NEWS FROM : ITALY  

by Alessandra Magliaro   Four Italian directors are in competition at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, plucked from a wider selection of others that weren't chosen, including films by big names such as Paolo Sorrentino, Nanni Moretti, and Matteo Garrone.   In response to the inevitable controversy over the films by those directors being...

by Micaela Cappellini   Within the next three years, global sales of pharmaceuticals will reach $1.6 billion and, according to a study by Deloitte, Italy is well positioned to take a significant slice of the sector. Figures from industry association Farmindustria bear that out: with €29 billion in revenue in 2014, Italy is the second-la...

By Giovanni di Napoli The bagpipes are an ancient instrument, dating back thousands of years; they're even mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 4:21). Here in America we normally associate the bagpipes with the Irish and Scottish, who have a long and storied tradition with this wonderful instrument. However, many Americans, even those of Italian ancest...

AbbVie, azienda leader del settore biofarmaceutico è pronta ad investire ben 60 milioni di dollari nel Belpaese e più precisamente nel sito industriale di Aprilia, considerato un polo di eccellenza di livello internazionale, dove sarà aperta una nuova linea produttiva all'avanguardia nell'assemblaggio e nel confezionamento dei prodotti farmaceutici...

Italian fashion house Valentino throws a curve ball this season for Pre Spring 2016 with a collection of wearable clothes for daytime instead of an exquisite evening collection without comprising on design and artisans skills. With references hailing from Hawaii, particularly natural elements of printed tropical flowers, palm trees, the ocean...

There are two reasons I am such a fan of Italian wines these days. One is the dramatic improvement in quality we have seen over the last couple of decades. It started in Piedmont and Tuscany then, as they watched the money roll in, other regions, from Friuli to Sicily, discovered the advantages of moving from bulk, crap plonk to quality wines. And...

If Italy is Europe's "Cinderella" in terms of foreign direct investments (inflows account for 17% of GDP, compared to Europe's 42% and, outflows are 25% against Europe's 50%), Emilia-Romagna plays in the same league as Europe's main manufacturing regions: in sixth place according to the FDI Index ranking, and in second in Italy, following Lombardy...

Taormina is one of the most popular and beautiful places in Sicily. It was my first stop in Sicily and I fell in love immediately. I'd recommend this classy resort city to anyone planning a trip to Sicilia, the southern island of Italy.   Aside from its beauty and location on the Ionian Sea, Taormina is home to Teatro Greco, the Greek theate...

While the University of Bologna is not the oldest existing & continually operating university in the world (that claim goes to the University of Karueein in Morocco), it is the oldest university in Europe. The University of Bologna (or Università Degli Studi Di Bologna) was established in 1088. By the 12th century, the school became known for...

by Claudio Celio Vehicles, machinery and clothes are the "Made in Italy" sectors that export the most to the US. According to data from national statistics office ISTAT, these three sectors together exported goods worth more than €18 billion to the US in 2015.   Looking in more detail, exports to the US in 2015 totalled €7.6 billion in the...

Six people with paralysed arms and legs have been able to eat and drink unassisted thanks to an exoskeleton, a hi-tech glove made in Italy by the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa, and controlled in an non-invasive way by electrodes inside a cap, made by the German university of Tubingen. The result has been published in the first number of the Sc...

By Ben Carson Next year promises to be big for Pistoia. This little-known town in the north of Tuscany has just been chosen as the Italian Capital of Culture for 2017. And as the world's press turn their spotlights on the town, we discover there's a lot to like about this unassuming place.   Pistoia, snuggled at the foot of the Appenines, h...