Author Archives: Alice Philipson

Italian unions criticise museum chief of Royal Palace of Caserta for working too hard

By working too many hours and staying past closing time at his on-site office, Mauro Felicori puts the entire museum at risk, say angry unions Continue reading

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Furious church-goers barricade St Valentine’s remains in cathedral after attempted removal

A bishop had planned to temporarily transfer the saint’s relics to another cathedral three miles away but provoked an outpouring of anger from local parishioners. Continue reading

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Italian cleric ‘defrauded elderly out of £23m’

Italian tax police have arrested an Argentine monsignor they say was behind a Ponzi-type scheme swindling people out of 30 million euros ($34 million). Continue reading

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Rome restaurant draws backlash after banning under fives due to ‘lack of manners’

La Fraschetta del Pesce has decided that the restaurant will be off limits to young children, describing them as ‘little uncontrollable terrors’ Continue reading

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Meet the British art director hoping to spark a revolution within Italy’s museums

James Bradburne runs the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan and hopes to eliminate the inefficiency which pervades Italy’s galleries Continue reading

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Row over Italian town’s plans to build €150m 280ft statue in honour of Italian saint

The statue would be in honour of Padre Pio, one of Italy’s most popular saint, in an idea dreamed up by a patissier from the local area Continue reading

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Italian woman asks for help from firefighters after losing keys to her chastity belt

The unnamed woman arrived at a fire station and asked firefighters to help her with a lock she could not open Continue reading

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Gravediggers in biggest cemetery in Naples announce they will go on strike for a month

Hundreds of bodies will remain unburied after gravediggers object to council plan to put the contract for burial ground management out to tender Continue reading

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Sophisticated art thieves network operating at Rome airport uncovered

The gang is made up of cleaning staff and ground crew who colluded to heist valuable paintings at Rome’s Fiumicino airport Continue reading

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Rome doctors report 30 percent rise in appointments as pollution levels soar

Italian capital is one of a number of cities restricting car use to tackle smog but readings show pollution remains above safe levels Continue reading

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The Leopard author Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s palatial home restored to its glory days

The palatial white stone building in Palermo that inspired classic Italian novel has been restored to its 19th century glory and is available for rent Continue reading

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