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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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Why Americans (should) love Italy

Why Americans (should) love Italy

by Claudia Astarita   The American magazine International Living recently published on its website an interesting comparison between Italy and France. It all started with the idea that it is a very good time to be an American in Europe, as the EU is cheap for US citizens, as the growing strength of the dollar has made it more affordable than ever....

In Turin’s Royal Library a manuscript Legendary in name and in deed

In Turin’s Royal Library a manuscript Legendary in name and in deed

by Marco Carminati   Miniatures are marvels of Medieval and Renaissance art that are only accessible to a happy few.   Except for the large illuminated books made for church choirs, which could be consulted on the book rests by dozens of monks at the same time, or the liturgical books that were read by multiple people (Bibles, Missals, Psalters etc.), the large majority...

A new App to protect Made in Italy

A new App to protect Made in Italy

by Claudia Astarita   Identyclick - a new Italian startup – has launched an innovative App "Know what you eat and drink". It allows consumers and companies to check on the origin of the products they usually buy.   In recent years, Italian food associations and consortia have strongly supported the need to have a deeper control on food products and this App seems...

Martini, the story behind the most iconic Italian drink

Martini, the story behind the most iconic Italian drink

by Serena Perfetto   It is usually said that while there are many 'martinis', there is only one Martini. This reminds us how cocktails sometimes have little or no resemblance to the original, the classic Gin Martini, made of gin and dry vermouth, which will always be a classic and the favorite cocktail for many.   But when did the story behind this drink...

Sicilian Folk Stories: Trinacria, the origin of the symbol of Sicily

Sicilian Folk Stories: Trinacria, the origin of the symbol of Sicily

by Jonathan Bazzi   The triskelion (known as the triscele in Italian, and also the called triquetra or trinacria, depending on the usage and contexts) is a symbolic figure with an ancient history, formed of three legs (or three intertwined spirals according to other traditions) that start from a common centre point (a head in the Sicilian version).   The name derives from Greek...

Italian Home Design Startup Lovethesign Pulls In $4 Million Series A

Italian Home Design Startup Lovethesign Pulls In $4 Million Series A

by Steve O'Hear   They say that the only thing guaranteed in life is death and taxes. But perhaps we should add VCs piling money into furniture and homewear e-commerce startups to the list, not least in Europe. Today it's the turn of Italian home design startup Lovethesign.   The company has raised just over $4 million in Series A funding, led by United...

The layered style of Copertino's castle

The layered style of Copertino's castle

The Castle in the old town of Copertino – in the province of Lecce, Apulia – is a collection of at least three different architectural styles, fleshed out in the square fortified tower built under the Angevin rule; the sumptuous portal built under Charles III, reflecting the taste of the Renaissance with influences from Catalan art; and the mighty fortress...

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Metafore e cultura gastronomica nei modi di dire dell'italiano

by Filomena Fuduli Sorrentino   Come ho scritto in altri articoli, i modi di dire usati nelle conversazioni degli italiani sono parecchi. Le espressioni e i proverbi fanno parte del nostro patrimonio linguistico e culturale, le quali, tramandate da una generazione all'altra, rappresentano il mezzo di comunicazione fra diversi livelli social-culturali all'interno della stessa cultura.   Queste espressioni, chiamate anche metafore, mettono in risalto,...

Modena’s “Motor Valley” pulls ahead on car components exports thanks to strong l…

Modena’s “Motor Valley” pulls ahead on car components exports thanks to strong luxury demand

by Natascia Ronchetti   The Modena-based auto business -- that galaxy of companies that revolves around top brands Ferrari, Maserati, Pagani -- is soaring, with an increase in revenues of 7.4% in 2014. It reached a turnover of €2.5 billion and is pulling ahead of the Piedmontese companies clustered around Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Turin, which saw an increase of 3.2%.   In the...

Naples: Passion and death in Italy's underrated gem

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There is plenty to see in the Naples Archaeological Museum that is not X-rated. There are the classical sculptures from the Farnese collections. There are the Roman mosaics from Pompeii, fine as paintings, which offer such an elegant insight into the ancient world.   But oh so predictably, glancing guiltily over my shoulder, I have skulked into the side gallery known as...

Una startup italiana sbanca un premio delle Nazioni Unite, è Orange Fiber

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di Arcangelo Rociola   Premiati dal voto popolare e dalla giuria. Un trionfo su tutti i fronti all'Unece Ideas for Change Award per Orange Fiber, la startup catanese di Adriana Santanocito e Enrica Arena, 37 e 29 anni. Il loro tessuto ricavato dalle arance grazie al supporto di nanotecnologie ha convinto la giuria di Ginevra che il 14 aprile al Palazzo delle...

Urbino Press Award alla giornalista americana Gwen Ifill

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La nota giornalista e conduttrice televisiva Gwen Ifill è la vincitrice, per il 2015, dell'Urbino Press Award, il premio italiano che ogni anno viene assegnato a un reporter americano. L'annuncio ufficiale della vittoria verrà dato il 22 aprile dall'ambasciatore d'Italia negli Stati Uniti, Claudio Bisogniero, nel corso di una cerimonia presso l'ambasciata d'Italia a Washington.   "Lo stile e la professionalità di...

The most powerful passports in the world, ranked

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A passport from a country in good global standing is a powerful thing, allowing its holder to move across borders without dealing with the nightmarish bureaucracy of a visa application. Arton Capital, a financial firm that says it "empowers individuals and families to become Global Citizens," at least in part by connecting clients to citizenship-purchasing programs, has put together a ranking...

A new partnership to sustain “excellent” Italian digital business ideas

A new partnership to sustain “excellent” Italian digital business ideas

The biggest innovation hub concerning digital Made in Italy was launched thanks to the partnership between Digital Magics (DM), Talent Garden and Tamburi Investment Partners (TIP). Enrico Gasperini – Digital Magic's founder and CEO – declared "Italian digital startups are a great source of talents" and they need to be supported.   For this reason, the newly created partnership was conceived, that is...

Italian Entrepreneurs Innovate Beyond Food, Fashion and Furniture

Italian Entrepreneurs Innovate Beyond Food, Fashion and Furniture

Everybody agrees Italians are creative when it comes to designing, producing, and marketing high quality products. What many people don't know is that these principles expand far beyond fashion and food. "This is the great quality of our entrepreneurs.   They go to sleep, they think, and they dream about something. And in the morning they are able to translate a dream into a...

Sorrento, a medley of charms that put a spell on Nietzsche, Goethe and Lord Byro…

Sorrento, a medley of charms that put a spell on Nietzsche, Goethe and Lord Byron

by Francesca Milano   "Sorrento [is] beautiful - people have not been exaggerating. The air here is a mixture of mountain and sea air. It is very soothing for my eyes; from my terrace I look down first on a big green tree garden (which stays green in winter), beyond that the very dark sea, beyond that Vesuvius... Of all to the...

Tourism on the rise in Italian ‘art cities’

Tourism on the rise in Italian ‘art cities’

Tourism to Italy's so-called "art cities" is expected to rise in 2015, following a trend over the past four years in which tourism to these cities has increased by 11%, according to a study released Friday by tourism labor union Assoturismo Confesercenti. The 11% increase represents a total of 3.9 million more visitors between the years 2010-2014. The study, conducted by Studio...

My Italian habits that foreigners just don’t get

My Italian habits that foreigners just don’t get

We are overly superstitious. Italians can take superstition to the next level. Avoiding walking under a ladder is pretty common, but things can get tricky when someone refuses to carry on driving because a black cat has just crossed their path.   To avoid "sfortuna," or bad luck, one would make a substantial detour. After tripping up, it is also common to go...

Discovering Italy by train on old-fashioned railcars with a new “slow tourism” p…

Discovering Italy by train on old-fashioned railcars with a new “slow tourism” project

Visiting Italy by train is a lovely way to discover uncharted places. But it can be and more unique if you travel along old and out-of-the-way routes, with old-fashioned trains. It's a new kind of "slow tourism," perfect to enjoy the treasures of Italy more deeply.   The Italian Ministry of Culture has just signed a partnerhsip with Ferrovie dello Stato, the...

10 things that prove you grew up in an Italian family

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by Alessia Odoardi   Your concept of meal is different from all others. You easily find yourself saying: "Is it 3 pm already???" Lunch is not just feeding yourself in an Italian family: it's a way to stay together, to enjoy both a good conversation and a delicious dish.   You cannot keep your hands down when talking. It's a fact, everybody must accept...

Italian project to turn citrus waste into energy

Italian project to turn citrus waste into energy

Sicily's massive production of citrus waste will be used to produce energy and biofuel in a pilot project launched on today called "Energy from citrus fruits".    The project, sponsored by the Citrus District of Sicily, the University of Catania, and a grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation, involves the use of a small industrial plant capable of transforming the post-production remains of...

Centuries of Italian History Are Unearthed in Quest to Fix Toilet

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by Jim Tardley   All Luciano Faggiano wanted when he purchased the seemingly unremarkable building at 56 Via Ascanio Grandi was to open a trattoria. The only problem was the toilet. Sewage kept backing up. So Mr. Faggiano enlisted his two older sons to help him dig a trench and investigate. He predicted the job would take about a week. If only.   "We found underground...

Course of Professional Development for Teachers of Italian 2015

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Study in Italy is happy to announce that the annual Course of Professional Development for Teachers of Italian, now in its 8th year, will be held in Genoa, Italy from June 29 to July 10, 2015.   The course is comprised of 50 hours of instruction: 40 hours of lesson (Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) and 10 hours in...

5 Italian restaurants with impressive wine cellars

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As a starting point, in a restaurant nowadays it is not sufficient to just have an important chef, a unique cuisine on offer, or a high level of quality in order to be considered "excellent", because both restaurant and wine cellar service are key elements for achieving the highest scores in the guidebooks.   For this, in a selection of the 5...

LED technology will help see The Last Supper under a new light

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Arriva Hollywood a Firenze. Inferno, affare milionario

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Due settimane di riprese, un affare milionario per Firenze. Il primo ciak di Inferno, colossal diretto da Ron Howard, è fissato per il 2 maggio a Palazzo Vecchio, dove le macchine da presa lavoreranno fino al 7 maggio. Solo di affitto il Comune incasserà una cifra molto importante, già calcolando al rialzo l'indennizzo per il mancato incasso dei biglietti del...

There’s Now Proof that Italians Are the Most Passionate Cooks in the World

There’s Now Proof that Italians Are the Most Passionate Cooks in the World

Anyone who has a nonna knows that in Italian culture, cooking is king. It's the glue of the family, the center of socializing, and the backbone of ... well ... being Italian. You could say that about almost any culture—food, after all, is something that plays a pivotal role in the lives of literally every person on Earth.   But a massive...

Poppi Castle, the Campaldino Battle, and History's Irony

Poppi Castle, the Campaldino Battle, and History's Irony

The battle of Campaldino between some twenty thousand men – Ghibellines mostly from Arezzo and Guelphs from Florence – was fought right in front of the Conti Guidi Castle, also known as Poppi Castle, in the province of Arezzo.   On the Florentine side, a twenty-four-year-old Dante Alighieri served with his hometown's "feditori", an aristocratic corps who attacked the enemy with light...

Parma’s Palatine Library: Verdi against the Winter of the Spirit

Parma’s Palatine Library: Verdi against the Winter of the Spirit

Parma's Palatine Library is one of those wonderful places where "immortal souls" speak to us, as Pliny the Elder would have said. Or, to quote Marguerite Yourcenar, it is "a public granary, accumulating stocks for the winter of the spirit". Founded in 1761 and opened eight years later, in May 1769, the Palatine Library was named after the Temple of...

Italian Artisans’ Revival After Economic Crisis Reflects Resilience of Small Ind…

Italian Artisans’ Revival After Economic Crisis Reflects Resilience of Small Industry

by Gaia Pianigiani   High-end printing is an artisans' job in Italy. For those books, the gluing and the binding of the pages is predominantly done by hand. But at Editoriale Zanardi, a prestige book printer in northeast Italy, even the management fell into its workers' hands last year, when they bought out the company that had employed them for years.   Zanardi is one...

US investors eyeing Borsalino as hat maker grapples with financial woes

US investors eyeing Borsalino as hat maker grapples with financial woes

Borsalino hats, one of the symbols of Italian fashion, are being eyed by large foreign financial and industrial groups. The situation is still developing, and it intertwines with the legal quandary involving the apparel company's majority shareholder Marco Marenco.   Piedmont financier Marenco is currently on the run abroad after his network of Italian and foreign companies got involved in a €3.4...

Partono i bastimenti, la mostra sull'emigrazione nelle Americhe al Politeama

Partono i bastimenti, la mostra sull'emigrazione nelle Americhe al Politeama

Si inaugura mercoledì 15 aprile alle ore 18 presso la Sala Gialla del Politeama "Partono i Bastimenti", la mostra a cura di Francesco Nicotra dedicata all'emigrazione italiana nelle Americhe. L'inaugurazione è preceduta dall'anteprima stampa alle 16.   Al centro il "grande esodo" definito dagli studiosi il più rilevante movimento migratorio della storia del mondo. La rassegna, già allestita con successo a Napoli,...

Designers from all over the world descend on Milan for the Salone del Mobile

Designers from all over the world descend on Milan for the Salone del Mobile

by Marta Casadei   The Salone del Mobile is a key event for the home furnishing sector, which has always been the flagship of Italian industry. This year the 54th edition of the trade show will open on Tuesday, April 14 at the Fair of Milan-Rho and will involve 2,000 exhibitors, including furniture, lighting and office accessory companies. A few weeks before the...

An Apple gear supplier draws on Italy's artisan culture

An Apple gear supplier draws on Italy's artisan culture

by Jefferson Graham   In a country renowned for the invention of the piano and violin, Davide Barbi says it's natural for Italy to become the center for the next generation of bella musica, digital style. "Making musical instruments," he says. "We have this in our blood."   Barbi is the chief technology officer for IK Multimedia, the firm that has quietly changed the way...

Much more than a fair: how to enjoy the “Fuorisalone” in Milan design districts

Much more than a fair: how to enjoy the “Fuorisalone” in Milan design districts

by Chiara Beghelli   What about enjoying a cocktail and some small talk on the streets in early spring evening, after having spent hours visiting stands in huge Rho-Fiera buildings on the outskirts of Milan?   Definitely yes, for the thousands of people that every year pay a visit to "Fuorisalone" events, spread out over Milan during the "official" Salone del Mobile. Taking part...

Roma Sparita

Roma Sparita

by Alessio Garofoli   In Rome, on the banks of the Tiber, around 150 years ago, where Richard Meier's shrine containing the Ara Pacis is located nowadays, there was a small harbor: Porto Di Ripetta, whose appearance, it is said, served as inspiration for Trinità dei Monti Spanish Steps.   At that time the houses next to Tiber's waterfront had often the windows of...

Italian style jumps off the page in 'La Vita e Bella'

Italian style jumps off the page in 'La Vita e Bella'

by Laura Pearson   When we think of Italian interior design, several images come to mind: romantic hillside villas decorated with rustic, old-world charm (a la the Cortana fixer-upper in "Under the Tuscan Sun"); iconic furniture designs by Gio Ponti and Ettore Sottsass; and bright, airy living spaces with terra-cotta tiled floors and distressed walls.   "La Vita e Bella," by Jill Foulston, is...

Gli ingegneri italiani più preparati di quelli cinesi. E costano meno

Gli ingegneri italiani più preparati di quelli cinesi. E costano meno

Italia batte Cina 2-0. Costi bassi e preparazione eccellente rendono competitivi gli italiani. O almeno quella fetta di manodopera «super qualificata» che viene impiegata in settori ad alta tecnologia.   «Abbiamo ingegneri estremamente capaci, che a parità di competenze hanno un costo per noi più basso rispetto a quello dei loro colleghi di Pechino o Shanghai», conferma Sandro De Poli, amministratore delegato...

Solar power: Italy is one of the best in the world

Solar power: Italy is one of the best in the world

In 2014, Italy's photovoltaic plants park is the third biggest in the world, after Germany and China and before USA and Japan. This is what emerges from ANIE Rinnovabili's report which underlines that in Italy there are 648,183 photovoltaic systems for a total power of 18,325 MW, about 15% of the world global solar energy production. ANIE Rinnovabili data show that...

Business confidence is improving, but two thirds of companies still say growth i…

Business confidence is improving, but two thirds of companies still say growth is stalled

by Rossella Bocciarelli   Italy is slowly emerging from the tunnel of recession, but it is not yet clear whether new jobs will shore up the recovery.    The latest survey on expected inflation and growth carried out by Il Sole 24 Ore and the Bank of Italy confirmed the outlook recently outlined by Bank of Italy Governor Ignazio Visco: recovery is on its...

The imperial beauty of the Spring of Juturna in Rome

The imperial beauty of the Spring of Juturna in Rome

In March, an exhibition titled "Lacus Iuturnae. The sacred fountain of the Roman Forum" opened in Rome, at the Temple of Romolo along the "Sacra Via Summa", near the Via dei Fori Imperiali.   The highlight of the event is a group of seven marble sculptures dating back to the late 2nd and early 1st century BC, found in 1900, which originally...

How to master Italy's beloved biscotti

How to master Italy's beloved biscotti

By Domenica Marchetti   In 1858, Tuscan pastry chef Antonio Mattei opened up shop in the town of Prato and began selling crunchy, twice-baked cookies based on a centuries-old recipe. His original ingredients were flour, sugar, eggs and almonds or pine nuts from nearby groves. The soft, nut-studded dough was shaped into loaves, baked, sliced and baked again into crunchy oblongs. Mattei's...

Sardinia's Mediterranean diet: 10 foods that may lengthen your life

Sardinia's Mediterranean diet: 10 foods that may lengthen your life

In the book "The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People," author Dan Buettner reveals what the people around the world who live the longest are more likely to eat. One of the keys to longevity? Wine, beans and family: Sardinia's secrets to living to 100   A plant-based diet, says Buettner and colleague Gianni Pes, a senior researcher at...

How to Say: Monuments in Italy

How to Say: Monuments in Italy

by Silvia Donati   One of Italy's most attractive features is the range of incredible monuments built through the centuries that can still be admired today.   If you are planning a trip to Italy, it is handy to know the Italian word for some of the most common monuments and sites. Start with this list   Read more   Source: http://www.italymagazine.com/  

The next SNIA project in Rieti, Italy: turning a disused industrial plant into t…

The next SNIA project in Rieti, Italy: turning a disused industrial plant into the city’s engine of growth and innovation

How many of you heard about Rieti before? Not that many I bet. How many knew that Rieti, the geographic center of Italy (located at less then 80 km from Rome), was founded decades before Rome and gave birth to three Roman Emperors (including the ones who built the Coliseum)? Who knew that Italy's first sugar factory (one of Europe's...

È italiana la prima pianta robot che cercherà il petrolio

È italiana la prima pianta robot che cercherà il petrolio

La prima pianta robot al mondo è cresciuta: «coltivata» con passione dai bioingegneri dell'Istituto italiano di tecnologia (Iit), è pronta per «sbocciare» in una nuova versione con il tronco più grande, le foglie più ampie e reattive, le radici più numerose e «intelligenti» capaci di esplorare il terreno e accrescersi in risposta agli stimoli esterni proprio come fanno le radici...

Italian Origone sets new ski speed record

Italian Origone sets new ski speed record

Italian Simone Origone on Friday bettered his own world speed skiing record when he raced to a top speed of 252.632 kilometres per hour (156.978 mph). Origone's eye-watering effort down the specially groomed Chabrieres piste in the French resort of Vars bettered his previous best of 252.454 kph set in March 2014.   Windy conditions forced the 35-year-old to reduce his start by...

Discovering Italy: the Reggia di Caserta

Discovering Italy: the Reggia di Caserta

I confess that I would have liked to have been present for the laying of the first stone of the Royal Palace of Caserta. According to the chronicles of the time, it was a spectacular event. The year was 1752. The chosen date was January 20, a Thursday, coinciding with the 36th birthday of King Charles III of Bourbon.   A large number...

Hollywood Takes a Roman Holiday ... Again

Hollywood Takes a Roman Holiday ... Again

by Jim Yardley   Inside the Cinecittà film studios, originally built by Mussolini in part to produce fascist propaganda, a catapult is parked beside Soundstage 13. Not far away, craftsmen touch up chariots. The props are for the remake of the 1959 swords-and-sandals epic, "Ben-Hur," which is consuming much of the vast studio lot, if not all of it.   Five soundstages are being...

Mappa dei dialetti in Italia

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Ecco una mappa dettagliata che ci mostra la grande varietà di dialetti in Italia. La mappa creata da Sima Brankov nel suo blog Language Maps mostra l'infinita varietà delle lingue parlate nella penisola.   I dialetti sono stati raggruppati in 7 categorie. - I dialetti Gallo-Italici: Piemontesi, Lombardi Occidentali, Lombardi Orientali, Liguri, Emiliani, Romagnoli, Gallo-Italici lucani, Gallo-Italici siciliani. - I dialetti Veneti: Veneti Occidentali,...

Sicilia, Montalbano Elicona borgo più bello d'Italia

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Montalbano Elicona, in provincia di Messina, si è aggiudicato il titolo 2015 di borgo più bello d'Italia. Il riconoscimento è stato attribuito nel corso della trasmissione di Rai Tre «Alle falde del Kilimangiaro».   I comuni in competizione erano 40, poi diventati 20 con l'eliminazione diretta decretata dal televoto degli spettatori. I 20 finalisti, uno per ciascuna regione si sono sfidati sul...

Expo 2015, two Italians among Expo Short Food Movie winners

Expo 2015, two Italians among Expo Short Food Movie winners

Two Italians are among the four winners of the Expo Short Food Movie competition and have earned a chance to visit this year's world fair in Milan, organisers said Thursday. Back to the Food by Michael Donatone and Col Cibo Non Si Scherza (You Don't Fool With Food) by Francesco Fanuele and Gianluca Santoni first topped an online vote and were...

Un carica-cellulare a impronta digitale per i centri commerciali

Un carica-cellulare a impronta digitale per i centri commerciali

di Marco de' Francesco   Un totem che ha già un nome: Leonardo. All'apparenza, un oggetto di design, con uno schermo da 23 pollici in alto. Ma risolve un problema pratico: il fatto è che negli ultimi anni si è assistito ad una consistente evoluzione dei telefoni cellulari, soprattutto degli smartphone, che contengono applicazioni di ogni tipo; tale miglioramento non è stato...

L’italiano ambasciatore di simpatia

L’italiano ambasciatore di simpatia

di Federico Guiglia   Nell'arcobaleno universale delle lingue il professore ha già trovato il colore dell'italiano: «È riconoscibile come la lingua della simpatia». Come storico dellaChiesa cattolica non ha dubbi: «Papa  Francesco è il più grande testimonialdella lingua italiana nel mondo». Come ex ministro della Cooperazione internazionale (governo-Monti nel 2011) dice: «Non investire sulla lingua italiana è come volere un Paese muto».   Parla Andrea Riccardi, fondatore della Comunità Sant'Egidio nel 1968, e da poco eletto alla...

AOSR's 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala Photos

AOSR's 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala Photos

AOSR's 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala, organized by the Board of Trustees, took place on March 20th at the charming Villa Laura outside of Rome. It was a sold out affair with everyone elegantly dressed to the evening's theme: Something Red or White.   We all enjoyed a magical evening with delicious gourmet food and live salsa music. The highlight of the event...

The easter arches in San Biagio Platani: triumph for all

The easter arches in San Biagio Platani: triumph for all

The Easter Arches – also known as Bread Arches – whose tinted shadows envelop the main street in the small Sicilian town of San Biagio Platani, Agrigento – have a long history that started way back in the 18th century, recorded for the first time in 1776.   They are made by the members of two confraternities: one devout to the Holy...

The coolest trend in tourism is shopping in Made in Italy’s districts

The coolest trend in tourism is shopping in Made in Italy’s districts

by Chiara Beghelli   In the windows of Brivio's jewelry boutique, creations inspired by the jewels portrayed in the paintings of Palma il Vecchio (the Elder) twinkle, while the perfumery Tymiama has recreated some of the fragrances in vogue at the time of the artist, between the 1400s and 1500s. These are only two brands among the long list of shops in...

Italian Wedding Planner Transforms American Couples' Dreams Into Realities

Italian Wedding Planner Transforms American Couples' Dreams Into Realities

Tara Coppola Fontana, owner and founder of Weddings Under the Tuscan Sun, a five year strong unique wedding planning business, targets American couples who share the common dream of having an unforgettable wedding in beautiful Italy.   A life-changing trip to Italy's top-traveled Tuscany, awakened Tara Coppola Fontana's inspiration to begin designing weddings in a country she instantly developed an infatuating connection...

International rankings don’t do justice to “real” Italy, and Italians’ dark mood…

International rankings don’t do justice to “real” Italy, and Italians’ dark mood doesn’t help

by Marzio Bartoloni and Manuela Perrone   Can a group of 87 managers decide if Italy is less competitive than Malta and Mauritius or if it has worse labor market conditions than Libya and Pakistan and an access to credit similar to Nigeria and Burkina Faso? Yes, they can, according to the World Economic Forum.   The organization known for its Davos meetings compiles...

L'export alimentare italiano e la grande sfida dei 50 miliardi

L'export alimentare italiano e la grande sfida dei 50 miliardi

Non sono così lontani i tempi in cui, prima di andare all'estero, si metteva il pacco di Barilla in valigia per sentirsi meno soli; i più fortunati potevano vantare una bottiglia di sugo fatto in casa, messo di straforo in valigia dalla mamma.   Oggi, invece, tra chef pluristellati e sperimentazioni culinarie, è cambiato il modo di comunicare: un contorno diventa un...

Cinque Sgr italiane conquistano il Trofeo europeo dei fondi

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Parigi. Sulla passerella del Trofeo FundClass 2015, nell'annuale premiazione di marzo all'Automobile Club di Francia organizzata dalla società di analisi quantitativa delle performance FundClass, il mondo dei gestori di fondi italiani si e' presentato quest'anno con una squadra di cinque Sgr vincenti, in costante miglioramento rispetto alle quattro premiate del 2014 e alle due del 2013.   Gli asset manager nazionali, i...

The Rise of Calabria: Rediscovering the South of Italy

The Rise of Calabria: Rediscovering the South of Italy

At dusk, when the warm orange Mediterranean sun begins to dip closer to the aquamarine Tyrrhenian Sea, there is an hour or two when the coastline of Calabria glows violet. Along with the Costa degli Dei and the Riviera dei Cedri, the Costa Viola, or Violet Coast, is part of a 155-mile shoreline that is one of Italy's least celebrated...

New Books

New Books

Some new and forthcoming titles that may be of interest to our readers. All are available at Amazon.com • The Stone and Bronze Ages in Italy and Sicily by T. Eric Peet Publisher: Cambridge Library Collection Publication Date: April 30, 2015 Paperback: $43.20 Language: English Pages: 544   • Sicily and the Mediterranean: Migration, Exchange, Reinvention edited by Claudia Karagoz and Giovanna Summerfield Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Publication Date: August 13,...

Spina bifida, individuati nuovi geni responsabili

Spina bifida, individuati nuovi geni responsabili

di Ruggiero Corcella   Uno studio congiunto tra Unità operativa complessa di Neurochirurgia dell'Istituto Gaslini di Genova e CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center di Montreal ha individuato nuovi geni responsabili della spina bifida. I risultati della ricerca sono stati pubblicati dalla rivista scientifica internazionale Journal of Medical Genetics.   I ricercatori dei due centri hanno esaminato il Dna di bambini affetti e quello dei genitori sani...

The Elegance of Being Lambrusco

The Elegance of Being Lambrusco

by Margherita Biagi   Vinitaly 2015 has just closed the doors, leaving behind a record edition that went beyond all expectations.   The 49th edition of the mother of all Italian wine expositions put the crown on Lambrusco, just like the other top Italian wines awarded as usual. It's not only about a point of view of numbers, a consistent increase in fact concerns...

Apulia's architectural wonders: the old cathedral in Molfetta

Apulia's architectural wonders: the old cathedral in Molfetta

The Old Cathedral (or Duomo di San Corrado, as it is called in Italian) in Molfetta, Bari, is one of Apulia's magnificent cathedrals.   The April 1949 issue of Touring Club Italiano's glorious "Vie d'Italia" included a moving, poetic description of such beautiful churches, "some anchored to rock spurs like great ships looking out to the intensely blue sea; others, pink in...

From Lombard “Colomba” to Sicilian “Cassata,” it’s not Easter without dessert

From Lombard “Colomba” to Sicilian “Cassata,” it’s not Easter without dessert

by Andrea Carli   Cakes and candies, cakes and candies and more cakes and candies, and the diet can wait. At the end of the Easter holidays, families will have taken €400 million out of their pockets to buy confections, estimated Codacons, a consumer association.   Six out of ten Italians will serve the Colomba cake (shaped like a dove) which, according to a...

Tens of thousands of tourists and pilgrims join Pope Francis at the Colosseum fo…

Tens of thousands of tourists and pilgrims join Pope Francis at the Colosseum for torchlight Good Friday ceremony

by Hannah Roberts Pope Francis is presiding over a Good Friday torchlight procession at the Colosseum this evening - and is using the service to stress the persecution of Christians. The pope has repeatedly lamented Christian suffering in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. Reflecting this concern, among those chosen to take turns carrying the cross in the Way of the Cross procession...

The 5 Italian processions to see once in a lifetime

The 5 Italian processions to see once in a lifetime

The procession is one of the most traditional ways of bringing the divine out of its usual place, from the altar and the church. The shared movement of a crowd of people huddled close to each other as they pass along the streets of a town, or elsewhere, is a fundamental mode of expanding spirituality. It physically and geographically spreads...

Nasce la bici senza raggi che si piega e si mette nello zaino

Nasce la bici senza raggi che si piega e si mette nello zaino

È italiana la prima bicicletta senza raggi che si ripiega in uno zaino. È realizzata in alluminio e, quando sarà in commercio, entro fine 2015, peserà sotto i dieci chili. L'invenzione è di Gianluca Sada, ingegnere trentunenne che ha realizzato il primo prototipo di bicicletta che passa dalle dimensioni di un comune ombrello a quelle di una normale bici da...

Go Inside the Italian Hideaway Where Cy Twombly Conceived His Masterpieces

Go Inside the Italian Hideaway Where Cy Twombly Conceived His Masterpieces

Cy Twombly (see Cy Twombly Sculpture Accidentally Smashed at Menil Collection) is one of a handful of American artists that truly loom large over the landscape of 20th century art. But a number of his most famous works were conceived in the picturesque Italian village of Gaeta, thanks to his longtime assistant, archivist, and companion Nicola Del Roscio, who brought...

Mura Aureliane, riemersi 80 metri di cinta durante i lavori per la metro C

Mura Aureliane, riemersi 80 metri di cinta durante i lavori per la metro C

A pochi passi dalla Basilica di San Giovanni, la cattedrale di Roma, un ritrovamento archeologico che gli addetti ai lavori giudicano eclatante: ottanta metri di Mura Aureliane mai viste, che si credevano perdute e che invece erano lì sotto, sotto l'attuale piano di calpestio, intatte, scoperte durante i lavori di scavo per la (futura) metro C.   Per secoli si era pensato...

The forty hours’ devotion machine in Santa Maria dell’Orto in Rome: candles for …

The forty hours’ devotion machine in Santa Maria dell’Orto in Rome: candles for maundy thursday

Every year, for centuries, 213 candles have lit up the church of Santa Maria dell'Orto in Trastevere, Rome. The brothers of the confraternity of the same name, founded by pope Alexander VI in 1492, keep alive the 17th-century tradition of the "Macchina delle Quarantore" (Forty Hours' Devotion Machine), with what is said to be the last intact device of its kind.   The...

Carnia, where silence, beauty and tradition collide in one of Italy’s best kept …

Carnia, where silence, beauty and tradition collide in one of Italy’s best kept secrets

It's written 'Carnia' (the Carnorum Regio described by the Roman historian Titus Livius/Livy) but it's read 'mountain.' Beauty, order and silence are the rulers of this land of around thirty towns with 40,000 inhabitants in the province of Udine, in the extreme North-East of Italy.   These numbers alone speak of peace, of good relaxation for the soul along the banks of...

Italia Inside Out: La più grande mostra di fotografia mai dedicata all'Italia

Italia Inside Out: La più grande mostra di fotografia mai dedicata all'Italia

Dal 21 marzo al 27 settembre 2015, Palazzo della Ragione Fotografia di Milano ospita Italia Inside Out, la più grande mostra di fotografia mai realizzata, interamente dedicata all'Italia. L'esposizione, concepita per essere un'unica iniziativa scandita in due momenti, dal 21 marzo al 21 giugno con i fotografi italiani e dal 1 luglio al 27 settembre con i fotografi del mondo, consegna...

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