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Beavers Return to Italy After 500 Years

The last known sighting was in 1471

(Newser) - Scientists checking a camera set up to observe otters in northern Italy were thrilled when another furry creature wandered into the frame—the first beaver seen in the country in centuries. The last recorded sighting of a beaver in Italy—where they were hunted for food in the Middle Ages... More »

Panic, Then a Stampede: 6 Dead at Nightclub Concert

Dozens injured after tragic night at disco in Italy; 'stinging substance' may have spurred panic

(Newser) - Three young women, two young men, and a mom who'd taken her daughter to a rap concert at a nightclub in Corinaldo, Italy, have died, and dozens more have been injured, after a moment of panic that led to a stampede Saturday. Police rep Col. Cristian Corrazza tells the... More »

Leonardo in Paris? Now Italy Is Mad

The Louvre wants to celebrate the Italian master

(Newser) - So versatile were Leonardo da Vinci's talents in art and science and so boundless his visionary imagination, he is known to the world as the universal genius, the AP reports. But not to Italy's nationalist-tilting government, which is livid about plans by the Louvre museum in Paris for... More »

Leaning Tower of Pisa's Lean Has Changed

Pisa's landmark still holding strong after 800 years

(Newser) - No need to rush to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa before it falls. The famous Italian tower is doing just fine more than 800 years after it first started tilting during construction, according to a group that's been monitoring the 190-foot Tuscan monument since 2001. It's in... More »

Mayor on Village's Speeding Violations: 'It's Really Madness'

A village of 120 logged more than 58K infractions in 2 weeks

(Newser) - Just over 100 people live in the Northern Italian village of Acquetico, and they all seem to like to drive really fast. The numbers coming in just two weeks after the local mayor set up temporary speed cameras are somewhat mind-blowing: more than 58,000 speeding violations in the town... More »

Science Solves How to Make Great Pizza at Home

If you can follow directions, an electric oven will do fine: scientists

(Newser) - Not all scientific research takes place in labs. Just ask food anthropologist Sergio Grasso and physicists Andrey Varlamov and Andreas Glatz, who had the tough job of sampling Margherita pizzas across Rome in the lead up to their paper , "The Physics of Baking Good Pizza." The pizzaiolos of... More »

A Vegan's Mom Made Meat Sauce. It Didn't Go Over Well

Daughter accused of threatening to stab mother over meaty meal

(Newser) - Kids sometimes don't like the food their parents make, but a) this woman's picky-eater daughter is 48 years old, and b) most kids don't threaten to knife their parents over what's cooking. The New York Post reports on a story out of Italy, where local media... More »

High Tide Floods 75% of Venice

Water level is highest in at least 10 years

(Newser) - Venice was inundated by an exceptional high tide Monday, putting three-quarters of the famed Italian lagoon city under water as large swaths of the rest of Italy experienced flooding and heavy winds that toppled trees and other objects, killing six people. Tourists and residents alike donned high boots to navigate... More »

Small Inscription, Big Consequence for Ancient Pompeii

Newly found writing on wall suggests Vesuvius eruption came 2 months later than thought

(Newser) - A construction worker's ancient jotting on a wall might rewrite the history books. The wall scrawl suggests that the Roman city of Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in October of AD79, two months later than historians have long believed, reports the BBC . Uncovered by archaeologists... More »

Venice Close to Implementing New Rule: No Sitting

To control tourist behavior, mayor pushing for ban on sitting, except in designated areas

(Newser) - We hope you're sitting down for this news, especially if you're planning a trip to Venice—because you might not be able to sit down once you get there. That's because Luigi Brugnaro, the city's mayor, wants to start fining folks if they plop themselves down... More »

Police Shut Down Italy's First Sex Doll Brothel

There are concerns over the hygiene of the dolls

(Newser) - After just nine days in operation, Italy's first and only sex doll brothel was raided and shut down by police. The establishment, located in Turin, allegedly violated laws related to renting accommodations, the Local reports. Authorities also are looking into whether the "silicone sex workers"—which police... More »

For First Time Ever, Fake Reviews Get Guy Sent to Jail

TripAdvisor hails landmark ruling in Italy

(Newser) - For what is believed to be the first time, a person has been sent to jail for writing fake reviews online. The Italian man ran a company called PromoSalento, which sold hotels fake reviews, and in what's being widely hailed as a landmark ruling this week a court in... More »

Fate Uncertain for Migrants Stuck on Italian Ship

They have been on the Diciotti five days as of Friday

(Newser) - In what Courthouse News calls "a high-stakes legal and political drama," some 150 asylum seekers rescued from the Mediterranean Sea are being held on a docked Italian coast guard ship for a fifth day on Friday. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini—an anti-immigrant politician who has refused to let... More »

Italy Searching for 2 'Idiots' Who Jumped Into Fountain

It happened to also be a war memorial

(Newser) - Tourists love to break Italy's law against jumping into its many fountains, but two men who stripped down to their underwear for a photo-worthy dip have particularly irked locals with their fountain of choice. After all, the fountain sits at Rome's Altar of the Fatherland, which holds the... More »

Family's Bodies Found Days After Genoa Bridge Collapse

Officials believe all missing have been accounted for

(Newser) - It's been nearly a week since an "apocalyptic" bridge collapse in Italy, and the death toll has climbed for perhaps the last time. Reuters reports the bodies of three family members—the last three people believed missing—were pulled from a crushed car over the weekend in the... More »

Survivors Pulled From Cars as Bridge Collapse Toll Hits 35

'There was total panic,' Genoa survivor says

(Newser) - Rescuers say the scene—and the task before them—is similar to the aftermath of an earthquake, but the cause of the disaster in Genoa was very different. The confirmed death toll from Tuesday's bridge collapse now stands at 35, including at least three children, and rescuers worked long... More »

'Apocalyptic Scene' on a Genoa Bridge

250-foot section collapses, killing at least 25

(Newser) - A witness described an "apocalyptic scene" Tuesday in Genoa, Italy, where a 250-foot section of the Morandi Bridge on the A10 highway collapsed in a fierce storm, reports the AP . Mayor Marco Bucci says at least 25 people have been confirmed dead. The bridge is 300 feet high, and... More »

Island Fights Tourists Trying to Steal Tons of Sand

Sardinia will fine you up to $3.4K if you take sand, rocks, or shells from its beaches

(Newser) - Do the crime, pay the fine—and on the island of Sardinia, the fine for collecting sand as a souvenir can be quite steep. The Telegraph reports a 40-year-old British tourist now has to fork over nearly $1,200 after local police say he was found with a plastic bottle... More »

'Hero' Dog Saved Humans. One Allegedly Killed It

Poisoning suspected in death of rescue dog Kaos

(Newser) - "Keep up your work up there, keep looking for the missing and saving lives." It's an unusual message for a deceased dog, but an appropriate one for Kaos, a German shepherd credited with helping find survivors buried in Italy following a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that killed nearly... More »

George Clooney Hit by Car in Italy

Actor is 'fine,' escaped with only minor injuries, after collision on his motorbike

(Newser) - George Clooney is "fine" but recovering after he was hit by a car in Sardinia on Tuesday. Clooney had departed his Costa Corallina hotel on what's variously described as a motorbike or scooter when he was hit by a car around 8:15am local time. Per CNN , Clooney—... More »

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