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07-May-14 16:45. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Austerity hitting organised crime profits?

It has been reported that the Mafia is apparently going through a “spending review”, causing serious discontent within the organization. If you imagine the typical mafia boss with family members and hangers-on this might not be the casa anymore, at least for less important bosses.

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07-May-14 16:39. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italy for Sale?

Italy is for sale! Not really… but the Demanio, the public agency that manages Italian state properties has put on an online auction five prestigious properties and other forty ordinary ones. The virtual auction block for bids is due in by May the 6th. Historic Italian sites will be sold off to fill Italian state coffers in order to obey to the EU austerity rules.

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23-Apr-14 13:25. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Salone del Mobile 2014 trends

Kitchens have now taken on the “status indicator” connotation that sitting room furniture had previously enjoyed. Modernity and technology remain insuperable goals for this deeply functional space. There was also some attention to vintage details, as in the large sink in Giuseppe Bavuso’ s “Soul” composition for Ernestomeda, immediately “compensated for” by the innovative door lacquering technique, using deposits of ceramic microspheres, and the Austrian Team7’s use of solid wild walnut and Venetian oak, teamed with concrete worktops. Kitchens for 2014 are both rigorous and luxurious. Formerly unacceptable expenses of material have become increasingly important choices, including precious woods, scratch- and stain-proof treatments for metals, marble, and rare stones.

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23-Apr-14 13:23. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

“Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi…”

“Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi…” was once the saying of the Bel paese, but this saying seems to be quite dated now because a large number of Italians can’t afford holidays anymore. The crisis caused a radical change in the habits of Italians in terms of holidays and food. More than 8 out of 10 Italians spent Easter 2014 at home and 24% of them didn’t buy the “Colomba” or Easter eggs, symbol of the festivity. Italians are foodies and don’t give up food so easily! Five million Italians, the highest number since the end of World War II, prepared their Easter food by themselves at home.

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03-Apr-14 10:29. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Green economy Italian style

More than 3 million people already work in the green economy sector. Export and innovation are the main characteristics of the green economy Italian style. In the manufacturing sector exportations reached 42% while in the non green they were 25,4. In a time of crisis a significant number of these companies increased their turnover. Italy ranks at the top in the agriculture machines sector because it produces the cheapest machineries which allow a reduced use of plant protection products.

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03-Apr-14 10:27. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Future generations to be deprived of learning about the history of Italian art?

Paolo Campana, creator of the blog “Bloggokin”, realised some provocative slogans, associated to famous art masterpieces, to make us reflect on the impact of the reduction of the teaching of history of art in Italian schools. For example “The girl with a pearl earring” by Vermeer might be called in the feature “The girl with the hair band”, as people won’t have any idea of what it is, and why it is famous, because art won’t be taught at schools anymore.

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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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