Cultural facts about Italy

Cultural facts about Italy

Maestro Ennio Morricone honoured with Walk of Fame star!

Share Yesterday Maestro Morricone received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein paid tribute to him at the ceremony. His Oscar nominated score for “The Hateful Eight” entertained the crowd. World renowned flautist Andrea Griminelli moved the audience playing “Gabriel’s Oboe” from “The Mission” […]

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Antonio La Cava spreads the love of reading

Share Retired schoolteacher Antonio La Cava from Ferrandina, Italy calls himself “the master of the road” in his little book mobile, a vehicle he created to be a library —complete with a little chimney— on wheels.  He has travelled the Italian countryside since 2003, bringing books to children and adults […]

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Italy mourns Renato Bialetti, the inventor of the moka!

Share Renato’s mission was to make the moka famous around the world and it started a restyling of the design by launching the popular “omino coi baffi”, a little man with moustache which is now the symbol of the Bialetti moka worldwide.   LGinevra

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February, the month of Carnival!

Share It’s carnival time in Italy and with it comes the joyful atmosphere created  by good food, crazy costumes, amazing and sometimes spooky masks, spectacular processions of floats and handfuls of flying coriandoli or confetti as they are often called.  It’s a time of celebration and irreverence when all social rules are […]

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Cannes 2014: 67th Fest poster celebrates Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni

Share The Italian actor remembered for his roles in “La Dolce Vita” and “8½” is featured on the poster for the 67th Cannes Film Festival. Created by Hervé Chigioni and Gilles Frappier for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the poster features a photogram from Federico Fellini’s “8½,” which was presented in the Official […]

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Il Giro d’Italia is coming to Ireland!

Share Another good reason to be happy to  be Italian and Irish!!!  The Grande Partenza or ‘Big Start’ of the Giro d’Italia will take place over three days from 9 – 11 May 2014 and involves routes in Belfast, around the stunning Giant’s Causeway  and Armagh before finishing in Dublin. Italy’s celebrated […]

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Italian Ballet star Roberto Bolle to receive UNESCO medal

Share Italian ballet star Roberto Bolle is to receive a UNESCO Medal for Cultural Diversity at the UN agency’s Paris headquarters on Tuesday– 8th of April –  Italy’s foreign ministry made known Monday 7th of April. A principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre holding guest artist status at La Scala Theatre […]

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Italian Chef wins Global Gastronomy Award

Share While Italy is still celebrating as “The Great Beauty/ La Grande Bellezza”, a magical and at times cynical romp through a Roman dreamscape, won the best foreign language film Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday… Massimo Bottura, Italy’s most renown chef, has been named the recipient of the […]

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Il Carnevale in Italia- Carnival in Italy

Share It’s carnival time in Italy and with it comes the joyful atmosphere created  by good food, crazy costumes, amazing and sometimes spooky masks, spectacular processions of floats and handfuls of flying coriandoli or confetti as they are often called.  It’s a time of celebration and irreverence when all social rules are […]

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National day of mourning after Sardinia cyclone

Share Today, 22nd of November, Prime Minister Enrico Letta has declared a day of mourning, to mark the death of 16 people in flash floods on the island of Sardinia. A cyclone ravaged the Italian island on Monday, killing 16 people and destroying houses, roads and bridges. Over 2,000 people on […]