Geography of Italy

The Carnival in Venice Began

Nearly two-week celebrations attract millions of tourists each year.

Among the participants could be seen suits of superheroes or cartoon characters, but also traditional Venetian costumes.

The carnival in the Italian city is also known for the special masks that the participants bring. It was first held in the 11th century in the period before the 40-day fast for Easter.

Huge Motorway Bridge Collapses in Italy 'Killing at Least 10' (Video)

A major motorway bridge has collapsed near the Italian city of Genoa, leading to vehicles falling some 100m (328ft).

Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said it was likely to be "an immense tragedy", while police sources said at least 10 people had died.

The head of the local ambulance service was quoted by one source as saying there were "dozens of dead".

Three Earthquakes Hit Northern Italy

Three earthquakes of magnitude 2.6, 3.3 and 4.4 on Sunday shook the region around the northern Italian town of Parma, but no damage were reported Gulf Times reported.

The strongest temblor took place at 1.37 pm (12:37 GMT) and had its epicentre at a depth of 32 kilometres, near the town of Fornovo di Taro, Italy's volcanic institute INGV said.

Sojourn in La Grecia Salentina

Greek diasporas have been a constant in Greek history. From the ancient times to more modern eras, Greeks have left their homeland for a long list of reasons. Due to proximity and ties, geographic and political, Italy hosted many diaspora communities. The Greek communities of Salento and Calabria, in southern Italy, are, however, fundamentally different.