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TRAVEL
September 24, 2006
CINDY MUELLER of San Juan Capistrano took up the violin at age 51, and her wedding in June was full of violin music. So it's fitting that the honeymoon involved a stop in Cremona, Italy. This city is home of the world's most renowned violin makers, starting with Amati and Stradivari in the 16th century. This artisan took a break to show his craft to Mueller and husband Brian.
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SPORTS
April 11, 1993
Michelle Kwan of Torrance has been selected by the United States Figure Skating Assn. to represent the nation in the Gardenia Spring Trophy Championships to be held Thursday through April 18 in St. Ulrich, Italy. Kwan, 12, was the youngest skater in the Senior Ladies event at the national championships in January at Phoenix. She placed sixth out of 20 competitors. Kwan represents the All Year Figure Skating Club based at the Culver City Ice Arena.
TRAVEL
July 14, 1985
About 45 minutes southwest of Sorrento, Italy, in a town called Polla is the Hotel Belvedere owned by Raphael Chilentano. Our stay was enhanced by the graciousness of his entire family. Walking in Polla, we became further immersed in the area with its few shops, two-car railway, picturesque convent and stone castle overlooking the Valley of Diane, people living around it in stone houses centuries old on narrow, clean cobblestone streets, a delight to photographer and artist. ELAINE and JERRY HANIG Tarzana
TRAVEL
August 8, 1993
I just returned from Italy, where I revisited Rome and Naples. Naples should be off limits to American tourists. My wife had her purse snatched while waiting to get into our hotel there. Fortunately, she carried her money in a small satchel under her clothes. Rome was interesting, but paying $17 for a plate of spaghetti plus a "cover charge" was outrageous. The cabbies just double the meter charge and you have to pay it. The ideal way to explore is to hire a guide with a car which--if expensive--is at least safe and comfortable.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Italy will return to Libya an ancient Roman statue taken from its former North African colony, a gesture Rome hopes will help its own campaign to retrieve allegedly looted antiquities from museums worldwide. The 2nd century statue of the goddess Venus was found in 1913 by Italian troops near the ruins of the Greek and Roman settlement of Cyrene, on the Libyan coast, the Culture Ministry said Tuesday. It is now housed in Rome's National Roman Museum.
NEWS
August 12, 1993
Members of the Verdugo Hills Showtime Chorus will travel to Italy on Friday for a two-week tour. The Glendale-La Crescenta area group will perform in a series of festival concerts in Rome, Sorrento, Assisi, Pisa, Venice, Reggio Emelia and visit other cities. One performance will feature an Italian medley of "Sorrento," "O Sole Mio" and "Funiculi Funicula."
TRAVEL
May 31, 1987
As an Italian temporarily in the U.S.A. I write in response to reader Glenn Corner (Letters, May 10) who was surprised by the "outlandishly high prices" he found in Italy compared to a visit in 1985, and was disappointed at not finding the bargains he expected, given the "lack of value" of the Italian lira. The U.S. dollar is no longer wildly overpriced, as it was in 1985. At that time $1 U.S. was valued at about 2,000 lire; now it is 1,280 lire, a 35% decrease. Visits I made in the U.S.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2005 | From Reuters
Admission prices to Italian museums and cultural sites may have to be raised to pay for new security measures. Culture Minister Rocco Buttiglione says Italy is evaluating the levels of risk to determine which sites need metal detectors, stepped-up electronic surveillance, an increase in personnel -- and possibly higher entrance fees. "I don't want to spare any expense on security measures," he said. "And if I don't get money from other sources, then I may have to raise prices of tickets."
SPORTS
July 1, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Spain scored early and, eventually, often to trounce Italy, 4-0, in the 2012 European Championship final on Sunday in Kiev, Ukraine, to become the first team to repeat as champion and hold three major world titles. The Spaniards, the reigning World Cup champion who were missing two star players in the tournament because of injuries, opened the scoring in the 14th minute when David Silva headed home a cross by Cesc Fabregas from the left side. The Italians, who were matching Spain shot for shot as well as time of possession, gave up another goal minutes before halftime when Jordi Alba streaked down the left side to collect a pass from Xavi Hernandez before beating Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
SPORTS
July 2, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Sunday's Spain vs. Italy match for the UEFA Euro 2012 championship set a new sports-related Twitter record. According to the social networking site, total global traffic peaked at 15,358 tweets per second when Juan Mata scored the final goal of the match in the 88th minute Spain's 4-0 rout of Italy. Many of the tweeters marveled at the fact that Mata had just come in off the bench to score on his first shot of the tournament: "GOAL! Juan Mata scores having been on the pitch for a matter of seconds.
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