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Amanda Knox revisits Italy

Amanda #Knox (31)  will return to Italy next month first time since being definitively cleared four years ago of brutal killing of her flat mate Meredith KercherThe American citizen has agreed to take floor at criminal justice conference in Modena taking place June 13-15.

The Italy Innocence Project didn’t yet exist when I was wrongly convicted in Perugia,” #Knox wrote in her Twitter micro blog, @amandaknox, referring to an NGO that is designed to assist the victims of miscarriages of justice. “I’m honored to accept their invitation to speak to the Italian people at this historic event and return to Italy for the first time”

During her stay in Perugia  Knox was accused of murdering her flat-mate British exchange student Meredith Kercher, the crime (November 1, 2007) committed in a violent assault presumably together with her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and a local acquaintance Cote d’Ivoire immigrant Rudi Guede 

All of them were arrested five days later and convicted by a court of first instance, but this conviction was subsequently overturned. The appeal sentence was then examined by the Italy‘s Supreme Court, which ordered a new trial on appeal leading to their second conviction in 2014. Knox and Sollecito were eventually acquitted definitively by the Supreme Court the following year. However Ivorian, Rudy Guede, convicted of the brutal murder  in a separate fast-track trial is serving a 16-year sentence.


After her liberation and return to the U.S. Knox became an author, an activist, and a journalist. With her memoir of the Meredith Kercher murder case Waiting to Be Heard as best seller, participation in TV shows, and the related activities, she gained a considerable fortune, estimated $15 million, and continuing to grow, while the murder mysteries still haunt public imagination.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered Italy to pay compensation to Knox for violating her rights in the hours after her arrest in Perugia  (January 24, 2019), and subsequently Italy was ordered to pay #Knox €18,400  for not providing her with either a lawyer or a professional legal interpreter when she was first held in custody.

AMENDED: Patrick Lumumba falsely accused by Amanda Knox in the murder of Meredith Kercher explains how this calumny had wrecked his life.

Italian on top of world best restaurants list

Massimo Bottura is on the very top of the list of the finest dining experiences in the world, combining  tradition with contemporary trends, old-fashioned flavours, and new combinations of aromas, artistic presentations, and refined fantasy in compositions. Prominent personality, engaged in high-profile international projects,  he keeps his  Osteria Francescana a small, discreet restaurant in a historic Italian town of Modena. However Bottura delivers one of the very finest dining experiences in the world.

In its early days, the restaurant almost closed after conservative locals were resistant to Bottura’s modernist approach to the Italian cuisine. Fortunately, the American spouse of the chief, Lara Gilmore insisted on his right to experiment. Nowadays, Bottura is praised by fellow chefs, critics and fine diners across the globe.

Bottura offers a range of narratives through his dishes, playing with ingredients from the surrounding Emilia-Romagna region. Courses include the now-famous Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano, which takes the diner through the region’s esteemed cheese in different temperatures, textures and tastes. The pie crust ‘pirate ship’ filled with sea snails, razor clams, blue lobster and truffle clam chowder as a representation of travel, seasonality and the local coastline.

The chef’ creations are influenced by art and music, namely jazz, and the dining space is made up of three elegant rooms that are adorned with high-quality contemporary artwork.

The 2018 The World’s Best Restaurant award is sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.