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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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Italy’s spectacular grottos poised to attract more visitors

Italy’s spectacular grottos poised to attract more visitors

by Francesco Prisco It's not often mentioned, but there is some movement down there. Despite the number of visitors having fallen for the past two years, Italian cave tourism is enjoying good health and, according to estimates by professionals, 2015's performance should show a 5% growth.   The Bel Paese is rich with attractions in this very particular market niche: there are 52 visitable...

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Enzo Ferrari: portrait of the man behind the myth

Enzo Ferrari: portrait of the man behind the myth

by Jonathan Bazzi   Founder of the automobile company bearing his name, with which he won nine Formula 1 world championships during his lifetime (15 in total), Enzo Ferrari was an exceptional innovator, and a true prophet of the union between technique and collective imagination.   He understood, even while still surrounded by the rubble of war, that the car could not only be a...

Il gel italiano da applicare alle protesi che abbatte le infezioni chirurgiche

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Spumante exports up 20%, Coldiretti says

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Italian spumante exports are at a record high, up 20% in the first five months of 2015, according to farmers' association Coldiretti. Coldiretti President Roberto Moncalvo presented the analysis, based on research data from national statistics bureau ISTAT, at the association's Expo pavilion "No Farmers, No Party".   According to the data, the most popular type of spumante is Prosecco, followed by Asti...

Welcome to the first seven stars hotel in the world, in Italy

Welcome to the first seven stars hotel in the world, in Italy

by Claudia Astarita   Although the "Dubai Sail" has often presented itself as the only 7stars hotel in the world, the American magazine Forbes is now revealing something different of which Italy should be proud. In fact, the Seven Stars Galleria in Milan is the only certified 7stars hotel in the world by SGS (the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company).   The...

Pizza, la migliore al mondo è di Teresa Iorio. Il premio a Napoli

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di Eduardo Cagnazzi   E' Teresa Iorio ed ha quarantadue anni il migliore pizzaiolo al mondo. Lo ha decretato una giuria di esperti presieduta dallo chef italo-americano Lydia Bastianich, della quale faceva parte anche il pluristellato Gennaro Esposito. La competizione si è svolta nel corso di Napoli Pizza Village la manifestazione turistico-gastronomica che si tiene fino a domenica sul lungomare di Via...

SEAS, ovvero come creare l’acqua dall’aria

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Enchanting inspirations: The 10 muses of Italian cinema

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The Sicilian of the Sicilians

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By Niccolò Graffio   The travesty that produced the modern country of Italy worked to suppress in no small way the native cultures of Southern Italy, but it could not destroy them. As the advocates of Risorgimento moved to center the political life of the nascent state around Rome (and the economic life in the north) they likewise tried to stifle the...

How to Cook for a 16th-Century Banquet: Bartolomeo Scappi

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Bartolomeo Scappi (ca. 1500-1577) was a great Italian cook. Born in Dumenza, in the province of Varese, he worked at the service of various cardinals before reaching the height of his career as chef for Pope Pius V. Scappi also published a cooking essay that is considered the most important of his time.   Philosophy historian Tullio Gregory, in his introduction to...

In Italy, olive oils now have their sommelier too

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by Giorgio dell'Orefice   The quality of olive oil is certainly a feature, but it can also become a true profession. Those skills, simply handed down from father to son, have been turned into a real profession by the Association of Olive Oil Tasters (ONAOO).   The organization was founded in Imperia in 1983 and after 30 years of honorable service (with more than...

Mamma mia! Italian exhibit focuses on motherhood on sidelines of Expo

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by Colleen Barry   They called it "The Great Mother," but organizers of an exhibit focusing on motherhood opening this week on the sidelines of the Milan Expo world's fair may just as well have been called "Mamma mia." Curator Massimiliano Gioni said there was some irony in the choice of theme "because motherhood and the mamma is part of the Italian...

Un progetto italiano porta il wi-fi anche sott’acqua

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di Barbara Millucci   Dopo l'Internet delle cose, è il momento dell'Internet of Underwater Things. Ovvero le connessioni ultrarapide sott'acqua. Nasce al dipartimento d' informatica dell'università La Sapienza di Roma un nuova spin off, specializzato proprio in tecnologie per la comunicazione sott'acqua. Il wi-fi sott'acqua per intenderci.   Che permetterà di chattare ed inviare foto e video anche in apnea (al momento è possibile...

Denver Star Shines as Italy Wins

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by Drew Davis   The Denver Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari continues to shake off rust, leading Italy to a third straight win in EuroBasket. Gallinari, who has missed a lot of time over past few seasons for the Nuggets, led Italy to a 68-63 victory over Russia. The game was another warm-up for the EuroBasket 2015 tournament, also to be played in Trieste, and...

If you’re looking to appease a large group of people, Italian food is your best …

If you’re looking to appease a large group of people, Italian food is your best bet.

by Marcus Cagle   If you're looking to appease a large group of people, Italian food is your best bet. Likely the most beloved of all cuisines, Italian food is hearty and characterized by its strong flavor and simplicity. The food is about passion and it comes out in every bite of an authentically prepared meal.   Once divided into more distinct regions, Italy's...

Italian grapes finding success in Texas

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by Gaia Pianigiani   When Laurell Boyers, 34, and her husband, Federico Bastiani, 37, moved in together in Bologna in 2012, they did not know any of their neighbors. It was a lonely feeling. "All my friends back home had babies, play dates, people to talk to, and I felt so left out," Ms. Boyers, who moved from South Africa, said on a...

Reading the Feminine: Women Writers in Sicily

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by Andrew and Suzanne Edwards In the course of researching the works of authors concerned with matters Sicilian, be they foreigners or native-born and bred, we are constantly dismayed at the ratio between men and women. Readers will not need telling in whose favour that ratio falls.   As we're not only talking about islanders, but the literary world as a whole, this...

“Italy loves America”, guest star Franc D’Ambrosio, l’11 settembre al teatro del…

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Un'iniziativa della Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca insieme ai Lucchesi nel Mondo. Uno spettacolo musicale per raccontare le emozioni dei nostri migranti "Italy loves America", con Franc D'Ambrosio insuperabile Fantasma dell'Opera   Uno spettacolo per raccontare in musica le emozioni dei nostri migranti negli Usa. "Italy loves America - Le più belle note sulle rotte del Nuovomondo" è una iniziativa realizzata...

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Italy plays four cards at Venice Film Festival

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Made in Sicily at the Expo from September 4th till 17th

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Italy, Land Of Pizza And Pasta, Is Gluten-Free Friendly

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Walking through the streets of Rome is like entering a time machine

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Le donne dell’agricoltura rilanciano il più autentico “made in Italy”

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Sicilian wine's time to shine

Sicilian wine's time to shine

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Energy giants Eni and Enel, or the Italy that can win abroad

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Basil grown underwater in Italy

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Top Ten Things You must see at EXPO 2015 in Milan

Top Ten Things You must see at EXPO 2015 in Milan

After Three months from it's opening the Expo 2015 in Milan has reached almost 9 million visitors. The global event hosted people from all around the world, not to mention the many Prime Ministers, Presidents, First ladies and personality from the business and the financial sector.   If you choose to visit the Expo fair, there are a lot of thing to...

A new generation of architects aims for the global market

A new generation of architects aims for the global market

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Franciacorta Travel Guide: Home to Italy’s Finest Sparkling Wines

Franciacorta Travel Guide: Home to Italy’s Finest Sparkling Wines

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Bicycle tourism in Italy is getting up to speed

Bicycle tourism in Italy is getting up to speed

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Madre In Italy: Francesco Menghini and the platform to virtually connect Italian…

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Così è nata Jellyfish, la serra galleggiante italiana che non consuma suolo, acq…

Così è nata Jellyfish, la serra galleggiante italiana che non consuma suolo, acqua ed energia (e come cambia il futuro dell’agricoltura)

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Mini guide to the top 10 hill towns in Tuscany

Mini guide to the top 10 hill towns in Tuscany

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All'Expo va in scena il teatro italiano tradotto in New Jersey

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Foreign tourists in Italy score a double digit summer boom, in September art cit…

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Chicago Week in Milan

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Francis Ford Coppola wants you to come on his family vacation

Francis Ford Coppola wants you to come on his family vacation

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Siena’s Duomo unveils its mosaic floor

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Stop ai gadget di mafia: quasi cinquemila firme a sostegno della petizione di Ra…

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7 Natural pools in Italy to swim in this summer

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Forget Renaissance marvels and Mediterranean bliss, Italy’s “happiest towns” are…

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The bikini in time of the Romans: the strange case of Villa del Casale

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Did Roman women wear bikinis? It would seem so, according to late-imperial mosaics of Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina (Enna), Sicily. The mosaic floor of one of the rooms of the Villa depicts 10 girls participating in an athletics competition and wearing something very similar to our two-piece costume. Swide is here to tell you about the beauty of...

Il console generale Reeker: "Gli Usa e Milano, un amore lungo 150 anni…

Il console generale Reeker: "Gli Usa e Milano, un amore lungo 150 anni"

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Italians and food: a love story told in photographs

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5 Italian Lakes More Affordable & Less Touristed Than Como

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Many people have heard of Lake Como, which is famously the retreat of celebrities and royalty (and their yachts). It is beautiful but also expensive and very crowded. Throngs of travelers spend their money in pricey stores and restaurants, hoping to spot Clooney or Madonna or Stallone or Beckham or whoever is their particular celebrity obsession.   For those wanting a gorgeous...

Siena’s divine beauty, in 3d on the façade of the new cathedral

Siena’s divine beauty, in 3d on the façade of the new cathedral

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Italy's Overwhelming Love of Craft Beer

Italy's Overwhelming Love of Craft Beer

by Brendon O'Brien   When you dream of exploring the towns of Piedmont you envision a quaint culture welcoming you with fresh mozzarella, melt-in-your-mouth prosciutto and wine that speaks of the region's historic knack for reds with great structure & finesse and whites of citrus laden minerality. What you don't expect is small cafes boasting American style IPAs and Belgian style blonde...

Estate italiana: i 10 dehors al top

Estate italiana: i 10 dehors al top

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The optical illusion hidden in the 'Mona Lisa' explained

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Singing monks in Italian city of Norcia top the charts

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Sicilians use satire to combat illegal parkers

Sicilians use satire to combat illegal parkers

In a country where extortion is common in some cities for simply parking your car on the street , the so-called 'parking course' struck a chord. The Facebook page was founded by a group of activists from the Sicilian city of Catania who call themselves "Let's Park the Catania Valets". Several parking extortion incidents have made headlines there in recent months.   On...

Italy's Youbionic edges closer towards releasing a 3D printed bionic hand

Italy's Youbionic edges closer towards releasing a 3D printed bionic hand

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 design engineer Federico Ciccarese. At...

10 jaw dropping spots for an incredible swim in Italy

10 jaw dropping spots for an incredible swim in Italy

If you are tired of those conventional beaches made of pristine sand, crystalline clear water and colorful beach umbrellas, we are glad to inform you that Italy has plenty of lesser-known (nevertheless equally beautiful) places to swim and sunbathe this summer. These paradisiac and unconventional spots are often hidden from the tourist's eye and for this reason, the ideal place...

Francesco Cafiso, bambino prodigio del sax: "Parto dalla Sicilia per arriva…

Francesco Cafiso, bambino prodigio del sax: "Parto dalla Sicilia per arrivare in USA"

di Michele Chisena   Charlie Parker diceva che la musica è tutto. "È l'esperienza, i pensieri e la saggezza. Se non la vivi, non verrà fuori dal tuo strumento". Della massima del più grande sassofonista contralto che la storia del jazz abbia mai conosciuto, Francesco Cafiso è vicino e lontano. Da un lato riconosce che: "La musica è uno strumento per potersi...

Italy food exports thrive, as Expo attracts millions

Italy food exports thrive, as Expo attracts millions

by Paul Virgo   Italian food exports have enjoyed a sharp rise since the start of Milan Expo in May, experts said this week, as officials celebrated the World Fair's success at attracting visitors.   Visitor numbers at Milan's Expo 2015 have beaten expectations so far in August and reached their highest levels since the world fair opened, leading to busy pavilions and some...

Farmers in Italy test methane-run tractor prototype that could eliminate need to…

Farmers in Italy test methane-run tractor prototype that could eliminate need to buy fuel

by Colleen Barry   Luca Remmert's dream of running a self-sustainable farm is within sight. He produces energy from corn and grain near the northern Italian city of Turin and hopes in the not too distant future to run all of his eight tractors on methane generated at the farm.   Remmert's 450-hectare (1,100-acre) La Bellotta farm has been testing a second-generation prototype of...

Why Piedmont is the New Burgundy

Why Piedmont is the New Burgundy

by Will Lyons   Corks popped and wine flowed earlier this month, as the "hillsides, houses and cellars" of Champagne and the vineyards of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune in Burgundy were granted Unesco world heritage status, joining an illustrious list that includes the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu and Stonehenge.   But while the French president heaped plaudits on...

Americans, Italians remember battle of Troina

Americans, Italians remember battle of Troina

by Cpl. Olivia McDonald U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and AfricaThe American and Italian flags are carried side-by-side down the narrow streets of a Sicilian town; a symbol of the shared history of battle, loss and sacrifice. Marines and sailors with the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa Detachment A joined more than 20 U.S. service members in a parade...

From ruined hill towns to medieval pigeon coops to hidden frescos, Rome surprise…

From ruined hill towns to medieval pigeon coops to hidden frescos, Rome surprises with unexpected beauty

by Maarten van Aalderen   What strikes Elena Llorente the most about Italy is that the country always manages to surprise her with its unexpected beauty. "There's no need to travel, you only have to walk along the streets," she says. "The surprises are around every corner, especially in the historical city centre of Rome – but not only – where every few...

Gold for Giovanni Masi de Vargas

Gold for Giovanni Masi de Vargas

An outstanding FEI European Championships Aachen 2015 came to a close with a magnificent individual final, the HAVENS Horsefeed-Prize. The top 20 reiners from all over Europe competed to win one of the coveted medals, whereby Germany was represented in the Final by five riders. Individual gold ultimately went to Italy, which had already secured team gold: Giovanni Masi de...

Italy rescuing 3,000 migrants from 18 boats

Italy rescuing 3,000 migrants from 18 boats

At least seven boats - six Italian and one from Norway - were involved in an operation to get the migrants safely off 14 rubber dinghies and four other vessels carrying an estimated total of between 2,000 and 3,000 people. More than 104,000 migrants from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia have landed at Italy's southern ports so far this...

25 Italian coastal towns to see (at least) once in a lifetime

25 Italian coastal towns to see (at least) once in a lifetime

Italy has plenty of breathtaking picturesque towns dotted along the coast where both the architecture and the natural surroundings create a unique setting. From the North to the South, Swide has rounded up some of the most beautiful coastal towns of the Peninusla, you need to visit.   Italy boasts many beautiful picturesque towns lying along the coasts that are the perfect...

Online registration for Jubilee visitors: the Vatican tries to avoid queues and …

Online registration for Jubilee visitors: the Vatican tries to avoid queues and chaos

by Nicoletta Cottone   Visitors to the Jubilee, which starts in Rome this December, will need to present a pass in order to enter the Porta Santa (holy door) of the Basilica of San Pietro in Rome. The goal is to avoid massive queues and chaos and be able to adjust on-site security to the number of people expected. Starting in October, pilgrims...

Kiara Fontanesi wins fourth wmx world championship

Kiara Fontanesi wins fourth wmx world championship

The Loket racetrack in the Czech Republic offered endless thrills over the weekend in the last race for the 2015 WMX World Series, where Kiara Fontanesi started at a disadvantage, trailing behind Livia Lancelot. Kiara had to beat her to the chase and recover those few points separating her from victory. But when the game gets tough, the tough get in...

A turnaround, a first: seven foreigners out of 20 will head the most famous muse…

A turnaround, a first: seven foreigners out of 20 will head the most famous museums in Italy

by Antonello Cherchi   Twenty of the most famous Italian museums – the Uffizi Museum in Florence, the Borghese Gallery in Rome, the Royal Palaces of Caserta and Capodimonte, the Archaeological Museum in Reggio Calabria with the Riace Bronzes, and the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, to name a few – will soon be headed by new top managers, including seven foreigners.   This...

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