31-Oct-14 13:30. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

EU's Frontex's Triton to replace Mare Nostrum

EU border agency Frontex's “Triton” naval mission will become effective from the 1st of November. It will not replace Italy's “Mare Nostrum” sea search-and-rescue operation, but Angelino Alfano, the Italian Ministry of Internal affairs announced that “Mare nostrum” will be called off when Triton will enter into force. The two missions have different aims and different budgets at their disposals so the cancellation of Mare nostrum is likely to put in danger the lives of millions of immigrants.


09-Oct-14 15:48. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

A typical day in the life of an Italian?

The film director Gabriele Salvatores, 1991 foreign-language Oscar winner for “Mediterraneo”, with the support of the producing house Indiana, asked the Italian population to film one day in their life: the 26th of October 2013. Italians sent 44,000 videos for a total of 2,200 hours of videos. Salvatores and his team selected and edited the videos so as to tell the world what a day in the life of an Italian looks like.


09-Oct-14 15:47. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Reduction in punishment for rape if atti di minore gravità” (actions of less importance) can be demonstrated.

A shocking verdict of the court of appeal has established that a punishment reduction is possible for a man accused of rape if the mitigating circumstance of “atti di minore gravità” (actions of less importance) can be demonstrated. The defendant of a 48 year old Venetian, convicted of abuse in the family and sexual violence against his wife, requested for extenuating circumstances because the abuse occurred only when he was drunk. The thesis was strongly opposed by Attorney General Pietro Gaeta, who urged the inadmissibility of the request.


19-Sep-14 15:42. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

Want to buy Villa Pinocchio?

Villa Garzoni in Collodi, in the province of Pistoia, also known as the Villa of the hundred windows or Pinocchio’s villa, is up for sale. The price is around € 19 million. The added value of this unique property is the myth of Pinocchio which attracts thousands of people every year to Collodi from all over the world.


19-Sep-14 15:40. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

2014 Grape Harvest

According to Coldiretti the grape harvest 2014 might provide to be the poorest since 1950. Their estimation was that bad weather was the main cause. The Italian wine production this year might be less than 41 million hectolitres, but it will still depend on the last weeks of September.


19-Sep-14 15:38. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Bad weather damages summer tourism

Summer is ending, but has it ever really started this year? For the first time in 20 years Italians are going back to work with the feeling that Summer never happened. Summer 2014 will be remembered as the worst in the last 20 years in terms of tourists’ presence and bad weather. According to Codacons only one Italian out of four went on holiday this year and the damage on Italy’s tourism industry is significant. Rain, storms and strong winds have affected the Italian coast all through the Summer causing a reduction of presence on the beach of about 50%.


01-Aug-14 13:52. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)

200 years of The Carabinieri

The Carabinieri celebrate this year their 200th anniversary. The Force was founded on the 13th of July 1814 by Vittorio Emanuele I, Duke of Savoy and King of Sardinia, almost half a century before modern Italy was formed. The Carabinieri were established on the model of the French police force with civil and military duties. Who are the Carabinieri? Are they the Italian Police? Not really. In Italy there are two police forces the “Polizia” and the “Carabinieri”. They have a different history, organization and functions. The police are a civil force under the Home office, the Carabinieri are an armed force under the Ministry of defence and they can exert civil functions and also carry out foreign missions with the army.


01-Aug-14 13:48. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (10)

Giorgio Faletti, actor, writer,painter, song writer and singer

Giorgio Faletti, actor, writer, painter, song writer and singer, passed away in Turin on the 4th of July 2014. Giorgio Faletti was born on the 25th of November 1950 in Asti, Piedmont. He obtained a degree in law and performed cabaret at the “Derby” of Milan with Teo Teocoli, Diego Abatantuono, Massimo Boldi, Paolo Rossi e Francesco Salvi. His career in television began with Raffaella Carrà in "Pronto Raffaella". He soon became one of the most popular TV comedians of the 80s, with his famous character, Vito Catozzo in the programme “Drive in”.


01-Aug-14 13:45. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (80)

100th anniversary celebrations of Gino Bartali

Italy celebrated the 100th anniversary from the birth of Gino Bartali, the cycling champion who won the tour de France on the eve of the second world war, and died in 2000. For the occasion Bartali has been remembered in Tuscany with a special bike ride, a dinner a parade and free museum tours.


10-Jul-14 16:46. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Italy is the most expensive in the Med

According to a study by “Coldiretti” Italy is the most expensive country of the Mediterranean area. The study, conducted on Eurostat data revealed that “il bel paese” is on average more expensive by 10 per cent compared to the rest of the Mediterranean area. Therefore, Eating and sleeping in Italy costs much more than other destinations. The higher prices are mostly due to the cost of food and accommodation as hotels and restaurants cost about 10% more. The most convenient destination in the Mediterranean area, for hotels and restaurants is Montenegro, where you pay 37% less than the EU average, followed by Croatia with 26% less, Portugal, where the saving is 23% and Turkey where it is 22% lower than the European average.


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