Italia OnLine was launched in 1994 as one of the first Internet Service Providers in Italy. The first web version followed in 1995. In 1996 Italia OnLine, together with the SerRA Centre of the University of Pisa and the laboratory of Pisa Olivetti Telemedia (now part of Wind), developed the Internet search engine Arianna, which specialises in Italian websites. 1998 Italia OnLine is taken over by Infostrada S.p.A. 1999 the search engine Ariadne is integrated into the homepage. In 2000 Arianna was further developed and the search systems Mp3, images, videos and group search were added.

2002 Infostrada S.p.A. is taken over by Wind S.p.A.. Libero is created, the portal that brings together the worlds of Italia OnLine, Libero and Inwind. In 2003 the search services of the portal are renamed Libero Ricerca. Its backbone is Ariadne, which expands its capabilities with three different technologies: text analysis, link popularity and speech analysis.

Language Italian

Launched 1999
Closed 2000

Developer Italiaonline

Country of Origin Italy

1999 - 2000 Italiaonline

Topic Universal

Region Italy

Technical functionalities
Web Portal
Search Interface / Search API

Used SeEn Arianna (2003 renamed Libero Ricerca)

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite


Critical points

Features & Functionality


References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN): n.a.
Wikipedia (Others):

Other Sources

Created: 2019-10-12