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.


10-Jul-14 16:42. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

Small signs of recovery this summer

The long awaited summer holidays are about to come. Small signs of recovery come from the Confesercenti-SWG survey on summer vacations. According to Confesercenti 27 million Italians will go on holiday, but one in three will remain at home. The overall expenditure will be 21.5 billion 3.2 less than last year. August is still the favourite month, but less people will go to the sea.


20-Jun-14 12:36. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (271)

21 new additions to "Bandiera Blu"

Crystal clear seawater on Italian coasts this year. The number of “Blue flags” accredited shores grew to 269 with 21 new entries. “Bandiera Blu” (blue flag) is the international recognition of the Foundation for Environmental Education (Fee) in Italy. The number of municipalities which can boast the Blue Flag in 2014 rose to 140 (five more than last year). Liguria confirmed its primacy with twenty places awarded, while Abruzzo achieved the worst result going down to the tenth place as four of its localities lost their flags.


20-Jun-14 12:33. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Organic food in Italy becoming more popular

Italians are more and more organic food eaters. In spite of the decrease of general food consumption (-3.7%) in the first half of 2013, organic food purchase increased by almost 9%. These data were released by Aiab (Italian Association for Organic Agriculture) and were based on surveys of the “Italian Foundation for Research in Organic and Biodynamic Farming” and on surveys of “Ismea Gfk- Eurisko”.


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