Category: Italy

Despite Wiretaps and Economic Woe, Berlusconi Endures

  Luca Bruno/Associated Press Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy in Milan on Monday. Some critics are comparing his government to a royal court. By RACHEL DONADIO Published: September 20, 2011   ROME — In the latest round of wiretaps to emerge in the Italian news media, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is heard ordering up …

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15 (Long) Minutes With ‘The Last Supper’

By Michael Kimmelman Published: July 13, 2011 MILAN — The setting can seem a lot like quarantine. The entrance, through several holding pens and sets of automatic doors, leads to an enormous, vaulted, semiprivate room, the patient stretched out to the right. A bedside crowd coos appropriately. Occasionally I have joined that crowd, before Leonardo …

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The man who screwed an entire country The Berlusconi era will haunt Italy for years to come

  SILVIO BERLUSCONI has a lot to smile about. In his 74 years, he has created a media empire that made him Italy’s richest man. He has dominated politics since 1994 and is now Italy’s longest-serving prime minister since Mussolini. He has survived countless forecasts of his imminent departure. Yet despite his personal successes, he …

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Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica

Brief Description   The site consists of two separate elements, containing outstanding vestiges dating back to Greek and Roman times: The Necropolis of Pantalica contains over 5,000 tombs cut into the rock near open stone quarries, most of them dating from the 13th to 7th centuries BC. Vestiges of the Byzantine era also remain in …

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