Pope Francis has a new car. He's been seen driving it around the Vatican, and it's not the kind of bullet-proof Popemobile previous pontiffs used. This one is 20-year-old used Renault utility car with 170,000 miles on it that a priest donated to Francis.
Italians love their cars. In fact, only the United States has more of them per capita. That's what makes this next piece of data so shocking: for the first time in almost 50 years, bike sales in Italy are vastly outpacing car sales.
Italian rocker Zucchero is known for his Mediterranean take on the blues. But on his latest album, he adds another ingredient: Cuban percussion. Zucchero recorded "La SesiÃ²n Cubana" in Havana with a group of Cuban musicians.
After being detained in Panama Thursday, the US State Department said Friday that Robert Lady, a former CIA operative, is now headed back to the US. The strange part: Lady was held in Panama because he's a wanted man in Italy.
There's a historical band that used to travel Italy "healing" people who had been bitten by spiders. While spider bites get more modern treatment now, a new band has taken up their style, and even adopted one of their song names, to help people heal from the wounds of the financial recession.
Italian police have arrested a senior Catholic cleric, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano. He is accused of attempting to smuggle millions in cash into Italy for a family friend. Scarano is also a senior accountant in the Vatican's financial administration.
Italian paleopathologist Valentina Giuffra has been studying the skeletons of nine children born to the Medici family in Florence during the Renaissance. She tells anchor Marco Werman that their bones showed signs of rickets.
An ice cream parlor in Rome recently unleashed a wave of protests when it charged some British tourists $21 per ice cream cone. It was just the latest instance of tourists getting ripped off in the Eternal City, as Megan Williams reports from Rome.