Author: Editorial Staff

The Florentine editorial staff
April 28, 2005
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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
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Pope made official last Sunday

St. Peter’s Square was once again witness to a huge outdoor mass Sunday 24 April in honour of the official installation ceremony of the 265th Pope.   Pope Benedict was presented with the symbols of Papal power, the pallium (a drape of white wool adorned with red crosses)
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Florentines still abandoning city centre

It seems that Florence’s city centre is still losing its native residents. There are two main reasons why: a consistent emigration to more suburban areas, and a high mortality rate among the large number of elderly residents    For years, there has been a general tendency for
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Football: Referees Hard on Players

Record for disqualifications in Series A championship. In fact, sports arbitrators suspended 24 players, including Rome’s captain, Francesco Totti (5 days) and Juvetnus forward, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (3 days).
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Historic Reinterpretation for 60th Anniversary of Confcommercio in Florence

The Italian General Business Commerce Association was founded in Tuscany exactly 60 years ago and it will celebrate the event Friday, April 29th at Palazzo Vecchio with an interpretation by Ugo Pagliai amidst a historical set created by historian Franco Cardini.
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Restoration begins on the Madonna of Citerna

The restoration project on the Madonna di Citerna has begun in Florence at one of the most famous restoration laboratories in the world, the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. Experts hope that during the process it will be confirmed that this sculpture is another work by the master Renaissance artist, Donatello. &