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09-Sep-13 14:55. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (276)

Growth forecast for Italian Wine Production 2013

Finally some good news: in 2013 Italian wine production will grow by 8%. In the last two years the high temperatures have reduced the harvest to its lowest rate in the last sixty years. Expectations for wine production are very encouraging this year, showing an increase of 5% in Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna and Tuscany; +10% in Sicily and Sardinia; +15% in Campania, Apulia and Trentino Alto Adige; +20% in Abruzzo. Only Friuli Venezia Giulia will see a decrease of 5% in its wine production.


29-Jul-13 13:07. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (296)

First convictions for the Costa Concordia sinking

First convictions for the 32 deaths in the partial sinking of the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship wrecked near to the island of Giglio on January the 13th 2012, causing the death of 32 of the 4,229 passengers. The preliminary hearing judge of Grosseto Pietro Molino has confirmed all five guilty pleas for the co-defendants of captain Francesco Schiettino: Ciro Ambrosio, Silvia Coronica, Jacob Rusli Bin, Roberto Ferrarini and Manrico Giampedroni, all charged with multiple murder and culpable negligence. But the penalties imposed, up to 2 years and 10 months have been considered by the plaintiffs' lawyers inadequate to the crime committed and compared to penalties for building permit violations.


29-Jul-13 13:05. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (76)

China imports Brunello di Montalcino

BrunellBrunello di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino riserva and Rosso di Montalcino are about to land in China. The 200 years old prestigious Italian winery run by the Monti-Santi family is going to take to China a fine selection of its wines in cooperation with one of China’s leading wine import companies, ASC. All the wine lovers in the world know Brunello di Montalcino. The international classic is not a novelty for China where it is already known amongst the finest wines of the world in a market dominated by French wines. Chinese wine lovers have refined taste and the number of people who drink, collect and cherish prestigious wines is constantly growing in China.


17-Jul-13 16:29. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (89)

Ciro (Giri/Geri) Ciccone RIP

Jill,Lisa and Peter would like to thank everybody who helped celebrate Giri's life and thank those, who by prayers and expressions of condolence,have been a real source of support. For those who were unable please view the Eulogy of Giri's life.


09-Jul-13 18:14. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (87)

Margherita Hack RIP

Margherita Hack, icon and reference figure for worldwide Astronomy, known as “the lady of the stars”, died at the age of 91. Margherita Hack was not only a scientist but also a prominent figure of Italian culture. She has always proclaimed her strong atheism and actively participated in the Italian political life. In 2006 she was elected to the Chamber of deputies with the Italian communist party but she left the assignment to go back to Astronomy.


25-Jun-13 11:45. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (139)

2013 Procession and Sagra set to be really special

It’s a special year for the Italian community as St. Peter’s Church celebrates its 150th anniversary. A wide range of events have already been held to celebrate this special occasion. One of the most important is going to be the annual procession and Sagra on the 21st of July. We spoke with Peter Bertoncini about the preparation of the floats and the novelties of this year. Peter told us that being this year St. Peter’s anniversary the floats will be inspired by the statues and the paintings in the Church.


21-Jun-13 14:23. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (70)

55% of Italians can't afford a holiday!

According to Codacons 55% of Italians will be forced to give up holidays for economical reasons. And who is going on holiday will have to shorten them to 10 days in total, while the average expenditure will be 97 € per day. This year about 33 million citizens will stay at home during the hot Italian Summer. The number of people who can’t afford a holiday has grown this year of about 6 million. The average duration of the holiday will be between 7 and 10 days (about 50% of the total), while 35% will opt for a vacation of 14/15 days. Only 15% of those leaving will spend more than 15 days away from home.


03-Jun-13 13:03. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (366)

Bartering flourishing in Italy

Bartering markets are flourishing in Italy and it is probably a consequence of the crisis but also a sign of a way of consuming and sharing what people already have. It is a new way of living, and seeing things. Following the boost of the swapping economy promoted in the USA, Italians too have embraced barter as a new trend based on the roots of economy.


03-Jun-13 12:59. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (123)

Corporate failures soar in Italy

It’s a hard time for Italian companies. In the first quarter of 2013 bankruptcies in the Italian business have reached a new high of 3,500 procedures initiated, an increase of 12% over the same period of 2012. According to “Cerved” data the compositions with creditors grew by 76%. On the whole, business closures have consistently increased: in the first three months, there are about 23 thousand companies that have initiated insolvency proceedings or voluntary liquidation, an increase of 7% over the same period of 2012. In addition to failures, in fact, closures continue to grow: 19 thousand companies with no previous bankruptcy proceedings have voluntarily decided to close. 5.8% more than last year.


24-May-13 14:51. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (145)

Audio recording of Olive Besagni's talk at St Luke's now available

Olive Besagni - a major contributor to the old Backhill magazines - recently gave a talk with Elena Salvoni about their memories of little Italy. You can hear a 20 minute audio recording of the event by going to "" The event was hosted by St Luke's Community Centre, Central Street Cookery School and Garibaldi & Gelato, a Heritage Lottery funded project exploring the history and food of Clerkenwell's Little Italy


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