NEWS FROM : ITALY  

As we continue to see what's possible when sensors, electronics and 3D printing come together, some of the most impressive projects we've seen to date include various efforts towards building bionic hands for enabling those in need of a prosthesis.   Almost a year ago, 3Ders reported on an Italian start-up called Youbionic, which was founded...

by Paola Dezza   Real estate investments in Italy are expected to increase sharply at the end of 2015 halting the deep recession that has weighed on the sector since 2008. Many consulting companies believe that Italy's recovery appears to be increasingly strong because of the better economic growth. A recent report from JLL underlines t...

by Claudia Astarita   Tuscany is rich in fascinating archaeological sites, such as the Baratti and Populonia Park (within a beautiful bay and a fascinating medieval village), the Museum of Ancient Ships in Pisa and the recently discovered necropolis.   Exhibitions, workshops and food&wine tastings have taken place all around the a...

Surprise. Italy, the nation with the most robust recycling industry in Europe, imports 5.9 million tons of refuse a year as raw material (especially metals used by steel mills) to recycle. Meanwhile, it pays to export 450,000 tons of garbage (non-recyclable, real trash, like the kind that Naples can't seem to get rid of) to burn as high-priced comb...

by Simone D'Antonio   A few years ago, a group of women in their 50s living near Bologna's Piazza Carducci grew tired of seeing paint chipping from worn-out benches in the square. They didn't just complain to city officials. They made a generous offer: The women were willing to repaint the benches themselves.   What should have been a...

I can smell the scent of laundry cleaned with hot water and ashes, which reminds me of my grandmother's home. In fact, it's the basic wash that Andrea uses to get impurities out of fiber in a huge vat, before using a special sieve to lift out a block that is about half a centimeter tall. To me, it's magic. He says, "Look: it's paper," and goes on t...

On a May afternoon, when the weather was unable to decide between sun and showers, the dedication of pork lovers here in this central Italian town was sorely tested. Again and again, rain arrived; the crowd scattered.   But again and again, as the sun returned, they poured back into the town square, appetites renewed for more porchetta: the...

by Giovanna Mancini   The year 2015 was marked throughout the world by a slowdown in growth in the trading of goods, a slower growth than expected and well below that of the previous two decades. Yet the Italian companies have moved in the opposite direction, strengthening their level of internationalization last year, as is clear in the "I...

Pitina is a hybrid between meatballs and delicatessen, therefore unique. Its taste is very intense and for this reason it was not always very appreciated. If Pitina is still there, thanks should be given to the few producers remained and to the Slow Food Foundation that put is under its protection.   Pitina was born in Friuli and it is typic...

By Nick Squires After more than 700 years, a hilltop town in Umbria has formally asked forgiveness for playing a part in the persecution and exile of Dante, Italy's most celebrated poet and the author of The Divine Comedy.   Born into a noble family that had fallen onto hard times in Florence, Dante found himself on the wrong side of the bi...

By Breanna Wilson It all starts at an exclusive dinner event at one of Florence's Michelin-rated restaurants. But isn't that how it always starts? You're given a taste of the best version of something and there's just no going back from there. It's like being seated in First Class and then being expected to fly economy for the rest of your life. Y...

Roma 06 Febbraio 2013Nasce oggi "CLIQ – Certificazione Lingua Italiana di Qualità", l'acronimo che rivoluziona la certificazione della conoscenza della lingua italiana all'estero.E' lo stesso Ministro degli Esteri Giulio Terzi ad annunciare il lancio del nuovo sistema di certificazione unificato, che consentirà all'Italia di disporre di un marchio...