07-May-13 14:47. By The London Italian Embassy Press Office | Comments (21)
The Italian Embassy at No. 4 Grosvenor Square is a fascinating place both for its art collection and for the history of the building in which it is housed.
The land occupied today by the square and the surrounding area were once part of the Manor of Ebury, which belonged to Westminster Abbey, and later came into the possession of the Crown. James I sold it in 1623 to private purchasers, and then in 1626 the Manor of Ebury was bought by Hugh Audley, who at his death passed to his wife, Mary Davies. She later married Sir Thomas Grosvenor, whose son, Sir Richard, started the development of the area around 1710. Sir Richard’ s plans were ambitious.
02-May-13 11:51. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)
A luxury wedding in Italy? Why not? It’s the new trend!
Like in a movie, foreign couples, especially Americans, choose Italy to say yes, bringing friends and family, and they also have an adjoining honeymoon in the “bel paese”.
6,180 weddings of foreigners have been celebrated in Italy In 2012.
24% of Americans engaged couples choose to celebrate their wedding away from home, opting for a beautiful exotic location or the Old Continent. Italy is one of their favourite destinations.
02-May-13 11:31. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)
The new ISTAT report “Use and abuse of alcohol in Italy “gives a detailed snapshot of alcohol consumption in Italy in the last 10 years.
Italians (women in particular) have been drinking less during the last 10 years but more often outside meal times.
Binge drinking is also on the decrease and it’s more popular among young boys and often associated with smoking and going to discos, music and sports events.
From 2002 to 2012 the daily consumption of alcohol has decreased by 24,6% and by 32,6% among women.
25-Apr-13 16:57. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)
The 52nd edition of the “Salone del Mobile” in Milan closed with an extremely positive result, with the over 2,500 Italian and foreign exhibitors at the “Salone Internazionale del Mobile”, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, “SaloneSatellite” and the “biennial Euroluce” / International Lighting Exhibition and “SaloneUfficio”.
There was a major influx of visitors from all over the world: Asian, U.S., South American and African countries, and strong interest from countries within the Russian area.
16-Apr-13 16:40. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)
Italy has lost one of the most important artists of the post-war Italian music scene, Enzo Jannacci. The Italian Singer-song writer, actor and stand-up comedian died on the 29th of March in a clinic in Milan at the age of 77 after fighting cancer for many years.
A multitalented man, a cardiologist in his day job and at the same time, an artist, Jannacci is considered one of the founders of Italian rock and roll music along with Adriano Celentano, Luigi Tenco and Giorgio Gaber, at that time just a schoolmate from high school, with whom he was destined to collaborated for over forty years.
Jannacci has written about thirty albums and soundtracks, some of which are now considered Italian popular music mile-stones.
22-Mar-13 16:50. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)
Cycling more, going out less, deserted shops… Italian habits are gradually changing because of financial hardship. More than one family out of two are not as economically stable as they were before. An increasing number of people are forced to use their savings to arrive at the end of the month and the number of people selling their gold has tripled.
14-Mar-13 17:02. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (36)
Going around Rome every Roman might have noticed a boom of cyclists in the city. As a matter of fact 170 thousand people cycle (habitually, at least 5 times per week) in the capital. It is an extremely surprising data as the number has doubled in just one year.
14-Mar-13 16:56. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)
Milan fashion week has just concluded. From the 20th to the 26th of February, the 126 new Autumn/Winter collections have been presented to the public in the 5 fashion hubs set up in the centre of Milan, Palazzo Giureconsulti, Palazzo Clerici, Castello Sforzesco and in the ancient Palazzo della Ragione.
07-Mar-13 10:57. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)
In Italy State aid for the care for the elderly is supplied by the Government and by local administrations.
One of the services available is the home care service, which can include basic nursing or rehabilitation services or more complex medical needs.
Welfare benefits are also available for Italian citizens of at least 65 years of age, regardless of their tax contribution in the previous years.
If they don’t have any income, or have an income of less than the limits established by law. For the year 2012, this limit is € 5,577.00 per year, increased to € 11,154.00 for married people.
07-Mar-13 10:49. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (46)
In 2500 years, Italy has been affected by more than 30,000 earthquakes of medium and high intensity (higher than the 4-5 on the Mercalli scale) and about 560 earthquakes of intensity greater than or equal to 8 on the Mercalli scale (an average of one every four and a half years). Only in the twentieth century, as many as 7 earthquakes had a magnitude equal to or greater than 6.5 (with effects ranging between the tenth and eleventh grade Mercalli). The highest seismicity is concentrated in the south central part of the peninsula - along the Apennines (Val di Magra, Mugello, the Tiber Valley, Val Nerina, Aquilano, Fucino, Liri Valley, Benevento, Irpinia) - in Calabria and Sicily, and in some northern areas, including the Friuli, the Veneto and Liguria west. Only Sardinia is not particularly affected by earthquakes.
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