05-Feb-16 16:14. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

The air that we breathe - affected by cars?

Italians love cars! In nearly all Italian cities, there are an average of 500 cars for every 1,000 inhabitants, and in the capital, Rome there are 732 cars for every 1,000 inhabitants. Many Italian cities, such as Rome, don't have a good public transport system. Most of the cities are not served by the tube, and buses are few and unreliable when it comes to timetables. As a consequence Roman citizens drive their cars or scooters wherever they want to go.


05-Feb-16 16:07. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

St Peter's Church Presepe

Peter Bertoncini and a small group of adults worked for about 7 full days to realise this year's presepe at St Peter's church. The nativity scene is visible as soon as one enters the church, and has a dimension of 9 for 6/7 metres. This year the background covered in stars is lighter in colour and the overall space occupied in the church has been increased. The presepe was planned to be ready by the 13th of December for the opening of the holy year. As every year, baby Jesus was carried in procession and placed in the manger at midnight of the 24th.


24-Dec-15 12:25. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Italy to reply to terrorism with culture

Following the November the 13th terror attacks in Paris, the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, announced that Italy would reply to terrorism with culture. An extra investment on security will be necessary and for this reason €500 million euros would be allocated for cyber-security and for modernizing the police force, while another €500 million will be spent for the Italian armed forces. Another billion euros will also be spent on culture as the Prime Minister announced that for every extra euro invested in security, an extra euro must be invested in culture. The plan is to invest in projects in large cities and their outskirts and in incentives for young people. There will also be tax breaks for cultural associations.


24-Dec-15 12:23. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Italy in global first place for solar energy

According to the survey on "100 Italian Energy Stories" presented by energy utility Enel and Symbola Foundation, Solar electric (photovoltaic) systems account for 7.9% of electricity production in Italy, putting the country in global first place. In the world photovoltaic ranking, Greece accounts for 7.6% of electricity produced, Germany for 7%, Japan for less than 3% and the US and China for less than 1%. Among the same countries, Italy is in second place for energy efficiency within the national economy.


24-Dec-15 12:20. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Censis Study suggests dangerous poverty in future planning

According to the 49th edition of the “Censis” study on the social situation in Italy, the country is currently experiencing a "dangerous poverty in planning for the future". The main trend is a "day-to-day" mentality that tends to value individual interests over those of the wider community. The good news was that this year the purchasing power increased for the first time since the start of the financial crisis, but still 20% of Italian families are unable to cover all of their expenses with their income. The data wasn't positive for public healthcare though, as more than four out of 10 Italians said healthcare is worsening, a figure that increases to six out of 10 in Italy's south.


07-Dec-15 10:56. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

17 Masterpieces stolen in Verona

Armed bandits stole a collection of 17 rare paintings, masterpieces from 1400 to the 1600, worth about £10 million, from the 14th century Castelvecchio fortress in Verona in northern Italy. Among the stolen works of art there were masterpieces by Tintoretto, Rubens and Bellini. Some of the works are of lesser value but 11 of them are considered masterpieces. Being most of the works so famous it will be impossible to sell them on legal markets. Therefore, according to Italian authorities, the works had probably been stolen to order by an unscrupulous private collector. The Theft has been defined as one of the gravest ever in the history of Italian art. Among the stolen works are early Renaissance masterpieces such as “Madonna of the Quail” by Pisanello and six paintings by Tintoretto, among which "Male Portrait" and also there is the painting by Peter Paul Rubens "Portrait of a Lady".


07-Dec-15 10:50. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Sardinia's future under threat!

Sardinia, one of the most beautiful islands in Europe, and popular holiday destination for Italians and people coming from all-over the world, is under threat. Manufacturing plants and military testing grounds, have been set on part of Sardinia’s golden coastlines making much of it now inaccessible. It all started during the cold war when the world was divided in two separate areas of influence and Sardinia was a very important strategic point for America. It is now the most militarised area in Europe.


07-Dec-15 10:47. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italian Pensioners Relocating to Portugal

Due to the lack of job opportunities Italy has been defined many times as a country unsuitable for young people. Apparently now Italy is not good for pensioners either, as an increasing number of retired people go to live abroad. In the last two years a significant pensioners' exodus has taken place. It's another sign that life in Italy has become too expensive, and poor social security, and health care, don't make people feel happy to live the last years of their lives in Italy, considering also that they often have to support younger members of the family. In 2014 an amazing number of pensioners, 5.345 left Italy. The number has doubled since 2010 and last year they were 64% more than the year before. Many of them went to Tunisia, Romania, Bulgaria. 71% of pensioners emigrated over the past 5 years moved to other European countries (11,735), 10% to North America and 6% to South America. Only 434 people moved to Oceania, but the increase was very significant. The amount of pensions paid to retired people abroad amounts to about 300 million Euros from 2010.


10-Nov-15 11:25. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Rome's Mayor Ignazio Marino resignation after scandal

Rome's Mayor, Ignazio Marino, elected in 2013 with 64% of the vote, has resigned following a scandal over the city council credit card expenses. Prosecutors have ordered the finance police to seize all records of expenses Marino made using the city's credit card. The investigation was set off by a formal report from two opposition parties, the small right-wing Brothers of Italy (FdI) and the 5-Star Movement, currently the second-largest party in Italy after Marino's PD. The mayor could face embezzlement charges, being accused by the opposition of having spent 20,000 euros of taxpayers' money on private dinners.


10-Nov-15 11:19. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Milan Expo 2015 a success?

Milan Expo closed on the 31st of October 2015 with over 21.5 million visitors. It was a success in terms of public but among the things for which Expo will be remembered are the interminable queues.. Expo was attended by 60 heads of state and governments from all over the world: Chancellor Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, French President, Francois Hollande, the prime ministers of Spain and Britain, Mariano Rajoy and David Cameron, and the First Lady, Michelle Obama. The closing ceremony was presided by the Head of State, Sergio Mattarella. Roberto Maroni, Giuliano Pisapia and Agriculture Minister, Maurizio Martina also attended the ceremony.


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