25-Sep-15 14:47. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Want to become a school teacher in Italy?

Becoming a qualified teacher in Italy has always been a long and painful process. To work permanently in a school, hired by the Italian government, it is necessary to pass a public exam, held at irregular lapses of time when new vacancies arise. For this reason the public exam can be every three years or every 10. The last one was in 2012 and it offered a permanent position for thousands of teachers on the condition that they had to accept the job wherever it was. It ended up that many teachers from the south had to move to small towns in the north or to turn down the offer.


05-Jun-15 14:14. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (876)

It's time to go to the beach - Bandiera blu 2015 rankings

It’s time to go to the beach! Bandiera blu, as every year, has issued its annual report on the the cleanest shores in Italy. 147 Italian coasts have been awarded the “Bandiera blu 2015”, the international recognition granted by the foundation for environmental education (Fee). Liguria ranks at the top with 23 sea localities, followed by Tuscany with 18 and Marche with 17. Campania is at the 4th place with 14 blue flags followed by Puglia, with 11 coastal areas. The good news is that “green” beaches are on the increase this year. There are 7 more shores in the list and 11 new entries. Unfortunately four localities have lost the title. Liguria has three new localities awarded and Campania and Puglia have a new one each. Veneto and Lazio have also a new entry each, both having now 8 flags. Abruzzo lost two flags and has now 8, while Emilia Romagna continues to have 9.


08-May-15 10:27. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (9)

Italy's young adopting binge drinking

Binge drinking is increasing among young people as a way to socialise and if it was a taboo before, it is now considered as a respectable way of having fun.


17-Apr-15 15:01. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (831)

Italians relocating to London - but are they happy?

Italians are still massively relocating to London but they seem less enthusiastic than before. The newspaper “Il fatto quotidiano” has recently published an article collecting some young people’s disappointing experiences in the Uk Capital. Istat data showed that during 2014 the number of Italians expatriated to live permanently in London has increased by almost a thousand compared to 2013. The new immigration wave was confirmed to be very young: The majority of the 500.000 Italian people listed in the AIRE register and not, are in the 18-34 age group. 55% are men and 45% are women


19-Mar-15 16:16. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

La mamma è sempre la mamma

“La mamma è sempre la mamma!” “Mum is always Mum” also in fashion. We are talking about Italy, of course. The “Settimana della moda di Milano” has just concluded and Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana managed to make people talk about their new collection with a clever idea: they presented their new collection celebrating the mum and her idealisation in everyone’s imagination on the notes of "Viva la mamma" by Edoardo Bennato. The classical elements of the Dolce & Gabana brand, such as lace and its patchwork applications, and the “Dolce vita décolleté” have been proposed in a new way, stripped down of their sexy value. Corsets and plunging necklines have been replaced with soft sweet lines.


23-Feb-15 10:19. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (10)

Il Volo to represent Italy at Eurovision

The 65th edition of the Italian song contest “Sanremo festival” has come to an end, proclaiming its winner: “Il volo”. The already world famous group of young talents will now sing “Grande Amore”, the winning song of the festival, at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, as the Festival’s winner is automatically invited to perform at the Eurovision contest.


23-Feb-15 10:17. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Learning English becoming an obsession for young Italians

Learning English has become an obsession for Italians. No matter the crisis, parents are so worried for their children’s future that whoever can afford it send their sons or daughters to study abroad.


09-Jan-15 12:18. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

10% of Americans studying abroad choose Italy

According to a research by the Institute of International Education (IIE) studying abroad can be a great career booster. Apparently, as it emerged from an IIE survey, most of the HR departments took into consideration their recruits’ international experience when hiring, promoting and deciding on a new assignment. Nothing new so far, but the surprising data is that 10% of Americans who study abroad go to Italy, which takes second place only to the U.K. Not only American students prefer to study in Europe but also UK students are now more likely to study on the continent, especially since the introduction of much higher tuition fees, which made studying abroad a good cheaper alternative to a traditional British degree.


09-Jan-15 12:16. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)

Italian School system reforms

The Italian school system is totally different from the British one. After junior high school, at the age of 14, students are asked to choose amongst “Licei” (classico, scientifico and linguistico) and technical schools. The Italian government has recently published online a school reform proposal in order to share it with the citizens, and encourage what has been defined the wider public consultation ever made in Italy. The school reform has, as always, raised a lively debate especially online.


28-Nov-14 13:49. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (10)

Andrea Faustini UK X Factor

Andrea Faustini is a 20-year old student of Chinese and Korean languages from Rome. After failing the admission to the Italian X Factor and Sanremo Giovani he endeared X Factor Uk’s judges and is now one of the finalists of the popular programme. In 2008 he took part in the programme “Ti lascio una canzone” where he met Roberto Cenci who advised him to learn English and go to sing abroad. He had already tried with the Italian X Factor three times without succeeding. Things were about to change this year when he was admitted to the Italia X Factor but also to the UK’s one, so he had to choose between the home land and the UK.


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