Colleen Barry, The Associated Press

Colleen Barry

The Associated Press

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Past articles by Colleen:

UNESCO watching as Venice grapples with over-tourism

Away from the once-maddening crowds of St. Mark’s Square, tiny Certosa island could be a template for building a sustainable future in Venice as it tries to relaunch its tourism → Read More

Armani talks succession at 1st live show since pandemic

MILAN (AP) — Giorgio Armani hinted at his succession plans on Monday as he staged his first live runway show since the COVID-19 pandemic, and following a fall that landed him the hospital for two weeks. The 86-year-old designer has usually demurred from answering questions about the future of his fashion empire, but the issue seems to have pushed to the forefront after a bad fall that fractured… → Read More

Gucci digitally outfits Gen-Z in metaverse foray with Roblox

MILAN (AP) — Anyone whose virtual alter ego is wandering around the Roblox online game platform these days might run into other avatars sporting Gucci handbags, sunglasses or hats. The digital-only items were part of a limited Gucci collection for Roblox, a step by the fashion house that prides itself on Italian craftsmanship to enter an expanding virtual space where many of its youngest… → Read More

Cruise ships restart in Venice, bring environmental protests

The first cruise ship since the pandemic has wended its way through the heart of Venice, escorted by triumphant water-spouting tugboats and elated port workers as it traveled down the Giudecca Canal → Read More

Cruise ships restart in Venice; protesters decry their risks

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The first cruise ship leaving Venice since the pandemic is set to depart Saturday amid protests by activists demanding that the enormous ships be permanently rerouted out the fragile lagoon, especially Giudecca Canal through the city’s historic center, due to environmental and safety risks. Italian Premier Mario Draghi’s government pledged this winter to get cruise ships out… → Read More

First cruise ship sails through Venice since start of pandemic

SOAVE, Italy (AP) — Early risers in Venice were surprised Thursday to see a cruise ship nosing down the Giudecca canal for the first time since the start of the pandemic, despite repeated government pledges to reroute such huge vessels due to safety and environmental concerns. → Read More

1st cruise ship sails through Venice since start of pandemic

SOAVE, Italy (AP) — Early risers in Venice were surprised Thursday to see a cruise ship nosing down the Giudecca canal for the first time since the start of the pandemic, despite repeated government pledges to reroute such huge vessels due to safety and environmental concerns. The 92,409-ton MSC Orchestra passed through the basin in front of St. Mark’s Canal around 6 a. m. → Read More

La Scala announces 2021-22 season, with hope of fewer limits

MILAN (AP) — Milan's famed Teatro alla Scala on Monday announced a 2021-22 season of 13 operas, seven ballets and numerous concerts as Italy's most important theater looks toward a gradual removal of pandemic restrictions. → Read More

In time for summer, Europe sees dramatic fall in virus cases

Coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths are plummeting across much of Europe → Read More

Ahead of summer, coronavirus cases fall dramatically in Europe

Coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths are plummeting across much of Europe. → Read More

In time for summer, Europe sees dramatic fall in virus cases

ROME (AP) — When Italy won the Eurovision Song Contest with an over-the-top glam-rock performance, the victory signaled more than just a psychological boost for one of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19: Held before a live, indoor audience of 3,500, the annual kitsch fest confirmed that Europe was returning to a semblance of normalcy that was unthinkable even a few weeks ago. → Read More

In time for summer, Europe sees dramatic fall in virus cases

Coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths are plummeting across the continent, after Europe led the world in new cases last fall and winter in waves that cost hundreds of thousands of → Read More

Gucci marks 100 years with exhibit on Michele code-breaking

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Alessandro Michele has radically shifted Gucci codes and challenged fashion norms in his 6 1/2 years as creative director of the brand founded by Guccio Gucci as a travel bag company in Florence 100 years ago. To mark the centenary, Michele has curated an exhibition in the Gucci Garden gallery, on Florence's Piazza della Signoria, that underlines some watershed moments in… → Read More

Gucci marks 100 years with exhibit on Michele code-breaking

FLORENCE, Italy — Alessandro Michele has radically shifted Gucci codes and challenged fashion norms in his 6 years as creative director of the brand → Read More

Netflix series signals racial breakthrough in Italian TV

The Netflix series “Zero” that premiered globally last month is the first Italian TV production ever to feature a predominantly Black cast → Read More

Italian rapper accuses state TV of attempted censorship

Italian rapper Fedez has received a wave of public support after going public with attempts by RAI state television to censor his planned remarks calling attention to homophobia during a Workers' Day concert → Read More

Italy opens again amid hopes for real economic relaunch

Italy’s gradual reopening after six months of rotating virus closures is satisfying no one: Too cautious for some, too hasty for others → Read More

Packed parks, lurking virus? Worries mount as Italy reopens

Italy’s gradual reopening after six months of rotating virus closures is satisfying no one: Too cautious for some, too hasty for others → Read More

Italy moves toward slow reopening with outdoor dining

Italy is planning to start emerging later this month from rolling partial lockdowns that were imposed during a fall coronavirus surge → Read More

Gucci heirs worry over family depiction in Ridley Scott film

MILAN (AP) — The great-grandchildren of Guccio Gucci, who founded the luxury fashion house that bears his name a century ago in Florence, are appealing to filmmaker Ridley Scott to → Read More