LAND OF FIRE COMES CLEAN

 

Eight months of controlling and analysizing samples of earth from the so-called Terra dei Fuochi (Land of Fire) have produced surprising and encouraging results. The Casertano area north east of Naples, infamous as an illegal dumping ground controlled by the local Camorra criminal organization, is not as polluted as previously feared.


23 Oct 2014 More

MATERA EUROPEAN CULTURE CAPITAL 2019


 

Against stiff competition from five other Italian cities, Matera (Basilicata) has won the bid to become European Capital of Culture for 2019. The jury, composed of thirteen members (six Italians and 7 of other nationalities) selected the City of Stones by seven votes to six.

20 Oct 2014 More

CERVETERI SPHINX RECOVERED






Cerveteri (Lazio), famed for its unique Etruscan burial ground, received a special gift to mark its tenth anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage Site when Italy's special cultural heritage police  recovered the statue of a winged sphinx that had been stolen from the town museum in May 2014. The 160 kg sculpture, dating from the fourth century BC was hidden in a field, awaiting transportation abroad where it would have been sold on the illegal antiquities market.


16 Oct 2014 More

VICENZA NOCTURNALS

 

Culture vultures will be heading for the city of Vicenza (Veneto) this Christmas and after for an exciting series of exhibitions the city will be holding from the 24th December 2014 on until the 2nd June 2015. Christmas Eve will mark the opening of the special event: Tutankhamon Caravaggio Van Gogh  in the splendid venue of the Basilica  Palladiana, re-opened after restoration in October 2012.


13 Oct 2014 More

PERUGIA AIMING FOR DOUBLE TITLE

 

Perugia (Umbria) is hoping to bring home a double win this year with its two applications to become the 2017 European Youth Capital and the 2019 European Capital of Culture. A jewel of medieval architecture, famed for its Universit´¿½ degli Stranieri (University for Foreigners),

10 Oct 2014 More

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