08-Oct-18 16:32. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

The Confidustria Moda

The Confindustria Moda, which includes fashion, accessories and textiles, consists of more than 67,000 companies, 580,000 workers and achieves annual turnover of around 88 billion euros. Moreover, the fashion and textile industry make up approximately half of Italy’s commercial trade surplus. Italy has the largest number of luxury goods companies, with fashion companies such as Prada Group and Georgio Armani included in the top 25 firms by annual sales. Furthermore, it’s also home to six of the 25 fastest growing luxury firms including Valentino and Furla, who made it into the top five. Overall, about 40 percent of luxury clothing and footwear firms are in Italy. Luxury brands are very expensive suggesting peak craftsmanship is involved in their production. However, an investigation by the New York Times reveals that some Italian workers making these items could be doing so in home workshops for an incredibly low pay.


08-Oct-18 16:28. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Is the UK falling out of love with Prosecco?

In the last decade there has been no stop to the selling of prosecco in the UK. However, the party might be over as Coldiretti, Italian biggest farming association, reported that exports of the Italian sparkling wine dropped by seven per cent in the first half of this year. The agricultural association blamed Brexit for the 7% drop in Italian Prosecco exported to the UK in the first half of the year. Prosecco trade seemed to be affected by uncertainty caused by Brexit and fake news claiming that prosecco ruins teeth and erodes gums.


18-Sep-18 14:55. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Increase in race hate crimes?

According to unofficial data collected by rank-and-file groups in Italy the country is facing a rise in racial hate crimes. From June to August there have been 33 alleged cases of racially targeted hate crimes in the country that made headlines in the last two months, but it is suspected that more incidents have occurred but have gone unreported.


18-Sep-18 14:54. By Rome correspondent | Comments (0)

House Prices fall in Italy

Italy is the only member state to have seen house prices shrink last year. It was revealed by Eurostat which reported that house prices across the rest of Europe have risen by more than 10% since 2010. Between 2010 and 2017, house prices across the EU grew by an average of 11%. They shrank only in 2009 as a result of the financial crisis to start growing again in 2014.


18-Sep-18 14:52. By | Comments (0)

Concerns about potential structural failure

The collapse of the Morandi bridge in Genoa has spread concern about the safety of infrastructures in Italy. The bridge carried a major road, the A10 toll motorway, which serves the Italian Riviera and links northern Italy to France. 43 people were killed in the bridge disaster and hundreds of citizens were left without a home. What now worries Italians is that around 70 per cent of Italy’s 15,000 motorway bridges and tunnels are more than 40 years old, and there is no certainty about their state of maintenance. Moreover, most Italian bridges were built during the post-war boom and now carry far more traffic than they were designed for. The main concern is that disasters like the one in Genoa might happen again due to lack of investment, poor maintenance and, in some cases, the involvement of mafia-run building companies that use poor quality concrete to increase profits.


10-Jul-18 17:01. By Rome correspondent | Comments (18)

Abandoned Italian villages potential tourist attractions?

Abandoned villages in Italy are potential tourist attractions. However, the Italian government is not investing to relaunch them. It was estimated that in Italy there are about 200 such dying communities with a majority of houses empty but still very liveable. In recent years, we’ve often read news about Italy selling off its abandoned real estate for free or at a symbolic price, such as 1 euro. Sardinia has been giving away run-down houses in the countryside at 1 euro, upon an investment of at least £20,000 on the properties.


10-Jul-18 16:58. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (20)

Italy's dog friendly baches

If you are a dog lover wishing to spend you summer in Italy you might need to know that private, dog-friendly establishments throughout the national territory make up only 1% of the total, but this number is on the increase. Every region or municipality has its own rules in terms of dog-friendly accommodations and services, therefore it is crucial to be informed about regulations on public beaches. As a general rule, they all require an up-to-date Pet Care Card, canine registration and animals must be kept on a leash under the beach umbrella.


10-Jul-18 16:56. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (13)

62% of Italians will go on holiday this year

According to the 18th edition of Barometro Vacanze Ipsos-Europ Assistance, the survey on summer travel intentions of European citizens and people from all over the world, Italian people have a higher budget at their disposal this year. This is in countertrend with respect to the rest of Europe, and preference is for foreign destinations.


07-Jun-18 16:41. By | Comments (1)

Parma Ham and Animal Cruelty Allegations

What is ham made out of? Pigs, of course! But are they treated like animals or like meat machines? Activists for pig welfare have often released videos of pigs kept in filthy and barren conditions. This time one of the most famous Italian ham producers: Parma Ham consortium was involved in animal cruelty accusations, as an undercover investigation found pigs kept in dire conditions at some of the farms that supply meat for Parma ham.


15-May-18 16:44. By Opal Transfer | Comments (0)

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Il trasferimento di denaro ha finalmente raggiunto la velocità delle nostre vite! Oggi siamo abituati a viaggiare velocemente e in tutta sicurezza tra paesi che un tempo erano considerati molto distanti tra di loro. A partire dal 1.800 molti italiani sono emigrati nel Regno Unito. Attualmente Londra è la città con più Italiani residenti all’estero del mondo. l’Italia è diventata nel frattempo una delle mete turistiche predilette dagli inglesi. Tutti quelli che viaggiano sanno che l’arrivo in un paese nuovo può essere pieno di difficoltà. Una delle esperienze più temute da tutti coloro che si avventurano in un altro paese, per piacere o per lavoro, è rimanere senza soldi.


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