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07-Aug-17 16:21. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

Drop in Italian food and wine exports to the UK

Brexit is already showing its first effects: Italian food exports to the UK saw a 6.8 percent drop compared to the same period last year, while Italian wine exports fell by seven percent. The data were released by Coldiretti, the Italian farmers' association. The figures confirm the fears expressed by Italy's winemakers in the run-up to and aftermath of the Brexit vote in June 2016. Italian wine producers have been particularly hard hit since last year’s UK referendum. Unfavourable exchange rates and increased tax on alcohol have made traditionally good value Italian wine more expensive for British consumers than it has ever been.


28-Jun-17 17:43. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

Italy to legalise killing of burglars who break in at night?

Italy is in the process of legalising killing burglars who break in at night. The new law could allow citizens to legally kill unarmed burglars who break into their property at night, as part of legitimate defence. Therefore, mind your family relations because someone could take the chance of getting rid of you pretending they thought you were a burglar. Joking apart, concern was raised towards possible pre-meditated murders within families, covered as legitimate defence.


28-Jun-17 17:41. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

Italy high up the table of complex tax systems

Italians have always complained about heavy taxation. From now on they could complain even more, as apparently Italy has one of the world’s most complex tax systems. The study was carried out by TMF, a global provider of business and compliance services, which has produced a financial complexity index, ranking 94 jurisdictions across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Pacific area and the Americas. TMF Group says it used four weighted complexity parameters, considering the accounting and tax rules and regulations in different jurisdictions, and the risks associated with non-compliance. Turkey is the world’s most difficult country for accounting and tax compliance, followed by Brazil. Turkey is the most complex jurisdiction in which to stay financially compliant because of the extremely high number of tax articles. Italy and Greece are in third and fourth places.


31-May-17 13:06. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Italy is giving away castles, inns and farmhouses!

If you’ve always dreamt of living in an Italian castle, this is your chance! Italy is giving away on a 9-year free lease 103 castles, towers, inns and farmhouses. However, all that glitters is not gold! To get hold of the luxury properties it’s necessary to turn them into tourism facilities, such as hotels, restaurants or care centres, leisure centres, training centres, artisan shops, Spas or medical care centres, to meet the needs of tourists, pilgrims and cyclists.


31-May-17 13:03. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (9)

2,000 Euro incentive to move to Bormida

The mayor of an Italian mountain village in Liguria is offering a bonus of €2,000 (£1,700) to anyone willing to move there, to boost its dwindling population of only 394 inhabitants. Daniele Galliano, mayor, of Bormida, the rural municipality in the mountainous Liguria region, posted an advertisement on Facebook seeking new inhabitants for his village. What makes the ad attractive, on top of the €2,000, is that the mayor is offering to newcomers a rent of just €50 (£40) a month for small properties, and €120 (£101) per month for bigger properties. The post had prompted international responses of people willing to relocate from the UK, US, Brazil, and Uganda, and in just two days reached its population target. However, the mayor specified that it was still only a proposal, which must be approved by the municipal council.


12-May-17 16:39. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

2,000 Euro fines for smelly cooking?

Be careful if you cook in Italy! Not only quality standards are very high in the “Bel paese” but also the smell of food must be kept under control or you risk to be fined up to 2000 euros. Italy's supreme court has recently ruled that bad cooking odours constitute a crime.


12-May-17 16:28. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Trump declares war - on the Vespa?

"Trump declares war on the Vespa", said a headline in the national Italian daily “Il Messaggero”. The vespa, a symbol of the “made in Italy” since the year of the film “La dolce Vita”, might become one of the first European brands to be affected by Donald Trump's protectionism.


12-May-17 16:26. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (7)

Progress against corruption?

Corruption is still a major problem for Italian companies. The 2017 survey conducted by EY entitled “Human instinct vs Machine logic: Which do you trust most in the fight against fraud and corruption?” showed that 71% of Italians consider corruption a core problem, but it is on its way to improvement. According to the survey businesses are worldwide operating in an increasingly uncertain climate because of rapid political, regulatory and economic changes.


07-Apr-17 15:40. By Michael Capocci | Comments (5)

Doctor Who, Status Quo, Lady Gaga and Picinisco linked?

Picinisco, a village in Lazio, is celebrating its 1000 year this year. Some Backhill readers will be descendants of families who first emigrated to the Uk in the late eighteen hundreds. What do a small village in the mountains of Central Italy, King Canute , Edinburgh in Scotland ,Winsor Ontario and Doctor Who have in in common ? King Canute came to the English throne in May 1017. He was the English monarch who famously tried to order the tide to retreat and almost drown himself because of his obstinacy This date is shared by the village of Picinisco which also celebrates its millennium this year.


07-Apr-17 15:34. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Italian Men should prefer Eastern European Women TV Uproar

Do Italian men prefer Eastern European women? According to a TV programme, broadcast by RAI/Uno (the Italian state owned television), Italian men should date Eastern European women for at least 6 good reasons. The graphic, “The threat comes from East”, introduced the show questioning whether Eastern European women were the ideal wives because they submit to men. The programme was immediately taken off the air after harsh protests on social media. The programme suggested that Eastern European women were better than Italian women because, among other reasons, they are "always sexy" and "are perfect housewives". The controversial programme was the afternoon show "Let's talk about it on Saturday", in Italian "Parliamone Sabato", hosted by Paola Perego. A group of celebrities discussed reasons why Italian men preferred dating Eastern European women.


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