Italy News: 03.29.09

Some news from Italy for your Sunday reading pleasure:






    • It’s not every day that you hear about a missing 350-year-old Italian statue turning up in a suburban North Carolina home. The couple who had the statue had no idea when they bought it a few years ago that it was stolen from Naples in 1990.


    • And while we’re on the subject of returned stolen art, Greece has sent two murals back to Italy after they were taken from a church in Campania in 1982.








    • Gestures are as much a part of the Italian language as the words are, so it’s always nice to know what Italians are saying when they’re not even speaking. Michelle’s Mental Clutter posted a link to an instructional video, and then she decoded each gesture. Have fun!




    • The Italian government is proposing a 30% cap on foreign students in each classroom. They say it’s because they think “it will help immigrant children integrate with Italians,” but if you’ve been paying attention to anything the Italian government has said in the last 5-10 years, you’ll know that’s not why they’re proposing such a law.


    • An osteria outside Rome makes this list of “Europe’s top family-run restaurants.”








    • And as any Dan Brown aficionado knows, the Knights Templar figured heavily in “The Da Vinci Code” – so if you’re still intrigued by this old religious order, you’ll be pleased to know that a Templar church in Perugia is set to become an “international centre of research” on the group.



    • A man who took around €10 in coins from the Trevi Fountain was acquitted by a Roman judge, though he was ordered to return the money.




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