NOTHING TO LOSE
Migrants are the New Pirates of the Mediterranean
The New Room With a View: Florence’s Grand Hotel Minerva
Exquisitely balancing influences both ancient and modern, the Grand Hotel Minerva offers travelers luxury respite and esthetic pleasure.
FUEL FOR THOUGHT
Putin's Italian Job
An exposé claims that Vladimir Putin is funneling $3 million to Matteo Salvini through dirty diesel to help swing European elections towards Russia-friendly candidates.
Italy's Schoolteachers Being Taught to Deal With the Devil
Italy's education ministry, run by Matteo Salvini's right-leaning Lega party, has just introduced classes to help educators spot demonic possession.
What Made Robert Rauschenberg Throw His Art Into a River
At the end of a show in Italy, Robert Rauschenberg, faced with a stinging critique and steep shipping costs to move his works back home, threw all of it into the Arno River.
Sting Operation Targets Cheap Grapes in Fancy Wines
More than 50 companies tied to Italian wine exports are under investigation for fraudulent practices.
Geeky New Mafia Hacks Bodies—and Networks, Too
Sure, they still dissolve their foes in acid, but Sicily's next generation of mafiosi are also high-tech hitmen.
DEAD ON ARRIVAL
Sending Human Skeletons Out to Sea to Die
The migrants being pushed out onto the water from Libya these days are not meant to have safe passage, they’re being dumped as refuse.