NEWS FROM : ITALY  

“And the winner is... Palermo!”. The Sicilian capital has been named “Italian Capital of Culture 2018.” The decision was made yesterday by a jury appointed by the Culture Ministry and will result in a million-euro award for promotion and investments, as well as a likely increase in tourist visits. Palermo, one of the most beautiful cities in Italy—...

2017 Summer Programs. American Academy in Rome. Deadline for application: February 1, 2017. Every summer, as part of our commitment to fostering research in the humanities, the American Academy in Rome offers summer courses (rotated bi-annually), which are designed to offer graduate students and early career scholars intensive introductions to fund...

“Italian companies have won 756 contracts in 90 countries in two years. According to Prometeia, they have generated value added for €16.4 billion, or 1.1% of annual GDP and tax revenues for €6.7 billion, creating 234,000 jobs,” Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said, as he commented the results of diplomatic activity in support of Italian made produ...

Italy is seeking to have the hills around the Veneto towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene where the world-famous Prosecco sparkling wine is made put on UNESCO's world heritage list. The national UNESCO committee on Thursday approved the dossier for the bid for UNESCO status. The committee decided to send to Paris the bid to be a UNESCO site by the...

For centuries the pre-Lent festivities of carnevale sumptuously celebrated  carne, a word that translates as both "meat' and "flesh," in every sense. However, the name comes specifically from the Latin for meat (carnem) and “take away or remove” (levare). A church decree dating back to 653 declared that anyone who ate meat during the forty days of...

Google has charged the University of Udine to carry out a scientific study on the consumption reduction in its data centers worldwide. The goal is to raise the efficiency from 5 to 6% and to save around 3 million euro per server. The Google Data Centers all over the world perform Internet researches on the Mountain View search engine. The study tha...

A fantastic year after a forgettable 2015. Parmigiano Reggiano, the king of Italy’s DOP denomination (in value) with more than €2 billion in sales, is celebrating a revival in 2016 (+12%) and preparing to scale up in international markets and regain market share in Italy thanks to a dedicated investment plan of €15 million from 2017 to 2020. Produc...

Venice public works Superintendent Roberto Linetti on Tuesday said there is money to fund a 100-million-euro project to protect St. Mark's Square from flooding and that the project "will take place", according to Venice newspaper Nuova Venezia. It said the original project was developed in 2000 and would have to be updated and revised but could be...

Combining simple, local ingredients with tradition, a dash of history and never-ending love Mantuan cuisine is known as the food of princes and people. Many dishes date back to the days of the House of Gonzaga, a princely family that ruled from 1328 to 1708. Others combine quality local produce with the age-old tradition of filled pasta to create M...

Produrre olio extravergine di oliva a casa, come se si stesse preparando il caffè, non è un'utopia: una giovane start up calabrese ha ideato il primo robot in grado di trasformare le olive in olio extravergine appena premuto. Si chiama "Revoilution" e, come suggerisce il nome, propone una vera e propria rivoluzione: i suoi obiettivi sono quelli di...

The new pole of exports and internationalization formed from the integration of credit export insurer SACE and trade agency SIMEST, combined with the new export finance activities of Italian state holding company CDP, could have several strings to its bow, as outlined in its new industrial plan. This is the outlook explained to Sole 24 Ore-ItalyEur...

Invitalia Ventures and Enel Green Power have closed a 2,250 €/ML co-investment round in 40South Energy Italy, the company that produces energy from the ocean waves thanks to a patented and scalable  technology with high average capacity, low environmental and zero visual impact. The company has been established in 2007 by Michele Grassi with the ai...