ROME – Over 90 percent of accommodation in Taranto was sold out for the Medimex weekend (from June 7 to 10, 2018). This is confirmed by the bookings made on the main hospitality sites (Booking and Airbnb) and monitored by the PugliaPromotion Observatory, which measures a 10 percent increase in arrivals compared to the same period of the previous year; a variation calculated on about 20 structures of the city that have already transmitted data on the movement of customers through SPOT (Puglia System for the Tourist Observatory).
ROME – The League and its centre-right allies made sweeping gains in local election results announced Monday, capturing control of a rash of city councils in the traditional ‘red belt’ region of Tuscany including Pisa, Siena and Massa, political sources said.
Michele Conti, a centre-right candidate for the League, Forza Italia and Brothers of Italy, became the new mayor of Pisa, defeating the PD’s Andrea Serfogli, amid low turnouts across the board at 47.61 percent, falling around 13 percentage points.
VATICAN CITY – Returning from Geneva on Friday, having met with the leaders of Christian Churches, Pope Francis spoke about the urgent need for European countries to provide aid through the Marshall Plan to African countries with high emigration rates, papal sources said.
Praising the migration project currently being carried out by German Chancellor Angela Merkel alongside French President Emmanuel Macron, the pope hoped that unified efforts, offering direct support to African nations, would drastically reduce the huge migratory flows.
ROME - Mediatrends America hosted the ‘Climate Change and Energy in South America’ conference on Friday where the Food and Agriculture Organisation presented the troubling recently-published statistics and reports from the continent.
The FAO special advisor, Fernando Ayala, addressed four main topics at the conference: global warming, water, famine and oil, and in particular, how they all have an effect on food security in South America.
ROME – Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio announced on Friday that eight hours of unpaid labour would be required in order to qualify for the citizens’ income as he prepares to launch his ‘Dignity’ decree next week, political sources said.
Speaking at the Italian Labour Union (UIL) Congress on Friday, Di Maio stressed that the purpose of the citizens’ income was “not to give money to someone to sit on the sofa but to say frankly: you have lost your job - your sector is finished or has changed - now you need a path to retrain and be reintegrated into new sectors.”
ROME - On Thursday the Campidoglio was filled with colourful exercise mats, iced chai tea and yoga fanatics and gurus to celebrate World Yoga Day in Rome.
ROME – Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed Thursday that he would attend EU immigration talks on Sunday having threatened to skip the summit in Brussels, citing what he considered to be a prearranged EU draft, government sources said.
“I have just received a call from [German] Chancellor Angela Merkel, worried about the possibility that I could not attend the pre-summit,” Conte said.
ROME – A small square tile bearing a portrait of the Archangel Gabriel and said to be the first signed painting by Leonardo da Vinci was presented to the international press today in a move that could revolutionise understanding of the artistic career of the Renaissance genius.
The maiolica tile, measuring 20 cm by 20 cm, shows the profile of a youth with plump cheeks, curly golden locks, and purple wings.
ROME – After eight long years, respected Foreign Press journalist and IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) correspondent Hamid Masoumi Nejad finally has been acquitted in a trial against seven people, officials confirmed on Thursday.
In 2010, Mr. Nejad was first accused of being a spy in the service of the MOIS, Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security, allegedly sent to Italy to influence public opinion and trade in arms. This is what the Italian secret service and Milan Public prosecutor claimed for years.