Congrats to the city of Boston, they have just inherited an estate in Italy. Only one catch. They have to feed the late owner’s cats and dogs. Luciano Visocchi named Boston as the sole heir to the Italian estate in his last will and testament despite no evidence he ever visited the US city. Evidently his mom and aunt had lived in Boston many moons ago and it was their stories of the city that inspired his decision. Unfortunately the translated will included this little clause “The City of Boston, MA, USA, is obliged to look after the old dogs Argus and Jak.To feed the cat Rossina, easily recognizable from her great size, as well as the cats: Giacchino, Rossino, Pasquale, Francesco, and others as well.’’ But (and there is always a but) the will is currently being contested in Italy by a local political party who claim they had been promised the estate. Hmm, I’m hoping in the meantime someone is feeding the friggin menagerie!
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Word of advice to all Rome muggers, don’t mess with tae-kwondo trained Korean tourists if you can help it. An Italian thief was nearly kicked and punched to death when he stole a woman’s handbag near the Theatre of Marcellus in Rome. Despite the thief wielding a knife at the Korean family, two decided to chase him. They then unleashed a serious of tae kwondo moves on him that would have made Bruce Lee proud. The thief was eventually rescued by a patrolling police officer who separated the men. Even though the mugger was arrested he thanked the policeman prefusely for saving him from the really mean tourists.