Center-left wins in Rome, elsewhere in blow to Italy’s right.

ROME (AP) — Italy’s center-left forces won big in Rome, Turin and several other mayoral runoffs on Monday, dealing embarrassing defeats to the anti-migrant and far-right parties that are hoping to capture Italy’s premiership in the next national election. Roberto Gualtieri from Italy’s Democratic Party trounced a challenger who had been selected by the Brothers … Read more

Thousands march in Rome to protest workplace vaccine rule

ROME (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators marched down Rome’s famous Via Veneto and other streets on Saturday, some smashing their way into a union office and clashing with police as they protested Italy’s new “Green Pass” vaccination requirement for employees to enter their offices. The certification is mandatory beginning on Oct. 15 and applies to … Read more

3D video replaces huge sets in Verona as full operas resume

VERONA, Italy (AP) — The Verona Arena amphitheater in northern Italy has returned to staging full operas for the first time since the pandemic — but with one big difference. The monumental sets that normally fill the vast amphitheater stage have been replaced by dynamic, 3D images broadcast on huge LED screens, recreating a Sicilian … Read more

Italy’s virus center battles massive deaths partially hidden

BERGAMO, Italy (AP) — Bishop’s last blessing. Without flowers, no hugs, Francesca Steffanoni and her mother rushed out of Bergamo’s main cemetery. Their farewell took no more than 5 minutes. Bergamo is the center of Lombardy’s most affected province. which is the hardest hit region of Italy which is home to hundreds of coronavirus deaths … Read more

3D video replaces the big scene in Verona as the full opera resumes.

Verona, Italy — The Verona Arena Amphitheater in northern Italy has returned to full opera for the first time since the pandemic. But there is one big difference. The gigantic scenes that would normally fill a vast amphitheatre stage have been replaced by dynamic 3D images broadcast on large LED screens, recreating a Sicilian village … Read more