21-May-12 14:07. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (61)

Electric Scooter developed in Italy used by Swiss Postal Services

Is Italy a country of wastes and contradictions? As far as ecology is concerned Italy seems to do well in terms of new inventions but not so well in terms of using them! In 2010 Italy appeared as a nation on the forefront of sustainable mobility presenting, at the Industrial Fair of Hanover, the first totally electric scooter designed for delivery. Since then the Electric scooter Oxygen has become quite popular abroad while it’s almost unknown and unutilised in Italy!


09-May-12 12:55. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Violence against women on the increase in Italy

The data of violence on women in Italy are quite alarming: 127 women have been killed by their lovers, brothers, husbands in 2010; 137, in 2011 and 54 in 2012, for an average of one woman killed every two days. Just a few days ago a group of protesters, in front of the Parliament, exposed 54 posters with the details of each woman violently killed by a man this year in Italy. The protesters asked for more attention from the media on violence on women and their aim was to encourage the politicians to face the problem with actions on prevention and legislation.


01-May-12 13:12. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (10)

The 5 Orders of Knighthood for services to Italy

There are five orders of Knighthood awarded in recognition of service to the Italian Republic. The degrees of knighthood are Knight (Cavaliere abbreviated Cav.), Officer (Ufficiale abbreviated Uff.), Commander (Commendatore abbreviated Comm.), Grand Officer (Gr. Uff.), Knight Grand Cross (Cav. Gr. Croce) and Knight Grand Cross with cordon. The Investiture takes place biannually on June the 2nd, the anniversary of the foundation of the Republic and on the 27th of December, anniversary of the promulgation of the Italian constitution. However those awarded for autonomous decision of the President, termination of service or given to foreigners can be made at any time.


20-Apr-12 17:34. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Procreative Tourism

In 2011 4,000 Italian couples went abroad to ask for medical assistance to have a child. This is what emerged from the fourth survey of the observatory of the so-called procreative tourism. Out of the 4,000 couples, more than 2,000 went abroad to receive heterologus fertilization (implantation of sperm or ovule coming from a donator). The other 2,000 decided to go abroad despite of the fact that they could have the same treatment in Italy, while 32 have been the requests for surrogacy abroad.


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16-Apr-12 10:39. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Wedding trends in Italy

Even though marriage is less popular than before and an increasing number of couples prefer just to live together without any formal agreement, marriage is a very big thing in Italy. The marriage day is usually supposed to be a luxurious experience to the extent that some families take loans in order to provide a memorable event for family and friends. Marriage like anything else is affected by international trends. This year bright colours come back into fashion! The new trends are quite international, but there are some local peculiarities related to a specific taste or traditional food, especially when it comes to the menu. In Italy local products and regional specialties, usually become an integral part of the wedding reception menu.


10-Apr-12 13:47. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (248)

Cheaper in Italy?

Mini Cooper Coupe, Clarks shoes, Cotton Traders and De Cecco pasta are some of the brands and products investigated by Giulia Lombardo as she seeks to establish price differentials between England and Italy.


03-Apr-12 17:50. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

Lamb or Kid Goat for Easter lunch?

Agnello or Capretto for Easter? This is like asking in the 70’s if you preferred the Beatles or Rolling Stones! Italians are strongly opinionated in terms of food so there’ s no messing about when it comes to traditional festivity menus. For the main course of the Ester menu you’ll get two different schools of thought. On one hand those who advocate for the superiority of the taste of Agnello (lamb) and on the other hand the supporters of Capretto (kid goat).


23-Mar-12 14:33. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (11)

“Natale con I tuoi, pasqua con chi vuoi!”

“Natale con I tuoi, pasqua con chi vuoi!” (Christmas with the family, Easter with whoever you like). This year 18 million Italians (7.2 million families) will go on holyday during the Easter weekend. That means 30% of the population (34% last year) while 53% will stay at home and 17% are undecided. According to the survey of “Confesercenti” only 24% will go to hotels, touristic villages, camping, while the majority will visit relatives and friends or they will go to their own holiday house (22%). Many others will try to save money with bed&breakfasts (10%), ”agriturismi” (10%) or a rented house (5%). According to “Confesercenti”, Italians will spend 9,7 billion euro, about 500 Euro on average for a 3 days holiday. 78% of the interviewed won’t spend more than 750 euro but 8% are going to spend at least 1.500 euro.


21-Mar-12 16:56. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (74)

How Motor Insurance in Italy differs from the UK

The good news is that you can drive a relative’s or a friend’s car in Italy without being named on the insurance contract yourself. As a matter of fact, in Italy the owner of a vehicle is obliged to stipulate a contract with an insurance company in order to cover the so called “Resonsabilità Civile Auto”. The RCA provides coverage for damage caused to other property or people while using a vehicle. The coverage is guaranteed even when the car is driven by other than the owner or the person who signed the contract. Also in the UK The Road Traffic Act requires all motorists to be insured against their liability for injuries to others (including passengers) and for damage to other people’s property, but, unlike in Italy, the policy might only cover driving by specified people. So for example in Italy all the members of a family and their friends with a driving licence can drive a family’s car, while in the UK this is only possible if the drivers are insured themselves.


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