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25-Jun-13 11:45. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (132)

2013 Procession and Sagra set to be really special

It’s a special year for the Italian community as St. Peter’s Church celebrates its 150th anniversary. A wide range of events have already been held to celebrate this special occasion. One of the most important is going to be the annual procession and Sagra on the 21st of July. We spoke with Peter Bertoncini about the preparation of the floats and the novelties of this year. Peter told us that being this year St. Peter’s anniversary the floats will be inspired by the statues and the paintings in the Church.


21-Jun-13 14:23. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (45)

55% of Italians can't afford a holiday!

According to Codacons 55% of Italians will be forced to give up holidays for economical reasons. And who is going on holiday will have to shorten them to 10 days in total, while the average expenditure will be 97 € per day. This year about 33 million citizens will stay at home during the hot Italian Summer. The number of people who can’t afford a holiday has grown this year of about 6 million. The average duration of the holiday will be between 7 and 10 days (about 50% of the total), while 35% will opt for a vacation of 14/15 days. Only 15% of those leaving will spend more than 15 days away from home.


03-Jun-13 13:03. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (290)

Bartering flourishing in Italy

Bartering markets are flourishing in Italy and it is probably a consequence of the crisis but also a sign of a way of consuming and sharing what people already have. It is a new way of living, and seeing things. Following the boost of the swapping economy promoted in the USA, Italians too have embraced barter as a new trend based on the roots of economy.


03-Jun-13 12:59. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (115)

Corporate failures soar in Italy

It’s a hard time for Italian companies. In the first quarter of 2013 bankruptcies in the Italian business have reached a new high of 3,500 procedures initiated, an increase of 12% over the same period of 2012. According to “Cerved” data the compositions with creditors grew by 76%. On the whole, business closures have consistently increased: in the first three months, there are about 23 thousand companies that have initiated insolvency proceedings or voluntary liquidation, an increase of 7% over the same period of 2012. In addition to failures, in fact, closures continue to grow: 19 thousand companies with no previous bankruptcy proceedings have voluntarily decided to close. 5.8% more than last year.


24-May-13 14:51. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (136)

Audio recording of Olive Besagni's talk at St Luke's now available

Olive Besagni - a major contributor to the old Backhill magazines - recently gave a talk with Elena Salvoni about their memories of little Italy. You can hear a 20 minute audio recording of the event by going to "" The event was hosted by St Luke's Community Centre, Central Street Cookery School and Garibaldi & Gelato, a Heritage Lottery funded project exploring the history and food of Clerkenwell's Little Italy


14-May-13 12:33. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (47)

Emiglia Romagna hit by tornado

A huge tornado has struck the Emilia-Romagna region, already devastated by an earthquake and subsequent aftershocks last summer, when 27 people were killed and hundreds of buildings destroyed. Luckily this time there have not been any deaths but 12 people injured and serious damages to houses, buildings and crops, but the governor of Emilia-Romagna has asked the central government to declare a state of emergency for the catastrophic damages.


14-May-13 12:28. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (93)

Record number of Women in Letta's cabinet

Letta’s Government can boast the highest proportion of women in an Italian Government. The news comes as a surprise if we consider that according to a study by the Inter Parliamentary Union, until the last election, the number of women in the Italian legislature was lower than that in Afghanistan.


07-May-13 14:54. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Letta's Government - The New face of Old Politics?

After two months of tribulation Italy finally has its new Government. Enrico Letta (46) is the new Prime minister. Born in Pisa, Letta spent part of his Childhood in Strasbourg. He graduated in International Law at the University of Pisa where he also received his Ph.D. in European Community Law at the Scuola Superiore "S. Anna ". At 25 he was president of the Young European People's Party. With the first D'Alema Government he became, at the age of 32, the youngest minister in the history of the Republic. In 2001 he became a member of the chamber of deputies, and in 2004 a member of the European parliament. Secretary to the Prime Minister in the second Prodi Government, Letta was re-elected to the chamber of deputies in 2008 and in 2009 was appointed vice secretary of the democratic Party. Enrico Letta’s Government has to face a very sceptical public opinion and has been defined as the new face of the old politics.


25-Apr-13 17:13. By John Besagni | Comments (3)

Little Italy Un Ricordo Wed 8th May 2013

Come and listen to talks by Olive Besagni and Elena Salvoni about their memories of Little Italy and sample some delicious home-cooked Italian antipasti. Hosted by St Luke’s Community Centre Central Street Cookery School & Garibaldi & Gelato A Heritage Lottery Funded Project Exploring the history and food of Clerkenwell’s Little Italy


25-Apr-13 17:06. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

17% of Italian children living under the poverty line?

Over the past decade, Italy has been the slowest growing economy in the Euro zone. The growing impoverishment of Italy (according to the retailers’ association “Confcommercio”, by the end of 2013 over 4 million Italians would be living in absolute poverty) has already had a strong impact on children and adolescents. According to a recent report by the United nations children’s fund (UNICEF) about two million Italian children are already poor. What is more, Italy spends only four percent of its total social expenditure on social services for children.


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