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.


14-Nov-12 13:16. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (14)

Italy's High Speed Trains Freccia Rossa and Italo

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)

Risng cost of Italian wine

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 many facets of Chestnuts

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)

Corruption in Italy - some statistics

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)

EC to fine Italy for failing to tax Churches?

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)

Employment in agriculture up but poor weather hits harvests

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)

Gelato Museum

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.


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