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'Most Haunted Place on Earth' Is for Sale

Italian island of Poveglia said to have hosted brutal lobotomies

(Newser) - The island of Poveglia is, according to the Independent , "arguably the most haunted place on Earth"—and now it can be yours. The Italian government is auctioning off a lease to the unpopulated 17-acre island near Venice where, following the 1922 opening of a mental hospital, a doctor... More »

Man Jailed for 6 Months Over Loud Sex

12 neighbors complained about the Italian man's romps with his girlfriend

(Newser) - There's a noisy romp between the sheets and then there's sex so loud it's considered "stalking" your neighbors. That was the charge an Italian man apparently faced in court, after a dozen of his neighbors filed a civil suit complaining of his loud lovemaking sessions. They... More »

Stolen Gauguin Was on Factory Worker's Wall for Decades

He didn't realize it until son saw it in a book

(Newser) - They looked like nice enough paintings, so a factory worker in Italy shelled out $30 back in 1975 for the two works at a public auction. They'd been abandoned on a train, after all, so they couldn't be that valuable, right? Wrong, reports the BBC . The Fiat worker... More »

Venice Votes to Leave Italy

Secessionists declare victory with 89% in online 'referendum'

(Newser) - Venice made its dream of independence come true on Friday, if an online poll means anything. A stunning 2.3 million voters took part in the self-organized "referendum," and 89% approved letting Veneto—the wealthy region that surrounds Venice—break away from the rest of Italy as a... More »

Pope Blasts Mafia: Repent or Go to Hell

Francis says mobsters' 'blood-stained' money is worthless

(Newser) - Pope Francis attended a vigil for mafia victims in Rome yesterday, reports the BBC , but he made bigger headlines by unloading on the mobsters themselves in his remarks:
  • "This life that you live now won't give you pleasure," he said. "It won't give you joy
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Rome's Luxury Brands Paying for Historic Renovations

In latest, jeweler Bulgari will pay $2M to spruce up the 'Spanish Steps'

(Newser) - Rome's iconic Spanish Steps are getting a makeover. High-end jeweler Bulgari is donating $2 million to the city of Rome to restore the staircase that connects the swank Piazza di Spagna with the Trinita dei Monti church above. It's the latest Italian luxury brand to step in to... More »

Pompeii's Latest Woe: Thieves

Now a fresco has been stolen from the ancient site

(Newser) - The problems in Pompeii keep piling up—and crumbling down. Just weeks after portions of two of its structures collapsed under heavy rainfall, the ancient city has become the victim of theft, Reuters reports. A custodian discovered that thieves had last Wednesday taken an eight-inch fragment from a fresco showing... More »

Now Voting on Secession: Venice

Non-binding referendum considers 'Republic of Veneto'

(Newser) - Could Venice become a sovereign state for the first time in more than 200 years? That's what voters are considering in a non-binding referendum on Venetian independence, the BBC reports. Venice's online vote, which continues all week, raises the possibility of separating from Italy and becoming the Republic... More »

Italy Fumes Over Rifle Ad With Statue of David

ArmaLite sparks row over ad for $3K rifle

(Newser) - Italians are a wee bit upset about an ArmaLite ad that shows a massive $3,000 rifle cradled in the arms of Michelangelo's David, the BBC reports. "The image of David, armed, offends and infringes the law," tweeted culture minister Dario Franceschini. He vowed to take action... More »

Ancient Pompeii Is Collapsing

Parts of 2 structures crumbled over weekend

(Newser) - Pompeii's "perfectly preserved" streets were uncovered in 1748; centuries later, that perfect preservation no longer holds. A series of collapses have fouled the site in recent years, with officials confirming that an 11-foot-long stretch of tomb wall was found to have crumbled early yesterday, on the heels of... More »

Yes, Extradite Amanda Knox

If Italy asks, we should send her: Carlo Davis

(Newser) - Amanda Knox has "become a cause célèbre in the United States," with many arguing against her extradition to Italy, should she be once again found guilty of murdering Meredith Kercher in her final appeal. But those people are wrong—and so is the argument that America'... More »

Knox Ruling Based on 'Coincidences': Judge

Alessandro Nencini admits the reasoning will be 'controversial'

(Newser) - The reinstatement of Amanda Knox's guilty verdict was based on ... coincidences? According to Alessandro Nencini, a judge involved in the ruling, it hinged on Knox and boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito changing their plans at the last minute, the Independent reports. At 8:15pm on the night of Meredith Kercher's... More »

Rolling Boulder Leaves Wild Path of Destruction

No one hurt, but repairs could cost millions

(Newser) - Some 141,000 cubic feet of rock tumbled from the face of an Italian cliff this month, sending a boulder tearing through a 300-year-old farm. The rock rolled through a barn in the Alto-Adige region, resulting in millions of dollars' worth of damage, says the manager of the site, which... More »

Double Jeopardy May Save Knox From Extradition

Italian cops stop co-accused near border

(Newser) - Amanda Knox has once again been found guilty of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, but will she be sent back to Italy to serve a 28-year sentence? Legal experts say any attempts to extradite the Seattle resident are unlikely to begin until the appeals process has finished, and since... More »

Mafia 'Hit' on 3-Year-Old Rattles Italy

'Coco' Campolongo was gunned down with his grandfather

(Newser) - Little Nicola "Coco" Campolongo has become the latest focal point in Italy for anger against the mafia. As the Daily Beast explains, the toddler was executed along with his grandfather and his grandfather's companion over an apparent drug debt. The killers shot all three in the head, and... More »

From Melting Glaciers, WWI 'Mummies' Emerge

Retreating ice reveals those who fought in the 'White War' in Italy's Alps

(Newser) - Time calls it "one of the strangest consequences of global warming yet"—glaciers are melting in the Italian Alps and revealing the mummified corpses of soldiers from World War I. Two, for instance, were buried in unmarked graves last year in the village of Peio, reports the... More »

Italian Cops Decipher Mafia Code on Initiation Rite

You'll need 5 people to do it right

(Newser) - "For the baptism, five people are needed—no more and no less," reads the coded instructions. But this "baptism" isn't the usual sort: It's for new members of the 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate in Italy, reports the Telegraph . Police discovered the instructions during a murder... More »

Knox: I'm Willing to Become a 'Fugitive'

'I will not willingly submit myself to injustice'

(Newser) - If convicted again of murder , Amanda Knox says she won't willingly return to Italy to face punishment; instead, she told an Italian journalist, "I will be—how do you put it?—a fugitive," the Guardian reports. The reporter, Meo Ponte, who interviewed her over Skype, has previously... More »

House in Amanda Knox Case Up for Sale

Property in Perugia on market for $625K

(Newser) - It has 10 rooms, a strong rental history, and a terrace that overlooks a picturesque valley in Perugia, Italy. But those aren't the reasons the real estate listing for this house is drawing so much attention, reports the Daily Beast . It happens to be the home where Meredith Kercher... More »

Toddler Falls From Window, Is Caught by Passing Man

Luigi Barbanera hailed as hero

(Newser) - A 23-month-old boy fell from a second-floor window in Italy last week, but fortunately for him, Luigi Barbanera was passing by at the exact right moment. Barbanera, a former goalkeeper and current penitentiary officer, saw the toddler learning over the ledge and quickly positioned himself underneath, the Huffington Post reports,... More »

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