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.
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.
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
April 25, 2007 |
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.
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."
July 2, 2012 |
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.
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.
August 12, 2005 |
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."
December 22, 2002 |
Smoking will get a little harder next year in Italy, where cigarettes are as common an accessory as a Vespa motorbike or a Fendi handbag. The Senate passed a bill Saturday banning smoking in most public places. The law takes effect in a year. The bill, already approved this month by the lower Chamber of Deputies, requires bar and restaurant owners to create separate smoking areas. Owners failing to enforce the law face up to $2,000 in fines.
February 26, 2012 |
Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan, who is battling bronchitis, withdrew Sunday from the U.S. national team ahead of its friendly Wednesday in Italy. Donovan, the U.S. team's all-time leader in goals and assists, also sat out two dates with the U.S. team in the fall while preparing for the MLS Cup final, which the Galaxy won, 1-0, on a goal by Donovan. Donovan, who had been playing the past two months with Everton of the English Premier League, sat out his last game there because of illness and has not trained with the Galaxy since returning from Europe.