08-May-15 10:33. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

3 Italian Directors competing at Cannes Film Festival

For the first time in 20 years three Italian directors Matteo Garrone, Nanni Moretti and Paolo Sorrentino entered the official selection of Cannes film festival. Matteo Garrone’s “The Tale of Tales,” is a horror/fantasy English language film with Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and John C. Reilly. Loosely based on "Lo Cunto de li cunti" by Giambattista Basile, Neapolitan writer of the seventeenth century. The film intertwines three different stories of three reigns with three different kings. Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” (“La Giovinezza”), is also in English, it narrates the story of Fred and Mick, two old friends both close to their eighties. They go on holiday in a hotel on the Alps. Fred is a composer and orchestra director who has been offered to make a comeback. Mick is a film director writing what he thinks will be his most important film. In Nanni Moretti’s “Mia Madre,” the actress Margherita Buy interprets a film director in crisis, shooting a film on a factory occupation with an indiscipline actor (John Turturro). The director is also engaged in the relationships with her dying mother and her teenage daughter. Nanni Moretti interprets her brother Giovanni.


08-May-15 10:30. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Fast Divorce in Italy

Italian society is definitely changing, conforming to the rest of Europe for what concerns morals and the influence of the Catholic Church on Politics. Divorce in Italy came after a long battle and the procedure has always been very long and complicated. Things have changed now with the new “fast divorce” taking just six months in case of agreement of both parts.


17-Apr-15 15:30. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Neapolitan Pizza to be protected by Unesco?

Is Neapolitan pizza an intangible heritage element requiring urgent measures to be kept alive? Apparently yes! Italy has chosen Neapolitan pizza as its candidate for protection under UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. According to the UNESCO website, the UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list is composed of intangible heritage elements that communities and States consider in need of urgent measures to keep them alive.


17-Apr-15 15:27. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

The changing ownership of some of Italy's top brands

Can made in Italy still be considered Italian? The top Italian industries in the fashion and food sectors have gradually been bought by foreign companies. Here are some of the well-known brands no more in Italian hands: Barilla, was sold to the Americans; L'Alitalia was sold to the French; Plasmon to the Americans; Gucci is also in French hands; Buitoni was taken over by the Swiss Nestlè together with Baci perugina, I gelati dell’antica gelateria del corso and Buitoni. Also Gancia was sold to the Russians and Carapelli became Spanish.


30-Mar-15 10:44. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

Italy's traditional Easter dishes

Easter is rather early this year but Italians are always ready to prepare traditional dishes. On Easter morning families will gather at the table together for the typical savoury breakfast, that is: the savoury cake made with cheese, eggs and salami. It’s rather a heavy breakfast which will be probably followed by an even heavier lunch, after which it will be probably necessary to take a nice long walk to help to digest, hoping for good weather.


30-Mar-15 10:42. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Pompeii's Villa of mysteries reopens

Pompeii’s Villa of Mysteries has recently reopened to the public after a two-year restoration. The Villa is famous for its burnt orange and red wall-paintings depicting an initiation into the cult of Dionysus, the God of wine.


30-Mar-15 10:38. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

Is the poet Dante turning in his grave as the Italian language declines?

Is the poet Dante turning in his grave as the Italian language declines? The CNN website has recently published an article on the decline of the Italian language. The author, Silvia Marchetti, freelance reporter and writer, pointed out that Italy is becoming illiterate. Marchetti said that many Italians are clueless on grammar and don't even know how to use verbs properly. So, the land where Latin originated and from which many other European languages descend is becoming ignorant when it come to using correct Italian.


19-Mar-15 17:10. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Summer delays expected on A3 Salerno-Reggio-Calabria

The 25-year-old Rumanian construction worker Adrian Miholca died while working on the building site of the Salerno Reggio-Calabria motorway in the part denominated “Viadotto Italia”, the highest flyover in the peninsula and the second highest in Europe. After the accident, the A3 motorway, one of the never ending constructions renowned for 40 years of squandering, thefts, and big planning mistakes, has been closed in the segment between the toll booths Lagonegro nord and Sibari, causing deviations on state highways and country roads which now makes the journey to the south of Italy longer and more difficult.


19-Mar-15 16:10. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Luca Ronconi has passed away

Luca Ronconi, one of the most important theatrical innovators of the 20th century, died at the age of 81. Actor and director, Ronconi revolutionized contemporary theatre. One of the most illustrious figures of Italian culture, he also directed the “Teatro di Roma” from 1994 to 1998 and from 1999 the theatre “Il Piccolo di Milano”.


23-Feb-15 10:24. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (7)

Prosecco on tap? Legal challenge in UK

Some bars and pubs in Britain have been reported selling prosecco on tap. Now, a group of prosecco makers, with the support of the Italian government, threatens legal action and fines against British pubs for serving the fizzy wine from kegs.


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