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31-Oct-14 13:41. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (370)

Italian divorce scam in the UK

A new fraud “Italian style” has been reported by “The Financial times” and all the main newspapers in the UK and in Italy. 180 divorce cases have been overturned, in what have been defined as a “conspiracy to pervert the course of justice on an almost industrial scale”. Italians know how long and painful is the way to divorce in their country. Couples in Italy must undergo a three-year legal separation but if they are habitually resident in another EU country, such as the UK, they can divorce in a much shorter time.

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31-Oct-14 13:38. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (397)

Matera - the new European capital of culture

Matera is the European capital of culture. The City, shortlisted with Ravenna, Cagliari, Lecce, Perugia and Siena won the title with 7 votes out of 13. Matera is the first city in the South of Italy to be awarded the title after the other Italian cities in the centre and north, Firenze in 1986 and Genoa in 2008. The European capital of culture was created in 1985 to promote the EU member state’s historical cultural and artistic awareness. The title is assigned every year to two member states. In 2019, the other European capital of culture will be Plovdiv in Bulgaria.

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09-Oct-14 15:56. By | Comments (571)

Parma airport to close?

Italy's La Repubblica newspaper says the Northern Italian airport could be forced to close its doors should airport management fail to find a suitable partner before a shareholders meeting on October 14. The paper claims that despite the town hall's best efforts to find investment, the prospect of doing so is rather bleak at this point in time.

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09-Oct-14 15:50. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (151)

Fake Brunello di Montalcino discovered

Imagine you came back home from work, you’ve been looking forward to sip a glass of Brunello di Montalcino all day. You pour it into a glass and… it doesn’t taste as good as it should! It would be terrible wouldn’t it? Luckily it won’t happen for real as the Italian finance police confiscated the equivalent of more than 220,000 bottles of fake Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, before it was bottled for ageing and put on the market.

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19-Sep-14 15:53. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (21)

Facebook campaign to try to recall Padre Carmelo to St Peter's

After the announcement a few days ago that Padre Carmelo Di Giovanni will be transferred to Rome on Friday 19th September 2014, Giuseppe di Tano, tenor in the choir of St Peter’s church, and active member of the Italian community, is collecting signatures to have Padre Carmelo’s transfer revoked. 340 signatures have already been collected and a Facebook campaign has been organised to collect signatures in the hope that Padre Carmelo will return to London.

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19-Sep-14 15:48. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (7)

Padre Carmelo transferred to Rome

After 43 years as priest of St. Peter’s Church Padre Carmelo Di Giovanni has been transferred to Rome. The news was given a few days ago by Carmelo himself at the 11am mass. Since then many people came to say goodbye to Padre Carmelo even from far outside London. The London Italian community is bewildered and has shown deep affection and solidarity to Padre Carmelo, the parish of an “explosive church”, full of activities and always open to everyone. Gradually Padre Carmelo became a reference point for the Italian community and even nowadays Padre Carmelo has been always ready to help the new wave of Italian immigration, the so called “cervelli in fuga”, young professionals coming to London to find a better job.

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19-Sep-14 15:47. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (124)

17 year old Davide Bifolco shot dead by a Carabiniere - violent demonstrations follow

A few days ago, 17-year-old Davide Bifolco was shot dead by a Carabiniere in Naples. The boy was on a scooter with two other people and didn’t stop at the police block, so the carabinieri went after them. The Carabinieri have declared they were there to arrest a fugitive. One of the other boys on the scooter said they didn’t stop because the scooter wasn’t insured. The Traioano neighbourhood, the area in Naples were the tragic event took place, reacted with a violent demonstration, setting fire to police cars. As “Repubblica” reported, “The state doesn’t protect us but kills us. Let’s defend ourselves!” was written on a banner.

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01-Aug-14 13:58. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

Cost of living rises in Italy but bills remain amongst the lowest in Europe

According to a study by “Cgia” the expenditure for bills in Italy has undergone a crazy increase. Over the past 10 years, rates of key public services have registered a record increase. Water, for example, increased by 85.2%. Waste rose by 81.8%. The motorway toll costs were up by 50.1%. In the case of urban transport, the trend was similar: 49.6%. The complaint comes from the Cgia, the association of craftsmen in Mestre. Among the ten items considered in this analysis, only the phone services have undergone a decrease in prices: -15.9%. However, during the period considered, inflation increased by 23.1%. In spite of the liberalization that took place in recent decades, which have affected most of these areas, the results obtained were not very satisfactory. Broadly speaking Italians were asked to pay more, but the quality of services didn’t undergo major improvements. However, despite the strong increases the bill rates remain the lowest in Europe.

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01-Aug-14 13:55. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (202)

180 Italian City Councils on the brink of failure

180 Italian city councils are on the brink of failure. Budget difficulties are wide spread not only in areas where criminal organizations operate, such as Casal Di Principe, but also in towns such as Alessandria which now protests against the unequal granting of benefits to large debtors such as Rome or Naples

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10-Jul-14 16:48. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (246)

Vintage car tax "dodge" in Italy?

A very old car in Italy can be a good bargain. Cars older than 20 years can, with a little trick, circulate tax free. The TV program “Report” threw light on another “furbata” Italian style. First of all in Italy vintage cars (auto d’epoca) and historical cars (auto storiche) are not at all the same thing. Vintage cars are disbarred by PRA (pubblico registro automobilistico) and can circulate only for rallies. Historical cars must be registered and can always circulate. But what is the difference between a historical car and just an old one?

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