Tuesday, October 13, 2009



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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Chocolate festival

Italians LOVE chocolate and October is packed full of chocolate celebrations and events here in Italy.

From 16th- 25th October, Eurochocolate will be celebrated in Perugia. This years will be the 16th edition of this world famous festival that celebrates chocolate. This years is called 'Rompete le Righe'.

For full details visit http://www.eurochocolate.com/it/perugia2009/home.html

If you can't wait for the big one, join in the Anteprima Eurochocolate in Rome from 10th- 11th October at the Soratte Outlet.

12th October has been declared The National Day of Cacao and Chocolate and given the title of Chocoday. http://www.eurochocolate.com/it/chocoday2009/comunicato.html for more information.

If you can't get to either event but are filled with the joy of all that is chocolate visit the Chocostore at http://www.eurochocolate.com/chocostore/ and get yourself a chocolate themed treat.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Art Exhibition: Paesaggio laziale tra ideale e reale

Paesaggio laziale tra ideale e Reale dipinti del XVII e XVIII secolo
Tivoli, Villa D'Este.
12th June- 1st November 2009

Open 8:30am until one hour before sunset
Closed Mondays

Exhibition plus entrance into villa: €10,00, free for under 12's and over 65's.

For more info visit http://www.villadestetivoli.info or email info@villadestetivoli.info

"The exhibition shows a selection of paintings by some of the best landscape painters who worked in Rome between the 17th and 18th century, a period when landscape painting moves between The Ideal and The real".
"Landscape of Latium becomes the visualisation of a dream, it changes into myth as fables and ancient stories it performs, rising to a universal value. Tivoli is expression and synthesis of these ideas: the ancestral memory of ancient myths, the great vestiges of classical and Renaissance world, the panic sense of nature live together in an indissoluble union. The emotion caused by the landscape of Tivoli is expressed among the ideal, the real, the picturesque and the sublime in the views by Dughet, van Wittel, locatelli, Van Bloem, van Lint".

Friday, September 18, 2009

IF Rome Conference

IF Rome Conference - Building your business in the current climate

Organised by Recycler Publishing & Events / ETIRA

27-28 September 2009, Rome | Italy

Do you know what opportunities and challenges are on the horizon?

Globally the economy is declining, prices and margins are under pressure, competition is fierce and consumers have a much stronger environmental awareness.

As a business owner / manager you are focused on growing your business and want to take advantage of current market trends. Get the industries viewpoint at IF Rome!

Sunday 27th September 2009

15:00 - 16:00 Sponsors arrival, check in and set up

16:00 – 19:30 Registration & Sponsor Networking

19:30 - 20:30 Sponsors Cocktail Reception

20:30 onwards Delegates and Guests Dinner

Monday 28th September 2009

08:00 - 09:00 Registration, morning refreshments & Sponsor Networking

09:00 – 09:25 Opening Remarks & Delegate Profiling

09;25 – 10:25 Forward Focus

10:25 – 10:55 Morning Break & Informal Networking

10:55 – 12:50 Insights into Remanufacturing.

12:50 – 14:00 Lunch & Sponsors Networking

14:00 – 14:30 Legal Brief – Inside the Ninestar action

14:30 – 15:00 Three Step Challenge & Question time

15:00 – 15:25 Afternoon Break & Informal Networking

15:25 – 16:55 Insight & Opportunity

16:55 – 17:30 The Vote is in & closing remarks

17:30 Conference ends

Opening Remarks & Delegate Profiling

Recycler Trade Magazines David Connett will open the conference and compare the profile of the various companies and delegates and share with you the results of the online survey to gain up-the-minute insights into how the European remanufacturing industry is faring in the current climate.

Forward Focus - Assess the Risks & Opportunities for the industry in 2010

As the year draws to a close, what is the outlook for 2010 and what does it mean for forward-planning in the remanufacturing industry?

Assess how the industry is likely to fare over the coming months, and what lessons we can take from what has happened so far

Speaker Charlie BREWER

Insight 1 - Cartridge Collecting in Europe
Explore and understand the various cartridge collecting models and methods for efficient cartridge collecting and sourcing.

Speaker Philippe GUENIN

Insight 2 - European Inkjet industry in Europe
The remanufactured & refilled inkjet market is a market in its own right. Explore and understand the potential for your business.
Speaker Horst EDELMEIER

Insight 3 - Hybrid solutions
A cartridge is a cartridge, yet with some low cost innovative adaption’s you can increase the value of your cartridges.
Speaker Colin DAVISON

Insight 4 - Inside remanufacturing
Is the aftermarket amateurish? Three thousand remanufacturers produce more cartridges now than five thousand remanufacturers did only a few years ago. What are the business strategies and sales arguments for remanufactured products? Who is ETIRA and why such an organisation is important for the cartridge remanufacturing industry.

Speaker Christian WERNHART

Legal Brief – Inside the Ninestar Action

Mr. O’Connor will discuss the status of the various Ninestar and Epson litigation matters, including the status of the International Trade Commission determinations as well as the cases pending in the District Court in Portland, Oregon.

In addition to discussing the present status of those matters, Mr. O’Connor will discuss what actions Ninestar intends to take in the future as well as his analysis of the significance of various determinations that have been made.

Speaker Ed O’Connor

Three Step Challenge & Question time
What three steps would you take to reduce costs and increase business and profitability? Ask your peers your key questions around the state of the industry. Make the most of the expertise within the room, pose open questions and encourage fellow delegates to share their thoughts on the coming months.

Led by David Connett

Insight & Opportunity – Our keynote presentation
One of the barriers to moving forward is not knowing how to. Yet opportunities exist all around. Insights & Opportunities will give you some practical insights and help to change your business model, how to approach existing and new accounts, how to “expand sales in existing accounts” - through continuous assessments and how make your presentations, letters, marketing tools work for you.

Speaker Jan de KESEL

The vote is in

During the day you have heard a lot about the industry. Will you change some of the ways that you work after today?

Now is your opportunity to confirm the results – Your vote counts

IF Rome Conference –

Building your business in the current climate

27-28 September 2009 | Rome | Italy

Holiday Inn - ROME-AURELIA


Hotel Front Desk: 39-06-66411200

Hotel Fax: 39-06-66414437

Hotel Email Address


For information on attending please contact:

The events team

E-mail: events@therecycler.com

Tel: +44 (0) 1993 899 800

Organiser: Recycler Publishing & Events Ltd

Address: 12 Spinners Court, Witney, OX28 1NH, UK

Visit http://www.therecycler.com/if-rome-sep-2009.aspx for more details

Friday, September 11, 2009

The return of X factor

The internationally known TV programme that searches for the next big pop music artist is back for it's third edition on Italian TV. Originally created by British Simon Cowell, X-Factor is now a cult programme throughout the world. In Italy it is broadcast on Rai Due.

The first appointment with this popular programme was last night. Hostedby Francesco Fracchinetti, this years panel of judges/tutors is made up of Morgan, Mara Maionchi and new member Claudia Mori.

Over the 13 evening shows and daily afternoon airing, the 12 musical talents will battle it out to win a music contact and prize money.

The singers are divided into 3 groups; 16-24, 25+ and groups. My personal favorites after watching last nights show are Marco, Ornella and Luana Biz.

You can find out more about the show here http://www.xfactor.rai.it/

Monday, September 7, 2009


RomAntica is the name of a fantastic restaurant situated in the centre of Rome. A friendly and welcoming environment with multi lingual staff. To complete the cosy atmosphere they even have a singer who will sing to you at your table along with his guitar. He's great at doing traditional Roman songs but also knows several international songs. Not to mention songs to keep the children entertained.

They offer a wide selection of dishes and often host special evenings. An example of this is the upcoming 'Serata Party Santa Maria' which will take place on Friday, 16 October 2009 starting at 20:30. You will be able to sample the excellent "Morellino di Scansano". Special discount prices all evening if ordered by glass or bottle, accompanied by a special menu. A hostess will be there to offer information, gadgets and there will also be a prize for one lucky diner.

Payment options:
American Express

General manager:


Takes bookings
Good for groups or parties
Outdoor seating


Via Emanuele Filiberto, 52

Tel: 06 77071935

Monday, August 24, 2009

Villa Gregoriana

Parco Villa Gregoriana, commissioned by Pope Gregory XVI to rebuild the bed of the Aniene River after it had been damaged in a terrible flood in 1826. It was in 1835, after the Aniene burst it's banks again, that Pope Gregory XVI decided to turn this dangerous but enchanting location into a mix of art and nature.

The project saw a tunnel being dug through Mount Catillo in order to deviate the river and therefore save the town of Tivoli. This was then followed by the construction of an extraordinary natural garden and temples.

Reopened to the public in 2005 thanks to a major landscape recovery project by FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano), the Italian National Trust. For more information about FAI please visit www.fondoambiente.it.

Open everyday except Mondays.
Last admission one hour before closing.
Tickets: €5,00 adults, € 2.50 Conessions (children, schools, residents of Tivoli).
FAI and national trust members are free of charge.
Discounts of families.

Children aged 12 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
Dogs must be kept on a leash.
Audio guides available in Italian and English (€4,00)

Wear comfortable rubber soled shoes as some sections of the paths are steep and can be slippery.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tivoli and it's Villas

Tivoli boasts a vast artistic and archaeological heritage. A holiday destination for emperors and Roman nobility with it's beautiful countryside and great climate. Tivoli is most famous for it's villas:
  • Villa Adriana
  • Villa D'Este
  • Villa Gregoriana
There are however many ancient churches, Rocca Pia, temples and other sites of interest.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Facts about Tivoli

  • Tivoli is an ancient latin town.
  • Between 1800 and 1900 industrial development, based on the paper industry and electric production, made Tivoli the first lighted up electrically city of Italy in 1882.
  • Famous Villas; Villa D'Este, Villa Adriana and Villa Gregoriana.
  • Tivoli Terme are famous for their baths and curative water.
  • Most importnant resources of the city are quarrying and manufacturing Travertine (stone) and agriculture.
  • In September Tivoli exalts it's typical product, a grape of high quality, with the Pizzutello festival.
  • In April the city celebrates the anniversary of the founding of Tivoli.
  • The 10th August is the feast of St. Lawrence The Martyr, the Patron Saint of Tivoli and is celebrated with mass, processions, games, music and dancing.
  • Tivoli is 32Km from Rome.
  • Tivoli can be reached from Rome by:
  1. Train. Roma-Avezzano in Tiburtina F.S. (Train station)
  2. Bus. Roma-Tivoli from Ponte Mammolo (metro stop on the B Line)
  3. Car. A24 Roma- Aquilia (highway) exit Tivoli or by going along the S.S. Tiburtina N.E. direction.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Back online- Tivoli

Due to numerous reasons I have unfortunately not been posting here for a while, however that's all about to change.

One of the reasons why I haven't had the time to update this site is that I moved house from Rome to Tivoli. I have been exploring my new location and have lots of great tips and information to share with you.

Tivoli is only an stones throw from the Capital city and makes a fantastic day trip away from the crowds of Rome. Situated along the Aniene river, Tivoli with it's 51,000 inhabitants is sited on the western slopes of the Monti Tiburtini (hills to the east of Rome).

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tivoli Carvival

It's carnival time in Italy which means costumes, face paint, music, dancing... and in some places floats. The above photo's were taken at Tivoli carnival this year. A small parade travelled through the streets and ended up in the main square where they were annouced and official presented to the crowds. Old and young took part in the parade and fun was had by all. Confetti was thrown in large amounts covering the streets.
In the main square there were several stalls set up selling mainly sweets, candy floss, nuts and crepes with nutella. There were also a few selling tourist t-shirts, mugs and other souveniers.
If you happen to be in Italy during carnival time even these small scale parades are worth a visit. They might not have the same effect as the big one in Venice but they do give you a nice insight into the real lives of Italians.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

New rules for permits

There is a lot of discussion at the moment about new laws coming into action regarding permits of stay 'Permesso di Soggiorno' in Italy. Immigrants will now be asked to pay a tax of €50,00 when applying for their document.

A cost will also be payable for those who want to open a PIVA.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

winter weather

The cold has well and truely arrived in Italy. Most of the north is covered in ice and snow causing problems. Airports have been closed or are restricting flights. Roads are blocked and the number of accidents has gone up. It's not a good idea to travel to the north of Italy in these conditions as the population has been advised to stay in their houses if possible. The metro has been left open during the night to give shelter to the homeless.

Rome remains one of the few cities to have reasonable weather. Although colder than it has been for several years, the sun still pops out occassionally to brighten things up a little.

If you do plan to visit during this time be prepared for delayed transport and pack warm clothes.


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