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16-Apr-13 16:51. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

Attendances up at Vinitaly

“Vinitaly”, the international wine exhibition held in Verona every year has just concluded. The four days event, from the 6th to the 9th of April 2013, was attended by 148 thousand people, including 53 thousand visitors from 20 countries. The 6% increase in the total number of visitors was an important result for one of the major “Made in Italy” sectors that still drives the country's balance of trade, as well as providing employment and income in local areas. The crisis in domestic consumption and the development of foreign markets pushed the industry towards an innovation that enhances the distinctiveness of the product and the link with the territory and the local culture to win the competition in the global market.

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04-Apr-13 14:40. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

It's official - Italians live longer!

Italians are the population who live longest in Europe and the second in the world. The data has been revealed by the prestigious scientific magazine “Lancet”. Italian life expectancy is 81.5 years, a year and a half higher than the British. Heavy smokers, quite a sedentary lifestyle, a falling apart sanitary system, the economical crisis… What is the Italian long living secret?

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04-Apr-13 14:28. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Athletics Legend Pietro Mennea passed away

Rome has given its farewell to a champion. On the 21st of March Pietro Mennea died from cancer in a clinic in Rome. The Italian sprinter, who set the record for the 200 metres in Mexico city in 1979 and whose time remains the European 200m record, died at the age of 60. Pietro Mennea held the 200m world record for nearly 17 years. He was known in Italy as “la freccia del sud” (the arrow of the south). The historical day was the 12th of September 1979 at the World University Games in Mexico City where he set the 200m record: 19.72 seconds. Mennea broke the previous record of 19.83, set by the American sprinter Tommie Smith on the same track at the 1968 Olympics. He also beat Britain’s Allan Wells in the 200 metres at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

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28-Mar-13 16:48. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italian Businesses continue to close at an alarming rate

Italian businesses continue to close at an alarming rate. “Confesercenti” revealed that the beginning of 2013 was strongly negative in all the Italian regions. The worst was Lombardy where 854 shops, bars and restaurants closed but also the Lazio registered 635 companies cancelled.

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28-Mar-13 16:41. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)

The dangers of political deadlock in Italy

Italy holds its breath waiting for the new Government to be formed. The political deadlock has revived fears that Italy might fall again into the Eurozone crisis and for sure, Italy's stagnant economy isn’t going to benefit from political uncertainty. The country is in fact in deep recession, with a record unemployment and a 2-trillion-euro debt. This is the reason why the stalemate deeply concerns European leaders and businessmen.

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22-Mar-13 16:44. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Explosion of joy welcomed Pope Francesco

An explosion of joy has welcomed the new Pope “Francesco”. More than 100 thousand people waited in St Peter’s square for the white smoke, announcing the election of the new Pope. The new Pope chose to call himself Francesco in honour of St. Francis of Assisi, the Saint of the poor. He is considered a reformer with a strong focus on concrete actions for the poor.

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07-Mar-13 17:31. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (0)

An Evening at The Villa raises over £9k

An Evening at The Villa (Scalabrini) in Shenley was a sell out massive success last Saturday night. After cocktails and pre dinner drinks a 4 course menu consisting of Smoked Salmon with chopped shallot and caper dressing, followed by Spinanach and ricotta ravioli with creamed walnut sauce, followed by Veal chop with a rosemary and white wine sauce, roast potatoes and peperonata finished by a fruit tartelt with ice cream and accompanied by nice wines - all this for just £35.

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07-Mar-13 10:33. By Giulia Lomardo | Comments (77)

Chaos after latest Italian General Election

The general election which took place on 24–25 February 2013 to determine the 630 members of the Italian Chamber of Deputies and the 315 elective members of the Senate left Italy in a state of chaos. Italy is ungovernable, lacking a clear majority at the Senate as the centre-left alliance led by the Democratic Party obtained a clear majority of seats in the Chamber of Deputies. The majority bonus trebled the number of seats assigned to the winning force, while in the popular vote the former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been narrowly defeated.

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07-Mar-13 10:29. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (63)

Sharp decline in the number of small shops in Italy

According to a study released by “Confesercenti”, little shops in Italy are disappearing. In the last 10 years one shop out of four has closed. From 2002 to 2012 the average number of retail outlets per thousand inhabitants decreased from 2.1 to 1.6, falling by 24.3 percent. According to “Censis” it is not only an Economical problem but a cultural one. The city and the traders must find something to replace the social/economical life involving the corner shop. A new social network and protection for the environment will be needed after all these activities will be left empty.

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18-Feb-13 17:23. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (49)

Reaction in Italy to Pope Benedict XV1's resignation

Benedict XVI’s resignation has deeply shaken the public opinion of the Italians, already excited by the political campaign. Apparently, as it was reported by the main newspapers, the Pope decided to resign months ago but it was announced only at the beginning of February. After eight years of papacy Pope Benedict XVI announced he is to resign on the evening of the 28th of February. The news was a bolt from out of the blue, a Pope has not resigned since 1415 and no one could imagine it was going to happen this year.

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