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25-Jun-13 11:41. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Ancient Roman cement the best?

Once built a building in ancient Rome you could forget about it. They were meant to last forever and most of them did. A stroll through Rome, the eternal city, is enough to appreciate the efforts of the human kind against the deterioration caused by time. Why have roman buildings lasted longer than the most recently built ones? The “secret” of the Roman cement durability has finally been discovered, as a team of researchers from Italy and the United States analysed a sample of concrete which dates back to 37 B.C. The sample was taken from a breakwater in Italy’s Pozzuoli Bay, at the northern tip of the Bay of Naples.

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21-Jun-13 14:19. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Guida blu 2013

Legambiente and Touring club presented “Guida blu 2013”, the classification of the seaside resorts. The sail assigned in the “Guida blu” differs from the flags of the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) international recognition based on the quality of the bathing water. Among the other criteria the purification of waste water, waste management, regulation of vehicular traffic, safety, and beach services. The Blue Guide evaluates the natural and environmental characteristics of the Italian beaches, but also wants to reward those places which offer an excellent welcome, combining the beauty of the landscape with excellent management, accessibility and the right supporting services.

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13-Jun-13 14:28. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (7)

Franca Rame died aged 84

The Italian icon of cultural and political commitment Franca Rame has died at the age of 84. Rame, leading actress, playwright and militant leftwing politician was the wife and professional partner of the Nobel prize winner Dario Fo. Thousands of people paid tribute to the actress in largo Greppi, in front of the Strehler theatre in Milan. It was a triumph of red, the colour which Rame asked women to wear, and many did, together with men holding roses or wearing red scarves.

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03-Jun-13 12:55. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Lousy Spring Weather hits Italys' farms

Where has sunny Italy gone? I know, Italians should never complain about the weather in front of a Briton! As an Anglo-Italian though, I feel free to complain. Apart from jokes, it has been a very rainy year in Italy and this is a matter of fact which unfortunately - apart from upsetting tourists and all the people that are usually, at this time of the year, already sunbathing on the beach - has already caused serious damage to the land and crops in Northern Italy.

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20-May-13 12:32. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Bandiera blu 2013

After so much bad news coming from the “bel paese” here is finally a good one: the Italian coasts awarded with the “Bandiera blu”, the recognition for the cleanest coast and marinas, have increased this year.

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07-May-13 14:47. By The London Italian Embassy Press Office | Comments (21)

Some interesting facts about The Italian Embassy in London

The Italian Embassy at No. 4 Grosvenor Square is a fascinating place both for its art collection and for the history of the building in which it is housed. The land occupied today by the square and the surrounding area were once part of the Manor of Ebury, which belonged to Westminster Abbey, and later came into the possession of the Crown. James I sold it in 1623 to private purchasers, and then in 1626 the Manor of Ebury was bought by Hugh Audley, who at his death passed to his wife, Mary Davies. She later married Sir Thomas Grosvenor, whose son, Sir Richard, started the development of the area around 1710. Sir Richard’ s plans were ambitious.

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02-May-13 11:51. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Saying I do in Italy - a boom in luxury weddings

A luxury wedding in Italy? Why not? It’s the new trend! Like in a movie, foreign couples, especially Americans, choose Italy to say yes, bringing friends and family, and they also have an adjoining honeymoon in the “bel paese”. 6,180 weddings of foreigners have been celebrated in Italy In 2012. 24% of Americans engaged couples choose to celebrate their wedding away from home, opting for a beautiful exotic location or the Old Continent. Italy is one of their favourite destinations.

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02-May-13 11:31. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Changes in the drinking habits of Italians

The new ISTAT report “Use and abuse of alcohol in Italy “gives a detailed snapshot of alcohol consumption in Italy in the last 10 years. Italians (women in particular) have been drinking less during the last 10 years but more often outside meal times. Binge drinking is also on the decrease and it’s more popular among young boys and often associated with smoking and going to discos, music and sports events. From 2002 to 2012 the daily consumption of alcohol has decreased by 24,6% and by 32,6% among women.

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25-Apr-13 16:57. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Over 2.500 Exhibitors at Salone Internazionale del Mobile

The 52nd edition of the “Salone del Mobile” in Milan closed with an extremely positive result, with the over 2,500 Italian and foreign exhibitors at the “Salone Internazionale del Mobile”, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, “SaloneSatellite” and the “biennial Euroluce” / International Lighting Exhibition and “SaloneUfficio”. There was a major influx of visitors from all over the world: Asian, U.S., South American and African countries, and strong interest from countries within the Russian area.

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16-Apr-13 16:40. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Enzo Jannacci passed away

Italy has lost one of the most important artists of the post-war Italian music scene, Enzo Jannacci. The Italian Singer-song writer, actor and stand-up comedian died on the 29th of March in a clinic in Milan at the age of 77 after fighting cancer for many years. A multitalented man, a cardiologist in his day job and at the same time, an artist, Jannacci is considered one of the founders of Italian rock and roll music along with Adriano Celentano, Luigi Tenco and Giorgio Gaber, at that time just a schoolmate from high school, with whom he was destined to collaborated for over forty years. Jannacci has written about thirty albums and soundtracks, some of which are now considered Italian popular music mile-stones.

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