Fall season travel in post-lockdown Europe has both benefits and disadvantages. One benefit is fewer crowds. A downside is the ubiquitous need to wear masks indoors and on public transport, especially during still warm weather.  On September 7th, Italy’s Ministry of Health issued a month-long prolongation of earlier travel restrictions related to C...

Five years ago, a small-town soccer club from Bergamo was struggling to stay in the Serie A, the Italian national league, eventually getting itself into the 17th position. Last year, the Atalanta soccer team clinched the third spot in the final standing and accessed the UEFA Champions League for the second year in a row. The team has indeed managed...

Giovanni Carilli and Giampiero Nobili are the only two residents in their small Italian town — but they're still taking the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic seriously. The elderly pair live in Nortosce, a town in Umbria that is difficult to get in and out of, which means Carilli, 82, and Nobili, 74, are often the only ones in the town. Despite t...

More than seven million people in Italy have now downloaded the Immuni app since it was launched in June, as local media reports a spike in downloads last weekend. With new cases of coronavirus rising again in Italy, the government says more people need to use Immuni if the country is to avoid a second wave of contagion, and the increased restricti...

“Come già abbiamo fatto nei mesi scorsi, abbiamo chiesto di nuovo, in una lettera al Direttore Generale Inps, Gabriella Di Michele, di prorogare i termini dell’accertamento dell’esistenza in vita per i pensionati italiani all’estero a causa della persistenza della pandemia da Covid-19 che rende difficile e rischioso per i pensionati svolgere tale p...

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, conflicts between religious freedom and public health regulations have been playing out in courts around the world. Churches from California to Maine have flouted public health orders by convening in person, indoors, unmasked and accompanied by choirs. When an underground church in South Korea seeded on...

Meet the “Romeo and Juliet” of the pandemic. A couple met on neighboring balconies during the coronavirus lockdown in Verona, Italy — where the tale of star-crossed lovers is set — and now they’re engaged to be married. Michele D’Alpaos, 38, said it was love at first sight when he spotted Paola Agnelli, 40, performing a violin rendition of the Quee...

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday he would ask parliament to extend the country’s COVID-19 state of emergency to the end of January, as the government tries to avoid the surge in cases seen in other European countries. The state of emergency, due to expire in mid-October, gives greater powers to central government, making it ea...

The Covid-19 pandemic will not affect Italy’s leadership as the world’s leading wine producer. In fact, the 2020 grape harvest should reach 47.2 million hectolitres, down only 1% compared to 2019. A minimal drop which will still ensure Italy’s leadership in production in 2020, given that France and Spain are expected to reach 43.4 and 43 million he...

Join us for Festa Italiana Raleigh's inaugural on-line benefit concert. More than 90 artists & performers across 20 provinces, regions & states in the US, Italy & Morocco! All proceeds to support the Festa 2020 charities: "Spare Some for Autism" & "Military Missions in Action. " Featured artists include Genoa's Beppe Gambetta, Raleigh's Bill Stoneh...