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17-Feb-17 10:22. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

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 (1)

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 (3)

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.


02-Feb-17 14:39. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

"Fidelity" legal changes under consideration

Since last February Italian MPs are considering an amendment to article 143 of Italy's civil code which would remove the word "fidelity" from Italian marriage contracts. Infidelity is already quite popular in Italy, according to a 2014 poll, 55 per cent of men and around 33 per cent of women in Italy have been unfaithful to their partners. According to some opinions, removing the fidelity requirement from marriage could be a blow to the family institution.


02-Feb-17 14:35. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Fiat Under Investigation by US

Fiat Chrysler Auto-mobiles is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. The EPA (Environmental protection agency) found software in 104,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500s that allowed violated emissions standards. Fiat Chrysler used technology from Germany’s Robert Bosch GmbH, which is also under investigation for its role in providing software to Volkswagen.


13-Dec-16 13:07. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Brits love Panettone

Pantettone has beaten traditional Christmas pudding! One month before Christmas stocks of Panettone imported from Italy were already sold out. The British passion for Italian food is not a novelty. Since a few years ago Italian products could only be found in small shops or in specialised delicatessens while now Pantettone can be found also in some supermarkets. Panettone can cost as much as 30 pounds, even so sales have increased by 56% in 2016.


13-Dec-16 13:05. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Italian Government post Renzi resignation

Outgoing Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni was given a mandate to form a new government by Italy’s head of state. The former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned after a 59%-41% defeat in the constitutional reform referendum held on the 4th of December. Although the constitutional amendment was defeated, the Italicum election law remains in force even if it currently covers just the lower house. According to president Mattarella the electoral law must be made consistent for the Lower House and the Senate. The Constitutional Court is set to rule on the Italicum law on January 24.


13-Dec-16 12:57. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Mantua provides the best quality of life

Mantua, already the Italian cultural capital in 2016, has overtaken Trento as the Italian city with the best quality of life. Trento was on top of the chart since 2011. It was revealed by a research by “Italia oggi” and Rome university “La sapienza”. Trento is now at the second place followed by Pordenone, while Bolzano drops from second to eighth position. Crotone, in the Calbria region, is in the last position preceded by Siracusa in the one hundred-fourth place. In the case of Crotone there are elements of discontinuity in relation to other southern-Italian cities, as the standard of living is acceptable and it is not let down by criminality. What brings the city down seems to be lack of business activities, work, the social and personal unease, environment, financial and education services, healthcare, and low quality free time activities. The penultimate city in the list before Crotone is the Sicilian city of Syracuse


07-Nov-16 12:06. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (9)

Chestnut Shortage?

The Italian farmers' organization Coldiretti declared that a combination of unfavourable weather and the attack of parasites has led to a huge drop in the chestnut production this year, hitting a historic low. This year only 20 million kg of chestnuts are expected to be produced. The average production in the early 2000's was around 60 million and a century ago the amount was 82 million.


07-Nov-16 12:04. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

Olive grove to block new gas pipeline?

An Italian olive grove near the town of Melendugno, in the Puglia region, stands in the way of a pipeline destined to bring gas from central Asia to the EU. This pipeline designed to bring gas from central Asia and help wean the European Union off its dependence on Russian energy is going to cause the removal of 10,000 olive trees to allow a trench to be dug for the pipeline. The trees will be replanted later on.


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