Paolo Necchi

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Back to the past,

Imagine a place inhabited since the Stone Age, the site of an ancient Etruscan metropolis whose population exceeded 25,000 people hundreds of years before Christ set foot on the earth. Conquered by the Romans, the Lombards, the Franks, and the Florentines, this is a town which inspired Dante, Boccaccio


Heard the latest about the Carabinieri?

There was this peasant who lived up in the mountains on a narrow road. One day, he saw a carload of carabinieri military police driving backwards up the mountain. Why are you driving backwards? he asked.Because were not sure well be able to turn around up ahead.Later, the


Legacy of a torchured genius

This spring’s Modigliani exhibition at the Museo Vittoriano in Rome is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity no art lover can afford to miss. About 100 works by the celebrated Italian painter and sculptor are on display, including oil paintings, water colours, drawings and one sculpture. This year


How to Succeed in Business while really trying

Tired of your boss’s constant nagging, hopeless mental capacity and unbearably bad breath?  Have you got a brilliant business idea plus some time and money to spare? Then you can become your own boss, especially in Italy. Because Italy is the land of the small and medium-


Beyond the red tape

Here are some of the most salient points:   You’ve probably heard it’s difficult to start a business here? Well, it’s true, or so says the World Bank’s recent survey where Italy ranked 70th out of 155 countries when judged on a


A Day in Livorno

“I will tell you what our stay is like. Very well, as far as board and lodging is concerned; what disturbs me a bit is the noise. We live in ...