31-Jan-13 16:54. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

A brief history of Villa Scalabrini Shenley

Villa Scalabrini represents a milestone in the history of the Italian community in the UK, not only because it looks after some of the pioneer Italian immigrants but also as a gathering point and one of the headquarters of the fund raising events of the Italian associations in London. The catholic care home in Shenley in Hertfordshire was established in 1986, mainly for the Italian community. It is now open to all cultures, religions and nationalities but Italian is still the most spoken language.


16-Jan-13 12:35. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (295)

"A better life" by Olive Besagni

“A better life”, by Olive Besagni is a collection of almost forty oral histories of Italian families who emigrated at the beginning of the 19th century from Northern and later Southern Italy, in search of a better life in London. The book vividly describes what “the hill” meant for the Italian community, a piece of Italy in London. From their own stories emerges their courage in the face of hardship, their jobs, childhood dreams and preoccupations. The strong family relationships of the Italians are portrayed together with their faith and the devastating effects of two world wars.


16-Jan-13 12:17. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (32)

La Scuola Italiana a Londra grows

The project for an Italian school in London started in 2005 to meet the request of the Italian community of having a school that could preserve its cultural heritage, but also looked for an education programme that would provide a connection with the experience of living in London. The general plan is for the school to take students from nursery (age 3) up to the end of high school (maturità). The school offered Early Years, from September 2010, while Primary school opened, from September 2012. New classes will open as the children grow older.


18-Dec-12 16:56. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (53)

Panettone and Pandoro costing 30 euro per kilo?

During the Christmas holidays Panettone and Pandoro are the masters of the table. Last year 72 million Panettoni were sold. 10 million were crafted products.Handmade Panettone and Pandoro cost 25 to 30 euro per kilo, while industrial products are around an average of six to seven euro for the best known brands, a figure which may fall to about two euro in the case of sub-brands.


11-Dec-12 14:50. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (47)

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in 400m Euro tax evasion trial

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are involved in a trial in which they are accused of evading more than 400 million Euros in tax. Dolce & Gabbana - whose style takes inspiration from Italy's film history and their trademarks include the use of underwear as outerwear, gangster boss pinstripe suits, and extravagantly printed coats - are accused of alleged tax evasion of about 420 million Euro each, plus 200 million of tax evasion related to the company Gado in Luxembourg.


05-Dec-12 10:21. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Is Italian hoolaganism that bad?

After the violent attack on Tottenham Hotspur supporters at the Drunken Ship pub in Campo de’ Fiori in central Rome, the Italian capital has been defined “The most dangerous city in Europe” (The Times) and “European football’s Stab City” (Daily mail).


26-Nov-12 14:41. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Mercatini Natale

The most famous and characteristic long established Christmas markets, are in Trentino Alto Adige: Riva del Garda, Bolzano, Bressanone, Brunico, Merano, Trento, Vipiteno. They are open from the last weekend of November until the Epiphany.


20-Nov-12 14:31. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (13)

Road accidents fall in Italy but up in the UK

During the last year the number of deaths due to road accidents have decreased by 5.6% in Italy, while, for the first time in ten years, they increased by 3% in the UK. Young people are the most affected in both Italy and the UK. In Italy deaths are mainly of young people in the age classes 20-24 and adults 35-39 years old. In the UK road accidents are the main killer among 16 to 24 year olds.


20-Nov-12 14:26. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Stagione venatoria del cinghiale

The Italian boar hunting season has officially started. The opening and the ending dates vary in every region but the “Stagione venatoria del cinghiale” goes in general from the beginning of October to the beginning of January. In Tuscany, one of the regions where the boar hunting has stronger roots, for example, it will be possible to hunt in the areas suited to the species from the 15th of October 2012 to the 15th of January 2013, in the not suited areas, from the 1st of October to the 31th December 2012, while in “Aziende Faunistico Venatorie” the boar hunting is allowed from the 1st of November to the 31th of January 2013. The complete calendar of the “stagione venatoria” in every Italian region can be found at http://www.federcaccia.org/calendari_venatori.php


14-Nov-12 13:21. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (58)

Italy is no longer the World's premier gold jewellery exporter

Just a few days ago the international news agency “Reuters” reported that Italy, the world's premier gold jewellery exporter, has been overtaken by India and the United States, because of its high cost base and tariff barriers. The Italian goldsmith sector leadership is also threatened by punitive import duties imposed by markets such as China, and competition from lower cost producers, benefiting from improving design skills and the availability of the latest technology.


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