Many people who have experienced a menstrual cycle have probably also considered called in sick to work at some point. I know the following news is hitting me on a personal level today: soon Italy may give women three days paid leave every month to host Aunt Flo.
In an attempt to combat Italy’s rapidly declining birthrate, the Italian government declared September 22 to be “Fertility Day,” with a campaign that backfired tremendously.
In the gorgeous 1908 novel A Room with a View, author E.M. Forster describes Tuscany as “the primal source whence beauty gushed out to water the earth.” It was true then as it is in present day—especially now that you can publicly masturbate in Italy.
Veganism has met a formidable match in the form of a bill proposed by the Italian government to jail parents who force their children to eat vegan.
A television adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels is currently in production, and I can already picture myself screaming, “BOOOOOOOOOO!” and throwing a bottle of Peroni at the screen when that piece of shit Nino appears for the first time. This must be what it feels like to be a George R.R. Martin fan.
In July 1961, an Associated Press photographer stopped by a showcase of autumn and winter fashions in Florence, Italy. Hats were apparently of particular interest. It is not an exaggeration to describe the results as magical.
An Italian woman who went into a coma following a 115-foot fall from a cruise ship balcony in July has woken to deny reports that she had tried to commit suicide. Now police are investigating her boyfriend, who the victim says was abusive. “I don’t know if he pushed me, but I certainly didn’t want to commit suicide,”…
A 61-year-old woman is accused of killing her 93-year-old mother by jamming rosary beads down her throat. An attorney for Francesca Martire doesn’t deny that she placed the rosary beads in her mother’s mouth, fearing that the older woman had fallen because of the devil, but says she didn’t choke her.
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The BBC picked up this truly adorable story out of Chieti, in central Italy: a nonagenarian named Nicola Torello has just finished middle school with excellent grades.
Another day, another statement from the Pope to make right wing-types tear out their last, sparse remaining hairs: at a rally in Turin, Italy, the pope condemned weapons manufacturers, suggesting they can’t consider themselves Christians.
Arizona: You are still alive and happy. We’re dancing to A Tribe Called Quest in your living room. It’s 2001. We’re seniors in college. You are my best friend. I’m too young and naïve to imagine either of us will ever be gone.
Italy's highest court has overturned the murder convictions of Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in the 2007 death of Meredith Kercher. This latest acquittal appears to mean that the case is truly over after eight years in court. Both Knox and Sollecito have already spent four years in jail.
Fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana made some awfully regressive comments about lifestyles, babies, and sexuality in a recent interview. "We oppose gay adoptions," was one such comment. Another, made by Dolce: "You are born to be a mother and a father. Or at least that's how it should be. I call children of chemistry,…
Katy Perry is a woman with many talents. A Renaissance woman, really. Not only is she in possession of a left shark, John Mayer, and numerous colorful wigs, but she is an art lover as well. Perry was recently in Italy, she took a moment from her busy tour schedule to enjoy the cultural riches the country has to offer.
When I was 20, my college's funded internship program wrote me a check for $3,000. Instead of hunkering down in an LA production office to slog through slush piles—as a film major actually invested in her future would probably do—I pursued an internship that cashed in on my incomplete Italian minor and weird penchant…
For the second time in a year, an Italian nun complaining of stomach pains has gone to the hospital and, rather unexpectedly, given birth. (Any jokes about immaculate conception made in the comments will be grounds for immediate and permanent expulsion from Paradise.)
An Italian circus has been busted for passing off chow chow puppies—dyed black and white—as pandas. Via UPI, we hear that they were charging children to take pictures with the creatures, who, being chow chow puppies and tremendously adorable, are not pandas, even if you dye them black and white.
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Ever wonder despairingly to yourself: Why oh why isn't there a theme park (complete with roller coasters) based on Ben Hur, Cleopatra, Gangs of New York, The Good the Bad and the Ugly AND the works of Frederico Fellini? Well, great news: Italy has finally ridden to your rescue!