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Beauty Is Pain: Stilettos Have Historically Been Weapons

The act of wearing stiletto heels can often feel more like a battle of balance and composure than a simple fashion choice. Considering the history of stilettos, that is all too fitting. The word stiletto translates to “little knife” in Italian, and stiletto blades themselves have been used for fighting since the Middle Ages.

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The Italian Moka Pot King Was Buried In A Moka Pot

You may not be able to take it with you – but you CAN be memorialized in the very object that made you famous, and 93-year-old Bialetti was certainly not the only man who desired to be memorialized in his niche claim to fame. More »


Italian Woman Asks Firefighters To Help Her Out Of Her Chastity Belt

Suprisingly, this is not the plot of a very sexy and special porn. More »


Sacrificing Pizza Is Not The Way To Save The Environment

Wood-burning stoves have been (kind of sort of not really) banned in the birthplace of pizza. More »


The Frisky Investigates: Hey Miss Italy, Are You Okay?

Girlfriend is lost in translation. More »


Travel Guide: 15 Things I Long To Do In Tuscany

I have always been interested in travel, but circumstances (AKA money) have made it difficult. Many of my friends opted for semesters abroad in college or backpacked after graduation. I, unfortunately, was too practical. I could never justify taking the number of days or spending the number of dollars an overseas vacation requires. Instead, I… More »


26 Italian Women Having Affairs With Priests Ask Pope To End Celibacy Vow

It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: Twenty-six women wrote a letter to the Pope … 

But it’s a reality reported by the site Vatican Insider: 26 Italian women who are having affairs with Catholic priests have written the Pope asking him to end the church’s celibacy vow. … More »


Report: Kim And Kanye Will Marry At An Italian Fortress

 What happened to a wedding at Versailles? A source told People that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are marrying in Italy instead — at a 16th century fortress in Florence called the Forte di Belvedere. People hints that the nuptials could be a “multi-country affair,” perhaps starting with a meal in France and ending with… More »


Italy Promotes “12 Years A Slave” With White Actors Instead Of Its Critically Acclaimed (And Black!) Star Chiwetel Ejiofor

The movie “12 Years A Slave” is being heralded as one of the best films of the year, is expected to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, and leads the Golden Globe nominations with seven nods. Its star is Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is winning accolades left and right for his performance as Solomon Northup, a… More »


Italian Lady Explains All The Italian Hand Gestures You Need To Know (NSFW)

During all the years I studied Italian, I never learned much of the important stuff I needed in Italy, like “Only with a condom on!” and “Get your hand out of my purse, you fucking pickpocket scum.” Too bad comedian Veronika Poli wasn’t around. Here are all of the hand gestures you need to know… More »


Italian Law Student Is Selling Naked Pics Of Herself Over Facebook To Buy A New Moped

Times are hard. But one Italian law student whose moped is about to break is getting entrepreneurial: she’s selling naked pictures of herself over Facebook to raise money for new wheels. The student known only as Mary posted a picture of herself holding a sign in Italian, which obscures her face but puts her lovely… More »


WTF: Pregnant Mother With Bipolar Disorder Sedated, Baby Forcibly Taken From Womb Via C-Section

This story is all kinds of fucked up: a pregnant woman in Essex, UK, was sedated and had her baby forcibly taken from her womb via C-section because she was not taking her medication for bipolar disorder. The child is now 15-months-old and in the care of social services. The woman, an Italian who was… More »


Bananas Thrown At Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s First Black Minister

Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s first-ever black minister, had bananas thrown at her at a political rally on Friday. Kyenge was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo but is now an Italian citizen. Last month, a right-wing politician called for Kyenge to be raped and then claimed it was a “joke.” [Feminist.org]
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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Convicted Of Paying 17-Year-Old For Sex

Noted horndog and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, 76, was found guilty of paying for sex from a 17-year-old at one of his famous “bunga bunga” parties and sentenced to seven years in prison. Although Karima El Mahroug  passed herself off as being 24, the Moroccan nightclub dancer nicknamed Ruby the Heart Stealer was definitelyMore »


Dolce and Gabbana Guilty Of Tax Evasion

The two iconic Italian fashion designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, were both found guilty this week of evading taxes on $1.3 billion in income. The case dates back to 2004 when the pair sold Dolce & Gabbana’s main two brands to a Luxembourg-based holding company. Prosecutors claimed that this was done to avoid paying… More »


Calling All Dough Boys: Italy Desperate For More Pizza Makers

Pizza. It’s pretty much the most important thing ever. But for the intrepid people of Italy — birthplace of modern pizza culture — pizza may go the way of the dodo. Okay, not really, but there is a vital shortage of dough and sauce guys in Italy.

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Italian Town Gives Pregnant Women & New Moms Their Own Parking Spaces

Women’s rights activists in Italy are supposedly upset that the town of Corinaldo has widened and repainted hundreds of parking spaces as pink to signify they are for pregnant women and new moms. The wider, moms-only parking spaces were debuted for International Women’s Day last Friday. But the UK’s Sun newspaper quotes feminist activists pointing… More »


Priest Says Women Encourage Domestic Violence For Not Cooking And Cleaning Well Enough

A priest in a northern village in Italy posted some helpful tips for ladies on how to avoid getting beaten by their husbands. “Healthy self-criticism” is necessary for women to make sure there’s nothing they could be doing differently to stop getting beat, such as cooking more dinners, doing the laundry, and dressing more modestly. More »


“Padlocks Of Love” Being Cut Off Roman Bridge

First Amy Poehler and Will Arnett split up, and now this. It’s not a good week for love, you guys. Since 2006, smitten couples have been decorating Rome’s Ponte Milvio bridge with padlocks to signify their eternal devotion (the craze was sparked by a novel called I Want You), but now the weight of all… More »


Bones Of Real Life Mona Lisa May Have Been Unearthed

The model in Leonardo da Vinci’s famed Mona Lisa painting, named Lisa Gherardini, may have been discovered buried underneath a convent in Florence, Italy.

Gherardini became a nun after her husband’s death, and died in the convent in 1542 at age 63.  After digging in the Convent of Saint Ursula last year, the… More »


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