23-Feb-18 16:52. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Elena Ferrante now a "The Guardian" regular

Italy can be proud of its bestselling mysterious author, writing under the name of Elena Ferrante, who now has a newspaper column in "The Guardian”, translated in English by her regular collaborator Ann Goldstein. In 2016, Ferrante was named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine and in 2017 she was one of the highest-earning novelist in the UK. Ferrante, whose real identity is still a mystery, despite an investigation claiming last year that she is the Rome-based writer Anita Raja, information that has never been confirmed, stated that her anonymity was important to her work and freed herself from the anxiety of notoriety. She also said she wanted to shield the Neapolitan community from which she drew her inspiration.


23-Feb-18 16:45. By | Comments (4)

The increase in fake news

Fake news has become an increasingly worrying phenomenon in Italy. Not only bogus reports appear daily on social media but also in newspapers, mostly as a result of journalists’ failure to check sources. To crack down on this emergency, the Italian government has launched an online service where people can report what they think might be fake news via a “red button” system on the website of Italy’s postal police, the division that tackles online crime.


23-Feb-18 16:43. By | Comments (6)

Chef Gualtiero Marchesi RIP

The legendary chef, Gualtiero Marchesi, died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 87, in Milan, his native city. Milan is going to dedicate a street to the famous chef who was the first Italian to gain three Michelin stars, in 1985. In his first restaurant, located on the central Via Bonvesin de la Riva in Milan, Marchesi invented his famous saffron rice with edible gold leaves and “Open Ravioli,” that features ravioli filling used as a condiment for pasta. He also created the “Fish Dripping,” a fish dish inspired by Jackson Pollock’s drip-style painting technique.


19-Jan-18 14:43. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Environmental Risks to Italy's heritage sites

Italy is one of the more tremor-prone countries on earth with heritage sites everywhere exposed to every risk including volcanoes and floods.


19-Jan-18 14:40. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Italy's largest businesses by Turnover

According to a recent study on the Italian companies with the highest turnover in the period 2016-2015 carried out by “Medio Banca”, large and medium size Italian companies resist to foreign competition in 5 sectors out of six, but foreign groups are gaining ground


19-Jan-18 14:38. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

Italy's Green Economy

The green economy is the best answer to the crisis and a challenge for the future. This was demonstrated by the numbers of “GreenItaly 2017”, the eighth report on Italian green economy by Fondazione Symbola and Unioncamere.


29-Nov-17 13:03. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

The 2017 Tiramisu World Cup

Italy is not going to the football World Cup but for the first time ever it had its first ever Tiramisù World Cup, which was held in Treviso on 5 November 2017. The competition awarded the best production of one of the nation’s favourite desserts. 720 people competed for the title of World Champion of Tiramisù in 6 meeting locations in the province of Treviso.


06-Nov-17 14:15. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

The tin of tomato sauce supply chain

When we buy a tin of tomato sauce we don’t often think about the labour process which allowed its creation, along the entire supply chain. We are becoming increasingly aware of the ingredients of the products we buy, but do we really know if the labour involved complied with the protection and security of the workers? The tomato industry has been frequently accused of taking advantage of migrants forced to work in slave-like conditions. In July 2015, Abdullah Muhammed, a 47-year-old legal Sudanese immigrant died from a heart attack while working in the fields of Nardó, in southern Italy. Allegedly the man would have been saved if he had been allowed to see a doctor. Muhammed worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week, without breaks, with no access to medical staff and earning an average of €30 a day.


06-Nov-17 14:11. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Truffle prices rise due to scarcity

A bad start for the truffle season: there are few available and at a high price. The white truffle stock market gave them on average at 35 euros per kilo and 45 euros for the most prestigious types, a peak price recorded only during bad harvests. This is going to be one of the worst seasons ever because of the summer drought. However, the Truffles available are healthy dry and scented and the most famous truffle fair in Italy, the white truffle Fair in Alba, has already recorded only in its first weekend more than 10,000 participants.


06-Nov-17 14:09. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Healthcare Tourism in Italy?

Dental care in Eastern Europe (Croatia and Hungary), Hepatitis C. treatments in India, assisted procreation in Spain and gender selection in Cipro. These are some of the most popular healthcare tourism destinations. Italy is now willing to step into the market. The country is planning to capitalise on its recent ranking as the world's healthiest nation in the Bloomberg Global Health Index of 163 countries, as well as underlining the added all-round benefits of Italy's culture, tourism and Mediterranean diet. The idea is to promote Italian medical expertise to private patients from non-EU countries. According to Italy's minister of foreign affairs Angelino Alfano the non-profit Health in Italy network - a concept which originated at Rome's Policlinico Universitario Campus Biomedico - could result in an increase in health turnover of over €5 billion a year.


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