Eight hundred years ago, teenager Laurentius Loricatus accidentally killed a man in Italy. He then headed to a cave where he lived for 34 years, whipping himself to atone for his sins. Today, his story lives in the Vatican Secret Archives, on a piece of parchment covered in purple spots.
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When we think about wine in Italian history, we think of the booze-soaked bacchanalias of ancient Rome. But it turns out that Italians were using wine to get their drunk on long before that, as evidenced by an exciting new discovery of the region's oldest vino near a Copper Age site in Sicily. It's a spicy meatball indeed.
For decades, the most extreme cars you could buy from Italy came from two companies: Ferrari and Lamborghini. And they're still incredible, no doubt. But these days one upstart automaker makes cars so insane they make the old guard look like they're cranking out economy cars. Welcome to a rally for Pagani owners.
No longer are mere cities banning Uber (hi Austin!), now the entire country of Italy has banned the ride-sharing app following a court ruling that it constituted unfair competition to the country's existing taxi associations.
Rescuers in Italy's San Grasso mountain region have pulled 10 survivors from the snow and rubble following a horrific avalanche that ploughed through a four-star hotel earlier this week, Telegraph reports.
To help understand just how destructive earthquakes can be, researchers could spend years examining the aftermath. But displaced residents need to begin cleanup, and return to their homes, as soon as possible. So researchers at Brigham Young University came up with a way to preserve the destruction caused by an earthquake so it can be studied indefinitely.
This past weekend, Bulgarian-American artist Christo unveiled his latest piece -- a 3km floating walkway across an Italian lake. New satellite photos show how this ambitious work of art was put together.
Last week, Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn added 1972 giallo film What Have You Done to Solange? to his production company's list of cult-movie remakes. Deep-cut horror nerds were intrigued by the news. But more casual genre fans wondered: "WTF is a giallo, exactly?" Luckily, we're here with all the answers.
Video: If you've seen The Sopranos or met someone from Italy you know Italians love to talk with their hands. Contrary to popular belief, it's not just a collection of randomised arm flapping and emphatic gestures! Italians have a whole vocabulary of hand movements to quickly (or quietly) convey what they mean.
Apple, like many other companies, is infamous for funelling money through its European headquarters in Ireland and benefitting from a lower tax rate. Well, Italy's had enough of it, and Apple just agreed to pay the boot-shaped country $US348 million in back taxes. Tim Cook must be pissed.