Former Prime Minister and leader of Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi speaks on Wednesday at the Senate in Rome. Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Some of the victims recovered after Thursday's wreck of a ship near Sicily were placed in body bags before being brought ashore to the island of Lampedusa. Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Even in Sandro Botticelli's painting The Birth of Venus, the goddess's belly resembles a plump, firm tortellino. Wikimedia.org hide caption

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Tortellini, The Dumpling Inspired By Venus' Navel

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Cecile Kyenge's appointment in April as integration minister was hailed as a landmark for diversity in Italy. But since then, she's been the target of death threats and vicious racial slurs. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Italy's First Black Minister Finds Herself A Target Of Slurs

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Egyptian cleric Osama Mustafa Hasan Nasr, photographed in 2007. Better known as Abu Omar, he was allegedly kidnapped by CIA agents in Italy in 2003 and taken to Egypt for interrogation. Amr Nabil/Associated Press hide caption

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A massive cruise ships towers over Venice. Some 650 cruise ships now visit the Italian city annually, and critics say they threaten the city's fragile architecture. Courtesty of the No Big Ships Committee hide caption

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In Venice, Huge Cruise Ships Bring Tourists And Complaints

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Thousands of students from around the world flock to courses near Bologna, in central Italy, at the headquarters of Carpigiani, the leading global manufacturer of gelato-making machines. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Italian University Spreads The 'Gelato Gospel'

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A portrait of Italian philosopher, writer and politician Niccolo Machiavelli (Florence, 1469-1527) by Antonio Maria Crespi. Half a millennium after he wrote The Prince, the slim volume continues to play an important role in political thought and evoke strong response. Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana/De Agostini/Getty Images hide caption

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At 500, Machiavelli's 'Prince' Still Inspires Love And Fear

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