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The week of May 27 – June 9

The week of May 27 – June 9

09/06/2022

Economy – Economic reporting has garnered attention in the foreign press’s coverage of Italy. While Bloomberg points out how, in early 2022, the country’s economy “unexpectedly dodged contraction” as “investments in exports rose” (May 31 - Italy’s Economy Unexpectedly Dodged Contraction in Early 2022*), the Chinese agency Xinhua reports on the slightly improved GDP growth estimate for 2022, rising from 2.6 to 2.8% (June 8 - Italy increases GDP growth estimate for 2022).

Other articles focus on corporate histories: economics publications shine the spotlight on the integration of the TIM and Open Fiber networks, cable of creating a “national champion” (Reuters, May 30 - Italy's TIM, CDP sign preliminary accord on single network plan*; Financial Times, May 30 - Telecom Italia agrees to merger of fixed network assets with Open Fiber*; Bloomberg, May 31 - Telecom Italia Seeks $21.5 Billion for Landline Network, Sources Say*). Meanwhile, digitalization and “technology transition” are the focus of Financial Times’s interview with Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna, with a glance at the prospects for the automotive industry (May 27 - Ferrari’s Benedetto Vigna: ‘We are in a period of technology transition’*).

Other news relates to the agreement between Eni and Sonatrach to increase gas imports from Algeria (Reuters, May 26 - Eni, Sonatrach sign deal to boost Algeria gas exports to Italy*); the results of Autogrill, whose target of € 3.7 billion in sales for 2022 represents a decisive increase over the € 2.6 billion recorded in 2021 (Reuters, May 26 - Italy's Autogrill sees $4 bln in sales this year*); and the IPO of the De Nora chemical group, which is looking to raise up to € 200 million in its Milan listing (Bloomberg, June 6 - Italy’s De Nora Pushes Ahead With IPO Amid Market Turbulence*).

Design and lifestyle – Design takes centre stage in the reports devoted to the 2022 edition of Milan’s Salone del Mobile, which The New York Times Style Magazine celebrates with a toast in the “fantastical garden” at Villa Necchi Campiglio (June 7 - In a Fantastical Garden in Milan, T Magazine Toasts Salone del Mobile*). Meanwhile, Financial Times covers the Salone by recounting the history of Italian design through six iconic objects (June 4 - The story of Italian design in six objects*) and reporting the growth plans of B&B Italia, the industry holding company that is looking to acquire new interior brands to become the “LVMH of design” (June 8 - B&B Italia owner sketches out plan to become ‘LVMH of design’*).

Lastly, interiors and architecture come together in an article in which Financial Times recommends a villa in Porto Rafael, Sardinia (June 2 - Hot property: five properties for sale in the Mediterranean region*) and in a visit paid by The New York Times to the Pasanella family’s Tuscan villa, capable of “preserving the spirit” of an ancient farmhouse on the hills of Camaiore (June 2 - A Hilltop Villa in Italy With a Strong Foundation*).

 

Culture – In culture, The New York Times reviews Amilcare Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, “An Opera That Travels Through Time,” staged at Teatro alla Scala in Milan by the director Davide Livermore, with an adaptation that includes “dashes of Kubrick and Fellini” (June 8 - An Opera That Travels Through Time*). As the American daily explains elsewhere, the opera house is aiming for a younger audience, a third of which is already “under 55 years old” (June 8 - La Scala Woos a Younger Audience*).

While Financial Times reviews the latest film by Michelangelo Frammartino, Il Buco (June 8 - The making of caving film Il buco: ‘Maybe only God has been there’*), El País pays a visit to the Roman home of Giacomo Balla, open to the public for the first time 150 years after the Futurist painter’s birth (May 31 - La casa en la que se inventó el futuro: la mítica vivienda romana del pintor Giacomo Balla se abre por primera vez al público). Meanwhile, the Moroccan L'Economiste devotes coverage to the “interesting guests” at the 27th Siel (International Publishing and Book Fair) organized by the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) in Rabat (June 7 - Rencontre littéraire entre Giuseppe Goffredo et Rachid Khaless).

Other reports are dedicated to the DNA sequencing done for the first time on a victim recovered at Pompeii, which will be able to “yield its secrets” nearly 2,000 years after the Vesuvius eruption (May 26 in The Wall Street Journal - DNA of Pompeii Man Killed During Vesuvius Eruption Yields Its Secrets Almost 2,000 Years Later*; New York Times - From the Ancient Ashes of Vesuvius, Human DNA*; The Guardian- Pompeii victim’s genome successfully sequenced for first time).

Coverage is also devoted to gourmet food culture, with cannoli “taking over the dessert world” and enjoying success “from Manila to London to across the US” (Bloomberg, May 26 - Cannoli Are Taking Over the Dessert World*), and with maritozzi that Les Echos is tasting in its search for the pastry’s finest purveyors, from Rome to Lille (Les Echos, May 28 - Où manger les meilleurs maritozzi ?*).

Tourism – As the summer season approaches, the foreign dailies offer several articles devoted to tourism. The Washington Post selects 7 destinations for “every travel style,” from the Dolomites to Sicily, passing by way of Puglia and Sardinia and with stops in Matera and the Maremma (June 6 - 7 Italy vacations that check every travel style*). Financial Times also takes an interest in the “magnificent” Maremma, recommending a horseback escape where “nature and tradition merge” (May 31 - A horseback escape through Italy’s cowboy country*), while The New York Times recounts the adventure of a Dutch photographer who got around Sicily by train for less than € 100 (May 30 - Circling Sicily on Its Regional Trains*). Bologna is also covered, with Le Monde paying a 48-hour visit to “lose itself” on the city streets, between a lunch at an osteria and a trip to Torre degli Asinelli (May 28 - 48 heures à Bologne*).

Meanwhile, Les Echos reviews Méryl Bisagni’s book dedicated to discovering “the real Italy,” like a “hymn to simplicity from Florence to Naples, passing by way of Rome and Pantelleria (June 6 - L'Italie authentique en 8 clichés*), while The Wall Street Journal travels to Tivoli to take “modern landscaping lessons” from the Villa d’Este gardens (June 8 - Modern Landscaping Lessons From a Historic Italian Garden*).

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