Italy: How a Coronavirus Crisis Became a Disaster

Now that Italy has become the second country in the world after only China for number of Coronavirus cases, its number of confirmed infections has almost doubled in a couple of days from 5,061 on Saturday 7 March to 9,172 on Monday 9 March, and the whole country has been placed under lockdown, more than […]

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Coronavirus Exposes Open Ports to Africa Danger

This is our second post on the subject, here’s the first on Coronavirus and Italy. Italian physician and psychiatrist Alessandro Meluzzi rightly described as paradoxical Italy’s current policy of “closed schools and open ports”, letting in migrants at such a time of emergency for Coronavirus (whose official name, which initially and temporarily was 2019-nCoV, is […]

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Italy: Racism Fear Stops Coronavirus Vital Quarantine

Italy is now the third country in the world for the number of infections caused by Coronavirus, after China and South Korea. I know that, for the blog of a travel website like this, talking about the spread of a disease – although we still don’t know what’s going to happen either in Italy or […]

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“Trump Defends National Identity, An Example for Italy”

“Trump and his defence of national identity should be a model for Italy”. These were the words of the Italian politician Giorgia Meloni, who was in Washington to participate as a guest in the traditional National Prayer Breakfast, a series of meetings to convene and pray together held every year, organised on behalf of members […]

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Venice Carnival Is about To Start. Carnival History

The floods of a few months ago and consequent damages have not had any effects on the most romantic and one of the most artistic carnivals in the world, Venice Carnival. Venice Carnival events will start on 8 February 2020 and end on 25 February, as scheduled. You can see the details, all dates, photos […]

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Greta Apocalypse Costume & Cosplay as Dorothy, Viareggio Carnival

Updated: December 15, 2020. The world’s most famous and most gigantic allegorical floats paraded for six times from 1 to 25 February on the seafront esplanade for the Carnival of Viareggio, seaside resort on Tuscany’s northern coast, in Italy, as they’ve been doing every year for over 140 years. Greta Apocalypse Costume and Cosplay This […]

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What is for Children the Magic of Santa Claus?

Christmas is behind us, now. But there is still something about that special time of the year that I’d like to reflect and write on. Something quite special in tragic circumstances happened to an American little child for Christmas. In December 2016, media reported that a terminally-ill five-year-old boy in Knoxville, Tennessee, expressed as his […]

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Italy: No New Babies, Dying Country

The country of Romeo and Juliet, Italy, has the 2nd oldest population in the world. It is “one of the oldest countries in the world”: these are the words of the Italian official Institute of Statistics Istat, which in its Yearbook explains how the cause is the decrease in the birth rate together with the […]

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Common but Confusing Words for Weekday and Vacation

While in Italy, you’ll often find a frequently-used word that may puzzle you at first: “feriale”, plural “feriali”. The most common context in which you’ll see this word is in the days and hours of opening of shops, services, offices and so on. You’ll read something like “Aperto giorni feriali 8 – 13”, which means […]

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