28-Apr-11 17:30. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2823)

Kate Middleton's love of Italy

For the last year the media has been obsessively talking about the wedding of prince William and Kate, but maybe not everyone knows that (as reported by the Daily Telegraph) Kate Middleton spent three months at the British Institute in Florence in 2000 to study Italian art and the Italian language. In 2000 Kate Middleton took three months of Italian lessons (three hours a day, Monday to Friday) in The British Institute, located in “Palazzo dello Strozzino”, in Piazza Strozzi (Florence).


17-Apr-11 12:05. By Editorial team | Comments (38)

Italian Bookshop Event

Getting closer to the Italian bookshop one might have heard Italian spoken on the road, because people were chatting and drinking outdoors, in front of the Italian bookshop which was hosting an “aperitivo” for the Italian editors and writers in perfect Italian style: salami, different kinds of bread, cheese, wine and prosecco. The two floors of the book shop, inaugurated in 1994, were full of people. Editors, journalists and writers gathered together to celebrate this edition of the London book fair and the 150 years of the Italian unification


17-Apr-11 12:01. By Backhill team | Comments (85)

Italians of London

Backhill meets Giancarlo Pelati President of Italians of London which is the largest network of Italians in London with over 12,000 members.


05-Apr-11 14:47. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Easter Extravaganza at the New Italian school in London

While Spring is already here, Easter is about to come. The Italian school in London has already started celebrating. The main entrance windows are decorated with Italian flags for the 150 years of Italian unification and colourful Easter eggs. Some pushchairs are parked at the entrance leaving no doubts: the party is here!


31-Mar-11 15:59. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Who doesn't celebrate Italian Unification

Giulia Lombardo reports that there are some who don't celebrate Italian Unification. “Fatta l’Italia, bisogna fare gli italiani”, “Once we have made Italy, we have to make the Italians” said Massimo D’ Azeglio, 150 years ago, commenting the brand new Italy. Today, looking at the peninsula, we find out that some Italians don’t want to be Italian at all. They claim their regional belonging and deny their national identity. From this point of view, after 150 years, Italy is not so united.


30-Mar-11 18:08. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Interview with Clara Caleo Green

"Italian Cinema London" is back and bigger than ever! Backhill interviews Artistic Director of the Festival Clara Caleo Green. This year's expanded film festival will take place from 1st to 10th April


24-Mar-11 13:01. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Celebrating 150 years of unification

Concerts, gigs, special exhibitions, fireworks, late opening and free entrance to museums: Italy celebrates its 150th unification anniversary all through 2011. On the 17th of March the Italian green, white and red flag has been fluttering all over the country and among the Italian communities in the UK as well as in the rest of the world. The national public holiday was introduced by the government to recall the day when, in 1861, after almost 50 years of political and revolutionary struggles, Turin was proclaimed capital of the country being followed by Florence (1867) and Rome (1870). Celebrations took place not only in the three most historical capitals but also in many other Italian cities.


16-Mar-11 14:49. By Roberto Priolo | Comments (0)

Ruffini’s Risorgimento

In Italy, the names of Garibaldi and Mazzini appear everywhere these days, from newspapers to TV shows. We all know what these two men meant for the Risorgimento and we are all grateful for their incredible effort to bring Italians together and make one country out of many. But there are other patriots who gave an important contribution to the creation of the Italia unita. Few know about them, but their story is worth telling nonetheless. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the cration of the Kingdom of Italy, but it also marks the 130th anniversary of the death of patriot Giovanni Ruffini, a writer whose book, Doctor Antonio, published in Edinburgh in 1855, helped to secure the support of Britain to the idea of Italy as a unified nation.


16-Mar-11 14:41. By Ross Davies | Comments (0)

How Green Was My Valle

Mention small hilltop towns, local cafés and ice-cream parlours, and you might be forgiven for thinking of the undulating expanses of Tuscany, rather than the erstwhile mining settlements of the South Wales valleys. Nevertheless, caffè and gelato have been a staple of daily life in the likes of Aberdare, Pontypridd and Treorchy for over a century.


16-Mar-11 14:38. By Rosaria Squeglia | Comments (27)

Welsh Italians

With more than 40,000 Italians of first, second and third generations, Wales has got one of the largest Italian community in the UK. Today it is almost impossible not to spot an Italian café in the valleys of South Wales or in the cold North Wales; they are called the Bracchis after one of the first family who came from the North of Italy searching for jobs and new opportunities. The Bracchi came from Bardi, a little town in the mountains of North West Italy.


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