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June 28, 2009 | Susan Salter Reynolds
The Last Supper A Summer in Italy Rachel Cusk Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 240 pp., $25 She is restless. It is a "kind of curse, like the curses in mythology that are forever sending people from their homes to seek what perhaps can never be found." Rachel Cusk, her husband and two children pick up and go from their home in England to spend a few months in Italy, in a rented villa near Arezzo and on the Amalfi coast.
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.
April 8, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman
The calls from America kept coming but Paolo Paolucci's answer stayed the same: "Gabriella is dead." A sigh, a gasp, and in the near distance Tuesday, the sounds of hands and clawed machines digging at the stone, mortar and splintered wood of broken homes and crumpled bell towers scattered for miles in eerie heaps beneath mountains thick with snow. Paolucci's elderly mother and sister, Gabriella, were two of the deceased as the toll from Monday's magnitude 6.3 earthquake rose to 228.
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."
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 | 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."
February 19, 2012 | By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Don't go there," a well-traveled friend said when I mentioned my plans to visit Capri, a sunny island off southern Italy. Why? "You're not going to want to come home," he said. I laughed. My friend, a know-it-all author, loves to give advice. I didn't need it; I already knew I would fall in love with Capri. It's been one of Europe's favorite island getaway for more than 2,000 years, enthralling a cast of characters ranging from Roman emperors to 21st century luminaries and A-listers.
February 26, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
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.
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.
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.
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