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12-May-11 14:56. By Backhill writers | Comments (19)

Italy Beaches to become more expensive

Summer is coming, it's time to start booking for the Summer holidays, especially if one is planning to go to Italy. If you want to roast yourself on the Italian beach it may cost you more. In the next few years the Italian coasts might get almost completely privatised, therefore tourists and residents will have to pay for access to the beach. This is what emerges from the article 5 of the new “Decreto sviluppo” recently approved by the Council of Ministers.

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12-May-11 14:46. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (16)

“Noi credevamo”, the movie on the Italian unification awarded with the “David di Donatello”

In the year of celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Italian unification, the academy of Italian cinema prized “Noi credevamo” by Mario Martone with the “David di Donatello”, the most prestigious Italian film award. The prize honours the best of each year’s Italian and foreign motion picture production, following the example of the Oscars. This year at the 68th edition of the “Mostra cinematografica di Venezia” Mario Martone will also receive the “Leone d'oro alla carriera”, the most prestigious overall prize for a director's career.

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03-May-11 17:45. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Pope's beatification

Karol Woityla, John Paul II, has been proclaimed benedicted 6 and a half years after his death. On Sunday the first of May in piazza San Pietro, Benedetto XVI, John Paul II's successor read the latin formula which includes the Polish Pope among the blessed. It was the first time after one thousand years that the current Pope proclamed blessed his predecessor. The crowd rejoiced at the announcement of the beatification of their beloved Pope, surely one of the most admired and respected in the Church's history, even though adversed by some people for his policy reguarding abortion, femail priesthood and euthanasia.

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21-Apr-11 15:24. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (10)

Nanni Moretti's Habemus Papam film

Habemus Papam! (We Have a Pope!) the announcement given in Latin by the senior Cardinal Deacon (the Cardinal Proto-Deacon) upon the election of a new pope, is the title of Nanni Moretti’s new film. The movie released in Italy just a few days before Easter is in 500 cinemas, it has already been under the spotlight for its very controversial themes: the election of the pope, interpreted by Michel Piccoli as a stress-racked man, who sees a psychiatrist (performed by Nanni Moretti) and eventually resigns his position.

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17-Apr-11 12:14. By backhill team | Comments (0)

Caterina Soffici Ma Le donne no

Italy is the most chauvinist country in Europe? 81 minutes and a half is the daily total amount of spare time that Italian men have more than women. As far as Caterina Soffici’s book “Ma le donne no” is concerned, Italy is the most chauvinist country in Europe. The book, published by Feltrinelli on February 2010 is already a best seller. “Ma le donne no” has been reprinted already 4 times, generating increasing interest abroad.

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13-Apr-11 17:09. By Rosaria Sgueglia | Comments (1)

Padre Vico Marathon

With the London Marathon upon us once more Backhill recalls how Padre Alberto raised over £17,000 in 1987 for Villa Scalabrini when completing the London Marathon in 4 hrs and 40 seconds - an incredible feat for a man who was 58 years old at the time

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16-Mar-11 14:08. By Rosaria Squeglia | Comments (1)

Little Italians' Football Tournament

Introduced for the first time in 2010, the "Coppa Console Generale" (General Consul's Cup) is a sports event for Italian kids from 9 to 13 living in the UK

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16-Mar-11 13:50. By Rosaria Sgueglia | Comments (0)

Stunning Rugby Victory

We can't say that we haven't had our share of problems with France. First they “stole” our precious Mona Lisa then Zidane head-butted Matterazzi during the 2006 World Cup. Last Saturday Italy finally took its revenge; a revenge which took place at the Flaminio Stadium in Rome during the Six Nations. After 14 years Italy defeated France on the fourth day of the Six Nations. 14 years have indeed gone by since Italy defeated the French rugby team in Grenoble; it was 22th of March 1997 and Italians won for 40-32. The two nations were fighting for the European Cup.

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23-Jan-11 15:02. By | Comments (14)

Giuseppe Mazzini - Italian Immigration and the first Italian School in London’

A Talk by Prof Michele Finelli from the University of Pisa Thursday 3rd February 2011 Italian Cultural Institute 39 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8NX 7.00 – 8.30 pm

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13-Oct-10 17:22. By Lisa Solcati | Comments (9)

Clerkenwell to Bardi by bike raises £10k for Charity

12 days, 1400 km and 3 mountain passes as father and son cycle from London to Bardi and in the process raise over £10,000 for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Inspired by a great grandfather who, in 1895, walked the whole journey in the opposite direction Lisa Solcati writes about the tremendous achievements of her husband and their son

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