Friday, November 12, 2010


Salvatore Giuliano

Here is my pick of last week's Italy Magazine articles:

First of all, there are 41 days till Christmas so here are some places you could visit to get in the mood.

It was, of course, another terrible week for Mr Berlusconi and you can read all about his latest misfortunes here.   The people of Northern and Central Italy had a bad week too as torrential rain claimed at least three lives and the fact that the government is preoccupied with the Premier's not so private life did not escape commentators here. 

As Amanda Knox prepares for her appeal hearing in December, one man, at least, is convinced of her innocence:  I interviewed former FBI agent Steve Moore.  Meanwhile the town of Perugia remembers the victim in this sad case and has inaugurated a scholarship in Meredith Kercher's name.

I cannot quite believe that one of the iconic sights of Italy may soon disappear but I'm prepared to believe in any affordable anti-ageing treatment!

Finally, imagine the scene in a cemetery in Montelepre one late October day this year as the remains in the grave marked Salvatore Giuliano were exhumed:  soon we will know for sure if the "Sicilian Robin Hood" was really shot dead at Castelvetrano in 1950 or if he is an 88-year-old living comfortably in the United States.  Do read my Patti Chiari column and let me know what you think.

Happy reading.

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