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'Vampire Burial' Site Discovered In Italy

LUGNANO, Italy (CBS Local) â€" They’re calling it the “Vampire of Lugnano.”

Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a 10-year-old child in a northern Italian cemetery, whom they believe was given a “vampire burial” to prevent the deceased from rising from the dead.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s extremely eerie and weird,” said University of Arizona archaeologist David Soren, who has overseen archaeological excavations at the site since 1987.

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Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a 10-year-old child in a northern Italian cemetery, whom they believe was given a “vampire burial” to prevent the deceased from rising from the dead. (Credit: David Pickel/Stanford University)

Although the 10-year-old’s remains have not yet undergone DNA testing, evidence collected from the bones â€" including an abscessed tooth â€" suggest the child was infected with malaria at the time of death.

Also, the remains were found at La Necropoli dei Bambini, or the Cemetery of the Babies, which dates back to the mid-fifth century when a deadly malaria outbreak swept the area.

Among the remains was a skull with a rock intentionally inserted into its mouth. Researchers believe that was the result of a funeral ritual designed to prevent the child from rising from the dead and infecting the living.

“Given the age of this child and its unique deposition, with the stone placed within his or her mouth, it represents, at the moment, an anomaly within an already abnormal cemetery,” said David Pickel, a doctoral student at Stanford who is the excavation director.

The remains, uncovered by archaeol ogists from two U.S. universities â€" the University of Arizona and Stanford University â€" in cooperation with local experts, were discovered over the summer in the commune of Lugnano in Teverina.

The child’s gender is not known. Age was determined from the child’s teeth.

Source: Google News Italy | Netizen 24 Italy


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Where do all the English speakers live in Italy?

We took a look at the latest data available from national statistics office Istat to get a picture of Italy's anglophone residents.

A note on the numbers: they refer to people who have officially registered their residence with the local authorities, something all foreigners in Italy are supposed to do after three months living here (but that some don't). They don't include non-Italians who only spend part of the year in Italy, naturalized Italians, or dual citizens who've registered under their Italian passport.

And of course, there's no way to count all the many people from non-English-speaking countries who use the language too.

But with all those things in mind, here's what we know about native English speakers living in Italy.

Who are the English speakers in Italy?

As of January 1st, 2017, ar ound 5.1 million non-Italians called Italy home, roughly 8.5 percent of the country's total population of 60.5 million.

Native English speakers account for only a small percentage of Italy's foreign population. According to the last census, English doesn't even feature in the top ten languages spoken by foreigners living in Italy, most of whom come from Romania (23 percent), Albania (9 percent), Morocco (8 percent), China (6 percent) and Ukraine (5 percent).

Going down the list, the first countries where English is an official language are the Philippines and India, whose citizens make up around 3 percent each of Italy's total foreign population. They're followed by Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nigeria (around 2 percent each).

All other English-speaking countries have fewer than 50,000 nationals living in Italy each, each group representing less than 1 percent of Italy's foreign population.

The United Kingd om has just over 28,000 citizens in Italy, the United States has 15,000, Ireland has 2,900, Canada has 2,200, Australia 1,700, South Africa 600 and New Zealand just 300.

The least-represented English-speaking country we could find was tiny Tuvalu: just one of the Polynesian island's citizens lives in Italy.

Where do most English speakers live?

Foreigners of all kinds are drawn to three parts of Italy â€" the north-west, centre and north-east â€" and English speakers are no exception.

Let's take a closer look.

Lombardy is the most popular region

... by a long way, and presumably for the same reason it has drawn Italians from other parts of Italy for decades: jobs. The northern powerhouse is the only Italian region that's home to more than a million foreigners all on its own and, by our estimate, around 200,000 of them come from English-speaking countries.

Italy's economic capital, Milan, is the most popular part of Lombardy by far. The city has a large Filipino population (for context: more Filipinos live in Milan alone than the entire number of Brits and Americans in the whole of Italy combined), as well as several thousand Sri Lankans and Pakistanis.

The Milan skyline. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

And roughly half of all the Brits, Americans, Irish people, Canadians, Australians, South Africans and New Zealanders in Lombardy live in Milan, though the neighbouring province of Monza Brianza, within commuting distance of the big city, is also popular.

Industrial Brescia attracts a lot of English-speaking foreigners too, especially Indians and Pakistanis.

But Lombardy's picturesque lakeside areas are also a big draw. Como and Varese are popular choices for Brits, Americans and Irish pe ople (including, famously, actor George Clooney).

Rome is the most popular city

The capital might not have Milan's slick economy, but its tourism industry, large institutions and cultural cachet still make it the single top city for foreigners in Italy.

Blowing bubbles in central Rome. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

While immigrants from developing countries tend to spread more equally across the north-west, north-east and centre of Italy, immigrants from wealthy countries are disproportionately concentrated in Rome.

The capital is the top destination by far for incoming Brits (around 13 percent of whom choose Rome as their Italian home), Americans (18 percent), Irish people (21 percent), Canadians (18 percent), Australians (14 percent), South Africans (13 percent) and New Zealanders (16 percent).

English-speakers love Tuscany

If they're not in Rome and Milan, English speakers tend to be fairly widely scattered across Italy. But one trend that emerges is that people from richer anglophone countries are noticeably drawn to Tuscany.

Call it the Under the Tuscan Sun effect or just the natural consequence of the region's gorgeous landscapes, great cuisine and charming villas, but Tuscany is the third choice after Lazio or Lombardy for Brits, Americans, Irish people, Canadians, Australians and South Africans (New Zealanders actually prefer Veneto, but they're the outliers).

Admiring the view from Florence's Boboli Gardens. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Around 6,700 people from these countries currently live in Tuscany, more than half of them from the UK alone. Brits tend to spread out across the region, with a few hundred i n each province, but Americans flock to Florence: US citizens total more than 1,100 there, making it one of the few places in Italy where Americans outnumber Brits.

While Florence is the most popular province overall, Lucca comes a close second, especially for Brits.

Brits prefer Perugia

If Florence is the dream destination for Americans, UK citizens have built quite a community in Perugia. Just over 1,000 Brits have made the Umbrian province their home, making it a slightly more popular choice than Florence.

In fact Perugia â€" which includes Assisi, Spoleto and other well-visited towns as well as the walled city of the same name â€" is the third most popular province for Brits after Rome and Milan. And given how much smaller Perugia's population is than either of those two metropoles, its British presence is that much more striking.

Picturesque Perugia. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Where do English speakers overlook?

The single province where you're least likely to hear English is the Aosta Valley, the small autonomous region in the far north-west. That's not entirely surprising, since it's Italy's least populous region and where the few residents they have are the most spread out. There's plenty to recommend it, though, not least Italy's highest peaks, hearty Alpine food, proximity to France and Switzerland, and some stunning mountaintop castles.

The other widely overlooked region is Molise, a place that even Italians tend to forget. That said, Americans and Canadians have started making inroads there: to give you an idea, the central region's US residents number over 150, compared to just 63 Brits, seven Australians and three (three!) Irish people. We've said it before and we'll say it again: Molise is one of Italy's best kept secrets.

Colli al Volturno, Molise. Photo: DepositPhotos

Other areas where anglophones are sparse include Basilicata, the poor but scenic southern region on the instep of Italy's boot; Trentino and South Tyrol, the autonomous provinces on the border with Austria that are consistently rated some of Italy's best places to live; and Calabria, another southern region so plagued by poverty, organized crime and depopulation that the government is considering offering pensioners tax breaks to retire there.

And even in regions that are firmly on the English-speaking expat's radar, there are plenty of provinces that tend to go unnoticed: more or less anywhere in Sardinia outside Cagliari, the ce ntre of Sicily as opposed to its coast, Sondrio in the heart of Lombardy's Alps, or Prato just north of Florence.

READ ALSO: Ten things to know before moving to Italy

Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Source: Google News Italy | Netizen 24 Italy

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Italy risks clash with Britain and EU as it threatens to veto renewal of Russia sanctions

Italy put itself on a collision course with Britain and much of the EU on Wednesday after threatening to veto the renewal of sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

During a visit to Moscow, Matteo Salvini, Italy’s staunchly pro-Moscow deputy prime minister, said that Rome might block the renewal of sanctions that have been in place since 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea.

The sanctions, which include the freezing of assets of individuals, an embargo on the export of weapons and financial restrictions, are due to expire in January.

Mr Salvini described sanctions against Russia “economic, social and cultural madness” and “an absurdity” that had cost Italian businesses “billions of euros”.

“If we are asked to confirm (the sanctions), we will say no,” Mr Salvini told a conference of business leaders in Moscow.

Aske d if the coalition government, which came to power in June, might veto the renewal of EU sanctions, Mr Salvini said: “We can only use the trump card of the veto once in Europe.”

That was a reference to the Italian government’s numerous battles with Brussels, from demanding more help with migrants and refugees, to pushing through a controversial budget that revolves around lavish spending on social welfare and generous tax breaks which will cost debt-laden Italy billions of euros.

Source: Google News Italy | Netizen 24 Italy


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Italian bonds sell off as key EU official says Brussels is 'very likely' to reject its budget plan

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The European Union is "very likely" to reject Italy's controversial new budget proposals, a ccording to the EU's budget commissioner.

A publication in German media outlet Der Spiegel had earlier reported that the EU had already rejected its draft spending plan and a letter to that effect was already on its way to Rome.

In a tweet following the report, the EU Budget Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said the media report was factually incorrect. However, Oettinger did concede that in his opinion it is "very likely that we have to ask Italy to correct the draft budget."

Italy's government submitted the draft budget just before the deadline late on Monday night. The country's populist and partly right-wing coalition wants to increase the country's deficit to 2.4 percent of annual e conomic output in 2019, as it looks to make good on pre-election spending pledges.

In reaction to both the Der Spiegel report and subsequent denial, Italian government bond yields rose to reach session highs. That represented selling of Italian debt as yields move inversely to prices, meaning investors are growing more cautious on lending money to the Italian government.

Within Europe, countries are expected to not run an annual deficit greater than 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). However, In Italy's case its huge debt pile has led to Brussels requesting that Rome work toward balancing its books.

Lawmakers in Italy had already upset Brussels when they performed an about turn on a previous agreement to submit a 2019 budget which would have recorded a deficit of 0.8 perce nt.

Source: Google News Italy | Netizen 24 Italy