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Food, Startups and Innovation: When Limits Become Strengths

We met with Maurizio Forte, the Director of the Italian Trade Agency, North America. With him we discussed the Italian presence at the Fancy Food Show - which, like every year, takes place in New York at the end of June - but, mostly, we reflected on the path that Italian food businesses follow to become international.

Italy Honors World Refugee Day With Nationwide Events

June 20 is World Refugee Day, honored throughout Italy this week with a series of imaginative events, from concerts to culinary. UN statistics on refugees show that popular conceptions about refugees tend to be out-of-date.

A Deeper Look at Italian Emigration

Italians in the World Report for 2018 by the Migrantes Foundation reveals that the number of people leaving Italy continues to grow: Italian mobility increased by 2.7% between 2017 and 2018 and by 64.7% since 2006. But, more importantly, it goes into detail to examine who is leaving, where they are leaving from, where they are going and why.

Two New Earth-Like Planets Discovered

12 light years away, revolving around the Teegarden star, two new sister planets to Earth have been spotted. Involved in the research of this new discovery is Italian "planet hunter" Luigi Mancini.

Florence’s Favorite Sandwich Shop Comes to New York

All’Antico Vinaio, the most popular sandwich shop in Florence, is having a pop-up at New York’s Otto Enoteca e Pizzeria through July 13th.

Transhumance Treks to Reach UNESCO Status this Year

Italy has put the past year in a bid for transhumance to be added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The final decision will be made this November 2019. Found mainly in central and southern Italy, there are tratturi in the Abruzzo, Lazio, Molise, and Puglia regions, transhumance is the seasonal trek of livestock, a rare practice

Italy's Run-Off Vote For 136 Town Administrations

In the final run-off vote for local administrations June 9, affecting 3.5 million voters in 136 townships, participation dropped by a quarter, from a healthy 68.2% to 52%. Some historic left-wing administrations fell to the Lega, but in some cases 5-Star Movement (M5S) voters chose to vote for the center-left instead of Lega candidates.

An 'Italian Sabbatical’ in Grottole

The small Italian village of Grottole, is getting ready to host five volunteers selected by Airbnb to become temporary residents as part of its “Italian Sabbatical.” This initiative is to revitalize the village that is at risk of disappearing.

Accidents Sparks Venice Ship Controversy

Sunday June 2nd, a cruise ship crashed into a dock and a tourist riverboat on the Giudecca Canal in Venice. Reported technical issues with the engine caused the crash leaving 5 tourists injured. This accident re-ignites controversy over banning cruise ships from entering the dock.

NCCA Celebrates 60 Years of Supporting Italian American Civil Servants

On Thursday, May 23, 2019 ,The National Council of Columbia Associations in Civil Service, celebrated 60 years of uniting and supporting Italian Americans in civil service and honored outstanding members of its large but close-knit community with an annual Awards Dinner Gala at El Caribe Country Club in Brooklyn.

Creating an Italian Export Network

On June 14th and 15th, the Sorrentine Peninsula welcomes the first-ever edition of the Italian Export Forum, an initiative to bring together the main players, both entrepreneurial and institutional in order to create a unified and coherent system and maximise everyone’s profits and productivity. The idea is that this is not just a one-time event but the creation of a new network.

New York Celebrates Italian National Day

Following the Italy Run, organized by the Consulate together with Nutella Cafe and New York Road Runners, which took place on June 2nd, the celebrations for Italian National Day picked up again the following day at the Italian Trade Agency, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Consulate General of Italy, with a series of events featuring prominent Italian brands, figures, food, and a delightful jazz performance by Chiara Civello.

Run Into Italian National Day With Nutella

Nutella Cafe is hosting a week full of fun events to kick off Italy Run at the end of the week; this event will celebrate Italian pride and culture, all in Central Park.

Cycle Into World Pride Month With Colavita

World Pride Month kicks off Sunday, June 2, 2019 with the New York City Pride Ride: a day full of cycling, community, and great food. Cyclists can even enter for a chance to win a custom-made Van Dessel Bike.

Game of Thrones Museum Opens in Ancient Roman City of Split

Just after its controversial finale, the extremely popular television series Game of Thrones is brought to life again for fans from around the world to enjoy in a new GoT themed museum in the ancient Roman city of Split, Croatia.

An Ever-Expanding Guide to The World’s Top Pizza

‘50 Top Pizza’, the most exhaustive online guide of the world’s best pizzerias, releases the 2019 ranking of the best European pizzas outside Italy and reveals the nominees for five other international categories. The ranking of the 50 top in North America will be revealed on June 27th during a special event in New York.

In EU Elections Salvini Triumphs, Di Maio Suffers. So Now What?

In Sunday's elections in Italy for the EU Parliament, acknowledged as a test for the Italian government itself, Matteo Salvini's Lega doubled its vote of just one year ago while the vote for his governing partner Luigi Di Maio's Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S)) was literally slashed in half. The Italian vote abroad was a fascinating variation on the Italian vote at home. Zingaretti's Partito Democratico won hands down, topping all the others at 32.2%. By comparison, the Lega sagged far behind, with just over 18% while the M5S trailed, with barely 14%.

An "Infinite" Flash Mob

Over 2,000 students around Italy will gather in their local town squares this Tuesday to recite Giacomo Leopardi’s famous poem L’Infinito, in flash mob style, in honor of the poem’s 200th year anniversary.

Lady Gaga’s Mother Named UN Ambassador for Mental Health

President of Born This Way Foundation, Cynthia Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga’s mother, was named Goodwill Ambassador for Mental Health by the UN’s World Health Organization.

ACCOUNTING TODAY. Alert: Qualified Opportunity Zones - New Proposed Regulations

The tax benefit, created by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, is designed to stimulate economic development and create jobs by encouraging long-term investments in economically distressed communities nationwide.