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Muti: Pandemic year silenced culture, leaving world stunned

RAVENNA, Italy (AP) — Conducor Riccardo Muti has once again reopened the Italian musical season in his adopted hometown of Ravenna after another — and if all goes well perhaps final — round of pandemi...

Netflix series signals racial breakthrough in Italian TV

MILAN (AP) — The Netflix series “Zero,” which premiered globally last month, is the first Italian TV production to feature a predominantly Black cast, a bright spot in an otherwise bleak Italian telev...

Italian rapper accuses state TV of attempted censorship

MILAN (AP) — Italian rapper Fedez received a wave of public support Sunday after going public with attempts by RAI state television to censor his planned remarks on homophobia during an annual Worker'...

Packed parks, lurking virus? Worries mount as Italy reopens

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s gradual reopening on Monday after six months of rotating virus lockdowns is satisfying no one: Too cautious for some, too hasty for others. Allowing outdoor din...

Lost frescoes to greet visitors when Italy's Uffizi reopens

MILAN (AP) — Recently discovered frescoes will greet visitors to Florence’s Uffizi Galleries when the museum reopens after months of being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Wo...

Italy moves toward slow reopening with outdoor dining

MILAN (AP) — Italy plans to start emerging from rolling partial lockdowns that were imposed during a fall virus surge, announcing Friday the reopening of outdoor dining and schools at all grade levels...

Sketch mocking Chinese launches racism debate in Italy

MILAN (AP) — A sketch on a popular Italian TV show mocking Chinese people has launched a debate about racism, and satire, in Italy. While Asian and Black activists took to social me...

Gucci heirs worry over family depiction in Ridley Scott film

MILAN (AP) — The great-grandchildren of Guccio Gucci, who founded the luxury fashion house that bears his name nearly a century ago in Florence, are appealing to filmmaker Ridley Scott to respect thei...

Venice architecture Biennale opens a year later on May 22

MILAN (AP) — A year after being postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Venice Biennale for architecture will open on May 22 for a six-month run under strict virus protocols, officials said Monday. ...

Young professionals cut ahead of older Italians for vaccine

ROME (AP) — Octogenarians in Tuscany watched in disbelief and indignation as lawyers, magistrates, professors and other younger professionals got vaccinated against COVID-19 before them, despite gover...

Hands touch: Italy's nursing homes emerge from COVID tunnel

ALZANO LOMBARDO, Italy (AP) — Their last hug was through plastic. Palmiro “Mario” Tami knew this was the day he was getting his second coronavirus vaccine shot. But with the norther...

As vaccinations lag, Italy's elderly again pay a price

BERGAMO, Italy (AP) — One year ago, Bergamo’s state-of-the-art Pope John XXIII Hospital verged on collapse as doctors struggled to treat 600 patients, with 100 of them in intensive care. Army trucks f...

Italian boatmaker behind latest America's Cup challenge

NEMBRO, Italy (AP) — Hours from any significant body of water in a narrow mountain valley, three Italian companies collaborated on the next generation of sailing machines — ones designed to actually f...

An 'optimistic' Verona Arena announces summer opera lineup

MILAN (AP) — Riccardo Muti and Plácido Domingo will headline the 2021 Verona Arena Opera Festival, essentially last year's canceled season revived as a sign of “great optimism and utmost seriousness,”...

CEO: Italy-made Sputnik V aimed for EU market, if approved

MILAN (AP) — The head of a Swiss pharmaceutical company said Wednesday that hopes behind a deal with Russia to produce the Sputnik V vaccine in Italy are to sell it to EU countries, if regulators appr...