Rome’s first female Mayor

Germany has Angela Merkel, the UK has Theresa May, but what about Italy? Are the Italian people ready to put a woman in a position of power? Given the opportunity, maybe so. In June, the Five Star Movement (M5S) made significant victories in local elections, with women achieving the positions of Mayor in Rome and Turin. Turin is known as the home of Italy’s automotive industry, although much of Fiat’s production has now left Italy for cheaper locations. For 16 years, it was a core Democratic Party constituency, and previous Mayors have attempted to turn it into a tourist area. Rome, the countr

Summer Events in Italy

Summer in Italy is full of festivals, concerts, processions and great food. So, join in with the locals and immerse yourself in the tradition and culture. An Italian summer is full of local events, usually involving food and music in the town Piazzas. Be prepared to stay up late to fully enjoy these events which are primarily organised for the locals, who won’t consider coming out until after 9pm, when they eat and take a walk in the cooler evening air. Most of the events have developed from many years of tradition, only to be discovered relatively recently by tourists. Here are five of the bi

Brexit: How it affects life in Italy.

How has the EU referendum result changed people’s views in Italy about the UK and their own place in the European Union. Italians have previously looked up to Britain as a stable, well organised nation of people, with utmost common sense. But since the EU referendum result and the flow of British political leaders dropping out of taking responsibility, they are looking at us Brits with a mixture of sympathy and disbelief.

High Court ruling says no to expat vote on UK EU Referendum

The High Court ruling today confirmed that any British expats who have been living away from the UK for over 15 years are unable to vote on whether the UK should stay or leave the EU. The case was spearheaded by a 94 year old veteran of World War II, Harry Shindler, who is resident in Italy, and a lawyer, Jacquelyn MacLennan. Their case was based on the argument that by denying them the right to vote on whether the UK should stay in or leave the EU, their right to freedom of movement under EU law was restricted, stating that their lives will be directly affected by the outcome of the referendu
Car Sales in Italy

Car Sales in Italy

New car sales in Italy rose 18.7 percent in December 2015 compared to December 2014, with 109,395 vehicles sold. Around 29% of the market in that month went to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, with a market share of around 28% over the year. Sales were driven “by the excellent performance of the latest models launched” with the Fiat 500X and the Jeep Renegade among the top ten in the European segment. The Fiat 500 and Panda also dominate their market (with 27.7% share), while the 500L is the most sold of its kind (83,300 registrations and a share of 22.5%). Jeep, however, ended the year