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23-Feb-15 10:22. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (7)

Film Director Francesco Rosi has passed away

Italian director Francesco Rosi, one of the last interpreters of the golden age of Italian cinema has died at the age of 92. His award winning films, picturing and investigating in depth on corruption and criminality in Italy, made him one of the most acclaimed and influential film-makers from the 1950s to the '90s. His works influenced directors such as Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone and Francis Ford Coppola.

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09-Jan-15 12:22. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (9)

Italy a leader in climate change performance

At the latest United Nations Climate Conference, held in Lima this year, it was revealed that Italy is among the top 20 countries in the world when it comes to tackling climate change. It emerged from the report on Climate Change Performance Index, which evaluates and compares the climate protection performance in the countries that are, together, responsible for more than 90 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions. The aim of the report is to enhance transparency in international climate politics.

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09-Jan-15 12:20. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Rome the Mafia capital?

Most of Rome’s inhabitants have always suspected that corruption was behind the malfunctioning of the Italian capital. Everyone visiting the city might have noticed that in the last years Rome has become dirtier, the traffic has increased without an adequate mobility plan for public transport, and there are unlicensed car-park attendants at every corner. These are just the most superficial aspects which strike the eye of tourists and inhabitants. After the arrest of 37 people on the 2nd of December the presence of Mafia in Rome has been demonstrated. Rome has been called “Mafia capital”.

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28-Nov-14 13:55. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Le Marche and Puglia Property Investment

If you are looking for a property investment in Italy, you might want to consider Puglia and Marche. As a property destination Le Marche is about 35 percent less expensive than Tuscany. The property market is in crisis if we consider the internal demand because Italians prefer to buy abroad, but an increasing number of people from other counties wish to make a bargain in the “bel paese”. Due to high prices Tuscany seems to have lost its appeal as from 2005 property purchases in the region dropped by 50%. Accounting now for just the 17% percent of the total market. Puglia and Marche now dominate the situation respectively 21% and 13% of real estate purchases.

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28-Nov-14 13:51. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)

1,000 candles for Stefano Cucchi

The sentence of the Appeal court which cleared all the defendants in Stefano Cucchi’s case caused a strong reaction amongst the Italian population. An impressive protest named “1000 candles for Stefano Cucchi” took place in front of the Consiglio superior della magistratura (superior council of judges) a few days after the sentence. The surveyor Stefano Cucchi had been arrested for drug dealing in Rome on the night of the 16th October 2009 and on the 22nd of October he died in custody at Rome's Pertini hospital. The autopsy revealed that the body was severely dehydrated and there was also internal organ damage and two broken vertebrae.

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31-Oct-14 13:35. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (9)

Porcini and Truffle boom

Italy’s exceptional rainy Summer might have been worthwhile because Autumn 2014 will be an extraordinary year for truffles and mushrooms. The abundant rain created favourable conditions also for particular types of mushrooms, such as porcini, finferli, trombette, and truffles will hit a record for production and quality. The production this year, due to the lingering summer, could continue until late November.

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31-Oct-14 13:33. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (13)

Genova's flood October 2014

A few days ago flood waters that swept through the city of Genova caused a tragic death and substantial damage to the territory. Only three years have passed since 6 people died in Genova for the same reasons. This year, just as 3 years ago, Genova’s biggest river, the Bisagno, burst its banks. Torrents of mud and water killed one person, a 57-year-old man. Shop windows were also smashed and cars swept aside by the devastating passage of the water. Also an intercity train to Milan was reported to have derailed because of a landslide. Damage has been estimated at 200 million Euros.

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31-Oct-14 13:30. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

EU's Frontex's Triton to replace Mare Nostrum

EU border agency Frontex's “Triton” naval mission will become effective from the 1st of November. It will not replace Italy's “Mare Nostrum” sea search-and-rescue operation, but Angelino Alfano, the Italian Ministry of Internal affairs announced that “Mare nostrum” will be called off when Triton will enter into force. The two missions have different aims and different budgets at their disposals so the cancellation of Mare nostrum is likely to put in danger the lives of millions of immigrants.

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09-Oct-14 15:48. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

A typical day in the life of an Italian?

The film director Gabriele Salvatores, 1991 foreign-language Oscar winner for “Mediterraneo”, with the support of the producing house Indiana, asked the Italian population to film one day in their life: the 26th of October 2013. Italians sent 44,000 videos for a total of 2,200 hours of videos. Salvatores and his team selected and edited the videos so as to tell the world what a day in the life of an Italian looks like.

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09-Oct-14 15:47. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Reduction in punishment for rape if atti di minore gravità” (actions of less importance) can be demonstrated.

A shocking verdict of the court of appeal has established that a punishment reduction is possible for a man accused of rape if the mitigating circumstance of “atti di minore gravità” (actions of less importance) can be demonstrated. The defendant of a 48 year old Venetian, convicted of abuse in the family and sexual violence against his wife, requested for extenuating circumstances because the abuse occurred only when he was drunk. The thesis was strongly opposed by Attorney General Pietro Gaeta, who urged the inadmissibility of the request.

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