Some news from around il Bel Paese while you sip your morning cappuccino…
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- Nero’s Golden House, the Domus Aurea in Rome, opened on February 4th after being closed for more than a year of restoration work.
- A new exhibit in Venice turns the canvas on great artists – it’s a show of self-portraits, including such greats as Raphael, Tintoretto and Chagall.
- Icons of St. Nicholas (yes, it’s the same guy) are on display in Bari, including a painting which is 1400 years old.
- Italian scientists are doing some amazing work these days – the newest discovery is an “anti-AIDS molecule.”
- The new guidelines introduced following the death of a policeman in a soccer-related riot look frustratingly familiar.
- Martha’s got a rundown of the stadiums which are hosting soccer games this weekend, and whether they’ll be allowed to actually let fans in.
- Italy’s actions in response to the soccer riots in Catania might have an impact beyond the country’s borders.
- Gianni Versace will be honored with a Walk of Style Award from Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, just in time for the 10th anniversary of his murder.
- Italy could surpass France this year as the world’s biggest wine consumer.
- Last month was the warmest January in Italy since they started keeping track in 1860.
Photo by: Valerio