07-Mar-13 10:57. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

State aid for the elderly in Italy

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)

Terremoti in Italia

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.


07-Mar-13 10:42. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Pompei Renovation update

The “grande progetto Pompei” came to life. The first two construction sites were opened in February. The project aims to requalificate the archaeological site of Pompei by the end of 2015. 105 million Euros have been allocated by the EU, “Fesr” (Fondo Europeo per lo Sviluppo Regionale) and the Italian Government, to restore one of the biggest open- air museums of the world. There are two interventions foreseen for the project Pompei of 105 million Euros, of which 42 million is to be paid by Brussels and the rest divided between the Italian Government and the Campania region.


18-Feb-13 17:35. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (76)

Italian Cultural Heritage at Risk

Italian cultural heritage is at risk for various factors, from thieves to neglect and lack of investments. The international public opinion was recently shaken by the Girolamini library scandal. Thousands of rare and antique books last year were discovered to have disappeared from the 16th century Girolamini library complex in Naples. The case arose last year when a visiting art historian Tommaso Montanari pointed out the chaos in the way of cataloguing the books and keeping them. When the prosecutors investigated, the former director of the library Massimo Marino de Caro was arrested for the illegal selling of the precious books in Italy and abroad.


18-Feb-13 17:29. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Arandora Star Tragedy remembered in London, Scotland, Wales and Italy

The sinking of Arandora Star represents the biggest tragedy of the Italian community in the UK. Among the 841 victims, 446 were Italians. Memorials have been erected in the last years in London, Scotland, Wales and Italy to commemorate their lives. The most recent memorial to be inaugurated was the London memorial at St. Peter’s church. As Victor Menozzi told us, “The Arandora Star London Memorial was a long overdue project in the current form of naming the London Italian victims. A group was formed via the Mazzini Garibaldi Club, consisting of Domenic Pini chairman, Peter Capella who designed the Memorial, myself, John Besagni, Sue and Osvaldo Antoniazzi, Peter Bertoncini and Kay Lorenzato.


31-Jan-13 17:18. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

St Peter's Club - a community rock since 1959

The St. Peter’s club has recently celebrated its Golden Jubilee. Let’s retrace its compelling story from the late 50s to now. The flow of Italian immigrants to London in the 50s and beginning of the 60s was so significant that the Italian community started to feel the need to find a gathering point where they could share their experiences of being foreigners in a big city in their own language as most of immigrants had little command of the English language and could therefore only converse with other Italian speakers. In 1959 the priest of the Italian Church, reverend G De Filippi came up with the idea of creating a youth club where Italian immigrants could gather once a week to discuss their religion and to socialise.


31-Jan-13 17:14. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

A brief history of OGI from 1978 onwards

The idea of staging a sporting event for Italian youngsters and their friends within the UK in which to take part, regardless of their sporting ability, was suggested at a meeting of the St. Peter’s Italian Youth Club by Tony Tozzi in 1978. Vittorio Heizzl and the committee took up the challenge and set about inviting all the various Italian Clubs, Associations and Italian Schools within the UK to compete. In 1980 the first Olimpiade della Gioventù Italiana (UK) was held on the last bank holiday of May at Barnet Copthall Stadium. Over 900 youngsters between the ages of 9-21 from as far afield as Scotland competed over three days in a variety of athletic and sporting events ranging from track & field, boxing, rugby, football, netball and swimming, with Scotland being crowned overall champions. Following the success of these games, St Peter’s Italian Youth Club decided to repeat them again every two years on the last bank holiday of May.


31-Jan-13 17:10. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

COASIT - helping teaching the Italian Language since 1977

COASIT (Commitato assistenza scuole italiana) was established on 15th June 1977 with the aim of keeping alive the feeling of belonging to Italy in the Italians living in the UK. For this reason COASIT took care and developed the assistance and the cultural offer in favour of the Italian immigrants.


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.


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