In Italy's historic cities, traditional shopkeepers and craftsmen are struggling to preserve the nation's heritage from the invasion of "trash stores" hustling fast food, alcohol and souvenir trinkets. Florence set the example. Now Rome hopes to follow suit.
The Italian charity Amici dei Bambini, or AiBi, is working in Italy, but also especially in Syria, to help bring relief to children in distress. This is Family Week in Italy, and AiBi's contribution is courageous and exemplary.
President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi
For Forbes magazine, Mario Draghi, 69, president of the European Central Bank, ranks number 11 among the world's most powerful people. Speaking in Brussels this week, the man nicknamed "Super Mario" offered recipes for the EU -- and for Italy.
Italy today mourns the death in Rome at age 95 of Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. In 1999 a two-thirds majority elected him on the first ballot to become the tenth president of Italy, an office he served through 2006. For his successor, President Giorgio Napolitano, Ciampi brought Italy "prestige and respect."
Even as the ever larger tourist crowds jam its narrow calle, Venice continues to lose almost four local residents every day. What is to be done? Seeking answers, the young Venetians of "Generazione 90" staged a successful march, with shopping carts.
A sour note will be heard in Italy's otherwise glorious September song: the economy. A fundamental problem: nine Italian families out of ten are relatively poorer today than were their parents back in the last century.
To begin anew after an event as horrifying as the earthquake in hilly Central Italy takes courage. At least 300 lives were lost, and ongoing tremors continue to terrify survivors. For the future: prevention, prevention, prevention.
The death toll from the quakes -- so far seven serious tremors have devastated these lovely ancient towns in the Central Appenines -- is over 240, and will doubtless increase. These are moments which bring out the best and worst of us, and you too can contribute.
An important three-way summit brings together Matteo Renzi, François Hollande and Angela Merkel, meeting on board ship Aug. 22 off the isle of Ventotene. On the storm-tossed agenda: Brexit and the Italian economy.