Business & Economy


City council moves on illegal Airbnb hosts

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
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A pact between the comune and the behemoth in private room rental seeks €10million loss. Councillor for tourism, Mateo Lepore lamented that in 2015 the city coffers lost €4 million (€3.5m in 2014), and with this new income they will be able to finance part of the new cultural strategies planned for the coming future. […]

Piazza Grande squandered €350,000 on ‘new’ HQ

Friday, January 1st, 2016
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The charitable association was established in Bologna in 1993 to tackle social exclusion and uphold the rights of the homeless through production of the ‘Piazza Grande’ newspaper. The paper is, in fact, written and published by homeless people as a means to start them on the road to recovery and socially empower them at the […]

The future is FICO…

Friday, January 1st, 2016
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The ex-CAAB business park is being prepared to house the future Fico Eately World. It was initially meant to be inaugurated by the end of 2015 in order to take advantage of the hype surrounding Milano Expo, however, it has now been put back until spring/summer of 2016. Vice president Tiziana Primori of Eately, has […]

Emilia Romagna’s insatiable appetite for tinkering in backyards

Friday, January 1st, 2016
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A recent article in Il Sole24, by Paolo Bricco, proudly boasts of those great inventors/innovators who labour for years in obscure garden sheds and garages to produce the nation’s best. Entitled: ‘From Stem Cells to New Plastics: A Journey Through the Land of Inventors,’ the story revolves around the men and women who tinker away […]

Ryanair: The ‘tour operator’ coming soon to a city near you.

Friday, November 27th, 2015
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No longer content with just flying punters in and out of city hubs, the successful Irish airline is dipping its toes into providing tour operating-like services. In a highly publicized event, Bologna’s big guns of tourism Bologna Welcome and APT Servizi Emilia Romagna signed a new three-year agreement to promote Bologna city and the region […]

Taste the History of Gelato – yummy!

Friday, November 27th, 2015
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By Silvia Donati Could you have guessed that, when people type the word Bologna in search engines, it is more often in association with the word gelato than tagliatelle or tortellini? The strong connection between Bologna and that wonderful sweet thing that is gelato is highlighted by the presence of a unique museum located just […]

FOREIGNERS WORK MORE THAN ITALIANS

Thursday, November 26th, 2015
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And produce 9% of Italy’s GDP The employment rate of foreigners is also higher than the national average as they are more likely to start new businesses. Today, Italy’s migrant workforce tops 5 million – 11% of the total population, which some economists equate this as being an important engine of growth for the economy. […]

1 MILLION reasons for an astute Bolognese to recycle old clothes

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
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“No clothing company can continue to use the environment as much as it is doing today,” said the chief executive of H&M, the second largest retailer in the world in the field of fashion. This is why H&M Conscious Foundation has made available one million euro for those who find a new technique for recycling. […]

Erasmus students do a runner!

Saturday, April 25th, 2015
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Erasmus students do a runner! A new initiative to promote ‘paying for bus fares’ in Bologna has just been launched by Tper. Apparently, an earlier article in the Carlino stated that Erasmus students were especially lazy (ahem, deliberately so) about paying for bus tickets! And of course, even if they were caught and fined very […]

SMARTPHONE APP for world’s biggest market

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Bolognese businessman Roberto Condello ’s tech solution for Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. If you’ve ever found yourself in the middle of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, you’ll soon realise how its labyrinth of shops present an immense and complicated navigation puzzle to visitors. It’s the largest market in the world and every year is visited by […]