01-Jul-15 11:22. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (141)

Prisoners working at Expo 2015

100 prisoners have been chosen to work for the six months at Expo 2015. The project aimes at the reintergration of the prisoners and has been made possible thanks to an agreement signed in 2009 between the Ministry of Justice and Milano Expo. The programme foresees the participation of one hundred prison inmates from various prisons in Lombardy, working different shifts in logistic and hospitality services, helping both Expo staff and visitors. Numerous foreign convicts have been involved also because 35% of the convicts in Lombardy are non-Italian. Also women prisoners are involved, in respect of their presence in the overall prison population, that is 7-8%.


01-Jul-15 11:13. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (60)

Italian Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti's latest achievement

The Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti completed her space mission “Futura” and landed in the Kazakh steppe after a three-hour ride in the Soyuz spacecraft together with NASA astronaut Terry Virts and Russian commander Anton Shkaplerov. Not only is the Italian Samantha Cristoforetti the seventh ESA astronaut and the first female ESA astronaut to complete a long-duration mission in space, but she has also set new records for the longest single time in space for an ESA astronaut and for female astronauts in general. Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has been on the International Space station for almost 200 days, breaking the record of 195 days set by NASA’s Sunita Williams back in 2007.


01-Jul-15 11:10. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (63)

The Extraordinary Italian Taste Logo

Milan Expo celebrates the "The Extraordinary Italian Taste" presenting the first logo certifying the “made in Italy” in the world. In the new logo the words "The Extraordinary Italian Taste" accompanies an Italian flag with three waves symbolysing the concept of growth and developement. The shape of the flag gives also the impression that someone has taken a bite of it, to suggest the impossibility of resisting Italian food. The brand was created by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and the Ministry of Economical development to certify the quality of Italian products in the world.


01-Jul-15 11:02. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (117)

Made in Italy Awards 2015

Made in Italy awards, the recognition dedicated to the made in Italy opened the selections for its 2015 edition in New York. Applications can be submitted untill the 15th of June. The initiative, which obtained the patronage of the Italian trade agency (ITA) - the government organisation promoting the internationalisation of Italian companies, in line with the strategies of the Ministry for Economic Development of Italy - is meant to celebrate Italian excellence and success in the United States.


05-Jun-15 14:04. By Giulia Lombardo, Mail online | Comments (65)

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.


05-Jun-15 14:01. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (137)

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.


05-Jun-15 13:59. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (126)

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.


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.


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.


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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