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Absence of U.S. tourists hammers Italy's Amalfi coast

Jul 11, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The coronavirus pandemic means tourists from the United States – where cases continue to rise – are not currently allowed into Europe

A view taken on July 2, 2020 shows tourist and residents sunbathing and swimming at a beach in Amalfi on the Amalfi coast in southern Italy. - With its white and multicoloured houses perched on the mountainside about the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean, Italy's Amalfi coast is suffering from this year's lack of US tourists. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)

Pink ice in Italy's Alps sparks algae probe

Jul 06, 2020 - 10:26 AM

'Overheating of the planet is a problem, the last thing we needed was algae,' says tourist Marta Durante

PINK. An aerial picture taken on July 3, 2020 above the Gavia pass (Passo di Gavia, shows pink colored snow, supposedly due to the presence of colonies of algae of the species Ancylonela nordenskioeldii from Greenland. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Italy to guarantee 6.3-billion-euro loan for Fiat Chrysler

Jun 25, 2020 - 10:15 AM

The loan for Fiat Chrysler is 'an operation that aims to preserve and reinforce the Italian auto industry,' says Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri

A picture taken on May 27, 2019 at a car dealer in Turin shows the logo of Italian carmaker Fiat, brand of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) company. - French and Italian-US auto giants Renault and Fiat Chrysler are set to announce talks on an alliance, with a view to a potential merger, informed sources said on May 26, 2019. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP)

Virus already in Italy by December, waste water study finds

Jun 19, 2020 - 8:50 PM

Chinese scientists have said the virus likely emerged in a market that sold wildlife in the central city of Wuhan in December, but Beijing officials have recently suggested that it may have originated elsewhere

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 08, 2020 Women ride a bicycle past the Colosseum monument in Rome on May 8, 2020, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. The risk of contagion from the Covid-19 disease, which is hitting the UK hard, has seen the British abandon public transport as far as possible to get back in the saddle with bicycle retailers signalling an uptick in customers. The same trend has been seen around Europe as the coronavirus lockdown is eased and people move around more whilst still seeking to avoid close contact with others. Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP

Italian prosecutors to question PM over handling of virus

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:31 PM

Prosecutors from Bergamo, the city in the northern Lombardy region worst hit by the virus, have launched a wide-ranging investigation into the health crisis

BERGAMO. People walk across the Monumental Cemetery of Bergamo, Lombardy, a day after it reopened on May 19, 2020, as the country is easing its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. File photo by Piero Cruciatti/AFP

Middleman in Vatican real estate deal in UK arrested

Jun 06, 2020 - 4:44 PM

Gianluigi Torzi is said to be a middleman in 2018, during the final stages of the sale of a luxury apartment building on London's Sloane Avenue to the Vatican's Secretariat of State

Dutch, French, Germans, and Italians form virus vaccine alliance

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:30 AM

The collaboration will enable 'the fastest and best possible results with key players in the pharmaceutical industry about promising vaccine initiatives,' the Dutch Health Ministry says

Italy reopens to tourists from Europe

Jun 03, 2020 - 3:27 PM

But there are fears many foreign tourists would be put off coming to a country still shaking off a vicious pandemic

People visit the Loggia dei Lanzi building on Piazza della Signoria in Florence on June 2, 2020, on the eve of the reopening of the Uffizi Gallery Museum to the public, as the country eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. Tiziana FABI / AFP

Italian president warns coronavirus crisis 'is not over'

Jun 02, 2020 - 11:48 PM

The latest figures in Italy continue to show a downward trend in new cases as it prepares the next stage of its gradual easing of a national lockdown

'NOT OVER.' This photo taken and handout on June 2, 2020, by the press office of the Quirinale presidential palace, shows Italian President Sergio Mattarella (L) addressing officials on Republic Day during a private visit in homage to the victims of COVID-19 in Codogno, near Milan, as the country eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection. AFP PHOTO/QUIRINALE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE/HANDOUT

Two Italian swimmers killed in air crash

Jun 01, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Fabio Lombini and Gioele Rossetti were killed when their plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff

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Top doctor sparks row with claim virus 'no longer exists' in Italy

Jun 01, 2020 - 5:47 PM

(UPDATED) The World Health Organization stresses the coronavirus has not suddenly become less pathogenic. 'We need to be careful: this is still a killer virus,' WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan says.

DISINFECTING. An employee of a disinfecting services company, wearing protective overalls and mask, sprays sanitizer on the forecourt during the sanitation of the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran (San Giovanni in Laterano) in Rome on May 15, 2020. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Virus-battered Italy faces worst recession since WWII

May 30, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The head of Italy's main business confederation says up to a million jobs could be threatened nationwide

HALF-MAST. A person in protective gear stands at the balcony of a Vatican's building on Via della Conciliazione on April 1, 2020 in Rome, with St. Peter's basilica in background, as flags are being flown at half-mast in cities across Italy to commemorate the victims of the virus. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

'Dark days' for Venice gondola makers

May 30, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The few remaining traditional carpenters who build gondolas in the Italian city of Venice experience a slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic

Gondola builders are photographed working on a gondola at the Roberto Dei Rossi boatyard in Venice on May 27, 2020, as the country eases its lockdown within the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. - Handmade gondola manufacturers continue to work in Venice, severely hit by historic floods last year and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

Battle ahead for EU's massive virus recovery plan

May 27, 2020 - 11:40 PM

If passed, this proposal would be the biggest European Union stimulus package in history. But Germany predicts talks would drag on until the end of 2020.

BIKING. People exercise along an esplanade in Barcelona, early on May 2, 2020. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

FALSE: COVID-19 is bacteria, can be cured by aspirin

May 27, 2020 - 7:38 PM

COVID-19 is caused by a virus. The Italian Medicines Agency also does not include aspirin in its list of drugs made available for COVID-19 patients.

Italy's Pompeii reopens its ruins to public

May 26, 2020 - 7:15 PM

The exceptionally-preserved remains of an ancient city, covered in volcanic ash nearly 2,000 years ago after the eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius, are usually the country's second-most visited site after the Colosseum in Rome

POMPEII. This photo handout on February 18, 2020 by the press office of the Archaeological Site of Pompeii shows the 'House of Lovers' during the reopening of 3 'domus' and conclusion of safety work on the archaeological site of Pompeii. Handout photo by Press Office of the Pompeii Archaeological Park/AFP

Italy proposes 60,000 volunteers for post-virus vigilance

May 25, 2020 - 10:41 PM

Some of these potential volunteers have already 'helped deliver groceries or medicines to those who could not leave their homes during the crisis,' says Bari City Mayor Decaro

Commuters arrive from regional trains at the Cardona railway station on May 4, 2020 in Milan, as Italy starts to ease its lockdown, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. - Stir-crazy Italians will be free to stroll and visit relatives for the first time in nine weeks on May 4, 2020 as Europe's hardest-hit country eases back the world's longest nationwide coronavirus lockdown. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)

Italian woman wins $1.1 million Picasso in charity draw

May 21, 2020 - 4:30 PM

The Spanish master's geometric composition representing a piece of newspaper and a glass of absinthe had been valued at 1 million euros

Venice gondolas return to Grand Canal

May 18, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Workers in sanitary suits can be seen spraying the boarding areas with disinfectant before people climb aboard

Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican reopens

May 18, 2020 - 4:29 PM

'I share the joy of those communities who can finally reunite as liturgical assemblies, a sign of hope for all society,' Pope Francis says on Sunday during his live-streamed prayer

REOPENING. Nuns go through body temperature scanning and security to access St. Peter's Square Basilica on May 18, 2020 in The Vatican during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Italy to reopen borders for EU tourists in early June

May 17, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Starting June 3, visitors within the Schengen zone will be allowed to enter Italy with no obligation to self-isolate

LOCKDOWN LIFTING. Commuters arrive from regional trains at the Cardona railway station on May 4, 2020 in Milan, as Italy starts to ease its coronavirus lockdown. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Italy to reopen borders on June 3 to restart tourism

May 16, 2020 - 3:45 PM

All visitors will be allowed back into the country and will no longer be obliged to self-isolate

DISINFECTING. The forecourt of the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome is sanitized on May 15 as the country prepares to reopen its borders to tourists. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

St Peter's Basilica reopens to tourists on May 18

May 15, 2020 - 11:29 PM

The largest Catholic church in the world has been disinfected ahead of the opening, with a team of suited and masked cleaners spraying every surface of the 23,000-square meter site

ST PETER'S BASILICA. A photo taken and handout on April 9, 2020 by the Vatican Media shows a general view of St. Peter's Basilica during the Pope's 'In Coena Domini' Mass of the Lord's Supper of Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples and inaugurating the Easter triduum, on April 9, 2020 behind closed doors in the Vatican, during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. AFP PHOTO/VATICAN MEDIA

Italy to regularize migrants in face of coronavirus

May 14, 2020 - 10:20 AM

Those benefitting from the new scheme will have to prove that they have experience working in the agricultural or domestic sectors

ESCAPE. Migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Photo from AFP

Italy industrial output tumbles nearly 30% in March 2020

May 11, 2020 - 10:10 PM

Italy's national consumers association says industrial production had been brought down by 'an earthquake' bigger than anything seen since 2009, the height of the global financial crisis

A photo taken and handout by the press office of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) on April 27, 2020 shows employees resuming work at the SEVEL (European Light Vehicle Company) car factory in Atessa, south of Pescara, on April 27, 2020 after the government laid out partial reopening plans, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. - SEVEL is a 50-50 joint venture between FCA and French car manufacturer PSA Group. (Photo by Handout / FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES PRESS OFFICE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Virus deprives 700,000 Italian kids of enough food – farmers

May 10, 2020 - 9:25 PM

Italy's main farmers organization also reports rising food prices

Italy to pour 3 billion euros into Alitalia

May 07, 2020 - 9:15 PM

Struggling carrier Alitalia is getting aid from the Italian government as the coronavirus batters the aviation industry

ALITALIA. A plane of the airline takes off in Frankfurt, Germany, bound for Rome, Italy. Photo from Shutterstock

Milan Fashion Week goes digital in July

May 07, 2020 - 9:00 PM

'This is a concrete response to the need for promotion and business on the part of brands,' says the Italy's National Chamber of Fashion

Models present creations for Chinese designer Han Wen's Fall - Winter 2020 collection, as part of the "China, We are With You" fashion event, kicking off the fashion week in Milan on February 18, 2020. - Milan Fashion Week kicks off on February 18, but coronavirus proves to damper the celebration of fashion and business, with thousands of Chinese designers, buyers and journalists abandoning the trip. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP)

Italy baffled by unexplained surge in deaths during virus crisis

May 05, 2020 - 9:28 AM

Conte's government still does not know how many people have died of COVID-19 – a grim reality that makes planning for the months ahead even harder

BLESSED. Priest Don Marcello gives a blessing to the coffins of deceased people inside the church of San Giuseppe in Seriate, on March 28, 2020. Photo by Piero Cruciatti/AFP

Europe emerges from lockdown as global virus cases top 3.5 million

May 04, 2020 - 3:16 PM

Politicians are grappling with how to get the wheels of commerce and industry turning again without sparking a second wave of infections

EASING THE LOCKDOWN. Commuters arrive from regional trains at the Cardona railway station on May 4, 2020 in Milan, as Italy starts to ease its lockdown. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Italy begins to emerge from world's longest nationwide lockdown

May 04, 2020 - 11:44 AM

A poll by the Piepoli Institute shows 62% of Italians think they will need psychological support with coming to grips with the post-lockdown world

HOLDING HANDS. People walk in Piazza San Cosimato on May 3, 2020 in Rome during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Confusion as Italy prepares to ease lockdown

May 03, 2020 - 8:48 PM

Attempts to make plans for the first day of freedom are hampered by uncertainty over the rules

OPEN. An employee of a children's clothing store wears a protective mask and gloves in Rome on April 14, 2020, as some shops reopen for the first day. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Italy faces record recession as pandemic bites

Apr 30, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Italy estimates that its gross domestic product would contract by 8% in 2020, but this could be up to 10% if the impact of the coronavirus pandemic persists

A man wearing a face mask walks in Trastevere district in Rome on April 29, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

From Prosecco to Chianti, Italy's wine sales sour from virus

Apr 29, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Winegrowers in Italy, the world's top wine producer, are reeling from the country's two-month lockdown

Stefano Cagliero, owner of Cagliero's Winery, smells a glass of red wine in his cellars on April 23, 2020 in Barolo, Langhe Region, near Cuneo, northwestern Italy, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP)

Italy awaits details of life after lockdown

Apr 25, 2020 - 10:42 PM

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is reportedly presented with a cautious proposal that involves a gradual easing over 4 weeks

CORONAVIRUS. This picture taken on April 17, 2020, shows a clear canal in Venice, as the nation sought to curb the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic caused by the new coronavirus. Photo by Andrea Pattaro / S fornasier / AFP


Italy unveils punishing public debt, deficit forecasts

Apr 25, 2020 - 10:15 AM

Italy now expects its public debt to jump to 155.7% of GDP, and public deficit to rise to 10.4% of GDP

PARENTS. A couple wearing face masks and pushing a pram walks past a mural in the Trastevere district of Rome on April 13, 2020 during the country's lockdown. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Italy to ease virus lockdown over 4 weeks – report

Apr 24, 2020 - 7:38 PM

The country's gradual reopening will be accompanied by strict hygiene measures and continued social distancing

CLEAR. This picture taken on April 17, 2020, shows a clear canal in Venice, as the nation sought to curb the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. File photo by Andrea Pattaro/S fornasier/AFP

Italy launches antibody tests for virus immunity in hard-hit Lombardy

Apr 23, 2020 - 7:29 PM

Lombardy is betting that the science about 'herd immunity' derived from the blood tests will help the prosperous industrial region return to work faster and safer

EMPTY. A picture taken on April 9, 2020, shows a man riding his bike on the deserted commercial street via Dante in center Milan during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Italy's booksellers warn of 'cultural deserts' in pandemic

Apr 21, 2020 - 10:31 PM

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has allowed bookstores to reopen after a 6 week suspension of almost all business activity across Italy

A woman shops in a bookstore in Rome on April 20, 2020 after the Italian government decides the re-opening of certain commercial activities amid a lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 disease caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP)

Crops rot as Italian farmers hit by virus, drought

Apr 20, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Farmers in Italy suffer a double whammy – the coronavirus lockdown and a drought caused by the driest spring in more than half a century

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 05, 2020 A man walks amid trees in a Mimosa plantation near the village of Seborga, northwestern Italy. - According to the main agricultural union, Coldiretti, almost four out of ten companies in the fruits and vegetables sector are is in financial difficulty. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP)

Fearful but impatient, Italy edges toward end of lockdown

Apr 19, 2020 - 8:43 PM

The Mediterranean country has been filled with rumors and speculation about when people will finally be allowed to walk the streets freely for the first time since early March

OPEN. An employee of a children's clothing store wears a protective mask and gloves in Rome on April 14, 2020, as some shops reopen for the first day. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Rescued migrants to quarantine on ferry off Italy

Apr 19, 2020 - 8:15 PM

They join 146 migrants who were transferred to the ferry on Friday from the The Alan Kurdi rescue vessel

Nearly 17,000 Italian health workers infected with virus – study

Apr 18, 2020 - 9:04 AM

Italy's health workers account for 10% of the country's registered coronavirus infections

Medical workers wearing a face mask and overalls disinfect their gloves while performing drive-through swabbing tests for coronavirus on people arriving by car outside the polyclinic of Alessandria, Piedmont, on April 2, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

G7 to coordinate economic reopening plans amid outbreak

Apr 17, 2020 - 9:25 AM

The leaders of the world's most advanced economies are looking for a way to end the economic paralysis

In this handout photograph received by Jiji Press and released by Japan's Cabinet Public Relations Office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) speaks from Tokyo with other G7 leaders during a video conference late on April 16, 2020. (Photo by Handout / JIJI PRESS,JAPAN'S CABINET PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE / AFP) / Japan OUT - XGTY / --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JAPAN'S CABINET PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ---

Head of Italy's economic heartland fights lockdown

Apr 17, 2020 - 1:45 AM

Lombardy head Attilio Fontana pushes for the reopening of businesses when Italy's current nationwide lockdown expires on May 4

A picture taken on April 9, 2020 shows a man riding his bike on the deserted commercial street via Dante in center Milan during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

Mixed reception to Italy's easing of coronavirus lockdown

Apr 15, 2020 - 10:21 AM

'Open in a desert? Why? [Opening] a business where no one walks by is dangerous from every point of view,' says Cristina Di Caio, a bookshop owner in Milan

OPEN. An employee of a children's clothing store wears a protective mask and gloves in Rome on April 14, 2020, as some shops reopen for the first day. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Woman fined for taking turtle for a walk in Rome

Apr 15, 2020 - 12:38 AM

A Roman police spokesman says the 60-year-old woman was fined 400 euros because taking a turtle out for a walk was 'not a justifiable excuse'

Italy's coronavirus death toll tops 20,000

Apr 14, 2020 - 9:41 AM

Italy will reopen some bookshops and laundries on a trial basis on Tuesday to see how social distancing measures can be safely enforced down the road

PARENTS. A couple wearing face masks and pushing a pram walks past a mural in the Trastevere district of Rome on April 13, 2020 during the country's lockdown. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Millions watch Andrea Bocelli sing in empty Milan cathedral

Apr 13, 2020 - 12:20 PM

The 'Music for Hope' performance, streamed on YouTube from Milan's Duomo cathedral, has been watched more than 22 million times so far

Italy reports lowest coronavirus death toll in over 3 weeks

Apr 13, 2020 - 11:38 AM

This confirms trends showing that the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe's worst-hit nation has peaked

PALM SUNDAY. Parish priest Don Antonio Lauri (L) hands a palm branch to a girl after celebrating Palm Sunday mass from the rooftop of the San Gabriele dell'Addolorata church in Rome on April 5, 2020. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP