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25-Sep-17 12:21. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (15)

Summer 2017 boom for the Italian Tourist Industry

Summer 2017 hit a boom for the Italian tourism industry and is on its way to being a record year. A further rise in arrivals throughout the autumn has been predicted by the Culture Ministry. According to figures of the Italian hotel trade association Federalberghi and the Cultural Ministry, almost 50 million people spent the night at an Italian hotel during June, July, and August this year. The exact number was 48.3 million. A further three million spent the night at an Airbnb accommodation, a remarkable 20 percent increase compared to last year.

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25-Sep-17 12:19. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)

Italy faces one of the smallest wine harvests for 60 years

Italy faces one of the smallest wine harvests for 60 years. Drought, and frost account for the main reasons of this poor wine season. Italian wine body “Assoenologi” estimated that Italian wine production will be down by 25% on last year and coming in at 41.1 million hectolitres. Only the Campania region is likely to have a good production this year. The only consolation is that Italian wine is more than ever in demand abroad and drought might have favoured the good quality of grapes. Production will be less but probably of good quality because of better weather during flowering in several areas, and the long warm summer across much of Europe.

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07-Aug-17 16:31. By Giulia LOmbardo | Comments (7)

The 126th Procession of the Madonna del Carmine and Sagra

The 126th Procession of the Madonna del Carmine and the Sagra were held on Sunday the 16th of July 2017. “The procession went really well”, Peter Bertoncini, the main organiser of the event, told us. This year, the procession fell on the exact feast day of our Lady of Mt Carmel, so one of the floats represented the Madonna with Simon Stock. As it was the 100th anniversary of Fatima, one of the floats was dedicated to Fatima and the themes of the other floats were The Nativity, The fisher of men, Ecce Homo and The Crowning in Heaven.

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07-Aug-17 16:24. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (12)

Italy reclaims number 1 spot on UNESCO World Heritage

Italy is once again the global leader for the number of properties inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Last year concern was raised by the lack of Italian sites proposed to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, but this year the addition of two new sites strengthened Italy’s first position outdistancing China. Since the 80’s, Italy has been the first country in the world for the number of Unesco world Heritage sites. From 1996 to 1998, 17 new Italian sites were included in the list raising hope in Italy’s cultural growth and international prestige. In 2016, it was the first time since 2000, that there had not been any Italian nomination. This year there are two new sites which include at least 10 small locations. Unesco prefers to protect different small areas sharing history or a natural characteristic, grouping them together instead of listing them separately.

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07-Aug-17 16:21. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (9)

Drop in Italian food and wine exports to the UK

Brexit is already showing its first effects: Italian food exports to the UK saw a 6.8 percent drop compared to the same period last year, while Italian wine exports fell by seven percent. The data were released by Coldiretti, the Italian farmers' association. The figures confirm the fears expressed by Italy's winemakers in the run-up to and aftermath of the Brexit vote in June 2016. Italian wine producers have been particularly hard hit since last year’s UK referendum. Unfavourable exchange rates and increased tax on alcohol have made traditionally good value Italian wine more expensive for British consumers than it has ever been.

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28-Jun-17 17:43. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (10)

Italy to legalise killing of burglars who break in at night?

Italy is in the process of legalising killing burglars who break in at night. The new law could allow citizens to legally kill unarmed burglars who break into their property at night, as part of legitimate defence. Therefore, mind your family relations because someone could take the chance of getting rid of you pretending they thought you were a burglar. Joking apart, concern was raised towards possible pre-meditated murders within families, covered as legitimate defence.

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28-Jun-17 17:41. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)

Italy high up the table of complex tax systems

Italians have always complained about heavy taxation. From now on they could complain even more, as apparently Italy has one of the world’s most complex tax systems. The study was carried out by TMF, a global provider of business and compliance services, which has produced a financial complexity index, ranking 94 jurisdictions across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Pacific area and the Americas. TMF Group says it used four weighted complexity parameters, considering the accounting and tax rules and regulations in different jurisdictions, and the risks associated with non-compliance. Turkey is the world’s most difficult country for accounting and tax compliance, followed by Brazil. Turkey is the most complex jurisdiction in which to stay financially compliant because of the extremely high number of tax articles. Italy and Greece are in third and fourth places.

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31-May-17 13:06. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

Italy is giving away castles, inns and farmhouses!

If you’ve always dreamt of living in an Italian castle, this is your chance! Italy is giving away on a 9-year free lease 103 castles, towers, inns and farmhouses. However, all that glitters is not gold! To get hold of the luxury properties it’s necessary to turn them into tourism facilities, such as hotels, restaurants or care centres, leisure centres, training centres, artisan shops, Spas or medical care centres, to meet the needs of tourists, pilgrims and cyclists.

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31-May-17 13:03. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (19)

2,000 Euro incentive to move to Bormida

The mayor of an Italian mountain village in Liguria is offering a bonus of €2,000 (£1,700) to anyone willing to move there, to boost its dwindling population of only 394 inhabitants. Daniele Galliano, mayor, of Bormida, the rural municipality in the mountainous Liguria region, posted an advertisement on Facebook seeking new inhabitants for his village. What makes the ad attractive, on top of the €2,000, is that the mayor is offering to newcomers a rent of just €50 (£40) a month for small properties, and €120 (£101) per month for bigger properties. The post had prompted international responses of people willing to relocate from the UK, US, Brazil, and Uganda, and in just two days reached its population target. However, the mayor specified that it was still only a proposal, which must be approved by the municipal council.

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12-May-17 16:39. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (7)

2,000 Euro fines for smelly cooking?

Be careful if you cook in Italy! Not only quality standards are very high in the “Bel paese” but also the smell of food must be kept under control or you risk to be fined up to 2000 euros. Italy's supreme court has recently ruled that bad cooking odours constitute a crime.

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