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).”

TorrentFreak: Project Gutenberg Public Domain Library Blocked in Italy For Copyright Infringement

TorrentFreak: Project Gutenberg Public Domain Library Blocked in Italy For Copyright Infringement. “Project Gutenberg, the world’s oldest digital library, has been blocked by ISPs in Italy under the orders of the Court of Rome. The platform, which focuses on public domain books, appears to have been erroneously labeled a pirate site in an action targeting 28 domains and several Telegram channels.”

Daily Beast: Italy to Recruit 60,000 ‘Social Distancing Enforcers’ to Help Stem Second COVID Wave

Daily Beast: Italy to Recruit 60,000 ‘Social Distancing Enforcers’ to Help Stem Second COVID Wave. “Italian authorities plan to recruit and deploy 60,000 volunteers to patrol the bars and beaches to help keep people socially distanced. It’s part of an effort to mitigate a second wave of COVID-19. Italy—one the first epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic—has seen its daily number of new cases and COVID-related deaths drop dramatically after two months of a draconian lockdown, but photos of people partying over the weekend after the country partially unclocked sparked concern that the population could be celebrating too soon.”

New York Times: The Circus Came to Town, Then It Couldn’t Leave

New York Times: The Circus Came to Town, Then It Couldn’t Leave. “In reality, the Rony Rollers aren’t trapped so much as unwilling to go their separate ways. Like other dynasties in Italy’s vibrant, 60-circus strong big-top culture, the Vassallos own homes and property about an hour south in Latina, a town which is to circus people what Tampa is to professional wrestlers.”

Associated Press: Uncertain future rattles Italy’s famed restaurants

Associated Press: Uncertain future rattles Italy’s famed restaurants. “Italy’s restaurants and pizzerias, for foodies the world over a key reason to visit, are facing an existential threat. Those that didn’t fold after 10 weeks of a strict coronavirus lockdown are emerging to find that new social distancing requirements might yet drive them out of business.”

California Literary Review: What coronavirus costs to the Italian cultural heritage.

California Literary Review: What coronavirus costs to the Italian cultural heritage.. “Given that Italy’s is generally considered the world’s richest cultural heritage, maintenance of its historic monuments and museum, with exhibits dating from the early Neolithic era through today’s avantgarde, is costly. But with international tourism virtually at the end for an indefinite period because of Covid-19, income to maintain the precious heritage is dangerously reduced. The Roman Colosseum, for one example, attracts some 7.6 million visitors a year. Ticket sells for $17, meaning that solely during the lockdown months from March through April, income lost for maintenance and staff wages was well over one million dollars. Air traffic to Rome has shut down one airport altogether, Ciampino, plus the important Terminal One at Leonardo Da Vinci airport.”

Hindustan Times: Milan’s La Scala opera house ‘re-opens’ via Google virtual tour during coronavirus lockdown

Hindustan Times: Milan’s La Scala opera house ‘re-opens’ via Google virtual tour during coronavirus lockdown. “Milan’s famed La Scala opera house on Thursday unveiled a virtual journey through its ornate premises and rich archives via Google Arts & Culture, with serendipitous timing as theaters throughout Italy and the western world remain closed due to the coronavirus.”

Haaretz: Israel to Play Key Role in Giant Google Fiber Optic Cable Project

Haaretz: Israel to Play Key Role in Giant Google Fiber Optic Cable Project . “Israel will soon have a critical place on Google’s expanding global fiber optic network. The U.S. technology giant is planning a cable called Blue-Raman (the latter half named after the Indian Nobel Prize laureate Venkata Raman) that will run between India and Italy through Israel.”

Masks, meals and Skype: self-isolating in Sicily – a photo essay (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Masks, meals and Skype: self-isolating in Sicily – a photo essay. “I’ve been living with Covid-19 since mid-March. My mother, my partner, the war reporter Marta Bellingreri, and other people close to me have been infected, but somehow I have been spared. I interpreted this peculiar twist as if Covid-19 had chosen me to photograph it from a different perspective. And I met the challenge, also because the reasons that brought the virus into my apartment are also extraordinarily tied to my career as a photographer.”

e-flux: Italian museums, art galleries, foundations and fairs respond to COVID-19

e-flux: Italian museums, art galleries, foundations and fairs respond to COVID-19. “The organizations collected here have joined the #iorestoacasa social campaign by promoting virtual initiatives with the aim of establishing a stronger dialogue with the public and jointly fighting the spread of COVID-19. Their new digital programs range in topic and approach: from deep dives into the archive to daily art lessons for kids, from artists’ responses to the crisis to new ways to find community through art, these organizations have re-purposed their websites and social media channels to ensure that art remain a relavent, productive, and positive force during these challenging times.”

BBC: Facebook group calls soar 1,000% during Italy’s lockdown

BBC: Facebook group calls soar 1,000% during Italy’s lockdown. “Facebook has seen usage across its platforms surge in countries that have brought in virus lockdowns. Italy – with some of the toughest restrictions – has seen the biggest rise, with group calls rocketing by more than 1,000% in the last month.”

COVID-19: how European governments are trying to make life easier under lockdown (Global Government Forum)

Global Government Forum: COVID-19: how European governments are trying to make life easier under lockdown. “In these countries, governments and civil servants are now facing the huge tasks of supporting healthcare systems, maintaining essential services and propping up free-falling economies. But meanwhile, they must work to make it economically and socially sustainable for people to stay in their homes for long periods – providing the income, activities, public information, and access to supplies that will be essential to widespread compliance, public order and morale. Here we take a look at the measures taken by Italy, Spain and France – three of the world’s five worst affected countries, by number of deaths – to ensure that people can feed themselves, work from home, and continue occupying themselves and educating their children.”