Italian News Snippets: 06.15.08


Some Italian news for your Sunday reading pleasure:

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  • Tom Hanks is in Rome at the moment, filming “Angels & Demons,” the prequel to Dan Brown’s hit “The Da Vinci Code.”

  • Even in a city as well-traveled as Rome, you can still find pleasant surprises – like a church that you thought was miles away being right behind you.

  • The Italian government is saying it might get rid of the almost universally-hated licensing fee Italians are supposed to pay (though they rarely do) to support the state-run TV network, RAI.

  • Manchester United soccer star Wayne Rooney married his long-time girlfriend in an Italian villa.

  • Aside from the fact that they’re both on the political right, the other reason Berlusconi’s pick is McCain in the upcoming U.S. election is so that he “would no longer be the oldest person at the upcoming G8” summit, because McCain is one month his senior.

  • Another necropolis has been discovered – this one is near Rome, and is thought to be the burial grounds for some of Rome’s lower classes.

  • Italian mayors have asked for new special powers to deal with security issues. What, like X-ray vision? Invisibility?

  • If you’ve ever wondered whether that “Made in Italy” label on your shoes was faked, a new proposal for an ID card for shoes would eliminate that question.

  • One of Italy’s flagship wines, Brunello, is to be watched a bit more carefully and the production checked to see if it meets existing standards. This after allegations that the famous varietal had been cut with other grapes.