Pompeii's Second Destruction

You may have thought Pompeii died after that battle with Vesuvius in A.D. 79. In fact, the gloriously preserved Roman town is being destroyed now, thanks to human neglect.

Bunga-Bunga Nation: Berlusconi's Italy Hurts Women

It's 8:30 p.m., and all eyes turn to Italy's most popular satirical news program, "Striscia la Notizia" ("Strip the News"). Two middle-aged men stand under a strobe light, one of them holding a belt from which dangles a vaguely phallic string of garlic.

Naples Suffers as Garbage Piles Up

Tons of rotting garbage have piled up in the Cava Sari landfill just outside Naples. Since Silvio Berlusconi's election promise to solve the Naples garbage crisis nearly three years ago, the landfill has been used to hide the Italian government's unwillingness to deal with the Camorra crime syndicate. Some residents say the prime minister should fix the problem or resign.

Coral Ban Hurts Italian Craftsmen

Torre Del Greco is a postcard-perfect fishing village a few kilometers down the coast from Naples. The city is also a stellar example of "clean" economic success in an area known for its mafia corruption.

Rome's Subculture of Gay Priests Rocks the Vatican

For residents of Rome, the sight of courting priests is hardly an anomaly. But a recent exposÈ is rocking the Catholic Church, which victims' advocates say has responded with more urgency to the rumor of gay priests than to the history of child sex abuse.

For Van Der Sloot, the End

Joran van der Sloot, the Dutchman thought to have killed Natalee Holloway, is a murder suspect again. By behaving like a sleaze for the last several years, he has already sealed his fate in the court of public opinion. Why do postadolescent perps behave like reality-TV stars?

Why Can't Rome Protect Its Cultural Treasures?

The Roman Coliseum is not only one of the world's most visited monuments; it is also one of the most threatened. The outer walls are stained black by exhaust fumes from buses, mopeds, and cars that whiz around the ancient amphitheater as if it were a traffic circle.

Berlusconi's Coalition Faces Collapse

Italy's government is again on the brink of collapse. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has survived sex scandals and corruption allegations for years, but now he faces an imminent threat from within his own ruling coalition.

Europe Turns Against The Pope

The sex-abuse scandal of the early 2000s never did much damage to the popularity of John Paul II, the pope at the time. Pope Benedict XVI can only wish he were so fortunate.

Tracking Down Truffles in Tuscany

Most people who live in Italy for any period of time eventually become curious about truffles. It's not so much that Italian truffles, with their pungent smell and earthy flavor, are an acquired taste; they are simply hard to acquire, appearing on menus only at certain times of year and in certain regions.

White Truffle Tips

Truffles have been a staple in family homes in Tuscany and Piedmont for generations. Now an increasing number of area restaurants are featuring truffles as niche cuisine.

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