Benigni Returns

  Comedian-director Roberto Benigni has recently announced that he is returning to film after nearly a decade. His last film, The Tiger and the Snow was released in 2005.
 
 “Television and film are mediums that are very very distant [from each other], even if new television series have a completely new style created by …

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 …