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07-Mar-13 10:29. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (635)

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.


18-Feb-13 17:23. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (681)

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.


18-Feb-13 17:14. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (7)

Will the Trevi Fountain be branded Fendi forever?

Italy is known all over the world for its famous brands and for its obsession with fashion. Things have been pushed a little further though, as the link between fashion and culture is growing stronger. Some of the best known Italian luxury retailers are involved in the preservation of Italy’s cultural treasures. As a consequence some of the most representative monuments of Rome and other cities in Italy will be branded! Tod’s, for the Coliseum, Fendi for the Trevi fountain, Diesel for the Rialto canal of Venice. When a segment of the Trevi fountain’s ornate sculpting fell down last Summer, Rome appealed for help to restore the crumbling baroque masterpiece. Being the State resources inadequate, an act of social patronage was needed. Fendi came to the rescue. So, Will the Trevi fountain be branded Fendi forever?


11-Feb-13 12:25. By | Comments (0)

Race Night in memory of Bruna Abbas raises over £10,000

More than £10,000 was raised at a race night in memory of Bruna Carnevale Abbas. The event was attended by family and friends at Finchley Catholic High School on Saturday 2nd February is one of a number of fundriasing events in memory of Bruna. Barclays and Ernst & Young were among the supporters of the event with the money raised being donated to Cancer Research UK.


16-Jan-13 12:13. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (0)

7 Piece Big Band at Villa Scalabrini Shenley

A date for your social diaries! Jackie Barnett's 7 piece Big Band will be playing at the recently revamped Villa Scalabrini Shenley as part of an "Evening at the Villa" fundraising dinner - a social event organised by the Friends of Villa Scalabrini.


03-Jan-13 17:45. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (25)

More foreigners buying property in Italy

In the last seven years the purchases of Italian properties by foreigners rose by 53%. The Germans are on the top of the list of investors in Italy, followed by the British, while the investments from Russia are also rising. The most popular Italian regions for purchase are Puglia, Lazio, Tuscany and Marche.


03-Jan-13 17:42. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (29)

Fireworks banned in parts of Italy

The problem of deaths and accidents during the new year’s eve is so relevant that in the last few years in many Italian cities it has been a new year’s eve without fireworks. In 2011 there were 833 municipalities that had prohibited fireworks. This year there were 1000 as for example Vercelli, Foggia, Pordenone and Cesena. Also Cagliari chose to ban fireworks to welcome the new year.


24-Dec-12 14:50. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (0)

Mazzini Garibaldi 2012 Christmas Lunch

Over 80 members, friends and family enjoyed the annual Mazzini Gariballdi Club Christmas Dinner at St Peter's Club on Sunday 16th December. Victor Menozzi and Gilda Thomas ensured the organisation was seamless and Sue and Osvaldo Antoniazzi prepared a lovely meal of Antipasti followed by Anolini in Brodofollowed by Roast Veal with the meal being rounded off by Panettone in brandy and cream.


18-Dec-12 17:02. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (26)

40% decrease in family's wealth in past 10 years

The wealth of Italian families has decreased by more than 40 percent in the last 10 years. According to the 46° “Rapporto del Censis sulla situazione del Paese”, if the financial net worth per family was 26,000 Euros a decade ago, it is now estimated to be 15,600 Euros, 40.5 percent less. The study showed that four out of 10 families had given up a holiday and cut down on clothes shopping, while 65.8 percent drove their cars and motor-bikes less to save on fuel. Shops that buy gold for cash have dramatically increased as struggling Italians sell their valuables to pay the bills. One in 10 families, in fact, sold gold and jewels in the last two years to raise cash.


11-Dec-12 14:44. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (315)

Provisional Plans to celebrate 150th Anniversary of St Peter's Church

On the 16th of April St Peter’s Church is going to celebrate its 150th anniversary . Since 1863 the Italian church represents an important religious, cultural and social landmark for the Italian community. The St Peter’s 150 anniversary committee, composed of Padre Carmelo Di Giovanni, Padre Riccardo Wrobel, Vittorio Heissl, Roberto Cardinali, Adriano Morini, Paolo Franchi, John Losi, Michele Morena, Mauro Ongeri, Peter Bertoncini, Angela Silva, and Pietro Molle worked hard to plan and organise commemorative and fund raising events all through the year.


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