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Sebastiano Ridolfi tries on the costume of Papà del Gnoco, or "Gnocchi Dad," the Santa-esque figure who's the symbol of the gnocchi-themed pre-Lent celebration in Verona, Italy. Although Ridolfi didn't win the election to be Papà del Gnoco, he was received warmly by the crowd and remains committed to challenging traditions. Andrea Di Martino hide caption

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Wim Janssen, one of the musicians involved in the recording project, plays a viola made by master luthier Girolamo Amati in 1615. Courtesy of Native Instruments hide caption

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An Italian Town Fell Silent So The Sounds Of A Stradivarius Could Be Preserved

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The flag of North Korea waves inside the compound of the North Korean embassy in Rome. North Korea's acting ambassador to Italy, Jo Song Gil, went into hiding with his wife in November, according to South Korea's National Intelligence Service. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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Migrants walk toward a snow-covered pass to cross the border from Italy to France, in January 2018 near Bardonecchia, Italian Alps. Piero Cruciatti/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rejected By Italy, Thousands Of Migrants From Africa Risk The Alps To Reach France

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Ash spewing from Mount Etna is seen from the Italian city of Catania on Monday. A 4.8 magnitude earthquake followed, early Wednesday morning. Marco Restivo/Barcroft Media via Getty Images hide caption

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Ownership of "Statue of a Victorious Youth," a bronze sculpture of ancient Greek origin, is being disputed. An American museum is trying to keep it. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program. hide caption

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A relief under Rome's Arch of Titus, built in the first century, shows a menorah being taken away from the Temple in Jerusalem. DEA/Archivio J. Lange/De Agostini/Getty Images hide caption

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The rescue ship Aquarius, chartered by aid groups SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders, leaves the harbor of Marseille, France, on Aug. 1. The ship has been docked at Marseille since September, when it lost its registration, and Italian authorities are demanding its seizure. Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The speed limit in Acquetico, a village in Northern Italy, is 50 kph, or 31 mph. Drivers have been clocked passing through the village at more than double that speed. Andreas Gebert/Getty Images hide caption

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An official wearing a protective suit gestures towards migrants as they sit on the deck of the Italian Coast Guard vessel the Ubaldo Diciotti in the Sicilian port of Catania, as they wait to disembark following a rescue operation at sea. GIOVANNI ISOLINO/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Donald Trump and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte participate in a joint news conference at the East Room of the White House Monday. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Says 'No Problem' With Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding

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Former Italian Football Federation President Carlo Tavecchio looks on during a news conference held after his official resignation in Rome on Nov. 20, 2017. Tavecchio has been accused of sexual harassment, including unwanted groping, but prosecutors have declined to press charges. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Migrants wait to disembark from the rescue ship Aquarius in the Sicilian harbor of Catania, Italy, on May 27. This past weekend the ship picked up more migrants, but was turned away from ports in Sicily and the nearby country of Malta. Now it will head for Spain instead. Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters hide caption

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The Aquarius, a former North Atlantic fisheries protection ship now used by humanitarian groups SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), is seen in December 2017 during a rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea. The rescue ship was stranded this weekend after Italy and Malta refused to allow it to dock. Federico Scoppa/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In a secret room located in Florence's church of San Lorenzo the walls are covered in drawings believed to be the work of Michelangelo and his disciples. Claudio Giovannini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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This Room Is Thought To Have Been Michelangelo's Secret Hideaway And Drawing Board

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