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.


09-Oct-12 13:19. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Bicycles more popular than cars in Italy!

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)

Milan Fashion Week September 2012

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)

London Sagra and Procession 2012

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.


10-Sep-12 15:37. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

"La crisi cambia la spesa e le vacanze degli italiani"

“Mamma mia!” the stereotype of Italians eating pasta all day is now more than ever becoming closer to the truth! The report "La crisi cambia la spesa e le vacanze degli italiani" on the first 5 months of 2012, of Coop Italia for the National assembly of Coldiretti reported that Italians eat more pasta (+3%) and less meat (-6%) while food consumption decreased by 1.5 %. Unfortunately this doesn’t mean that they pay more attention to their health and that they control their weight. People are spending more on cheap foods, for example bread +3%, pasta and white meat (+1%).


23-Jul-12 18:11. By Mark Rossi | Comments (0)

Calling all ex-Anglo Italian League Players

Calling all ex-Anglo Italian league players. AC Finchley are fielding an adults team to play in the West Herts & District Premier League. We are looking for an experienced manager and players. Please call Mark Rossi if you are interested. 07917024589 or email mark.rossi@bt.com


11-Jul-12 11:32. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (12)

Mario Balotelli - a brief history

What’s so special about this young man who dedicated his goals against Germany to his foster Mum? Apart from his undisputed talent and a moody, undisciplined, character this 21 year old is the first football player of African origins to become a national hero.


11-Jul-12 11:26. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (122)

Italian Olympic Team Dressed by Armani

The Italian team is getting ready for the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in East London on July 27. On this special occasion they will be wearing the uniforms designed by Giorgio Armani. The games promise to be very fashionable as not only Armani but also U.S. designer Ralph Lauren and Britain’s Stella McCartney have created stylish kits for their respective national teams. For the first time the Italian fashion designer, one of the most acclaimed in the world, leaves his sober and sophisticated mark on the most important sport event of our times.


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