finds himself the victim of blackmail after he published a police report which seemed to suggest that a planning permission issued in Sperlonga seemed to provide land allowances to divisions of a local organised crime gang.
ROME - Italy’s National Institution for Care and Assistance in the Nursing Profession (ENPAPI) has been shaken by allegations of sex and financial scandals at top administrative levels of the body dating back to 2015.
ROME - A journalist friend in Rome who admired Federico Fellini wanted to write a book about him and got his agreement. But after a series of broken appointments followed by improbable excuses, accounts of events which differed each time Fellini told them and annoying lies, my friend abandoned the project and concluded Fellini was as elusive as an eel.
CAMINHA - I first visited Caminha, a small town in North Portugal, in 2017. There was a lot more there than I expected so I made sure to go back there last year.
I flew to Porto airport with a friend and rented a car so we could do a road trip. We started with a visit to the conveniently located town of Braga only a half hour car ride, or 45 minutes by bus, from Porto airport. One can go there as a day trip if staying in Porto, as it’s one hour by train from Porto S. Bento, Porto’s (and perhaps Europe’s) most beautiful train station.
ROME – Alessandro Sandrini who was captured in 2016 has been free by the al-Qaeda linked Syrian Salvation Government in the northeastern Idlib area of the country, according to La Repubblica.
Sandrini was captured on the border between Syria and Turkey. His father Fianfranco Sandrini said Wednesday: “My son is free. He is in Syria but in the hands of our security forces. I am delighted. It is the end of a nightmare. Now, I’m going to Rome and I hope to be able to speak to him on the phone tonight.”
ROME - Years of crime, violence, and gang power have been laid bare in an explosive new book in which the former boss of Rome’s infamous Banda della Magliana exposes life at the heart of the Eternal City’s criminal underworld.
With gang links to Cosa Nostra, Camorra, ‘Ndrangheta, and counterparts abroad, Maurizio Abbatino’s confessions of a life of crime, as compiled by Raffaella Fanelli in “La verità del Freddo”, are undoubtedly set to open the lid on a little known, much darker side to Rome in the so-called anni di piombo (the “years of lead”).
ROME - Already identified as a major threat to the health of the oceans, plastic particles have now been found on a glacier in Italy in a mountain environment famous for its pristine nature and clean air.
Scientists from two Milan universities found 75 particles of microplastic in every kilo of debris deposited on the surface of the Forni Glacier in the Stelvio National Park in a study carried out last summer, the first such investigation of a terrestrial glacier environment.