Latest Italy News

Columbia artist offers henna to those coping with illness

Jan. 18, 2019 1:06 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — When a friend approached Columbia artist Sue Giger for a henna tattoo, Giger had never heard of it. Giger, who conducts her part-time art business under the name Midnight Museum, has experience in printmaking, watercolor and acrylic painting and face and body art. When her friend told...

Italy's Berlusconi rebounds again to run for EU parliament

Jan. 17, 2019 3:51 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi is back. Again. The three-time Italian premier, who has made a career out of rebounding from legal woes, personal scandal, heart trouble and political setbacks, announced Thursday he is running for the European Parliament in May elections. The 82-year-old Berlusconi said he...

Study of Leonardo's 1st landscape finds he had 2nd thoughts

Jan. 17, 2019 1:37 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The first-ever scientific study of the oldest known drawing by Leonardo da Vinci has found that he added details to an earlier sketch of a countryside landscape, said the Uffizi Galleries, whose collections include the fragile work. The Galleries said the 1473 "Landscape Drawing for Santa Maria...

Court orders Italian govt to publicize cellphone risks

Jan. 16, 2019 2:49 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A consumers' group says an Italian tribunal has ordered a public information campaign about the possible health risks of cellular and cordless phones. The Lazio region's administrative tribunal ruled that Italy's health, environment and education ministries must begin the campaign within six...

Famed Naples pizzeria latest target of bombs linked to mob

Jan. 16, 2019 8:55 AM EST

ROME (AP) — A popular Naples pizzeria is the latest target of bombings in the area which Italian authorities have linked to mobsters. A small blast outside Pizzeria Sorbillo in the city's historic center early Wednesday damaged the eatery's metal grating. The ANSA news agency said eight bombs have targeted...

Europe car sales grew for 5th straight year in 2018

Jan. 16, 2019 2:02 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — The European carmakers association, ACEA, says the car market rose modestly in 2018, despite contractions in the last four months due to the impact of a new emissions test. ACEA reported Wednesday that full-year car sales were up 0.1 percent to 15.2 million passenger cars, the fifth straight...

Egyptian denied entry to Italy jumps from parked airplane

Jan. 15, 2019 4:05 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italian news agency ANSA reports that Milan's Malpensa Airport was closed temporarily after an Egyptian passenger who was not allowed into Italy jumped from a parked airplane and evaded law enforcement. ANSA said the man arrived in Milan on a direct flight from Senegal that was continuing on...

Shiffrin finally conquers elusive Kronplatz giant slalom

Jan. 15, 2019 11:03 AM EST

SAN VIGILIO DI MAREBBE, Italy (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin had this race specially marked on her calendar. There are few courses the American skier has not been able to conquer in her record-breaking career. Yet a victory — or even a podium finish — had eluded her on the steep Erta slope at the...

Fiat Chrysler CEO says company strong enough to stand alone

Jan. 14, 2019 3:30 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Major job cuts or an alliance with other automakers are not in the plans for Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler, the company's new CEO says. Mike Manley, who took over for the late Sergio Marchionne last year, said the company downsized its workforce significantly during the global...

Milan designers send signal with feminine touch on menswear

Jan. 14, 2019 2:40 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Milan menswear designers are sending clear signals for next fall and winter: Feminine touches are not only acceptable, they are necessary. During three days of Milan Fashion Week previews focused on menswear, collections featured shiny and sheer textiles, sequined garments, lace and scoop...