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18 June 2010 4:47 PM | Tagged: uffizi gallery
Rome, June 18 - Tourists wanting to visit any ofItaly's top 40 sites of cultural interest will soon have thechance the dodge the ticket queues by buying their admission inadvance on their mobile phones.On July 1 it will be possible to download free a newapplication, the I-MiBAC - Top 40, to buy tickets for venuessuch as the Colosseum, Pompeii and Florence's Uffizi gallerywith an iPhone, an iPad o

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18 June 2010 4:47 PM | Tagged: mario draghi
Rome, June 18 - The results of European Union 'stress tests' on Italian banks will certainly be published because we have everything to gain from this, Bank of Italy Governor Mario Draghi said on Friday.EU government leaders on Thursday agreed to review the health of 25 leading banks which operate across EU borders.The aim of the move was to restore confidence in the European financial system

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18 June 2010 3:37 PM | Tagged: coach marcello lippi
Rome, June 18 - A mysterious local player ended up revealing his bottom instead of his soccer skills when called upon to make up the numbers at one of holders Italy's training sessions at the World Cup in South Africa.Coach Marcello Lippi asked the player to take part to ensure he had even numbers for groups of four in an exercise that involved a sprint, a cross and a shot on goal at a pitch at S

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17 June 2010 11:47 PM | Tagged: massimo cellino
Rome, June 17 - Massimiliano Allegri is poised totake over at AC Milan after his former club Cagliari cleared theway Thursday by agreeing to free the highly rated coach from hiscontract with them.The seven-times European champions have chosen the42-year-old to replace Leonardo, who quit as manager after justone season after Milan finished third in Serie A.First though Allegri needed to get out of

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17 June 2010 6:47 PM | Tagged: alessandro zanni
Rome, June 17 - Italy captain Sergio Parisse willmake his return to test rugby from a long injury layoff onSaturday, after being named in the side that will take on worldchampions South Africa at Witbank.Parisse had not played for the Azzurri since November's32-10 defeat to the Springboks in Udine as he ruptured kneeligaments in training days after.The Azzurri's outstanding player in recent years

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17 June 2010 6:47 PM | Tagged: italian consul
Udine, June 27 - Diaries belonging to ItalianFascist dictator Benito Mussolini along with correspondence hewrote and received before he capture and execution in 1945, arehidden somewhere in the Spluga Valley near the Swiss border,according to the son of the man who put them there.In an interview with ANSA on Thursday, Rocco Della Morte -the son of Guglielmo Della Morte, a wartime Italian consul i

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17 June 2010 6:47 PM | Tagged: gianni de gennaro
Genoa, June 17 - A Genoa court gave the head ofItaly's intelligence services a two-year prison sentence onThursday for his role in trying to cover up police brutalityduring the Group of Eight summit in 2001.Genoa's Court of Appeal upheld a challenge by the publicprosecutor's office against last November's acquittal of GianniDe Gennaro, who was the national police chief between 2000 and2007.The ju

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17 June 2010 5:07 PM | Tagged: nobel peace prize laureate
Rome, June 17 - Italy applauded Israel's decision onThursday to ease its blockade of the Gaza Strip and to allow ina greater number of goods to reach the Palestinians there.Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said that whilethe decision was expected , it was greatly appreciated .Israel, Frattini added, is a reasonable and democraticcountry which understood that its siege strategy for Ga