20-Jun-14 12:29. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (23)

Venice underwater barriers corruption scandal

The mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsini and other 34 people were arrested, and about a hundred are under investigation, in the corruption scandal related to the construction of the Mose, a system of underwater barriers designed to protect Venice from floods. Mr Orsoni (centre-Left Democratic Party), mayor of Venice since 2010, has now resigned. He was accused of having received illicit funds which he then used in his campaign to be elected mayor. The money came from the “Consorzio Venezia Nuova”, the consortium behind the construction of the underwater barriers.


02-Jun-14 13:10. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (18)

A new wave of Italian emigrants in the UK

England has become the favourite choice for Italian Immigrants in the age group 20 to 40. They come to the UK to work and most of them to London. According to the Consulate General of Italy in London, which covers the whole of England, Wales and the Islands, up to now, there are 226,404 Italians enrolled in the consular registers. Up to the 1st of January 2013, there were 201,719 Italians recorded in the consular register, this means that from January to May 2014 there have been 24,685 new enrolments.


02-Jun-14 13:08. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)

2014 European Elections - Results from Italy

The European elections have just concluded and Italy, as usual, surprised everyone. Matteo Renzi, the Italian Prime minister and leader of the PD (centre left party) was the “champion of Europe”, as the newspaper “Le Monde defined him. The Italian newspaper “Il fatto quotidiano” commented that the day of the Italian European elections, the 25th of May officially opened the Renzi’s era and closed the Berlusconi’s one. According to many commentators, Renzi’s victory manifested a need for political stability and a political representation for moderates awaiting modernization.


02-Jun-14 13:05. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Corruption investigation Milan 2015 Expo Contract

Seven managers and ex-members of parliament have been arrested over the alleged attempts to influence public tenders for Milan’s Expo 2015. Milan prosecutors are investigating about 180 million Euros in building contracts awarded for Expo 2015, which is expected to give a boost to Milan’s economy.


16-May-14 13:53. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Tourism boost for Italy

After years of decline Italian tourism is now facing a small increase. According to official data the year 2013 ended with an increase (+3.1%) of foreign tourists in Italy compared to the previous year, with a total amount of €33.064 billion spent in the country. The data confirms the positive trend reported in 2012. The growth was generated by the increase in international tourism inbound (+3.1%) and a decrease of outbound (-1%).


07-May-14 16:48. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

Cibus Food Fair Parma 5th-8th May 2014

“Cibus”, international food trade fair, takes place in Parma from the 5th to the 8th of May 2014. The 17th “Cibus Food Fair” is reserved for national and international professionals of the food industry. This year a record number of exhibitors have signed up including small and medium size firms as well as famous brands.


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.


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.


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.


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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