MARGARET STENHOUSE

 ROME -- Mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, scientist... Archimedes is an undisputed giant in the history of civilization.

 The breadth and scope of his experiments and discoveries are staggering, even in the light of modern scientific research. It therefore appears inexplicable that, until now, he has never had an exhibition dedicated to him. “Archimede, Arte e Scienza dell'invenzione” is a world first, set up by the Galileo Museum of the History of Science, Florence, in collaboration with the Max-Planck-Institut fur Wissenschaftsgeschichte of Berlin.

24 Jul 2013
Gianfranco Nitti

ROME --Economic Development Minister Flavio Zanonato has visited the Maserati plant in Grugliasco where the new Quattroporte and Maserati Ghibli, to be launched this August, are produced.

 Touring the Giovanni Agnelli plant Monday with Mr. Zanonato were Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne, and head of EMEA for Fiat-Chrysler, Alfredo Altavilla. During the visit, the Minister had the opportunity to see the body shop and assembly lines for both models, as well as stopping several times to speak with employees.

23 Jul 2013
LEAF ARBUTHNOT

ROME – A rare mix between a zebra and a donkey has been born in an animal reserve in Florence, owners have confirmed.

Named Ippo, the ‘zonkey’ has a zebra for a father and a donkey for a mother, who is herself part of an endangered breed. Ippo’s father, Marti, was adopted by the Floricoltura Aglietti foundation from a zoo that was unable to look after him.

23 Jul 2013
JAN FILIPOWICZ

ROME– FAO chief José Graziano da Silva dropped plans to hire consultant Telma Viale as HR chief after viewing an artistic  video in which she apparently strips to the buff, FAO sources say.

22 Jul 2013
COLIN O'BRIEN

 ROME --The Italian national team is an odd beast. Historically one of world football's heavy hitters, Cesare Prandelli's men have only lost two competitive games in open play since 2010. One was in the final of the European Championships, against Spain, and the other in the Confederations Cup, to Brazil, with a depleted line-up and only after qualification to the semi-final was assured.

22 Jul 2013
LEAF ARBUTHNOT

VATICAN CITY – Members of the “gay lobby”in the Curia covered up the past of an allegedly gay prelate appointed by the Pope to clean up the Vatican bank, L’Espresso magazine reports.

On June 15 Monsignor Battista Ricca, 57, was tasked with spearheading an inquiry into the IOR following a string of corruption scandals that shocked Catholic communities worldwide.

Although the file checked by Pope Francis was found to be completely clean, within a week of the appointment, Mons. Riccca’s scandalous past – and the cover-ups that had kept it under wraps – began to come to light.

22 Jul 2013
LEAF ARBUTHNOT

ROME – Police have seized 36 manuscripts and thousands of letters, drawings and notes made by Giovanni Verga in an operation conducted by the Cultural Heritage Protection Department.

The items had been at the centre of an eighty-year battle between descendents of Giovanni Verga and those of a scholar entrusted with the manuscripts in 1930. A police unit specialising in repossessing cultural heritage items was deployed from Rome and Pavia.

19 Jul 2013
Natalie Lyubomirsky

ROME -- In its 10th year, Silvano Toti’s Globe Theatre Rome is showcasing a variety of Shakespeare’s plays throughout summer. Having started July 10, the theatre will operate until the 22nd of September with productions of Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard the Third and King Lear.

19 Jul 2013
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME -- The world’s largest expat survey has been launched this week, offering participants the chance to win £1,000 in cash.

 Led by the ex-head of research for BBC World, the questionnaire is the largest independent research study ever undertaken on migration and expatriate life. It is does not divulge information to third parties and is not tied to any government organizations.

19 Jul 2013

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