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Le Camere di commercio italiane all’estero a Renzi: "Il Governo ci sostenga. Con noi l'export decolla"

export-"Renzi, l'Italia che esporta chiede un nuovo modo di fare promozione, che metta insieme "il Sistema–Paese" con l'enorme potenziale delle comunità di affari nel mondo, l'Ice con l'azione delle Camere di commercio italiane all'estero.

 

E poiché i contributi che il governo fa arrivare nelle nostre 81 Camere attive in 55 Paesi del mondo vengono spesi benissimo, chiediamo che non ci vengano tolti ma anzi, semmai, incrementati".

 

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50 italiani che hanno contribuito al progresso (e che forse non conosci)

50 italiani che hanno contribuito al progresso (e che forse non conosci)

di Giuditta Mosca   Attorno alle invenzioni e alle scoperte vige spesso un alone di mistero e disordine. Il caso più eclatante è quello che vede Meucci e Bell, entrambi padri putativi del telefono e, ancora oggi, dividono intere comunità propense a riconoscerne l'invenzione a uno piuttosto che all'altro. La storia si sovrappone spesso e risalire alle origini dell'inventiva può diventare complesso,...

In search of Ragu

In search of Ragu

La Grassa. The fat one. Bologna has earned its nickname like no other place on earth. The old city is awash in excess calories, a medieval fortress town fortified with golden mountains of starch and red cannons of animal fat, where pastas gleam a brilliant yellow from the lavish amount of egg yolks they contain and menus moan under the...

Extraordinary summer for tourism: visits up 9.5%, turnover by an astonishing 17.…

Extraordinary summer for tourism: visits up 9.5%, turnover by an astonishing 17.2%

It's been an extraordinary summer season for Italy. The international political "climate" has clearly contributed to this, as Islamic terrorism, lone wolves, and failed coups that turned into counter-revolutions kept tourist away from other destinations abroad. For the country's tourism industry, the first tally of the summer season shows a 9.5% overall increase in visits and an astonishing 17.2% growth...

What’s It Like Being Black In Italy?

What’s It Like Being Black In Italy?

By Kai Lutterodt WHAT IS life like for black people living in Italy? Writer Kai Lutterodt recently spoke to Fred Kuwornu a Ghanaian-Italian filmmaker, writer and activist during a trip to London to find out.   He was in the UK for a screening of his latest film Blaxploitalian: 100 years of Blackness in the Italian Cinema which explores Italy's long and often hidden...

Hide and seek championship to be held in Italian ghost town

Hide and seek championship to be held in Italian ghost town

There is so much to be dismayed about when considering the world at large right now, reading the daily news is enough to drag one deep into a swamp of despair. And while complete escapism may not be the best approach into avoiding said swamp of despair, it feels important to find some ways to maintain some sanity.   With this in...

I recently lost my Grandfather Sal, but not before this happened…

I recently lost my Grandfather Sal, but not before this happened…

This past Friday was my birthday, and it was the first one I've experienced with one of my grandparents deceased. I am sure that most people wish they could say that at 38 years old, but regardless, it doesn't necessarily make the loss any easier. We lost my grandfather Serafino "Sal" Piraneo last month, just a month or so after his...

Lady Gaga planning Italian earthquake donation

Lady Gaga planning Italian earthquake donation

Lady Gaga has vowed to donate money to help recovery efforts in her family's native Italy after an earthquake shook the country early on Wednesday (24Aug16).   The pop superstar, real name Stefani Germanotta, was among the celebrities expressing their heartbreak on social media after waking up to learn a 6.2 magnitude tremor had rocked the mountainous and historic town of Amatrice...

The Machine of Saint Rose, a tower of light in Viterbo

The Machine of Saint Rose, a tower of light in Viterbo

Next September 3rd, according to a centuries-old annual tradition, the Machine of Saint Rose (or "Macchina di Santa Rosa") will parade down the streets of Viterbo. The 30-meter-tall "tower of light" weighs five tons, and will brighten the evening of the beautiful city in Lazio.   The event is a symbolic reenactment of the transfer of the mortal remains of Viterbo's patron...

An astonishing gem returns home to the province of Cosenza

An astonishing gem returns home to the province of Cosenza

by Marco Carminati   The small town of Rossano in the province of Cosenza is home to an astonishing treasure, now back in the spotlight with its return after three years of careful restoration in Rome. The Codex Purpureus Rossanensis, or Rossano Gospels, is an illuminated parchment book dating back to the 6th century AD, a fact that probably doesn't mean much to...

Italian museums to donate ticket sales on Sunday to earthquake rescue efforts

Italian museums to donate ticket sales on Sunday to earthquake rescue efforts

by Hannah McGivern   Italy's state museums and archaeological sites are to donate their income, including all ticket sales, this Sunday (28 August) to the central regions recovering from a 6.2-magnitude earthquake yesterday (24 August). As rescue efforts continue in the town of Amatrice and the surrounding area, where the death toll has risen to 247, the culture minister Dario Franceschini urged...

CT Scan of Thirteen Natural Mummies Dating Back to the XVI-XVIII Centuries: An E…

CT Scan of Thirteen Natural Mummies Dating Back to the XVI-XVIII Centuries: An Emerging Tool to Investigate Living Conditions and Diseases in History

Objectives - To correlate the radiologic findings detected with computed tomography scan with anthropological data in 13 naturally mummified bodies discovered during works of recovery of an ancient church in a crypt in Roccapelago, in the Italian Apennines.   Methods - From a group of about sixty not-intentionally mummified bodies, thirteen were selected to be investigated with volumetric computed tomography (CT). Once CT scan...

Puglia and Matera: History meets cinema in Italy’s heavenly heel

Puglia and Matera: History meets cinema in Italy’s heavenly heel

by Jackie Cooperman   Long overlooked by tourists, the Italian cave town of Matera is having a moment, spurred by its selection as the 2019 European Capital of Culture, its recent designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site and a timely dose of Hollywood: The just-released remake of "Ben-Hur" was shot here.   Matera's nascent popularity is justified. Carved out of limestone and inhabited...

Italy trade tour facilitates furniture connections

Italy trade tour facilitates furniture connections

Cindy W. Hodnett   Made in Italy might soon be coming to a showroom near you. Last month, a group of invited architects and designers visited with 25 Italian manufacturers in the Lazio region of Italy, meeting with the business owners and learning about a diversity of product including furniture, accessories, textiles, lighting and building materials. An event hosted by the Italian Trade...

Girl, 10, Pulled From Italy Earthquake Rubble After 17 Hours

Girl, 10, Pulled From Italy Earthquake Rubble After 17 Hours

A 10-year-old girl has been rescued from the rubble of the Italian earthquake - after being trapped upside down for 17 hours. A firefighter clutched her tightly to his chest after she was freed from the ruins of a building in the town of Pescara del Tronto. Crowds had gathered round after one person spotted signs of life under the rubble, saying:...

Italy’s Fragile Beauty

Italy’s Fragile Beauty

by Beppe Severgnini   If you put a pin right in the middle of a map of Italy, you're likely to hit Amatrice. A small, historic city known as "the town of the hundred churches," it lies two hours from Rome and 3,280 feet above sea level, in the scenic Gran Sasso National Park, on the watershed between the Adriatic and the...

Discovering Italian Maiolica with Professor Justin Raccanello

Discovering Italian Maiolica with Professor Justin Raccanello

by Serena Perfetto   The beauty of the Italian Maiolica and the Renaissance Lustre Pottery have been the main topics of the lecture held by professor Justin Raccanello and hosted by the De Young Museum in San Francisco a few weeks ago. The story of these handcrafted ceramics goes back to the Renaissance but only in the 19th century Italian factories started...

Opportunità Fulbright per ricercatori e docenti

Opportunità Fulbright per ricercatori e docenti

Anche per l'anno accademico 2017-2018 la Commissione Fulbright offre a ricercatori e docenti la possibilità di soggiorni di ricerca/insegnamento negli USA attraverso i programmi Research Scholar e Distinguished Chair. Al bando Research Scholar possono partecipare anche artisti non formalmente inquadrati all'interno di istituzioni universitarie, purché in possesso di determinati requisiti.   Si invitano i candidati interessati a consultare il bando e la...

Italians discover the Switch of tumor cells

Italians discover the Switch of tumor cells

The cancer cells of the body are able to circumvent our natural defenses, preventing our immune system to attack. Many new details on this mechanism have been brought to light by a study conducted at the Hospital Bambin Gesù of Rome and by the Department of Experimental Medicine of the University of Genoa.   The study in question was published in the...

Italy's food purists rage over America's 'white bolognese'

Italy's food purists rage over America's 'white bolognese'

In the traditional Italian dish, ragù alla Bolognese, tomatoes are very much an essential ingredient and their exclusion has upset food purists, who are tired of seeing 'Bolognese' used as an adjective to describe any kind of pasta dish served with minced meat. "White ragù sauces do exist, we even teach them in our cooking class in Venice," food blogger and...

Remembering Italian Soprano Daniela Dessì

Remembering Italian Soprano Daniela Dessì

by Fred Plotkin   In our day, because of social media and all manner of electronic communications, news can rapidly spread around the world. On Aug. 20, people who work in or care about opera learned of the passing of Italian soprano Daniela Dessì at the age of 59 within hours of her demise. The outpouring of grief and fond recollections was...

Hello Frank: a Lumarzo la nona edizione dell'omaggio della Liguria a Frank Sinat…

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Seven eclectic castles

Seven eclectic castles

Here is a parade of buildings scattered throughout Italy, from the Aosta Valley to Sicily: castles, villas and palaces that stand out for their bizarre, eccentric, extravagant or unconventional architectural features. Most of them can be described as "eclectic", a term that points to their voluntary and conscious syncretism of various architectural elements and styles – taken from the past or...

In Pompeii, an ancient laundry comes back to life

In Pompeii, an ancient laundry comes back to life

by Lorenzo Zanini Talking about a "return to the past" at Pompeii may not exactly make sense, because the place itself was frozen in the past by the 79 AD eruption of the Vesuvius volcano. Yet in this case the phrase seems to fit: visitors can now parts of some of the buildings as they were during the daily lives of their...

Carla Fracci still dancing as 80th birthday nears

Carla Fracci still dancing as 80th birthday nears

Italian ballerina Carla Fracci turned 80 years old on August 20, but she hasn't hung up her pointe shoes yet. She performed in late July at the Versiliana Festival with the Balletto del Sud in Fredy Franzutti's staging of "Scheherazade and the Thousand and One Nights" as Queen Thalassa, the queen of the sea.    "I've never loved celebrating my birthdays, and this...

Tania Cagnotto: Italian of the Week

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Born to two award-winning athletes in Bolzano, Italy, Tania Cagnotto was destined for greatness. Her father was Giorgio Cagnotto – a diver who medaled four times at the Olympics during his career. Following in his footsteps, Tania began swimming and diving at a young age, winning her first award when she was just 14.   During her career, she performed in five...

Six Facts About the Bridge of Sighs

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by Elizabeth Salthouse The Bridge of Sighs in Venice is an iconic location. Tourists flock to take its picture, lovers and selfie sticks jostling for the best view. But few know the real history of the bridge, how it got its name or realize that it has links to the justice courts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And fewer still understand that it's...

Un gruppo di italo-americani vuole acquistare il Palermo

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Una cordata di imprenditori Usa, con a capo Frank Cascio, italo-americano con interessi nel settore edile e in passato amico e manager di Michael Jackson, ha messo sul piatto 50 milioni di euro per rilevare il Palermo calcio. Il patron rosanero Maurizio Zamparini, come riportano alcuni quotidiani, ieri ha incontrato a Venezia i rappresentanti della cordata a stelle e strisce, tra...

Ryanair ups its bet on Italy and will invest $1 billion next year

Ryanair ups its bet on Italy and will invest $1 billion next year

by Laura Di Pillo   An investment of $1 billion, 10 new aircraft, 44 new routes and 2,250 jobs. Low cost airline company Ryanair ups the ante for Italy and announced a record investment in 2017 after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government decided to cancel an increase in municipal airport taxes. "Today we have some good news, a huge development plan for Italy...

Italian customs seize huge haul of Roman artefacts

Italian customs seize huge haul of Roman artefacts

They were discovered in a joint operation by Italy's customs officers and finance police, who seized three containers at the La Spezia port. They belonged to an American businessman, who had intended to send them on to his villa in the Tuscan countryside, a statement from customs said. However, he was unable to provide a satisfactory explanation as to how the...

Clean energy an ever growing business, renewables account for 35% of Italian mar…

Clean energy an ever growing business, renewables account for 35% of Italian market

by Elena Comelli   Clean energy is a fast-growing market which offers a lot of room to new companies, despite competition from low oil prices. At a global level, renewable energy sources in 2015 reached a new record, with over €290 billion invested globally (up 21% on 2014), more than double the €130 billion invested in fossil fuels. In Italy, investment last year...

INPS, gli italiani all’estero meritano una Direzione dedicata

INPS, gli italiani all’estero meritano una Direzione dedicata

di Fuucsia Nissoli   ​Caro Presidente Boeri, sento il dovere di inviare questa lettera aperta che condivido con la Comunità italiana all'estero.​ In seguito alla soppressione della Direzione centrale Convenzioni Internazionali e Comunitarie dell'INPS, le voglio comunicare il mio dissenso.Seguendo il Suo operato, ho avuto modo di apprezzare gli interventi di riorganizzazione dell'INPSche ha portato avanti sin dall'inizio del Suo mandato, secondo...

Italian police cook pasta for lonely couple after neighbours heard them crying

Italian police cook pasta for lonely couple after neighbours heard them crying

by Emma Sword   Police officers in Italy cooked dinner for a lonely elderly couple after they received reports of crying coming from their apartment in Rome. Officers went to the home of Jole, 84, and her 94-year-old husband Michele after receiving reports of hearing shouting and crying coming from inside their flat in the Appio area of the city.   The officers found a...

Businesses in Italy’s South have started growing again, thanks mostly to young p…

Businesses in Italy’s South have started growing again, thanks mostly to young people and startups

by Marzio Bartoloni   Businesses in the underdeveloped, poorer South of Italy have started growing again. Above all, thanks to young people, and startups. There are 10,000 more companies — an increase for the first time since 2008 (+0.7%). Exports are also robust (+2.5%), stronger than in the North.   Another 50,000 jobs were created (+0.6%), but with the government's tax breaks for new hires expiring,...

Senza memoria non c'è presente e non c'è futuro

Senza memoria non c'è presente e non c'è futuro

di Francesca La Marca   Una giornata nazionale dedicata agli italiani nel mondo. È questo il contenuto di una proposta di legge che ho presentato in queste settimane e che è stata sottoscritta da 326 deputati. In altre parole, la maggioranza assoluta dei deputati ha aderito a questa idea e chiede assieme a me che l'Italia inserisca nel calendario delle sue ricorrenze ufficiali...

More young Italians climatarians says Barilla study

More young Italians climatarians says Barilla study

Young Italians are more and more climatarian at the dinner table, a new Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) survey showed Monday. The term climatarian appeared on the New York Times list of top 2015 food-related words, and means someone whose diet is based on locally sourced food, on limiting food waste, and on avoiding the most energy-consuming of meat...

Medieval Italian castle with over 80 rooms to be sold for the first time in hist…

Medieval Italian castle with over 80 rooms to be sold for the first time in history

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Italy Sets Example on Reducing Food Waste as U.S. Tosses $161 Billion Worth a Ye…

Italy Sets Example on Reducing Food Waste as U.S. Tosses $161 Billion Worth a Year

Italy adopted new laws this week to cut down drastically on food waste — the second such law in Europe, joining France's. So what's the United States doing to reclaim the 30 percent of its food that's simply thrown away?   Italy's Senate overwhelmingly gave final approval Tuesday to millions of euros of tax incentives to encourage businesses, shops and restaurants to...

Italian National Tourism Agency to invest €83 mn in new three-year plan

Italian National Tourism Agency to invest €83 mn in new three-year plan

by Vincenzo Chierchia   The state controlled Italian National Tourism Agency (ENIT) will open new offices in emerging markets: from China to the Arab Emirates, according to its new three year plan.   Italy is going all-in on tourism. After years of budget cuts, the new plan will provide for €83 million of investments: €28 million in 2016, €28 million again in 2017, and...

Sales of Italian vacation houses seen rising again this year

Sales of Italian vacation houses seen rising again this year

by Marzio Bartoloni   Italians and foreigners are both eyeing vacation homes purchases with interest. After the collapse of the market in recent years and the first signs of recovery in 2014 (up 3%), sales of second homes jumped 7.6% last year.   This year, the trend should continue to be extremely positive. In particular, a snapshot take by the 2016 National Tourism Real Estate...

Educating Sicily and Italian Americans with You Me & Sicily

Educating Sicily and Italian Americans with You Me & Sicily

Irresistible Sicily has lured me into her clutches once again. Without fail, it is precisely like every other time that I hop on the ferry to cross the Messina straight. Instinctively, I close my eyes and take a deep breath of sea air.   As I feel the warm Southern Italian breeze blow through my hair, I can't help but feel like...

L'Ambasciatore Armando Varricchio Presidente onorario di AmCham Italy

L'Ambasciatore Armando Varricchio Presidente onorario di AmCham Italy

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Italy is the export leader in the boating industry with a 23.7% market share

Italy is the export leader in the boating industry with a 23.7% market share

by Raoul de Forcade Italy's boating industry is on the mend and the signals coming from the domestic market are particularly convincing. The turnover of shipbuilding, accessories and engines is expected to grow by 7.5% during the current nautical year (which begins in September and ends in August of the following solar year).   Moreover, Italy is once again the world's first exporter...

Villa Antinori for sale, Home to Mona Lisa and Chianti

Villa Antinori for sale, Home to Mona Lisa and Chianti

Every house has a story. Every room retains an infinite memory of facts, objects and people. And while, for most houses, what remains imprisoned in the walls are the memories of private events, there are cases in which the history of a house belongs to everyone, because something has made it known to the outside world.   This is the case for...

Marciano, LaMotta e tanti altri: quando sul ring c'erano i veri Rocky

Marciano, LaMotta e tanti altri: quando sul ring c'erano i veri Rocky

Rocky Balboa era un signor nessuno, faceva la boxe ma si nutriva campando di espedienti. Un giorno Silvester Stallone lo disegnò sullo schermo: ne creò il personaggio, facendolo scegliere dal campione del mondo, Apollo Creed e dandogli l'impensabile chance di diventare il re dei pesi massimi.   Il film quando uscì fece epoca, l'ispirazione di Stallone fu Chuck Wepner. Il 'sanguinolento di...

The curtain goes up on the Olympics: 144 women on the team of Italian athletes

The curtain goes up on the Olympics: 144 women on the team of Italian athletes

by Maria Luisa Colledani   They are young, strong and determined to win. The 307 "Azzurri" looking for glory at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are a mirror of Italian society, 144 women (never before so many) and 163 young men. Their average age is 27, and twenty of them were not born in Italy because Italy is ever more...

Amalfi Coast: daredevil cycling on Italy's south-west shores

Amalfi Coast: daredevil cycling on Italy's south-west shores

There are, I believe, two types of recreational cyclist. First, there are the ones with whippet-like bodies clad in Lycra, who take on near-vertical mountain roads without breaking a sweat. And then there are cyclists like me, who pick their bike according to colour, and whether the basket has enough room for focaccia and fresh cherry tomatoes.   I am on the...

Palermo. “Festival Oltreoceano USA-ITA”: arriva la musica italoamericana

Palermo. “Festival Oltreoceano USA-ITA”: arriva la musica italoamericana

Sale l'attesa per la prima edizione del "Festival Oltreoceano USA-ITA", che si terrà il prossimo 6 agosto in Villa Castelnuovo, a Palermo. Sul palco salirà anche il finalista della quarta edizione di "Io canto", Antonino Buscemi, già protagonista in terra americana con l'esibizione dello scorso 26 aprile al Madison Theater ed alle prese con il suo primo album a diffusione statunitense.   Read...

Tumori, scoperta una 'chiave' per bloccare cellule malate

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SFRUTTANDO le conoscenze di base derivate dal sequenziamento del genoma umano, ricercatori di tutto il mondo stanno tentando di comprendere i meccanismi cellulari alla base di tante malattie, compresi quelli che portano al tumore. Si sta cercando di capire cioè il funzionamento di alcune molecole 'sospette', che potrebbero veicolare messaggi di malattia, allo scopo di eliminarle in maniera selettiva.   Riuscire a...

Italy’s a surprising power in the robotics industry, in sixth place worldwide

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by Luca Orlando   Japan, Korea, but especially China. In geographic terms, these are the main buyers of robots in the global market, which has posted new records in terms of sales and stocks. Global orders for 2015 have, in fact, risen by 12%, reaching 250,000 units (double the figure of 2010), bringing the overall "mass" of installed industrial robots to over...

“Mamma mia dammi cento lire, che in America voglio andar”

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Parla di emigrazione e strada ferrata, l'ultimo lavoro di Luca De Ceglia, finanziato dalla Confcommercio Bisceglie ed ora in distribuzione gratuita.   «Inserito nel suo ormai pluriennale lavoro di studi sulla storia e sulle tradizioni locali – scrive il presidente Confcommercio Leo Carriera – questo lavoro di Luca De Ceglia si occupa di un importante fenomeno sociale del nostro Paese nei secoli...

The little Piedmont town of Cherasco prepares a fall in the spirit of Savoia’s d…

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by Augusto Grandi With only 9,000 residents, over 40,000 tourists have spent at least one night in Cherasco: this little town in the province of Cuneo, in Piedmont, relies on culture, history and art, as well as on food. Cherasco is preparing to host the exhibition "Nel segno dei Savoia," from September 3 to October 16, which will feature over 70 artworks,...

The Way They Cook in Sicily

The Way They Cook in Sicily

by Stephanie Danler My sister, Christina, and I were sitting in a garden in Palermo, a few sips into a midmorning Campari and soda, when I began to feel fraudulent. The sea breeze fanned up from the port and onto the terrace as our hostess, Nicoletta Polo Lanza Tomasi, the Duchess of Palma di Montechiaro, recounted the history of the palazzo...

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Una delegazione dell'ANPS (Associazione Nazionale Polizia di Stato) sezione di New York – New Jersey, che ha sede nel Palazzo dell'ONU e che conta più di 250 iscritti, è stata ospite a Padula dell'Associazione Internazionale Joe Petrosino, presieduta da Vincenzo Lamanna.   La delegazione ha visitato il centro storico di Padula e la Casa Museo di Joe Petrosino che, insieme agli arredi...

The stories behind Italian bridges

The stories behind Italian bridges

Bridges are everywhere in the world, but if you go to Italy, you will definitely bump into some of the most romantic. The Australian magazine Italianicious has recently published an extremely interesting article recalling the stories of some of Italian famous bridges.   Venice is introduced as "the best place in Italy for bridge lovers" as there are about 800 over the...

Italian furniture makers look for new growth opportunities on the West Coast

Italian furniture makers look for new growth opportunities on the West Coast

by Giovanna Mancini   With over €1 billion in sales, the US is the top foreign market into which Italian interior design firms are seeking to expand their activities. While it's true that the Chinese market is growing more quickly (with sales of Italian furniture up 27.5% in 2015), in absolute terms the US market remains by far the most important outside...

We checked out the new Ferrari 488 GTB — and it's an unexpected masterpiece

We checked out the new Ferrari 488 GTB — and it's an unexpected masterpiece

Ferrari builds three types of cars: sports cars, Grand Touring or "GT" cars, and of course rare and exotic hypercars, such as the current LaFerrari, which sells for more than a million bucks. Of these three, without question the most important for Ferrari's reputation are the sports cars. The only things more important are Ferrari's Formula One race cars, but they...

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Ballester, il maestro dei poster che ha fatto la storia del cinema

Marlon Brando col viso insanguinato, pistola alla mano e uno sguardo che parla, Rita Hayworth che danza coperta di veli ondeggianti con la sua folta chioma riccia, il primo piano di John Wayne inghiottito in una macchia rossa indistinta fatta di cavalli e profili indiani.   Anselmo Ballester ha dipinto i più grandi attori della storia del cinema. È lui il fondatore,...

Foreign Investors’ interest for “Italian Brick” is growing

Foreign Investors’ interest for “Italian Brick” is growing

According to data for the first half of 2016, released by Gate-away.com, the real estate website dedicated to foreigners who wish to buy a property in Italy, the demand for real estate from abroad grew by 52.4% compared at the same time past year.   In detail, the average price of properties required stood at 435,000 euro, more than 67% relates to...

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Chris Meledandri to Get Venice Film Fest Tribute

Chris Meledandri is slated to receive a special tribute at the upcoming Venice International Film Festival in September, organizers announced Wednesday. The Academy Award-nominated founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment will be recognized for his contribution to the world of animated films.   Meledandri is responsible for the Despicable Me, Ice Age and animated Dr. Seuss franchises, which have collectively grossed almost...

I hit the ancestral research jackpot in Italy. Here’s my story…

I hit the ancestral research jackpot in Italy. Here’s my story…

As I sat in the small Fiat, next to a distant cousin from my paternal grandmother's family line, there were about 10 different feelings running through me. Among them were excitement, nervousness, anxiety, and disbelief.   I am currently in the midst of an extended trip through Italy with my family of five to discover the land where my family came from,...

Google torna in Sicilia: tutto pronto per il summit annuale

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Italy’s funiculars: wonderful all the way to the top

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One of the most famous Italian songs in the world is dedicated to a funicular: it's "Funiculì funiculà" of course, composed by Giuseppe Turco and Luigi Denza in 1880 to celebrate the inauguration of the Vesuvio Cable Railway, the first cable railway to successfully ascend the slopes of an active volcano.   The song became so popular it was translated in a...

Italia, USA e innovazione: la Farnesina all’Innovation Forum di Trieste

Italia, USA e innovazione: la Farnesina all’Innovation Forum di Trieste

Confrontare la realtà economica e industriale USA e quella del Friuli Venezia Giulia, caratterizzata da PMI dinamiche e innovative, per rilanciare la cooperazione scientifica, tecnologica e industriale nell'area Transatlantica: questo il tema al centro dell'"Innovation Forum - Driving changes for US and Italian Innovation Systems: finding better ways to learn from each other", cui ha partecipato ieri, 28 lugoio, a...

The government unveils its 2017-2023 strategic plan for the tourism industry

The government unveils its 2017-2023 strategic plan for the tourism industry

by Marzio Bartoloni   The government has just drawn up its 2017-2023 strategic plan for the tourism industry, one of most undervalued sectors in the nation. Revenue totaled €35.8 billion in 2015, putting Italy in seventh place in value and fifth (after France, the USA, Spain and China) in number of visitors (50.7 million). That's too few given the untapped potential of...

Italy Brings WiFi for Tourists at Its UNESCO Sites

Italy Brings WiFi for Tourists at Its UNESCO Sites

High-speed broadband WiFi network is coming to Italy, in some tourist and cultural sites. The network will have a unique access system, based on the Public Digital Identity System (SPID).   While a series of experimental models are going to be set up by January in big seaside resorts, it will then be extended to the 51 UNESCO World Heritage sites, in...

“Fuksas Cloud” in Rome will open to public in mid 2017

“Fuksas Cloud” in Rome will open to public in mid 2017

by Lorenzo Zanini The "Cloud" by architect Massimiliano Fuksas, Rome's new conference center, will be inaugurated on October 29. It took eight years of work to complete, a €300,000 investment, and brings Rome closer to its goal of competing with other Italian and European cities to snap up a bigger portion of the conference tourism business.   In the process there were a...

Jewelry, culture and arts will bring 1,300 brands from 35 countries to Italy’s V…

Jewelry, culture and arts will bring 1,300 brands from 35 countries to Italy’s Vicenzaoro

by Giulia Crivelli "Today's trade fairs and those coming in the near future are and will be very different from those we are used to," said Matteo Marzotto, who for the past two and a half years has been running Italy's premier jewelry fair Vicenzaoro which will kick off this year on September 3.   September's show will involve 1,300 brands coming from...

Confetti Candy, the Ancient Italian Predecessor of the Tic Tac By Romie Stott

Confetti Candy, the Ancient Italian Predecessor of the Tic Tac By Romie Stott

Wedding season in the Northern Hemisphere is already in full swing, which means a lot of guests will soon be going home with small net bags of tooth-breakingly hard candy-coated almonds, the wedding reception equivalent of candy corn. Some of the guests will joke about how they're old-person candy and must have been sitting out for years to get so...

The New Wave of Italian Heritage Brands is Here

The New Wave of Italian Heritage Brands is Here

They're dedicated to conserving the old, while always keeping their mind on innovation. Emerging contemporary fashion brands coming out of Italy, are currently popping up left and right. But then there's another group, which prioritizes expanding upon the tradition of craftsmanship, without ever desiring to be "on-trend".   Their power lies in creating a well-made product which can hold its own throughout...

Italy researchers 'switch off' heart disease gene

Italy researchers 'switch off' heart disease gene

Italian researchers have discovered the gene for arteriosclerosis and devised a treatment to "switch it off" and prevent heart disease. The gene is responsible for producing a protein that in turn produces oxidant molecules that damage the walls of the heart, veins and arteries. The discovery was made by a team from the Life Sciences Institute at Pisa's prestigious Sant'Anna School for...

How Italy has become a leader for energy efficiency

How Italy has become a leader for energy efficiency

When discussing about virtuous countries for energy efficiency standards, Germany and Japan are often quoted as examples of developed countries that have succeeded in upgrading industrial gear in an environmental-friendly way.   However, the latest International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) confirmed that Japan shares its second position with Italy. ACEEE evaluated each country...

Biofuel from Tobacco: an Italian invention

Biofuel from Tobacco: an Italian invention

On July 15, for the first time, South African Airways completed a flight using a biofuel made from tobacco. The one-way flight carried 300 passengers from Johannesburg to Cape Town using 6,300 liters of biofuel.   Thanks to the research of the biochemists of Sunchem, the Italian enterprise who has developed a process to extract biofuel from tobacco seeds, we are witnessing...

Discovering Five Hidden Gems in Southern Umbria

Discovering Five Hidden Gems in Southern Umbria

Bordered by Tuscany to the west, Le Marche to the east and Lazio to the south the central region of Umbria is the only one without a coastline or to border another country.   Its renowned for its sweet-toothed capital of Perugia and its spiritual center of Assisi, but Umbria is much more than just chocolate and churches. So if you like...

Italy’s hidden wine valley: the Valtellina

Italy’s hidden wine valley: the Valtellina

The Nebbiolo grape variety has long been associated with Italy's Piedmont region. There it is used to produce two of Italy's greatest wines: Barolo, the self­styled king of Italian wines, and its equally distinguished cousin, Barbaresco. There is one other kingdom, however, where it reigns supreme. This region, largely unknown to international wine enthusiasts, is Lombardy's hidden valley – the Valtellina.   The Valtellina is a long, narrow alpine valley on...

Seven Tuscan white wines to discover this summer

Seven Tuscan white wines to discover this summer

The Italians created their classification hierarchy, the Denominazione di Origine (DOC), 50 years ago to highlight their best wines. So what was Italy's first DOC, the one the Italians most wanted to trumpet? Brunello di Montalcino or Barolo would be reasonable guesses. But no
, it was Vernaccia di san Gimignano. Brunello di Montalcino became Italy's first DOCG (Denominazione di Origine e...

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