CLOSE ENCOUNTERS FROM ITALY
is the Italian Catalogue of Close Encounters (CE), those well-known special UFO cases where the witness claims to have been quite next to the reported anomalous phenomenon (usually within 150 meters of
distance and below 30 meters in altitude). In the late sixties a raw 900+ entry catalogue of UFO landings was published as an appendix of "Passport to Magonia" and now is available in part 1
and part 2.
In the sixties the franco-american researcher Jacques Vallée proposed a classification system
for UFO sightings. Landings were labelled "Type-1" events
and splitted in sub-categories.In 1972 the late J.A.Hynek proposed a different classification system in his first book "The UFO Experience", naming UFO landings as "close encounters" and grouping them in three categories. The term
"close encounters" became worlwide popular when Steven Spielberg released in 1977 the movie all of you know.
Started in 1977, the ITACAT Project has been collecting the widest documentation possible about all the CE cases taken place in
Italy between 1912 and 1998. About 650 sightings originating
from different sources have been filed, including original sketches, artworks, newsclippings and maps.
Unfortunately, evaluation of all data coming from the human testimony of these special events is
far from being easy and simple for the very low budget UFO
investigators. And in-depth data collection and consequent survey
would involve resources usually unaffordable for most but all UFO
Starting since the early sixties, there have been quite a lot of attempts to collect and study close encounters
(often known as "UFO landings"
too), in both an international and national perspective. You may find here a complete
bibliography of such works, most of them quite rare to find now.
encounters counts most among the Italian events. It is likely this
is also due to the fact that generic cases are usually lower
strangeness ones, where perception mistakes and - above all -
classification issues (example: some cases where an odd glowing
phenomenon is seen near the ground but a greater distance than 150
meters) are much more frequent. The percentages for the Italian
Despite all of this, there are still tens of worldwide well-investigated CE cases defying a large range of rational and popularly-known explanations, but accepting the case for a hoax. This is a real hardcore evidence any serious ufologist may introduce to the scientific establishment for a strict scientific anaylis. This is one but the most important key of the whole UFO phenomenon.
A fully-searchable database including all the basic data for each case is now on-line. Browsing more than 600 cases is neither easy or fast: the database will help your search dramatically.
An early selection of ITACAT case summaries, including sketches and artworks, is available through an unupdated list of all entries. Just click on
the linked cases and you'll get a complete summary for that same
Italian UFO Close Encounters
Move slowly your mouse over
the regions of the Italian Map on the right!.
You'll get a short statistical sheet about the "close encounter" events recorded in that same regions.