Italy in Review | Some of the Top Stories of ‘Il Bel Paese’ from 2016

Italy in Review.

Many will agree that 2016 was a particular year!

From incredible sport victories (Leicester winning the Premier League), to the many deaths of famous stars (Carrie Fisher, David Bowie and many more), through to the many terrorist attacks around the world. 

Italy was no different, with Pizza Making up for a Unesco recognition, to Starbucks announcing a Milan store (really!), through to the extremely heartbreaking Earthquakes that hit central Italy.

So lets take a look at the Good, the Bad and the Terrible, of Italy’s 2016.

Italy in Review

Italy in Review


  • Sports carmaker Ferrari listing with a stock market launch in Milan, as a stand-alone company free of the mass-market associations of its former parent, Fiat Chrysler.
  • Silvio Berlusconi pledges to relaunch his Forza Italia party and force out the centre-left government of Matteo Renzi.
  • Ettore Scola, Italian film director and screenwriter, dies at 84. He directed 41 films over nearly 40 years and leaves a huge void in Italian culture.


  • Starbucks announces Milan store!
  • In an overwhelming 173-71 vote the senate allowed same-sex couples to enter civil unions proving legal rights similar to those of married couples.


  • Italy puts Neapolitan pizza-making forward for Unesco recognition.

Cannaregio, Italy in Review


  • Pizza is pretty ‘innocent’ right? Well in Italy, police posing as delivery boys arrest mafia boss.
  • Giulio Regeni, who’s body was found of the streets of Cairo, put pressure on diplomatic relations between Italy and Egypt.


  • Champions League Final in Milan won by Real Madrid on penalties!
  • Mount Etna erupts once more, painting the skies of Sicily in a fiery red and smoke.


  • A historic moment in Rome politics, as the first Female Mayor is elected from the rising 5 Stelle – Virgina Raggi.
  • Italy, at EURO 2016, are knocked out by Germany on penalities after a 1-1 draw at the end of regular but we show we are a force to be reckoned with. 

Siracusa Sicily, Italy in Review


  • Another tragedy hits il ‘Mezzogiorno’, as two trains collide head-on in southern Italy. A sad day for Italy’s south and a reminder how north and south are still light years behind each other – and it is a terrible thing!
  • The ‘interesting’ and social media sensations, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner cat walk at fontana trevi for Fendi, at the Legends and Fairytales show. 


  • Central Italy is hit by the first of the terrifying Earthquakes that will hit the heart of ‘Il Bel Paese’.
  • Amatrice is completely wiped out from the 6+ magnitude. A truly sad moment for Italy as a whole. 


  • The town of Amatrice sue Charlie Hebdo for the “inconceivably” insulting images, that depict Amatrice disaster victims as pasta dishes, following the devastating earthquakes.
  • While part of Italy mourns the devastation, some good news for Rome as the Spanish Steps reopen to the public.
Palazzo del Ragno


  • Just two months after the Earthquakes that destroyed Amatrice, another big earthquake shakes in the heart of Italy, this time taking Norcia – one of Umbria’s most beautiful and historic towns.


  • Rome celebrate the 1 year anniversary of Fontana di Trevi reopening to the public!
  • Pope Francis calls the end to the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy that started on 8 December, 2015. 


  • Italy votes ‘NO’ to the referendum put forward by Matteo Renzi. A resounding defeat, putting in jeopardy 2 years of political ‘stability’. 
  • Paolo Gentiloni ‘voted in’ as Prime Minister.

Interesting fact: the last actual election of an Italian Prime Minister by the people was Silvio Berlusconi in 2008 (his 4th term!!!). 

Thank you for being a part of Tourist by Chance again in 2016!

Personally, it has been a gratifying year and I cannot believe Tourist by Chance has already turned 2!

Watch this space!

In 2017, I will be visiting Amatrice and Norcia to see, first hand, what life is like months after the Earthquakes and what we can do to help.

I would like to thank you all again and wish you an amazing start to 2017 – you will see more posts on Italy from February!

Ciao e un abbraccio a tutti!

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