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.


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.


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