Dolce and Gabbana Cleared of Tax Evasion

Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been cleared of tax evasion charges by Italy’s Court of Cassation. The court acquitted the pair citing lack of case with regard to charges that they had used holding company Gado in Luxembourg to avoid paying taxes on royalties amounting to €1 billion, an amount later …

Farewell, Pasta al Dente?

Increase in CO2 may mean goodbye to pasta al dente in 30-40 years   The estimated increase of carbon dioxide concentration of 30-40 percent over the next 40 years could affect the texture of pasta al dente, pride of the Italian table.   Researchers have studied the behavior of 12 varieties of durum wheat grown …

Fashionistas flock to Florence for ModaPrima 77

The 77th edition of international fashion show ModaPrima returns to Florence from November 21–23 at Stazione Leopolda.     Hosted by Pitti Immagine, ModaPrima is highly anticipated event on the fashion buyer calendar that presents ready-to-wear fashion trends and accessories and, most importantly, previews of next season’s collections. This edition presents 150 Italian manufacturers as …

Florence Marathon Takes Off on Nov. 30

Runners from all over the world are warming up as Florence Marathon returns for its 31st edition on November 30. The second-largest marathon in Italy after that hosted by Rome and considered amongst the world’s top 20, numbers are expected to exceed last year’s 11,300 participants. The starting gun fires at 9:15 a.m. at Lungarno …

Florence to Host Peace Summit in 2015

Florence Mayor Dario Nardella has announced that the city will host a three-day peace summit next year.   The conference will be held from October 2-4, 2015 and was announced with a Facebook post that included a photo of the signatures of those involved in the first such meeting 50 years ago. It is in …

Italian Company Eliminates “Cork Taint”

Italian company Brentapack has found a way to eliminate the smell of cork in wine bottles with a patented cork-sanitation process developed entirely in Italy.   The study, launched in 2013 in partnership with the University of Trento, focuses upon the elimination of trichloroanisole (TCA), the compound responsible for the so-called “cork taint.” The elimination …

Italian Company Eliminates “Cork Taint”

Italian company Brentapack has found a way to eliminate the smell of cork in wine bottles with a patented cork-sanitation process developed entirely in Italy.   The study, launched in 2013 in partnership with the University of Trento, focuses upon the elimination of trichloroanisole (TCA), the compound responsible for the so-called “cork taint.” The elimination …

Italy Passes Football Security Act

Despite pressure from Serie A clubs, the Italian Parliament passed a bill ramping up security for football matches in Italy.   The bill accounts for extra security measures, including allowing the use of tasers, and will be paid by a one- to three-percent tax on ticket sales for Serie A clubs. The league believes that …

Julia Roberts’ Florentine Location Revealed

Recognize the beautiful view in a recent Calzedonia television ad featuring Julia Roberts? That’s because it was filmed here in Florence.   Roberts was seen walking around Florence in late July, working on an unknown project. That project has been revealed to be for Calzedonia. The ad for the clothing store shows Roberts in front …