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20-Mar-14 15:45. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

The rise in abandoned villages in Italy

Small villages are losing their population. It has been estimated that there are about 5000 abandoned villages in Italy and at least 3000 of them are risking extinction. Most of these villages are in the South of Italy especially in Basilicata, Tuscany and Liguria. The phenomenon of “ghost villages is not only an Italian problem, but it is also common in Spain and Ireland. Since the early nineties, a number of initiatives and projects to recover and bring to life the Italian ghost villages have been adopted. The institutions and organizations that are most committed to it are: the association “Most beautiful villages in Italy”, the UNPLI which is the union of the local tourist board with the project “Open for holidays” and the Italian Touring Club.

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20-Mar-14 15:43. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Bologna's "Foodies Disneyland"

The food chain “Eataly” and the municipality of Bologna are developing a “foodies’ Disneyland”. It will be called FICO (Fabbrica Italiana Contandina) and will be a food theme park built on 80,000 square meters including fields, vegetable gardens and stables. The food theme park will be opened in 2015. The idea is in fact to inaugurate it in November next year together with Milano expo. Fico is to be realized in the ex vegetable and fruit marker, the “Caab” in the city of Bologna, and it could attract 10 million visitors per year.

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05-Mar-14 10:13. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Milan Fashion Week 2014

Milano fashion week has just concluded. From the 19th of February to the 24th the names who made Italian fashion famous, such as Gucci, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Giorgio Armani presented their new collections in Milan together with new talents: Fausto Puglisi, Andrea Incontri, Gabriele Colangelo, the creative duo “Au Jour le Jour” and Maro De Vincenzo. The overall impression this year is very light, that is, nothing too dark or gloomy. In the Italian fashion line-up colour is one of the definitive themes, from the lime green of Armani to the purples of Prada.

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05-Mar-14 10:08. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Spotlight on Matteo Renzi

The new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (39) is the youngest Italy has ever had and he is the first to lead a government, being a Mayor instead of a member of Parliament. But these are not the only novelties, for the first time half of the ministers in his cabinet are women, and the age average (47) is remarkably young for Italy. Roberta Pinotti is Italy’s first female defence minister, and Federica Mogherini is the youngest foreign minister since 1936.

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27-Feb-14 13:40. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

64th Sanremo Festival

The 64th edition of the Sanremo festival, divided into five evenings and broadcasted live on “Rai Uno” from the Ariston Theatre in Sanremo, from the 18th to the 22nd of February 2014, has now proclaimed its winners. For the “big” section (artists already known to the public) the winner is Arisa with the song “Controvento”. The second place went to Raphael Gualazzi & The Bloody Beetroots and the third to Renzo Rubino. The prize of the critic called “prize Mia Martini” went to Cristiano De André for the song “Invisibili”. Rocco Hunt, with “Nu juorno Buono” is the winner of the New Proposals section. The rapper from Salerno beat in the sprint Diodato with “Babylon” , The Niro with “1969” and Zibba with “Without You”.

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24-Feb-14 17:16. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Carnival 2014

Carnival 2014 begins on Sunday the 2nd of March. “Martedì Grasso” will be on the 4th, while the Carnival will end on the 8th of March. During this enjoyable time there will be lots of public carnival events all through Italy, and quite often there is a small prize given for the best costume. Many families organize small parties in their homes for their children and their friends. Also for grownups there are parties in clubs or at home where the usual Carnival food is represented by “Frappe” and “castagnole”.

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11-Feb-14 14:50. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Vinoteca 2014 - 27th February The Ironmongers Hall

The Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK organized “Vinoteca 2014” an exclusive event, dedicated to the promotion of Italian wines in the UK. The appointment for importers, distributors, buyers, agents and sommeliers is at the Ironmongers’ Hall, Shaftesbury Pl, London EC2Y 8AA on Thursday 27th February 2014 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

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11-Feb-14 14:46. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

15% of Italians hate St Valentine's day

The antivirus company Symantec has commissioned a poll to find out how Italians are going to say “I love you” this year at St. Valentine’s day. 42% declared they exchange love wishes with their partner while 15% hate the festivity and don’t celebrate it. 32% are going to exchange love sms and 20% will make a phone call. On an average, women prefer to write messages while men prefer speaking. Women use also cards, letters and emails. Social Networks are becoming increasingly popular with the majority using Facebook, and a minority using Twitter.

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29-Jan-14 14:25. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (13)

Italian Army to try to stop dumping of toxic waste?

The Italian Government plans to send the army to stop the dumping of toxic waste between Naples and Caserta by Campania’s local criminal organization, the “Camorra”. The area where the Camorra used to set fire to the toxic waste has been nicknamed the “Land of Fires”. The soldiers will act on the border between Naples and Caserta as law enforcement officers. The contingent is set at a maximum of 850 units, plus four helicopters, at least until the end of 2014 but it might be extended for a further six months.

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21-Jan-14 15:33. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Arnoldo Foa 24.1.16 to 11.1.14

Arnoldo Foà, great protagonist of the Italian culture of the 20th Century died in Rome at 97 years of age. Foà was a multitalented man who worked as an actor for the theatre, cinema and television, but also as a film director, a sculptor a painter and a poet. During his very long and prestigious career he collaborated with Orson Welles, “Toto” and Strehler.

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