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12-May-17 16:28. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (561)

Trump declares war - on the Vespa?

"Trump declares war on the Vespa", said a headline in the national Italian daily “Il Messaggero”. The vespa, a symbol of the “made in Italy” since the year of the film “La dolce Vita”, might become one of the first European brands to be affected by Donald Trump's protectionism.


12-May-17 16:26. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (479)

Progress against corruption?

Corruption is still a major problem for Italian companies. The 2017 survey conducted by EY entitled “Human instinct vs Machine logic: Which do you trust most in the fight against fraud and corruption?” showed that 71% of Italians consider corruption a core problem, but it is on its way to improvement. According to the survey businesses are worldwide operating in an increasingly uncertain climate because of rapid political, regulatory and economic changes.


07-Apr-17 15:40. By Michael Capocci | Comments (508)

Doctor Who, Status Quo, Lady Gaga and Picinisco linked?

Picinisco, a village in Lazio, is celebrating its 1000 year this year. Some Backhill readers will be descendants of families who first emigrated to the Uk in the late eighteen hundreds. What do a small village in the mountains of Central Italy, King Canute , Edinburgh in Scotland ,Winsor Ontario and Doctor Who have in in common ? King Canute came to the English throne in May 1017. He was the English monarch who famously tried to order the tide to retreat and almost drown himself because of his obstinacy This date is shared by the village of Picinisco which also celebrates its millennium this year.


07-Apr-17 15:34. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (24)

Italian Men should prefer Eastern European Women TV Uproar

Do Italian men prefer Eastern European women? According to a TV programme, broadcast by RAI/Uno (the Italian state owned television), Italian men should date Eastern European women for at least 6 good reasons. The graphic, “The threat comes from East”, introduced the show questioning whether Eastern European women were the ideal wives because they submit to men. The programme was immediately taken off the air after harsh protests on social media. The programme suggested that Eastern European women were better than Italian women because, among other reasons, they are "always sexy" and "are perfect housewives". The controversial programme was the afternoon show "Let's talk about it on Saturday", in Italian "Parliamone Sabato", hosted by Paola Perego. A group of celebrities discussed reasons why Italian men preferred dating Eastern European women.


14-Mar-17 13:15. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (15)

Italy sinking - literally?

A study by the Laboratory of Climate Modelling and the journal Quaternary Science Reviews revealed that the Italian coasts will change over the next 80 years due to the rising of the see level. However, Italy could be completely submerged by the end of the century with 5,500 square kilometres of coastal plains ending up under water. The Laboratory of Climate Modelling and the journal Quaternary Science Reviews studied four sensitive areas of the Italian peninsula which will feel the impact of rising sea level. They are, the North Adriatic, the Gulf of Taranto, the Gulf of Oristano and the Gulf of Cagliari. Some areas are already close to or below the sea level.


14-Mar-17 13:13. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (55)

5.5% decline in average price of Italian Houses

It might be the right time to buy a property in Italy. In 2016 the average prices of Italian houses declined by 5.5%. The last 8 years of economical crisis have influenced the real estate market in Italy, causing a significant fall in Real estate property values. Average prices have dropped by 30%, with suburban and less-appealing locations being more affected (down 50%). Therefore, over the last two years, interest in real estate purchases has been renewed, leading to more transactions and mortgage applications.


14-Mar-17 13:11. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (523)

Palermo to be Italy's Capital of Culture 2018

Palermo, the capital city of Sicily, has been chosen to be the Italian capital of culture 2018. The decision was made by a jury appointed by the Culture Ministry.


17-Feb-17 10:22. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (563)

What makes a real Italian? Survey results might surprise you

What makes a real Italian? Someone might say traditional food, family values and love for the Italian culture in general. The study by Pew Research Centre asked Italians which factors were "important for being truly Italian". The Pew Research Centre survey finds that people generally give a relatively low value to a person’s birthplace. Only 13% of Australians, 21% of Canadians, 32% of Americans and a median of 33% of Europeans believe that it is very important for a person to be born in their country in order to be considered a true national.


17-Feb-17 10:17. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (522)

Tax breaks to incentivise the "Super Rich" to invest in Italy

Italy attempts to attract international elite to invest their money in the “Bel paese” in the hope to boost investments and consumption. The super-rich of all nationalities who have lived outside the country for at least nine years can benefit from a new tax regime. Hundreds of people, including Italians returning home from abroad, are expected to take up the offer of the exemption of foreign income from Italian tax in exchange for the payment of €100,000 a year.


02-Feb-17 14:43. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (49)

Changes in law aimed at deterring cultural vandalism

Italy has more world heritage sites than any other country on earth. Important monuments and art masterpieces have often been damaged. The colosseum, symbol of the city of Rome, was recently vandalised. The City authorities announced plans to increase security around the area and harsher punishments for those who break the rules. Ultra high-tech surveillance is also going to be put into use. After the terrorist attacks in France, Germany and Belgium, security on the tourist sites had already been increased since Italy's terror warning is level 2, which is the highest possible in the absence of a direct attack. Nevertheless, in most tourist areas there is no night time security staff. Recently, two drunk tourists tried to break into the colosseum at night but they fell over the gate and were later charged with trespassing. On the same night on one of the columns close to the entrance the word 'morte' (death) had been written in black paint.


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