Though it's as picturesque as a place can be, the central Sicilian town of Gangi is a shell of its former self. To attract new residents, the town is offering homes for free on the condition that they be restored to their former glory.
Jul 3, 2015   New York Times
Rome has instituted a new tax on tourists aimed at building a fund to restore its crumbling infrastructure. But some worry it will drive tourists away.
Jan 18, 2011   Der Spiegel
Rome, a city steeped in history, is struggling to retain and protect its historical identity as the city modernizes and expands.
Jul 9, 2010   The New York Times
Plans to construct a new cargo port near Venice has some conservationists up in arms. They say the plans would exacerbate rising water levels and further endanger the flood-prone ancient city.
Sep 13, 2009   The Guardian
Through the use of infrared aerial photography, the lost ancient Roman city of Altinum has been found.
Aug 3, 2009   Der Spiegel
A new mapping project is creating a comprehensive 3D image of the catacombs beneath Rome.
May 7, 2009   BBC
This piece from the New York Times looks at a program in Italy the encourages children to walk to school.
Mar 27, 2009   The New York Times
Residents in Venice, Italy, are upset over a plan by the city to accept a $2.7 million subsidy from Coca Cola in exchange for placement of soda machines throughout the historic city.
Feb 24, 2009   BBC
Coriandoline, a housing development in Correggio, Italy, is the first to have been designed primarily by children. The award-winning neighborhood boasts themed houses and "built-in playability."
Jan 21, 2009   Radio Netherlands Worldwide
Chinese designers are flocking to Prato, Italy and forging a new sort of Chinatown that look more like modern-day China.
Jan 5, 2009   Chicago Tribune <>
In Salemi, Italy, 3000 villas ravaged in a 1968 earthquake are now on the market for about U.S.$1.41. However, interested buyers must adhere to a number of stipulations, including a two-year deadline for development.
Sep 18, 2008   Newsweek