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21-Mar-12 16:45. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (670)

Help needed to restore Churches in Italy

Many small village/hamlet Churches in Italy require funds for repairs or renovations. There are so many churches in Italy that estimating the exact number, especially if we include desecrated churches, is almost impossible. In Rome, for example, in the Mura aureliane perimeter alone, there are 370 churches of historic value. If you know of any village/hamlet Churches in Italy which require financial help for restructuration or conversion of the building for other uses, please share your story with us! We already know for example that in Volpi, Pellegrino Parmense, there is a small Church which requires restoration works. The church is seeking alternative funds because the Vatican won’t pay for the renovations.

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12-Mar-12 11:46. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Lucio Dalla RIP

A piece of Italian music history has passed away. Last week the singer and song writer Lucio Dalla died of a heart attack at the age of 68 while on tour in Switzerland. Fragments of some of his most famous songs from “Caruso”, to “L’ anno che verrà”, are enough to bring back to the memory the music and the words which accompanied at least 3 generations. The singer’s funeral has been held on the day of his birthday, the 4th of March in Bologna, his home town. Tens of thousands of mourners attended the funeral in Bologna, which declared a day of mourning. More than 50,000 people visited Lucio Dalla’s coffin while some of his most famous blues and folk songs were being played in the hall.

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06-Mar-12 15:08. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (11)

Associazione Parmense 2012 Dinner Dance

845 people attended the fundraising dinner dance at Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane. Distinguished guests included The Italian Ambassador Alain Giorgio Maria Economides, the President of the Consulta Emiliano-Romagnoli nel Mondo Silvia Bartolini, Giorgio Maioli CEO of Cariparma Bank, Pierluigi Ferrari, vice-president province of Parma, the mayor of Borgotoro, Diego Rossi and the mayor of Pellegrino, Enrico Perroni.

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06-Mar-12 14:31. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

La Dolce Vita is back

Italy has never been so close! For all the Anglo-Italians who want to know more about their origins or are planning to buy a property in sunny Italy, La dolce vita (taken from the famous title of Fellini’s masterpiece) a unique exhibition and event showcasing all the Italian wonders, will take place this March (9th – 11th) at Islington’s Business Design Centre. This year’s edition of La dolce vita is offering a mouth-watering showcase of over 100 exhibitors from authentic food & drink producers across the regions, but also idyllic travel destinations and enchanting properties to buy and rent, in perfect Italian style.

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27-Feb-12 17:17. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Arandora Star London Memorial Fundraising Dinner

March 24th is a date for those wishing to help raise funds for the planned new Arandora Star Memorial in St Peter's Church naming all the 204 London Italian victims. On the 24th of March a fund raising dinner dance for the Arandora Star memorial to commemorate the victims of the shipwreck is going to be held at the Bishop Douglas School in Hamilton Rd N12 at 7pm. The trustees are also planning a very exciting event involving a well known highly regarded top Italian chef - more details as and when confirmed!

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21-Feb-12 10:58. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

OGI 2012

In the last days the Olympic games have been extensively discussed. Not only because London is going to host the Olympic games this year, but also because there has been a passionate debate about the nomination of Rome for the next Olympic games in 2020. Our Italian community is also going to have its own Olympic games: the O.G.I , Olimpiadi gioventù italiana which will take place at the beginning of June. The OGIC (Olimpiadi Gioventu Italiani Committee) is made up of 12 members: President Adriano Morini, Vice President Luciana Timanti, Treasurer Anthony Manzi, Vice Treasurer Tony Franchi, Secretary Francesca Timanti. The following other members of the committee have various responsabilities: Mike Viglione, Mauro Inzani, Gaetano Attanasio,Theresa Morena, Claudia Timanti, Livio Spagnoli, Mariella Mansi, which include IT, event coordination, fund raising, rules and regulations organisation etc.

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15-Feb-12 17:08. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Tax evasion blitz gathers pace in Italy

Hotels, restaurants, private school fees, cars, boats, holidays and race horses are all coming under the scrutiny of the tax authorities in Italy as a clampdown on tax evasion gathers pace. Payment in cash for a value eual to or in excess of 1,000 euro is now prohibited and a new system called "Redditometro"which compares income declared with actual standards of living is expected to be effective by June

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15-Feb-12 16:52. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Snow in Rome

Minus 21 degrees in Liguria, snow in Rome and as far South as Calabria, Puglia and Sicily. Giulia Lombardo reports on some of the worst winter weather to hit Italy for many years.

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08-Feb-12 16:40. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (22)

Earthquakes reported in Italy

Several minor earthquakes have been registered in many different parts of Italy during the last week of January. The areas affected were: Pianura padana, Prealpi Venente, Parma, Costa Toscana nord, Ascoli, Adriatico, Foggia, Calabria, Pollino, Trento, Milano, Torino, Genova, Verona, Venezia, Regio Emilia, Bologna, Pisa e Firenze. After the earthquake of L’Aquila in 2009 Italy has entered a new period of seismic activity. The stronger earthquakes registered in the north of Italy have had an increasing intensity ranging from 4.3 degrees Richter scale to 5.4 (the most violent earthquake recorded after the one at L'Aquila, with a magnitude of 6.3). According to the seismologists the earthquakes were not connected to each other but they were caused by the same reason: the pushing of the Adriatic plate under the Apennine and the Alps.

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08-Feb-12 16:30. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italy Paralysed by Strikes

Truck and taxi drivers, pharmacists, newsagents, and family doctors are amongst those who have, or who plan to, strike in protect against new liberalisation measures proposed by the Government. Giulia Lombardo reports

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