14-Nov-12 13:16. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (14)
Two high speed trains compete on the two major Italian trunk routes: Milan to Naples and Turin to Venice. They are “Freccia rossa” and “Italo”.
The “Freccia rossa” trains travel along the Alta Velocità (High Speed) line between Turin and Salerno with fast, frequent connections and regular times.
“Italo” is an ultra-modern train designed by Alstom which serves two lines: Milano-Salerno with stops at Milan, Turin, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Naples, Salerno and Venezia-Roma with stops at Venice, Padua, Florence, Rome.
07-Nov-12 17:18. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)
The grape harvest production this year has been just a little less than last year. Hot weather and drought had, as “Confagricoltura” reported, a negative influence on grapes during the Summer.
In Tuscany, Umbria, Lombardy and Emilia Romagna the shortage of water had a bad impact on the volume of white grape and the high temperatures anticipated the harvest of at least 15 days.
In the rest of Italy, apart from Sicily, the production has been less than usual, but the quality hasn’t been affected and there has been a very low incidence of plant diseases.
29-Oct-12 17:31. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)
The smell of roasted chestnuts is a typical flavour of Italy which accompanies the beginning of the cold season.
Chestnuts can be eaten roasted, boiled and in many other ways. There are some delicious products derived from chestnuts: a typical Italian cake “castagnaccio” is a flat, dense cake made from chestnut flour. “Montblanc” is a mountain of whipped cream with meringue underneath, topped with chestnut paste and marron glace’. Even marron glace’ gelato exists, the creamy, smooth ice cream is studded with bits of marron glace’.
Chestnuts can also be used to make beer: Italy produces an extraordinary number of chestnut beers. The most famous and easy to find in Rome is “Birra del borgo”.
26-Oct-12 10:08. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)
According to the Italian Justice Minister Paola Severino corruption in Italy is as bad as it was 20 years ago, when the “Tangentopoli” (Bribesville) scandal broke out in the early 1990s.
A few days ago “Libera”, “Legambiente” e “Avviso pubblico” made public their report on corruption, “Corruzione, le cifre della tassa occulta che impoverisce ed inquina il paese” which also takes into account the most recent data of Eurobarometer 2011.
17-Oct-12 13:10. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (10)
Just a few days ago the “Consiglio di Stato” rejected the decree of the “Ministero del Tesoro” on taxation of some of the Church’s properties.
In 2010 the EU investigated on whether tax free properties of the Church in Italy could be classified as illegal state aid.
The European Commission, is going to heavily fine Italy for the taxes not paid by the Church on commercial real estates.
17-Oct-12 13:05. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (12)
What emerges from an analysis of “Coldiretti” based on Istat data for the second quarter of 2012 is that during the financial crisis there was a hiring boom in agriculture which is the sector with the highest increase in the number of employees (a record increase of 10.1 per cent), in sharp contrast with the general trend that shows high levels of unemployment.
The positive trend in agriculture is particularly important because it is the result of a record growth of 13.7 per cent in the north but also of 3.5 percent in the south, while there is a slight decrease in central Italy (- 3.2 per cent).
09-Oct-12 13:22. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)
Nowadays, in the industrialised world everyone can afford it and even in difficult economical times Coldiretti estimates that Italians will spend 2.5 billion Euros on gelato this year!
Though, it has not always been like this. A long time ago ice-cream was a symbol of power, because ice and salt were expensive ingredients that only aristocrats could afford.
This is only part of the precious information on ice-cream you’ll find at the new free entrance Carpigiani gelato museum which collects for the first time in a museum the complete history of Gelato, recipes and machineries from the first invention to the modern techniques of ice-cream production.
09-Oct-12 13:19. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)
In the last year, the sales of bicycles in Italy has surpassed for the first time, since World War II those of cars.
This is what the newspaper Repubblica recently reported, analysing bicycles sales and car sales during the last year.
01-Oct-12 15:15. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)
Armani presented an androgynous style for his collection, made out of masculine tight jackets in contrast with more gentile trousers.
The most acclaimed was Miuccia Prada’s collection which surprised the audience with a Japanese-inspired style. According to many fashion journalists Prada confirmed to be one of the most independent and creative artists in the industry.
10-Sep-12 15:41. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)
The Italian community gathered as usual around St Peter’s church for the annual Procession in honour of “Santa Maria del Monte Carmelo”, held in the middle of July almost every year since 1896. The procession is the first outdoor Roman Catholic manifestation of faith since the time of Henry the VIII's Reformation and it is now one of the few events of this kind in London.
Thousands of Anglo-Italians and tourists joined the “Sagra” and followed the procession which joyfully moved around the perimeter of the Church.
The “sagra” was introduced in the 70’s by Beppy Giacon and Florindo (Fred) Rizzi to encourage people of the community to participate after the Italians no longer lived in the area. At the beginning, the event was held in the car park, then they obtained authorisation to use the street.
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