11-Oct-16 16:29. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Former President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi RIP

Italy’s former president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, a predominant figure in Italian politics, passed away after a long illness at 95 years of age. His long list of public offices included premier, central-bank governor, president from 1999 to 2006 and senator for life. Carlo Azeglio Ciampi was born in Livorno. He graduated in ancient Greek literature and classical philology in 1941 from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, one of the country's most prestigious universities. During the war he was called to military duty in Albania as a lieutenant. On 8 September 1943, on the date of the armistice with the Allies, he refused to remain in the Fascist Italian Social Republic, and took refuge in Abruzzo, in Scanno. He eventually managed to pass the lines and reach Bari, where he joined the Italian resistance movement.


28-Jun-16 13:00. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Italy Number 1 for Unesco

Is beauty a gift or a curse? Italy has too much beauty, too difficult to preserve, and for 2016 it has not put forward any candidates for the Unesco World Heritage shortlist. Italy has already 51 Unesco World Heritage sites, more than its nearest rivals China (48), Spain (44) and France (41). Francesco Bernabè, President of Italy's Unesco Commission, told “La Repubblica” that a decision was made not to put anything forward this year, because Italy is way out in front when it comes to the number of sites each country possesses and there needs to be more balance between nations.


28-Jun-16 12:57. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Tourism boost for Italy due to fear of terrorist attacks elsewhere

British families switched from previously very popular destinations, such as Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey to safer hot spots in Europe, mainly Portugal, Spain and Italy, because of the fear of terrorist attacks. The European “safer” destinations might cost tourists up to 20% more. This might be due to the fact that the surge in demand met an insufficient number of hotels, apartments and villas.


28-Jun-16 12:55. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Giorgio Albertazzi RIP

The Italian theatre actor and director Giorgio Albertazzi died at 92 years of age. He starred in more than 40 films including “L'Année dernière à Marienbad” by Alain Rasnais and in more than 20 Italian TV dramas, such as “Crime and punishment”, “The idiot” and “Dottor Jekyll and Mr Hyde”, but he was mainly known for his theatrical interpretations.


25-May-16 16:26. By | Comments (2)

Festival Italia at Brands Hatch in August

On Sunday 14 August “Festival Italia” will be hosted by Brands Hatch, One of the world's most iconic sporting venues playing host to a multitude of prestigious motor-sport events on both two and four wheels. Themed racing, demonstrations, displays and plenty of Tricolore-infused off-track attractions are going to celebrate the technical prestige and beauty of Italian cars


25-May-16 16:24. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

1 Billion Euros Investment in Italian Cultural Heritage

The Italian government is going to spend one billion euros on its often neglected cultural heritage as foreseen by the “Piano Strategico Turismo e Cultura”. The cultural minister Dario Franceschini pointed out that this is the biggest investment on the Italian cultural heritage since Italy's unification. It isn't the first time that promises have been made about financing Italy’s cultural heritage, but this time Dario Franceschini reassured the population that the restoration works will start immediately because they have already been deliberated and financed.


25-May-16 16:22. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Bandiera Blue 2016 - the movers

More flags for Italy in 2016! Bandiera blu, “The blue flag” assigned to sea localities and tourists resorts by the “Foundation for Environmental education” rewarded Italy once more. Five more flags than last year have been assigned to Italy and a total number of 293 resorts have been awarded with the blue flag.


05-May-16 16:44. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

55th Milan Furniture Fair Review

Milan Design Week displayed a playful mood. After years of safe market-friendly launches by manufacturers the style this year was decidedly more up-to-date and playful. Beige, generic designs have been around for too long and people want something different. Lines were curved, generous and feminine, the pieces combine timeless materials (bronze, wood, ceramics) with leather and velvet upholstery in elegant pastel colours and only two of the designs used right angles. There was a return to glamour and femininity with voluptuous shapes and bold patterns. Also to be seen was lacquered furniture, richly patterned tiles, fabrics and carpets


05-May-16 16:38. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

The mystery of writer Elena Ferrante

One of the most popular Italian writers of our time has a mysterious identity. Even the gender hasn't been disclosed yet. She or he writes under the pseudonym of Elena Ferrante. The only thing we know about her is that she was born in Naples, the city where most of her stories are set. Her last book "The Story of the Lost Child" has been shortlisted for the Man Booker International prize. The book is the fourth and final instalment of a story of lifelong friendship in Naples. Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk is one of the other candidates for the prize. The first of the "Neapolitan Novels", was published in Italy in 2011 and was acclaimed worldwide selling over 1 million copies.


14-Apr-16 16:47. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Beware you could be fined for giving money to beggars

In the Italian town of Bordighera (Liguria) you can be fined if caught giving money to street beggars. According to the city's mayor, Giacomo Pallanca beggars can't be fined because they will never be able to pay and so the only way to stop this practice was to fine the people who give them money. The new rule has been introduced with the beginning of the tourist season, which usually starts around the Easter weekend. The regulation is also aimed at preventing the organised crime working behind this phenomenon and to encourage the poor to seek help from the social services available


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