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14-Apr-16 16:54. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Borghi under threat

The existence of Italian “borghi” (small municipalities) is threatened by a new regulation which forces hilltop villages to merge with larger municipalities. According to the mayors of the borghi the measure might cause the perishing of an important part of Italian culture and tradition, considering that rural villages are already menaced by rural poverty, which is causing for many of them to be abandoned, and natural disasters have in some cases made it impossible for the inhabitants to continue living there. From the Piedmont region in the north-west to Puglia in the south-east, 112 mayors of borghi declared war on the proposed legislation that will see all towns with a population of less than 5,000 people merged into larger municipalities.


14-Apr-16 16:52. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Be careful how you dress in Salerno - you could be fined

A new anti-vice law in Salerno makes it illegal to look like a prostitute in public. Wearing skimpy skirts, high heels and acting flirtatiously might cause women a £400 fine for “violating urban decorum”. Let's just hope that the boundary between fashion and the exhibition of the female body for commercial purposes will always be easy to judge. Therefore, if you visit Salerno this summer be aware of your outfit!


24-Mar-16 17:43. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Cinque Terre to limit tourism

The Cinque Terre, "The Five Lands" are one of the top worldwide tourist destinations, comprised of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site. The booming tourist trade has had a great impact on the picturesque coastal towns which have become overcrowded and overwhelmed with tourists. The effect on the scenic Ligurian site is deleterious. About 2.5 million tourists poured into the picturesque park in north-west Italy’s Liguria region last year to visit the five small fishing villages. This beautiful coastal area risks being destroyed by coach parties and cruise ships from which disembark around 650,000 visitors a year, causing unmanageable peaks in numbers at certain times. The great number of visitors are causing damage to centuries-old footpaths that connect the villages along the rugged coastline.


24-Mar-16 17:42. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Kebab threat to Italian Cuisine

Is Kebab threatening Italian cuisine? A recent boom in kebab shops affected some Italian cities spreading concern about protecting Italian cultural and culinary heritage. Verona's Mayor Flavio Tosi, originally member of the far-right Northern League party, introduced a rule prohibiting the opening of any new restaurants offering mostly "ethnic" or “deep-fried food” in the city. The provision was introduced to preserve the decorum of the city and the historic and architectural patrimony of the centre, but also to protect the typical food of the Verona territory.


24-Mar-16 17:41. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Pizza popularity - but is it the real thing?

Pizza has become one of the favourite foods around the world. As reported by “The Guardian”, weekly consumption of chips, pizza, crisps and ready meals has soared in the last years in the UK but in recent times there have been also moves towards healthier diets. For example low calories soft drinks have become popular, along with skimmed milk and the increasing consumption of fresh fruit. Adults in the UK now eat an average of 75g of pizza every week compared with none in 1974, while the consumption of pasta has almost tripled over the same period. Unfortunately when we talk about pizza we often refer to the frozen of fast food product and not to the original fresh Italian one. Pizza is often associated with junk food but there is nothing unhealthy in it if it's made with the original ingredients, respecting its traditional making.


25-Feb-16 18:46. By | Comments (6)

Woman faces trial in Italy for being a bad housewife

The Telegraph reports that an Italian woman faces trial for failing to clean the marital home and refusing to cook for her husband.


25-Feb-16 18:32. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (11)

Ryanair Cutting Back In Italy due to Italian Taxation?

Is Italian tourism threatened by taxation? Italians always complain of the country's very high taxation, which is now discouraging foreign companies such as Ryanair from operating in the country. The Italian government this year raised departure taxes by 40 percent, that is to 9 euros per passenger from 6.50 euros, to help subsidise lay-offs of the former flag carrier Alitalia, as a consequence Ryanair has announced that it will cut 16 routes and 600 jobs in Italy


19-Feb-16 14:30. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (12)

Major global report states Italy is one of Europe's most corrupt countries

A major global report by Transparency International states that Italy is one of Europe's most corrupt countries. Corruption costs Italy €60 billion, four percent of its GDP according to the Italian Court of Auditors, but things have improved since last year. The report included 174 countries and Italy came 61st together with Senegal, Montenegro and South Africa, but things became better in the last year as Italy climbed up in the ranking by eight places.


19-Feb-16 14:28. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Ancient statues covered during Rome visit by Iran's President

Polemics arose in Italy regarding the covering of ancient statues during the visit of the Iranian president in Rome. The Italian president, Matteo Renzi and the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani met at the Capitoline Museum for a joint press conference. The meeting was part of the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani state visit in Rome to discuss various international business deals, after economic sanctions against Iran were lifted. To welcome the Iranian president the nude statues on view in the museum had been encased in white boxes, reportedly to avoid offending the Iranian president. This initiative has been widely criticised by the press.


19-Feb-16 14:25. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Minister calls for army to be deployed to Naples to combat Mafia

According to the Italian interior minister, Angelino Alfano the Italian army should be deployed to Naples to combat an explosion of drug-related mafia violence. Sending troops to Naples would be a help for the police, allowing more officers to concentrate on fighting the mafia. Alfano reported that everywhere else in Italy crimes are decreasing, but in Naples the number of murders are on the increase. He told La Repubblica that such a high demand for drugs has allowed the Camorra today to have a degree of power that it has never had before in its history.


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