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The week of May 13 – 19

The week of May 13 – 19


Economy – The economy takes centre stage in the foreign press’s reporting on Italy. The French daily Les Echos covers the growth plans of the Franco-Italian group StMicroelectronics, which has “the ambition” of topping US$ 20 billion in revenues, thanks to “sustained growth and improved profitability” (May 12 - STMicroelectronics dessine une ambition à 20 milliards de dollars*). Also in the tech field, Reuters reports on the agreement between TIM and Open Fiber for fibre network sharing and development (May 13 - TIM signs network-sharing deal with Open Fiber to speed up rollout*). The press agency also reports on the international expansion of Campari, which is aiming to open new bars to “represent” the brand and spread “Italian aperitif culture” (May 12 - Campari plans new bars to help whet aperitif appetites*).

Tourism and lifestyle – Tourism and lifestyle reports focus on Rome: The New York Times emphasizes that the “Eternal City continues to live up to its name” with some reopenings and a “crop of new restaurants and cultural spots” (May 12 - In Rome, New Food and Old Sites Beckon*); in its Cooking newsletter, it covers classic local pasta recipes, between gricia and puttanesca (May 18 - Riffing on a Classic Roman Pasta*). Meanwhile, El Mundo recounts the capital’s “most hidden” places as it pays a visit to Rome in the company of writer and journalist María Teresa Álvarez (May 17 - Guía para descubrir la cara más oculta de Roma*).

The Wall Street Journal pays a visit to Palermo to celebrate the restoration – costing millions and decades in the making – to revive Palazzo Alliata di Pietratagliata (May 11 - In Sicily, a Decadeslong Renovation Brings a Medieval Palace Into the 21st Century*), and explains how the past is maintained in the hallways of Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como, with its “bygone luxury that appeals to both romantics and snap-happy Instagrammers” (May 17 - A Lake Como Hotel Where the Past Is Vigorously Maintained*). Also on Lake Como, Financial Times proposes a visit to an “18th-century gem”: Villa Passalacqua in Moltrasio (Supplement: How To Spend It, May 16 - Lake Como’s latest hotel is an 18th-century gem*).

Fashion – Fashion brands have chosen to astound the world again with in-person events (Financial Times, May 18 - All the world’s a stage: Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chanel go global for cruise*), and Italy is one of the favourite locations. Several articles comment on the Gucci show in Castel del Monte in Puglia, on a starry night graced by a “Medieval” setting (The New York Times, May 17 - Gucci Gives New Meaning to the Contemporary Obsession With Stars*), enhancing the “magic” of the brand and its offerings (Le Monde, May 17 - En Italie, la constellation Gucci*). Coverage is also dedicated to Pucci and its new artistic director Camille Miceli, who is presenting the collection in another evocative setting: Capri (Le Nouvel Observateur, May 15 - Pucci : Capri, c’est pas fini du tout*).

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