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05-Jun-15 14:04. By Giulia Lombardo, Mail online | Comments (56)

Italian Villages for sale (one on ebay!)

Do you fancy a village in Italy? You can buy it on eBay! Calsazio in Val Locana, on the Piedmont side of Gran Paradiso was on sale on ebay for 245 thousand Euros, the equivalent of the price of an apartment in the city. But at this price you can buy 14 houses made of wood and stone. In other towns, mayors are selling houses for 1 Euro in the hope of keeping the villages alive and to prevent them from becoming ghost towns. Some of them need thousands of Euros in restoration. But you could also get by with 18,000 Euros.

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05-Jun-15 14:01. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (100)

Italy has almost 20,000 ghost towns

Italy has nearly 20,000 ghost towns, remains of a glorious past full of history, that are totally or partly abandoned. The population had left for lack of jobs, or natural disasters, such as earthquakes and floods, or the lack of running water and electricity. With a few thousand Euros it is possible to purchase one or more buildings. There are also entire villages put on the market.

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05-Jun-15 13:59. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (97)

Some top Italian bankers based in London

The biggest global banks in London have a weakness for Italian and Spanish managers. As “Bloomberg business” reported, over the past five years at five of the biggest global banks in London the new heads of mergers and acquisitions are Italian or Spanish. Italian banker Gilberto Pozzi has recently been appointed co-head of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. worldwide M&A team and Diego de Giorgi is the new co-head of global investment banking of Bank of America Corp.

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08-May-15 10:33. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

3 Italian Directors competing at Cannes Film Festival

For the first time in 20 years three Italian directors Matteo Garrone, Nanni Moretti and Paolo Sorrentino entered the official selection of Cannes film festival. Matteo Garrone’s “The Tale of Tales,” is a horror/fantasy English language film with Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and John C. Reilly. Loosely based on "Lo Cunto de li cunti" by Giambattista Basile, Neapolitan writer of the seventeenth century. The film intertwines three different stories of three reigns with three different kings. Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” (“La Giovinezza”), is also in English, it narrates the story of Fred and Mick, two old friends both close to their eighties. They go on holiday in a hotel on the Alps. Fred is a composer and orchestra director who has been offered to make a comeback. Mick is a film director writing what he thinks will be his most important film. In Nanni Moretti’s “Mia Madre,” the actress Margherita Buy interprets a film director in crisis, shooting a film on a factory occupation with an indiscipline actor (John Turturro). The director is also engaged in the relationships with her dying mother and her teenage daughter. Nanni Moretti interprets her brother Giovanni.

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08-May-15 10:30. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Fast Divorce in Italy

Italian society is definitely changing, conforming to the rest of Europe for what concerns morals and the influence of the Catholic Church on Politics. Divorce in Italy came after a long battle and the procedure has always been very long and complicated. Things have changed now with the new “fast divorce” taking just six months in case of agreement of both parts.

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17-Apr-15 15:30. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Neapolitan Pizza to be protected by Unesco?

Is Neapolitan pizza an intangible heritage element requiring urgent measures to be kept alive? Apparently yes! Italy has chosen Neapolitan pizza as its candidate for protection under UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. According to the UNESCO website, the UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list is composed of intangible heritage elements that communities and States consider in need of urgent measures to keep them alive.

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17-Apr-15 15:27. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

The changing ownership of some of Italy's top brands

Can made in Italy still be considered Italian? The top Italian industries in the fashion and food sectors have gradually been bought by foreign companies. Here are some of the well-known brands no more in Italian hands: Barilla, was sold to the Americans; L'Alitalia was sold to the French; Plasmon to the Americans; Gucci is also in French hands; Buitoni was taken over by the Swiss Nestlè together with Baci perugina, I gelati dell’antica gelateria del corso and Buitoni. Also Gancia was sold to the Russians and Carapelli became Spanish.

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30-Mar-15 10:44. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

Italy's traditional Easter dishes

Easter is rather early this year but Italians are always ready to prepare traditional dishes. On Easter morning families will gather at the table together for the typical savoury breakfast, that is: the savoury cake made with cheese, eggs and salami. It’s rather a heavy breakfast which will be probably followed by an even heavier lunch, after which it will be probably necessary to take a nice long walk to help to digest, hoping for good weather.

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30-Mar-15 10:42. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Pompeii's Villa of mysteries reopens

Pompeii’s Villa of Mysteries has recently reopened to the public after a two-year restoration. The Villa is famous for its burnt orange and red wall-paintings depicting an initiation into the cult of Dionysus, the God of wine.

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30-Mar-15 10:38. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

Is the poet Dante turning in his grave as the Italian language declines?

Is the poet Dante turning in his grave as the Italian language declines? The CNN website has recently published an article on the decline of the Italian language. The author, Silvia Marchetti, freelance reporter and writer, pointed out that Italy is becoming illiterate. Marchetti said that many Italians are clueless on grammar and don't even know how to use verbs properly. So, the land where Latin originated and from which many other European languages descend is becoming ignorant when it come to using correct Italian.

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