14-Mar-17 13:01. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Earthquake damage estimated in excess of 23 billion euros

The seismic sequence that from the 24th of August to the 18th of January hit central Italy caused damage for 23.5 billion 530 million euro. The figure includes both the real structural damage and the cost to face the emergency. 12.9 billion of this amount refer to damage relating to private buildings and € 1.1 billion to public buildings. The complete file relating to the assessment of damage and the cost related to the earthquake in Umbria, Marche, Lazio and Abruzzo was sent by the Department of Civil Protection to Brussels for the activation of the EU Solidarity Fund. The estimates also consider the additions coming from the Regions after the shake of the 18th of January.


14-Mar-17 12:58. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Olive Oil Price to rocket

Olive oil is expected to become more expensive for Brits. The liquid gold of the Mediterranean diet is going to shoot up by 20 percent. 2017 will be a very bad year for olive oil. This will be the second of two consecutive years of poor harvest for Spain and Italy, the two main olive oil producers.


17-Feb-17 10:13. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Prosecco producing Valtelina to be a UNESCO site?

The area of the terrace vine-yards of the Valtellina where Prosecco is produced is being proposed to be listed in the UNESCO world heritage sites. The terraced vineyards of Valtellina represent a unique and exceptional case in the so called “heroic wine-growing", that is wine-growing on the mountain sides. More than 2,500 km of dry stone walls circumscribe the largest extension of terraced vineyards in Europe, which represents a living ecological museum.


17-Feb-17 10:11. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Made in Italy or an imitation?

The made in Italy could finally heave a sigh of relief! Original Italian products have often been under threat by cheaper imitations but now there is a free smartphone app, created by non-profit organization Reliabitaly, which aims to protect the Made in Italy brand by helping consumers spot the difference between genuine Italian produce and foreign fakes.


02-Feb-17 14:27. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Torino to become a vegetarian city?

The new Turin mayor Chiara Appendino announced plans to turn the city into Italy’s first “vegetarian city”. Turin has a rich culture and history, and is known for its numerous art galleries, restaurants, churches, palaces, piazza restaurants, parks, gardens, theatres, museums, libraries, and now also for its vegetarianism. As a recent research by “Italia oggi” and Rome university “La sapienza” revealed, Turin improved its ranking in the cities with the higher quality of life by 6 positions, reaching the seventieth position in the total ranking of Italian cities, which saw Milan at the fifty-sixth place and Rome at the eighty-eighth position.


02-Feb-17 14:24. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italian Dams under threat

After the recent earthquakes and bad weather conditions, according to the Italian risk management commission Italian Dams are in danger. There is no evidence that the seismic sequence is going to stop. From the 24th of August 2016, the day of the disastrous Amatrice's quake, active faults have the potential to produce high-magnitude earthquakes (6-7) which might cause the “Vajont effect” in Abruzzo.


02-Feb-17 14:22. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

The exodus from Italy

An increasing number of people are leaving Italy. There are five million people registered to Aire (Registry of Italians resident abroad). The number of Italian immigrants abroad is 54,9% more than ten years ago. The province of Agrigento holds the record for having four cities (Licata, Palma di Montechiaro Favara and Aragona) in the list of the 25 cities with more people registered to Aire. Aragona, in the province of Agrigento is the municipality with the highest number of people living abroad compared to the residents: 89% of Agagona's citizens live abroad, that is 8.491 people over 9.463 residents.


13-Dec-16 13:36. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Truffle prices soar

At the beginning of October the price of white Truffle was so low that the precious fungus was almost affordable for everyone. Unfortunately, things have changed rapidly as prices have rocketed and doubled by the beginning of November. Coldiretti reported that the price of white truffle at the Alba truffle stock market, reference point for truffle prices, has reached 450 euros per 100g. At the beginning of October the quotation was just 250 euros per 100g. In less than a month prices have increased by 80% with market values close to the record price of 2012, which was 500 euros per 100g, and close to the high prices of 2007 (450 euros per 100g) and 2013 (350 euros per 100g).


13-Dec-16 13:35. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italy is the leading green economy in Europe

According to a statement released by the Ecomondo Green Technologies Expo, Italy is the leading green economy in Europe. Green technology could be a leading factor to help Italy's economic development. Italy was ranked by analysing eight strategic categories, including greenhouse gas emissions, renewable, recycling and eco-innovation. Italy ranked better than the green economies of Germany, the UK, France, and Spain but there is still a poor perception on an international level of Italy's supremacy in the green economy field and of what this could mean for the country's future.


13-Dec-16 13:33. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

How to help Italy's Earthquake victims

Since the 24th of August 2016 three major earthquakes have destroyed the towns along the border of Abruzzo, Umbria, Marche and Lazio. The first earthquake, which caused 298 victims was on the 24th of August 2016 with a 6.0 magnitude and the epicentre was along the Valle del Tronto, between Accumoli, in the Rieti province, and Arquata del Tronto, in the Ascoli Piceno province. Another earthquake was on the 26th of October 2016 with the epicentre on the border between Umbria and Marche affecting the municipalities of the province of Macerata di Visso, Ussita e Castelsantangelo sul Nera. The strongest earthquake was recorded on the 30th of October 2016 with 6.5 magnitude (stronger than the Irpinia earthquake in 1980) with the epicentre between the municipalities of Norcia and Preci, in the province of Perugia.


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