Sylvia Poggioli http://kttz.org en The Grandes Dames Of The Sea Ply The Tuscan Waters http://kttz.org/post/grandes-dames-sea-ply-tuscan-waters A most unusual regatta recently took place off Tuscany's southern coast: Vintage sailboats known as the Grandes Dames of the Sea — some more than 100 years old — plied the waters of Porto Santo Stefano, a fishing village known for ideal sailing conditions<p>Among the more than 40 yachts was one, Manitou, that was known as "the floating White House" when her owner was President John F. Kennedy.<p>The boat is made of mahogany — a 62-foot boat that weighs 30 tons, skipper Alex Tillery says proudly. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:44:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 47991 at http://kttz.org The Grandes Dames Of The Sea Ply The Tuscan Waters Over 2 Years Since Its Wreck, The Costa Concordia Floats Again http://kttz.org/post/over-2-years-its-wreck-costa-concordia-floats-again The Costa Concordia cruise crashed into a reef and capsized in waters off the island of Giglio in Italy over two years ago. On Monday, the most complicated part of the operation to refloat the ship was completed successfully. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Over+2+Years+Since+Its+Wreck%2C+The+Costa+Concordia+Floats+Again&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA0NjY4NzQ2MDEyOTc4NzIzMThmMjJkMg001)"/></div><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 47899 at http://kttz.org This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck http://kttz.org/post/fine-wine-made-italian-penal-colony-no-two-buck-chuck Eighteen miles off Tuscany's coast, Gorgona is Italy's last island prison. Its steep cliffs rise up from azure Mediterranean waters. Here, a select group of convicts serves the end of long sentences by farming. And now, a legendary winemaker is training them to make high-end wine.<p>Mentioned by Dante in <a href="http://www.gutenberg.org/files/8800/8800-h/8800-h.htm">The Divine Comedy</a>, Gorgona was for thousands of years a refuge for hermits and monks. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 47706 at http://kttz.org This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck Pope Meets Sex Abuse Victims, Bearing A Plea For Forgiveness http://kttz.org/post/pope-meets-sex-abuse-victims-bearing-plea-forgiveness Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>At the Vatican today Pope Francis had his first meeting with victims of clergy. He vowed to hold bishops accountable for the protection of children. The meeting came nearly 16 months after Francis was elected. Victim support groups said it was long overdue. For more on this NPR's Sylvia Poggioli joins us from Rome. Hello Sylvia.<p>SYLVIA POGGIOLI, BYLINE: Hello, Robert.<p>SIEGEL: And I understand the Pope held a Mass with these victims, including a dramatic homily. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 47471 at http://kttz.org Stopped By 'No One,' A Nun Wins Italy's 'The Voice' http://kttz.org/post/stopped-no-one-nun-wins-italys-voice <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdVepadhCb0</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:33:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 45723 at http://kttz.org Stopped By 'No One,' A Nun Wins Italy's 'The Voice'