Northern Italy

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Town Welcomes Its First Baby Since 1987

Ostana in northern Italy can now claim 85 residents

(Newser) - Since the birth of baby Pablo last Friday, the hillside village of Ostana in northern Italy has rejoiced over the arrival of its 85th resident—and a remarkable arrival he is. After seeing its population drop dramatically from more than 1,000 a century ago, not a single child has... More »

This Is What 1K People Covering Foo Fighters Sounds Like

The project has been a year in the making

(Newser) - What started off as an idea in May 2014 and turned into logistical and technical gymnastics in the months leading up to the big event has just been pulled off. One thousand people from all over Italy gathered in a field in the northern town of Cesena to perform the... More »

Death Toll in Italy Quake Hits 15

About 14,000 now homeless after pair of earthquakes

(Newser) - A second earthquake within 10 days jolted northern Italy this morning, a 5.8 tremor that killed at least 15 people and injured another 200. The quake hit at 9am local time, again just north of the city of Bologna, reports the AP ; a 6.0 temblor on May 20... More »

6 Dead in Italian Earthquake

Strongest quake to hit Italy in 3 years damages buildings, injures many

(Newser) - A 6.0 earthquake in northern Italy early today has killed at least six people and injured 50, reports CNN . The earthquake occurred at 4am local time, about 22 miles north of Bologna, and sent thousands of people fleeing into the streets for safety. Serious damage was reported to many... More »

7 Die in Avalanches in Italian Alps

4 were rescuers searching for victims

(Newser) - Seven people were killed in avalanches in the Italian Alps, including four rescuers who were searching for missing tourists skiing in the Trentino region. A government spokesman blamed the deaths on skiers' refusal to heed warnings about conditions. Officials had recently boosted the avalanche alert level. More »

6 Killed in Italy Train Explosion

(Newser) - A train carrying liquefied natural gas derailed in Italy tonight, causing explosions that killed at least six people and injured dozens more, the Times of London reports. The train jumped the tracks as it was leaving the station in the northern town of Viareggio, triggering the explosion of two gas-filled... More »

'Vampire' Unearthed in Venice

Gravediggers took steps to stop corpse feasting on other plague victims

(Newser) - Italian archeologists have discovered evidence of an ancient vampire-slaying ritual in a 16th-century plague pit near Venice, the AP reports. A female skeleton was unearthed with a brick wedged between her jaws, in what experts believe was an attempt by superstitious gravediggers to stop the corpse from eating through its... More »

German Firm Buys Tuscan Hamlet

Five remaining Italians see red (and yellow and black) as Goths invade

(Newser) - A German company has bought up an entire town in Northern Italy, with plans to convert it into a giant "holiday world" resort. The Guardian reports that Hanover-based tour giant TUI payed upwards of $340 million for the 13th-century Tuscan village of Tenuta di Castelfalfi, whose crumbling ramparts, squares... More »

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