Italians are falling in love, with food delivery

Italians have very high expectations when it comes to food. Is the service meeting them?

A real boom for food delivery. And the quality must be at its level, here's how.

The general assumption that all Italians are good in the kitchen seem something well stick around, but do Italians really spent time in the kitchen?

According to a recent study from Coldiretti / Censis, Italians are actually falling in love with food delivery, reducing a bit the involvement in the kitchen.

During 2018 over 30% of Italians have consumed ordered food via web from restaurants and pizzerias.

The growth of services such as Foodora or Deliveroo are very well matched by a growing internal demand for home delivery, expanded more and more to quality restaurant.

The growth of services such as Foodora or Deliveroo are very well matched by a growing internal demand for home delivery, expanded more and more to quality restaurant.

The reasons to skip cooking are clear:

  • tired from work, with almost 60% of choice
  • want to impress guests and friends with high quality and special food, with almost 35%
  • smaller percentage simply being curious of new dishes and meals

Italians are generally satisfied by the delivery times which rarely exceed sixty minutes.

While the payment is widespread online, and the cash is not always possible.

Transport takes place mainly by bicycle but also with scooters to overcome the constraints of the central areas with limited traffic in large cities.

650kg of cocaine hidden in coffee found and seized in Livorno dock

A massive amount of drug seized in a container ship, required strong acumen, and luck

650kg of cocaine have been seized in Livorno, Italy

A container filled with coffee and drugs has been discovered by Guardia di Finanza, the police group in charge of monitoring financial and drug related crimes in the dock of Livorno, sea side city in the north of Tuscany.

The container was on board of a ship with Portuguese flag coming from spain and included next to large quantity of coffee also 650 kilos of cocaine, hidden in several bags which have been seized by the police. According to investigators it made a fairly long trip before being opened by a police group, as it was originally coming from Honduras and had changed boat (according to ansa.it) in Costarica.

The trip wasn’t supposed to be finished in Italy though, as apparently the final destination was a criminal organization in Madrid, Spain.

An eventful February, all across Italy.

A lot going on across Italy during February, with several concerts and shows, and a pinch of sport that never goes bad. If you happen to be in the peninsula during the shortest month of the year, you may don’t want to miss this!

On the 16th and 17th of February, there's the Men and Women World Cup of Cross Country in Cogne (Aosta Valley)

Have a look at February and entire 2019 Calendar

A lot going on across Italy during February, with several concerts and shows, and a pinch of sport that never goes bad.

If you happen to be in the peninsula during the shortest month of the year, you may don’t want to miss this!

A bomb requires massive evacuation, while taxes are halved by mistake.

Last week in Italy, here’s what you need to know

In Ancona, 12 thousand people were evacuated to remove a bomb of the second world war. A very large area that includes Ancona railway station, the port areas, the restaurants and several places of cultural and tourist interest in the city

Monday – The removal of second world war bomb requires massive evacuation 

  • In Ancona, 12 thousand people were evacuated to remove a bomb of the second world war.
  • A very large area that includes Ancona railway station, the port areas, the restaurants and several places of cultural and tourist interest in the city
  • the government.
  • The new Brazilian government, with president Bolsonario, decided to remove any political asylum and Battisti had escaped the country to Bolivia. Where after a few weeks of investigation was arrested. In a few days back to Italy, detained in the jail of Oristano, in the beautiful island of Sardinia.

Tuesday – Taxes halved by mistake, for 4 million car owners

  • Unclear if by mistake or because wanted, but the government approved a measure (in the decree simplification ) under the false name of historic cars (the real ones deserve the maximum protection), that halves the amount of the tax to own cars with a seniority of service between 20 and 30 years.
  • That is 4 million and a half vehicles that represent about 10% of the total circulating that, thanks to them, is one of the oldest and most dangerous among those of advanced countries.

Thursday – Close a large center that hosts migrants and asylum seeker, without a plan b

  • with the approval of the security decree the Interior Minister decided to close, within the end of the month, the asylum seekers center in Castelnuovo di Porto and the displacement in other realities of the approximately five hundred refugees hosted.
  • And yesterday the start of the transfer of the first thirty migrants to Basilicata and Campania was the background for a new political tension.

Friday – Sea Watch boat enters Italian water, but all docks are closed

  • Navigation started seven days ago, but since he first moment, it seemed clear that Sea Watch 3 with its cargo of migrants would eventually direct the bow to Italy.
  • And so did the crew of the Dutch NGO, bringing again the minister Salvini to point the feet and to defend the position.
  • See update article on this topic, HERE

Saturday – Super Mario strikes again.

  • After having being out of the pitch for months, Mario Balotelli returns to score in an official match. the first after his move to Olympic Marseille from Nice.
  • The team had eventually lost 2 1, but Balotelli starts his score in O.M. with one presence and one goal.

Sea Watch odyssey in the Mediterranean continues, without clarity for the future

Three MPs contravened the Government decision and boarded a boat with migrants. Not too many days left to take a decision on its faith.

Three MPs contravened the Government decision and boarded a boat with migrants. Not too many days left to take a decision on its faith.

This morning, 3 members of the Italian parliament, Ms. Stefania Prestigiacomo (Forza Italia, right wing), Riccardo Magi (+Europa, center left wing) and Nicola Frantoianni (Leu, left wing) have boarded the humanitarian ship, Sea Watch, currently just few miles outside Siracusa, in Sicily. They accessed the boat to check the conditions of the 47 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean nine days ago. The three MPs have asked that the migrants were allowed to disembark all immediately.

This request contravenes the current decision of the Italian Government that has blocked all Italian docks to accept the boat, as for any other humanitarian boat that brings rescued migrants from the Mediterranean sea into Italy.

Sea Watch, currently just few miles outside Siracusa, in Sicily.

In the previous days the Italian government had claimed that the Netherlands, as Sea Watch sail under its flag, should have welcomed the guests of the boat. The Dutch Government has refused this option.

The numbers of migrants in the boat, compared to the over 600 thousands landed on Italian shores in the last few years are definitely low, but the Government doesn’t want to create precedents and is moved by its principles.

It’s unclear on whether Italy or another country will allow at the end the boat into its docks, but after over 9 days of navigation for the Sea Watch and many others of sail and desert cross for the migrants, there’s not too many day left for a decision.

First image from Sea Watch official website

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Legalize or penalize it. Two voices, one government and a plant

The government risks to fall for a spiff, but the two main parties will avoid to talk about it.

growing indoor marijuana

The current Italian government is built by two parties with quite strong different views on many things. Actually almost everything.

The coalition is built around a contract, signed by both parties before taking the lead of the government back in early summer of 2018. This contract regulates the decisions that the government will take and most of all, the laws and directions that it will be working towards.

Albeit this formula, there have been already multiple cases where the two parties have been in conflict. Probably the most explicit being the High Speed Train (TAV) project.

Due to the negotiations that led to the creation of the contract, several topics have been only slightly touched in the document, and some completely ignored, because not of high priority and because the two parties had two irreconcilable different views.

A clear example is the debate around drugs and in particular to the eternal debate on whether legalize the soft drugs, such as marijuana, idea supported by the Movimento 5 Stelle, or keep them illegal, as for the right wing Lega party.

Today in Italy the there’s an hybrid law which doesn’t clarify really the status, but there’s a very high consumption, as Italians are among the heaviest users of cannabis.

Cannabis for medical use in Italy

Cannabis for medical use in Italy

In Italy, medical cannabis has been legal since 2007, recognized with a decree the therapeutic use of the cannabinoid delta-9-THC. In 2013, extended the legalization of cannabinoids in vegetable form, therefore also in Italy the uses of the cannabis plant (plant parts, in particular the inflorescences of the plant), of its extracts and extracts were recognized for medical purposes. get ready.

From that year on, various regional regulations were created to regulate the use of marijuana for therapeutic purposes with executive decrees in most regions of Italy starting in 2015.

Cannabis legal light: the law of Italian law of 2016

The term legal cannabis light or legal hemp means that type of cannabis that has an active ingredient lower than 0.6%. According to the Italian law 242 approved in December 2016, its production and marketing are legal in Italy if the cannabis has a THC content (ie the active principle) that does not exceed 0.2%. Thanks to this law, therefore, there are no more doubts about it: the cultivation of legal marijuana is no longer prohibited and does not need any authorization. In the event that the percentage of THC is higher than 0.2% but falls within the limit of 0.6%, the farmer is relieved of any kind of responsibility. If, on the other hand, the 0.6% limit is exceeded, the judicial authorities may destroy or impede the cultivation of hemp.

Movimento 5 Stelle has recently proposed a new regulation and includes three basic points:

  • allow, under certain conditions, the cultivation of cannabis, individually (up to 3 plants) or associated (up to 30 people and after communication to the Prefecture);
  • provide for the lawfulness of the possession of cannabis within certain quantities (15 grams at home and 5 grams outside), in addition to correcting the law on inflorescences, which are now sold in the so-called “cannabis light shops” for technical use, providing for the possibility of be sold for food or herbal use (they will be subject to all the checks due and linked to that type of activity) and raising the percentage of thc which may contain up to 1%;
  • regulate illicit conduct by providing a differentiation of sentence in relation to the type of substances (heavy drugs, light drugs).
Cannabis legal light: the law of Italian law of 2016

Lega, (former Northern League) strongly oppose this approach and is instead considering to strengthen the legislation around it, and reduce the freedom of use, with strong penalties for abusers.

The most probable outcome will be some small attempts by individual members of the parliament, without a real support of the entire party.

Which will lead to maintain the current status quo and will not risk the collapse of the government for a spiff.

Italian economy slowly on the brink of recession

In economy, there’s the tendency to say that debt is good till there’s growth. Italy has demonstrated over the last few decades that its debt wasn’t good anymore and this is now very bad.

Italian economy slowly on the brink of recession

In economy, there’s the tendency to say that debt is good till there’s growth. Italy has demonstrated over the last few decades that its debt wasn’t good anymore. The very little expansion of the economy, that in some cases has been even negative hasn’t supported a growing public debt bringing the country to the risk of a new recession in only few years.

Italian public debt is currently at 133.0% of GDP, after a slight decrease of 0.1% from previous quarter.

Bank of Italy has recently revised the estimate of GDP 2019 growth from 1% to 0.6%, with 0.4 points less than previously assessed.

And this is precisely matching the same estimates from the International Monetary Fund forecasts for 2019.

The recent decision of the Italian government, as included in the 2019 Budget law don’t seem of having changed the mind of investors and bankers, which are constantly reducing their exposures on the Italian market.

The growth was interrupted in the third quarter of 2018 and it’s thought that the activity could still be diminished in the fourth quarter: if it occurred, such a possibility, it would be equivalent to a technical recession.




The largest and most precious open-air museum in the world.

The fourth site to be included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO doesn’t really need presentations. Just particular care, and love.

Rome, colosseum and fori imperiali. The largest open-air museum in the world.

The fourth site to be included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO doesn’t really need presentations.

The capital of Italy since 1870 (9 years after complete unification of Italian territories) and capital of known world back to 2000 years ago, Rome is probably the most historical city in the world and the largest open-air museum in the world.

Founded in the 753 B.C. has been growing since, into an immense territory.

It now extends for over 1200 km², that for comparison is over 10 times the overall extension of Paris. With the difference that the latter has almost 3 times more inhabitants.

Rome is worldwide famous for its infinite amount of art pieces, monuments, churches and in general anything that has a historical value.

The very wide city centre includes a small nation itself, Vatican city.

Albeit this large extension, Rome isn’t really a fast going city. The streets are mainly narrow, built for a completely different type of transportation than large touristic buses and vans. In support of commuters have been built two lines of the tube, but any meter of work to build them had cost in money and time as nowhere else in the world.

This time, more than for bureaucracy, the delay, is due to the numerous historical items can be found few meters underground. So, machines could only slowly move ahead and have been stopped multiple times when new items were discovered.

Panorama from Rome roofs

It’s currently being built the line C, which will, once completed further support movements in the city.

The initial works have already brought to the discovery of a large part of an unknown building, built presumably under the emperor Adriano, in the second century AD, where could find the so-called ”auditoria”. Rooms dedicated to reading, sort of historical libraries.


Last week in Italy, here’s what you need to know

Discover the most important facts in a nutshell.
This was a very full week, with some memorable events and returns.

rocks of Matera, european capital of culture in 2019

Week 3rd of the calendar has been a very hectic period in the Italian peninsula.

Monday – Former terrorist and his forced return to Italy

  • Cesare Battisti is a former terrorist of the 70s in extreme left view groups. He had participated and led activities which brought to the dead of at least for persons, and was therefore arrested. He escaped jail and Italy in 1981 after been condemned for 12 years, has been arrested in Bolivia this week and returned to Italian jails this Monday 14th of January.
  • Battisti lived abroad all those years, covered by political asylum in France and then in Brazil, writing books and essays. In Brazil he had already been jailed, then left out for willing of the government.
  • The new Brazilian government, with president Bolsonario, decided to remove any political asylum and Battisti had escaped the country to Bolivia. Where after a few weeks of investigation was arrested. In a few days back to Italy, detained in the jail of Oristano, in the beautiful island of Sardinia.

Tuesday – Earthquake shakes the land

  • An earthquake of 4.6 of magnitude, had been localized at 11km east of Ravenna. In Emilia Romagna. The shake was well felt also in Bologna.
  • No major damages, nor injured luckily.

Thursday – Silvio is back. Risks of being the last swansong are quite high.

  • Silvio Berlusconi declared he’ll run for the spring elections for the European Parliament. Not being able to run in his own country, having lost his eligibility due to recent issues with the justice, he has opted for the continental stage.
  • Predictions aren’t looking good, but experts know he is known to come back in the latest weeks. Some says that there’s no chance and will be a fiasco.

Friday – National Basic income rules are ready

  • The introduction of a National Basic income, which was strongly supported by Movimento 5 Stelle has become law as part of the 2019 Budget.
  • The rules have been clarified:
    • Must have an income of less than 780 euro per month and will make sure that who earns less will at least reach this basic level of income. If someone earns 200 euro per month, will receive 580 and so on.
    • The income is deposited on a special card, from Poste Italiane.
    • Who owns apartments, houses or have different sources of wealth won’t be able to receive any income and strong sanctions have been introduced to avoid any fraud.

Saturday – Matera starts the day as capital of European culture

  • Opening ceremony for the year of Matera, the European cultural capital of 2019, with the presence of all the main Italian authorities, starting from the President of the Republic.
  • A fundamental year for the city of rocks, ready to get the important stage and promote its beauties and history with a series of countless events.

‘Fiorentini’ are the most jealous people of the world

‘Fiorentini’ are passionate people, caring very much for their city, so much of being deeply jealous. The charm of the city is too much.

Florence by night is stunning!

It’s said that is part of the experience of anyone from Florence, when travelling abroad for work, study or pleasure, when asked in a dialogue his origins of having to hear back ”Florence! Renaissance! That’s a beauty! ”.

And it’s part of any ‘fiorentino’ to feel that mix of pleasure and nuisance from the compliments received. Being almost irritated from having to listen, once again the same thing again.

‘Fiorentini’ are passionate people, caring very much for their city, so much of almost being jealous of it. Hard to accept of having to share with the entire world its beauty. Like a jealous boyfriend would do, when feel the charm of the loved one can seduce others too.

And this is the destiny of the city and its inhabitants that received in 1982 the inclusion in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Third site for Italy, back by then.

Florence by day. Arno river.

Florence, the outstanding beauty

Built on the site of an Etruscan settlement, Florence, the symbol of the Renaissance, rose to economic and cultural pre-eminence under the Medici in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its 600 years of extraordinary artistic activity can be seen above all in the 13th-century cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore), the Church of Santa Croce, the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace, the work of great masters such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli and Michelangelo.

Florence description is how UNESCO has described it on their official website. It’s available under license CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0

The reference to ” it’s said so” is mentioned in various sites that ”fiorentini have this characteristic.