Author: Editorial Staff

The Florentine editorial staff
April 28, 2005
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Film director Zeffirelli supports young fashion

World renowned Florentine film director Franco Zeffirelli was the guest of honour last week at the events celebrating the closing of the academic year for students at the Accademia Italiana.   The event titled, “Cinema, moda & design”, was a grand display of the works created by students
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Gas Prices Continue to Rise

A full tank of gas costs 8 Euro more this year than it did the same time last year and no respite is in sight. In fact, prices are predicted to rise as high as 1.4 Euro per litre by this summer.
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Fiorentina: Afraid to win

There are only five days remaining in the Italian football championship and the Fiorentina does not seem to be winning its battle against automatic elimination from the A Series.   Although a tied game against Bologna would not have been that bad under normal conditions, earning just one point now
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Tuscan cold cuts get an official seal

The Unicoop supermarket chain in Florence has decided to make their line of traditional Tuscan cold cuts official. The numerous products that are grown and produced using customary local methods will now have a specific seal on their packaging in order to make them easily recognisable to customers. Some of
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Palazzo Medici Riccardi Closes Main Doors

Due to maintenance and restoration works, the main entrance to Palazzo Medici Riccardi will be closed until May 10th. To access the museum, a new entrance will be opened at Via Cavour 3. For the provincial offices, the secondary entrance in Via Cavour 9 and 11 will remain open.
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Boom in Mortgage Loans

In these unstable economic times Italians continue to invest in real estate, considered the safest investment to make these days. In fact, mortgage loans have increase by 20% in many parts of the country. In some regions, like Sardegna, it has even reached 33%.
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Berlusconi quits, forms new government

Silvio Berlusconi has already presented his new centre-right government coalition after he stepped down from his role as Prime Minister last week during Italy’s worst political crisis in the past four years.   Regional elections at the beginning of April resulted in a striking loss for Berlusconi&
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Tuscany region president meets with U.S. Ambassador

In the face of a serious economic crisis for Tuscany and Italy, President Martini and Ambassador Sembler met last week to discuss Tuscan – U.S. relations and the numbers of American visitors to the Tuscany region.   In Florence alone, universities host six thousand students each year. The total
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Museums Closed for May 1st Holiday

All museums will be closed next Sunday May 1st for the Labour Day holiday. There will be many alternative activities to choose from that have been organised in celebration of the holiday. Labour day is an International holiday celebrated in most countries on May 1st, or May Day (except for
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New Artistic Director at La Scala

Crisis ends after French Director Stephane Lissner was appointed as the new Art Director at the La Scala Theatre in Milan. Hopes are that the French director will create a more European atmosphere at La Scala. A crisis had ensued when previous long-time director, Riccardo Muti, recently quit rather