ITALIANS VOTE FOR THEIR HEARTS

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 In this year's annual contest organized by FAI, the Italian Foundation for the Environment (the Italian National Trust) to find members'  favourite monuments or beauty spots in need of conservation put Monte Pisano top of the list.

Over 2.2 million people voted in this ninth edition of “the Place of the Heart”, which showed a swing towards nature conservation. The 1200 hectare Monte Pisano di Calci e Vicopisano territory (Pisa) was devastated by fire last September leaving the mountainside bare. Fortunately, the adjacent 14th century Certosa of Calci was miraculously spared.

The runner-up was the badly polluted River Oreto of Palermo, followed by the ancient Porretto Terme spa (near Bologna). The list of places and monuments to be saved ran into hundreds, demonstrating the lively interest Italians all over the country take in their local cultural heritage.

Since the institution of the “Places of the Heart” contest, the FAI foundation, with the backing of the Intesa Sanpaolo bank, has promoted 92 conservation projects in seventeen regions, in addition to a vast number of smaller, privately financed initiatives.

Info: Tel. +39.02.4676.15303   www.fondoambiente.it           international@fondoambiente.it

19 Feb 2019 More

BOOM IN FOOD & WINE TOURISM 2019


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The latest report on food and wine tourism (Rapporto sul Turismo Enogastronomico Italiano 2019) confirms the positive trend in this field. According to research carried out by Prof Roberta Garibaldi of the University of Bergamo 45% of Italian tourists have taken a food-motivated trip over the last three years, with an increase of 48% over the previous year.


 

 

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14 Feb 2019 More

BIRD IN THE SNOW WINS PRIZE FOR UMBRIAN PHOTO

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National Geographic Italia has announced the winners of its 2018 Photographic Competition. First prize absolute has been awarded to Padua photographer Marino Bilato for his striking shot of a line up of lions in Tanzania.



10 Feb 2019 More

ANCIENT LATIN REVIVED IN "THE FIRST KING"


 

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The most unusual (and daring) film to be launched this season in Italian cinemas is "Il Primo Re" (the First King). It tells the story of Romulus and Remus, the mythical twins accredited with the foundation of Rome. These figures, portrayed by ancient Roman writers as super heroes, appear in the film in a more realistic version of leaders of a primitive tribe of rapacious nomads living two thousand seven hundred years ago.



06 Feb 2019 More

CHINESE NEW YEAR ITALIAN STYLE


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The 2019 Chinese New Year is to have a special celebration in Rome and Milan. Between the

210 February the high fashion boutiques around Piazza di Spagna (Rome) and Via Montenapoleone (Milan) will have special window displays on Chinese themes as a tribute to visitors from China.


02 Feb 2019 More