Italy’s National Team: Totti or Balotelli? Or Totti and Balotelli?
Politics / Sports

Italy’s National Team: Totti or Balotelli? Or Totti and Balotelli?

In the slowly shifting landscape of Italian football, the past week has marked a relatively quick change of focus. From old to new. Past to present. From Francesco Totti to Mario Balotelli. The homegrown Roman senator vs. the son of Ghanaian immigrants. It all started a week ago, when the Azzurri opened their training camp and Italian media latched … Continue reading

Italian President Napolitano Calls for Unity of Political Forces
Politics

Italian President Napolitano Calls for Unity of Political Forces

President Giorgio Napolitano today called Italy”s political forces to think about the general interest of the country and give continuity to the democratic institutions amid the crisis of ingovernability created after the elections. Two days after ordering the center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani to check whether he had the necessary support in both houses of … Continue reading

Renovation, Italian Style
Travel

Renovation, Italian Style

(The New York Times – S.Keenan) Elisabetta Bruscolini and Giancarlo Astrologo are passionate collectors of friends, objects and, yes, homes. She is the general manager of the national film school in Italy, a producer known for spotting gifted young filmmakers and nurturing them through their first major projects. He is a former high-end fashion designer who … Continue reading

Pacifici, president of the Jewish Community of Rome: “Grillo’s party is more dangerous than the fascists”
Politics

Pacifici, president of the Jewish Community of Rome: “Grillo’s party is more dangerous than the fascists”

(Haaretz – A.Pfeffer) As local landmarks go, the Great Synagogue of Rome, completed in 1904, is not a particularly ancient building. But littered throughout its prayer and study halls, and the local Jewish community offices on the two upper floors, are priceless pieces of furniture, religious objects and illuminated manuscripts salvaged from dozens of ornate … Continue reading