* The U.S. Army Garrison Italy Public Affairs Office provides this courtesy summary and translations of local news to our community for situational awareness. The views expressed in this news summary are of Italian news organizations and do not reflect the official viewpoint of USAG Italy or the U.S. military.

Italian News translation team includes Anna Ciccotti, Angela Balbo, Chiara Mattirolo and Laura Kreider.


COVID-19 Updates

November 16, Corriere della Sera, Repubblica, Il Giornale di Vicenza

There have been 5,144 new cases of COVID-19 in Italy in the last 24 hours, and 44 more victims of the virus. The positivity rate is up from 1.7 percent to 2 percent. The currently positive are 120,875, of which 16,381 in Veneto and 7,427 in Tuscany. Across Italy, intensive care cases are up 17 to 475 and hospital admissions up 161 to 3,808.

Veneto is the region with the highest number of new cases (+712), followed by Emilia Romagna (+651), Lazio (+595), Campania (+525) and Lombardy (+506). Tuscany had 433 new cases.

All leading news sources focus on the government’s plans to introduce more stringent Green Pass measures for the holiday season as the curve of new infections continues to rise. 

Papers highlighting the risk that four Italian regions may be designated as yellow zones as of Monday: Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Liguria, Val d’Aosta, and the autonomous province of Bolzano.

Media highlight that Health Minister Roberto Speranza on Monday afternoon signed a new ordinance updating some of the rules on using the Covid-19 health certificate, or green pass, on public transport. Papers report that train staff should now verify passengers’ health passes before boarding, while trains can be stopped if any passengers show suspected Covid symptoms.  The rules apply only to long-distance and interregional train passengers.

Media underline that taxi drivers are required to have a valid green pass and instructed to wear surgical-grade masks, as well as to avoid letting passengers sit in the front seat. Only two passengers can sit in the back of a taxi, the ordinance says, “if not members of the same family”.

Newspapers note that the government will also implement a campaign to hasten the administration of the third dose, set to begin on December 1. (Summary by Anna Ciccotti)


ITALIAN NEWS– November 16, 2021


  • Italy’s quality of life standings: Vicenza drops from 3rd to 17th place
  • Effects of the pandemic: less jobs and less foreigners in Italy
  • Monte Berico displays paintings by Vicenza artist
  • Volunteers clean up WW1 tunnel from trash
  • Contagions, Vicenza leads in Veneto
  • Local airsoft team wins national championship
  • Cricoli Park becomes greener thanks to residents
  • New Geox store inaugurated in Piazza dei Signori

Italy’s quality of life standings: Vicenza drops from 3rd to 17th place
November 16, Il Giornale di Vicenza

Vicenza ranked third in 2020, while this year the Berici hills capital slipped down 16 positions in the standings of the 107 cities in Italy. "Social security" and "Business and work" were the two criteria that weighed the most on the general ranking. For the 2021 survey, those two very criteria cost Vicenza a significant drop in the annual quality of life study carried by the newspaper Italia Oggi and Rome's La Sapienza University. The only step forward for Vicenza, albeit minimal, was recorded in the "Health System" with a gain of two places. Despite the 17th position, Vicenza remains in group 1, with the top 20 cities. The province of Parma in northern Italy topped the annual quality of life ranking, followed by Trento and Bolzano, while the Calabrian city of Crotone came last. (Summary by Anna Ciccotti).


Effects of the pandemic: less jobs and less foreigners in Italy
November 16, Il Giornale di Vicenza

The population of foreign origin residing in Italy is decreasing. The 30th Immigration Report drawn up by Caritas and by the Migrantes Foundation portrays a decrease of 5 percent of the presence of foreigners in one year: foreigners with regular qualifications have dropped from 5,306,548 in 2020 to the current 5,035,643, which corresponds to 8.5 percent of the population. The phenomenon has been going on for some years and is partly due to the economic crisis, but now it is fueled by the pandemic, whose employment implications (unemployment among migrants is 13 percent, 9 percent among Italians) have impoverished foreign workers. According to the survey, foreigners living in Italy are mainly concentrated in the northwest (34 percent), while the northeast and central regions have the same percentage (24 percent), and there are many less in the south (12 percent) and the islands (4.8 percent). (Summary by Angela Balbo)


Monte Berico displays paintings by Vicenza artist
November 16, Il Giornale di Vicenza

The Sanctuary of Monte Berico dedicates an exhibition to Gueri da Santomio (1915-1991), whose art thrilled entire generations of local residents, accustomed to meeting him on the street while he worked "en plein air", in an attempt to grasp glimpses of the historic center with quick and emotional brushstrokes. The "Colori dell'anima" (colors of the soul) exhibition will be set up in the Sala dei Sette Santi Fondatori:  40 works (drawings, paintings and photos,) some displayed to the public for the first time. The exhibition will be open from Saturday 20 November to Wednesday 8 December, every Saturday and Sunday and Wednesday 8 December, from 0800 to 1200 and from 1530 to 1900. For information: 0444.559411. (Summary by Angela Balbo)


Volunteers clean up WW1 tunnel from trash
November 16, Il Giornale di Vicenza

Used oil cans, cans, appliances, car tires: almost 400 kilos of waste collected in a tunnel dug by soldiers in the Great War in the area of Bosco di Asiago. The expedition was organized after some volunteers reported the deterioration of the tunnel that gave refuge to the Italian soldiers. The tunnel was a feat of military engineering that incivility turned into a veritable landfill. “I think that each of us feels proud to have restored dignity to this place - comments leader of the expedition Claudio Barbato - we can repeat this experience whenever we want, because unfortunately there are way too many tunnels and caves filled with trash.” The cleaning of caves and tunnels began about ten years ago with Legambiente's "Clean the dark" initiative, which saw Italian speleological groups take action to remove waste from the abyss. “Much of the waste recovered is from the 1980s and 1990s, when it was unfortunately customary to use tunnels and caves as dumps - continues Barbato - this led to the discovery of a hundred polluted sites, which we have cataloged with the aim of cleaning them up. But, we also need the intervention of the authorities and support for the waste disposal: unfortunately, only goodwill is no longer enough.” (Summary by Angela Balbo)


Contagions, Vicenza leads in Veneto
November 15, Il Giornale di Vicenza

The contagion curve continues to rise incessantly. Yesterday, Vicenza counted 202 new cases between the two Ulss Berica and Pedemontana, most of them among unvaccinated people or people who stopped at the first dose of the vaccine. It is not the same situation as a year ago, when, the San Bortolo hospital traveled at the rate of 20-25 hospitalizations and 480-500 positive swabs every twenty-four hours, but the alert gets worse by the hour. There is also an increase in hospitalizations in the Ulss 7 Pedemontana, in Bassano and Marostica. (Summary by Angela Balbo)


Local airsoft team wins national championship
November 15, Il Giornale di Vicenza

The airsoft Omega Team based in Molina di Malo won the national airsoft championship. The competition was held in Sicily in a wooded area in the province of Caltanissetta, and lasted a total of 6 hours. 15 participating teams departed simultaneously from different positions. The tasks ranged from hostage rescue to defusing a bomb. “Our association was born in 2008, we won several regional titles and in 2015 we won the first national title - says Andrea Colbertaldo, president of the Omega Team – this year’s victory confirms the great commitment made in recent times. The pandemic crisis hit us, too. In 2019, we were 29, now we are 18. Some of my friends left the team because they were forced to sell airsoft equipment given the growing economic difficulties after Covid, and the thing that hurt the most was not being able to organize activities during the lockdowns. Despite the many adversities, we held out and trained at home, and as soon as we could we went back to the woods.” (Summary by Angela Balbo)


Cricoli Park becomes greener thanks to residents
November 15, Il Giornale di Vicenza

70 plants grown in the homes of two passionate people from Vicenza are destined to make the Cricoli parking area greener and prettier. Roberto Longo, coordinator for "Plastic free", shares with a friend the passion of sprouting acorns collected in the city. “We have been dedicating ourselves to this passion for years - he explains - and we have achieved good results. We were looking to open a dialogue with the municipality, and now this is it. We had the plants, we needed an area. And we thought of the Cricoli parking, which seems abandoned." The eye fell on the flower beds between the aisles that can accommodate the plants. The project was presented to Mayor Francesco Rucco and other city officials. After a technical inspection, it received the green light. A group of residents have made themselves available to take care of the plants, at no cost. There are also ideas for a complete restyling of the area, even with the painting of the concrete blocks and a new fence. City officials are planning a dedicated event on November 21, ecological Sunday dedicated to trees. (Summary by Angela Balbo)


New Geox store inaugurated in Piazza dei Signori
November 14, Il Giornale di Vicenza

Without official announcements, president of the Veneto region Luca Zaia arrived in Vicenza on Saturday afternoon for the inauguration of the new Geox store. “This courageous opening represents a good sign, both socially and economically.” Mayor of Vicenza Francesco Rucco echoes his words: “Just think of what is happening in Corso Fogazzaro where all the shop spaces have been occupied.” Mario Moretti Polegato, president of Geox: “Today, Geox has 774 stores throughout the world and with this one in Vicenza we reach 775. They are located in 100 different countries and therefore we bring the image of Italy all over the globe. 1,500 people work in Montebelluna and the company did not close during the pandemic. These are impressive numbers if we think about the difficult times we have gone through.” (Summary by Angela Balbo)



  • Anti-Vaxxers Filling Up Hospitals
  • Italy’s quality of life standings, Pisa among the best provinces
  • Pope to visit Florence, will pray the Angelus from Santa Croce Church


Anti-Vaxxers Filling Up Hospitals
November 16, Il Tirreno

Hospitals are full of anti vaxxers. In Covid wards, 90 percent of patients are unvaccinated. The incidence rises to almost 100 per cent in the intensive care units of Tuscan hospitals. Doctors and nurses are faced with a the paradox of having to assist "those who do not listen to us and do not vaccinate by choice, to the detriment of those who are vaccinated,”  said Luigi De Simone, head of Anesthesia and Intensive Care of the University Hospital Santa Chiara in Pisa.  At the Santa Chiara hospital all six patients admitted to intensive care are no vaxxers, mainly men between 50 and 60 years of age. In the Covid area of Cisanello Hospital  in Pisa, only one person out of 25 is vaccinated, an elderly woman who came to the emergency room for another pathology and tested positive to a swab. (Summary by Chiara Mattirolo)


Italy’s quality of life standings, Pisa among the best provinces
November 16, La Nazione/Pisatoday

Pisa province gained 11 positions by ranking 25th in the annual quality of life study carried by the newspaper Italia Oggi and Rome's La Sapienza University. Better than Pisa in Tuscany are only Florence (sixth) and Siena (twelfth). These results prompted Mayor Michele Conti, to greet these aspects in an extremely positive manner. “This is a dimension that concerns the ability to generate that human capital which is a precondition for a conscious and competitive society, favoring greater specialization in high added value production with obvious benefits for the community,” said Conti. “Pisa is configured as a true university citadel that offers highly specialized education.” (Summary by Chiara Mattirolo)


Pope to visit Florence, will pray the Angelus from Santa Croce Church
November 16, Il Tirreno Livorno/Pisa La Nazione

FLORENCE - Pope Francis returns to Tuscany. On 27 February 2022, the Pope will be in Florence for the closing of the meeting of Mediterranean bishops and mayors. The Pope will land at the "Ridolfi" athletics stadium at 8.00 a.m. on a private plane. At 8.30 a.m., in the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio, he will meet the bishops and mayors and will deliver his speech. At 9.30, in the Sala D’Arme, a meeting with refugee and refugee families is scheduled, followed by the celebration of Holy Mass in the Basilica of Santa Croce at 10.30. At the end, in the churchyard of the Basilica in Piazza Santa Croce, the Pope will recite the Angelus prayer, before leaving for the Vatican.   (Summary by Chiara Mattirolo)