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08-Apr-14 18:09. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (257)
After Venice manifested the desire to break away from Rome with an unofficial referendum, a movement in Sardinia expresses the wish that the island could belong to Switzerland. So they proposed an online petition for the island to be sold to Switzerland. As a matter of fact in Italy it has become more difficult to tell what is a joke, and what is serious, as much of the news coming from the “Bel paese” must sound like a joke to the rest of the planet, but it is not!
03-Apr-14 11:10. By editor | Comments (489)
A mayor becoming prime minister - wouldn't happen here quipped Boris Johnson as he welcomed Prime Minister Renzi to London. The beautiful setting of Lancaster House hosted the celebration of 150 years since the famous visit to London by Giuseppe Garibaldi.
03-Apr-14 10:36. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (494)
A war broke out in Cisternino, Puglia, val Itria after the socialist mayor Donato Baccaro re-launched the project for building a motorway to connect Cisternino and Ostuni. The “strada dei colli” would mean 20 km of concrete through the Murge woods where the famous Trulli are .
The city council tried to build the highway in 2009 with 4 billion of European funds. A local owner and the WWF filed an appeal. The regional administrative court and the Council of State upheld the appeal. Now the city council has re-launched the project flanked by the construction company Technital.
20-Mar-14 15:52. By Editor | Comments (62)
Voting has begun on a referendum on whether Venice and its surrounding region should try to revert to being a sovereign republic.
20-Mar-14 15:50. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (203)
Every two minutes in Italy a house is robbed. In 2012, 280 thousand house robberies were reported. An increase of 114 percent compared to 2004 and of 40 percent compared to 2010. This alarming data was collected by “Centro study trans crime” of Milan “Cattolica” university and Trento University.
The main targets of the burglars are undefended country villages miles away from the police stations.
20-Mar-14 15:48. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)
The David of Michelangelo, the Italian masterpiece of the Renaissance, has been illegally used to advertise a rifle. The image of David holding a AR-50A1 rifle disturbed the already restless dreams of Italians as the image was on many of the main Italian newspapers.
27-Feb-14 13:43. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is going to celebrate Italian fashion from the 5th of April to the 27th of July 2014 with the first major exhibition dedicated to Italian glamour and style. The exhibition includes both women’s and menswear to highlight the exceptional quality of techniques, materials and expertise for which Italy has become famous.
24-Feb-14 17:14. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (19)
Lampedusa has been officially nominated for the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2014. The Italian magazine the “Espresso” launched a petition to candidate the island immediately after the shipwreck of October the 3rd and collected 55,650 signatures through the internet.
The aim is to give recognition to the solidarity shown over the years by the inhabitants of the island, but also to the suffering that the refugees and the survivors have had to face up to, and to the thousands of people who have been drowned: 20 thousand in twenty years, 640 between the 30th of September and October the 11th, 2013, of which at least a hundred were children.
11-Feb-14 14:53. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (30)
The Historical brand FIAT is now called Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after the merging of Fiat and Chrysler. A new logo, made from the letters FCA and rendered in light blue, has been introduced. It was designed by Robilant Associati, a Milan firm that designs logos and branding systems.
The shapes of the logo have symbolic meaning. The geometric configuration of the three letters in the logo is inspired by the essential shapes used in automobile design. The letter F is derived from a square and symbolizes solidity and concreteness; the letter C is derived from a circle and represents wheels and movement, symbolizing harmony and continuity. Energy and a perennial state of evolution is represented by the letter A, derived from a triangle.
11-Feb-14 14:52. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)
The film director Carlo Mazzacurati died in Padua at the age of 57 after fighting a long disease.
Mazzacurati received last year the lifetime achievement award at the Torino Film Festival in occasion of the preview of his last work “La sedia della felicità”. In his career Mazzacurati mixed noir, comedy and observations about Italy’s moral decay and social changes. Some of his films won prizes and were screened at prestigious festivals, including Venice, Locarno, and Turin.
He became popular at the “Mostra di Venezia” with “Notte Italiana” his first full length film written with Franco Bernini.
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