Europeana Pro: Bringing the past back to life with the Estense Digital Library

Europeana Pro: Bringing the past back to life with the Estense Digital Library. “The Biblioteca Estense Universitaria has recently launched a new digital platform which brings the institution’s rich and varied collections to the fingertips of students, teachers, scholars and whoever takes an interest in them. The platform, called the Estense Digital Library (EDL for short), contains the library’s entire collection of maps and musical documents, as well as the archives of Ludovico Antonio Muratori (1672 – 1750), an eminent Italian scholar who was archivist and librarian at the Estense Court in the first half of the 18th century. In total, about 8,453 documents are now available on EDL, and we plan to add a thousand more in the coming year. Users will be able to leaf through these precious and fragile documents through 750,000 high-resolution images.”

Think GeoEnergy: ENEL opens a treasure trove of digital assets among them fantastic historical geothermal pictures

Think GeoEnergy: ENEL opens a treasure trove of digital assets among them fantastic historical geothermal pictures. “Enel launches a website with an absolutely stunning treasure trove of assets with thousands of documents, photographs, films, technical drawings, books, magazines that tell the birth and development of the electricity industry in Italy. Absolutely stunning assets particularly for the early days of geothermal energy in Italy.”

Barga: How Italy’s most Scottish town coped without its annual ‘invasion’ (BBC)

BBC: Barga: How Italy’s most Scottish town coped without its annual ‘invasion’. “Thousands of Scottish Italians can trace their roots back to Barga and the surrounding area. The connection is said to go back to the turn of the 19th Century, when large numbers of people struggling to find work in Tuscany decided to emigrate. Many Scots return to the area every summer with their friends and family, swelling the size of the Tuscan town. But this year the coronavirus pandemic has forced many to put their annual pilgrimage on hold. So how has ‘the most Scottish town in Italy’ coped without them?”

New York Times: Summer Jet-Setters Turned Sardinia Into a Virus Hot Spot

New York Times: Summer Jet-Setters Turned Sardinia Into a Virus Hot Spot. “Silvio Berlusconi was there in August. So was his friend, the club owner Flavio Briatore. Now both are among hundreds of Covid-19 cases linked to the Italian island, a favorite of rich partygoers.”

France: Virus cases spike to 4,700 in a day (BBC)

BBC: France: Virus cases spike to 4,700 in a day. “France has reported a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases – 4,771 – up a thousand on Wednesday’s figure. It is the first time more than 4,000 daily cases have been seen since May. Meanwhile Spain, Germany and Italy have also recorded their highest numbers of cases since late April or May.”

New York Times: How Italy Turned Around Its Coronavirus Calamity

New York Times: How Italy Turned Around Its Coronavirus Calamity. “Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain on Friday announced a delay to a planned easing of measures in England as the infection rate there rose. Even Germany, lauded for its efficient response and rigorous contact tracing, has warned that lax behavior is prompting a surge in cases. And Italy? Its hospitals are basically empty of Covid-19 patients. Daily deaths attributed to the virus in Lombardy, the northern region that bore the brunt of the pandemic, hover around zero.”

Washington Post: With American tourists banned from Italy, Amalfi Coast workers are sliding into poverty

Washington Post: With American tourists banned from Italy, Amalfi Coast workers are sliding into poverty. “For 15 years, he’d worked in the kitchen of a luxury resort, overseeing the dishwashers, keeping ingredients stocked, making sure the guests in 1,200 euro-a-night rooms could order seafood spaghetti at any hour. But this summer has brought only a trickle of guests. The hotel is operating with a skeleton staff. At his home five miles inland, Ninfo Falcone, 43, is contending with unemployment however he can: by dipping into his savings, building a small greenhouse, buying pigs and rabbits to raise, and occasionally taking a load of vegetables to sell in town.”

BBC: Andrea Bocelli ‘humiliated’ by Italy’s Covid rules

BBC: Andrea Bocelli ‘humiliated’ by Italy’s Covid rules. “Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli has said he felt “humiliated and offended” by lockdown measures imposed in the country due to coronavirus. ‘I could not leave the house even though I had committed no crime,’ Bocelli said. He also admitted to disobeying lockdown rules and believing the severity of the pandemic had been overblown. His comments will surprise many as he had become a symbol of national unity at the height of the lockdown.”

The Daily Beast: Italy Finds Tens of Thousands of COVID-19 Cases—Literally at Random

The Daily Beast: Italy Finds Tens of Thousands of COVID-19 Cases—Literally at Random. “The white square tent in the parking lot of an IKEA on the outskirts of this city looks like it could be a store display for the latest flat-pack garden gazebo. But behind the flap, health officials in hazmat are carrying out random screenings for COVID-19, a potentially life-saving measure and one of the most proactive ways Italians have found to beat the COVID-19 pandemic, at least for now.”

Politico: Will Italy’s summer hiatus last?

Politico: Will Italy’s summer hiatus last?. “As Italy seeks a return to as-normal-as-possible after months of coronavirus lockdowns, a debate has broken out among the scientists studying the epidemic. The question: whether the virus that has killed more 35,000 people in Italy, and more than half a million people around the world, has changed in a way that makes it less dangerous — and what that would mean for countries like Italy as they try to find a way to open up safely.”

Coronavirus: Italian beach nudists fined as police crack down (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Italian beach nudists fined as police crack down. “Six people who dared to go bare on the shores of an Italian lake have been given big fines for outraging public decency. The naturists were spotted by police patrolling the beaches of Abbadia Lariana in an attempt to enforce social distancing measures. The six, all men aged 43 to 68, were each given fines of €3,333 (£3,000; $3,750).”