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Rental And Purchase Prices Teatro Marcello

December 11, 2009 Property Rent/Buy 1 Comment
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Official statistics for purchase and rental prices as of the first quarter, 2009.

As with all property related statistics in all countries, these are to be read not as Gospel, but as another piece of information for the jigsaw.

The manipulation of statistics … Continue Reading

Google Launch Street View For Pompeii

December 5, 2009 News & Oddities No Comments
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Google have launched street view for UNESCO world heritage sites, including Pompeii. Siena, San Gimignano and Urbino are also featured in Italy, along with Stonehenge and Kew Gardens (really!) in UK.

In addition to the usual photos from google, the system also includes a feature link in the top right hand corner … Continue Reading

Rock Star Berlusconi (Not For Musical Merit)

November 27, 2009 News & Oddities, Politics No Comments
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Oh, for the love of God. Leave it to the italian version of Rolling Stone Magazine to come up with the simultaneously most shocking and entertaining cover in decades. It shows Prime Minister Berlusconi, whom they have named Rock Star Of The Year, intrepidly smiling while tearing to pieces … Continue Reading

The Incredulous Perugia Trial: Ideal vs Integrity

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One of the most dramatic and internationally observed italian trials of this decade is finally coming to a close: Verdicts are expected in the first week of December.

American student Amanda Knox and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito stand accused of brutally murdering British student Meredith Kercher … Continue Reading

New Drinking Habits For A New Generation

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As highlighted by several influential news services (last by the BBC in August 2009), Italy is battling a new problem: Drinking and randalising youths, touring the city centres, and drinking on the street. Italy was once better known for its refrained attitude to drinking, but the new phenomenon of binge drinking is rapidly growing among the younger generations. … Continue Reading

New National Contemporary Arts Museum

November 19, 2009 News & Oddities No Comments
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The Associated Press (November 2009) reports that Italy is opening its first national museum for contemporary arts and architecture in a bid to shed its image as merely a keeper of a glorious artistic past. The museum, located in the residential neighborhood of Flaminio, was designed by Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born architect who was the first woman to win the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. … Continue Reading

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