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Maria Laura Franciosi is a freelance journalist and acts as a consultant for the training of journalists. She is the Founding President of the Press Club Brussels Europe. Since 1998 she has been a senior collaborator of the European Journalism Centre. She also coordinated the media programme of the European Citizens Consultations. As honorary president of J@YS (Journalists at Your Service), she trains journalists and organises briefings and conferences. In the past, Maria Laura was a lecturer on Language and Politics at the London School of Economics (LSE) from 1967 to 1970 and at the University of Rome until 1977, after which she joined ANSA (the Italian News Agency) where she worked until 2001 in Rome, London and Brussels as bureau chief.

14 April 2021

NexTus: a new way to attend a classical music concert in Covid times

How can we participate in a classical music concert in a period where concert halls, opera houses and all public places are not available because of […]
6 April 2021

Italy bans cruise ships from Venice city centre

The Italian government has announced a temporary measure that will see all large cruise ships diverted from Venice to Marghera, a mainland industrial port across Venice, […]
26 March 2021

No Time to Die: Experience Tuscany like James Bond

Following several premiere delays due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the new James Bond movie, No Time to Die, willis due to premiereon October 2021. Initially […]
23 March 2021

Italy to deploy ‘covid-free’ trains to tourist destinations

Trains are a key mode of transportation in Italy. During the pandemic, many people who rode on a train for one reason or other knew that […]
3 March 2021

10 Instagrammable places in Venice

Let’s talk about Venice and the fine places you can go to take pictures for your Instagram. Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is […]
1 March 2021

Venice: Canals practically dry due to low tides

On Friday, February 26th, exceptionally low tides left some of Venice’s canals almost dry. The gondolas were practically touching the bottom of Venice’s canals. Residents have […]
25 February 2021

Il Sal8 Bar Agricolo – Season’s Flavours in Your Glass

Il Sal8, or when spoken out loudly, ‘Il Salotto,’ is one of Tuscany’s best bars that does its name justice. During Florence cocktail week, the bar’s signature cocktail […]
22 February 2021

Work from home, but stay abroad

Many companies have announced that their employees will have to work from home until at least June or July 2021. We have all got used to […]
17 February 2021

Mount Vesuvius volcano covered in snow 📸

Italy is currently experiencing extremely cold weather due to a cold Siberian front, with icy winds and snowfall around the country. On February 15th, photographer Cesare […]
16 February 2021

When Japanese and Italian Cuisine meet, something wonderful is about to happen

Several chefs have already been cooking at Il Sale, the restaurant at Poggio ai Santi. This time it is different, though. The two Japanese chefs Shimpei and Sayuri, […]
12 February 2021

3 Tuscan Wineries You Should Visit

Italy is a big country, and Tuscany stretches over quite a large area. That’s why a Tuscan wine isn’t just a Tuscan wine, and not necessarily […]
4 February 2021

Poggio ai Santi – Nature, Delicious Food and Amazing People

Poggio ai Santi is a special place. It’s located in the middle of Tuscany, in the most beautiful setting, you can imagine. The food here is exceptional, […]
3 February 2021

Italy relaxes restrictions and reopens some tourist sites

Italy is easing its confinement measures, allowing, among other things, the reopening of the Colosseum or museums. This is contrary to other European countries, and a […]
28 January 2021

Procida: Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2022

The charming and colorful island of Procida, in the Gulf of Naples, has been named Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2022. Procida was the only island […]
18 January 2021

The Colosseum will have a retractable floor by 2023

Italy has announced plans to build a retractable floor at the Colosseum in Rome. The government has opened a bid to find a group of engineers […]
14 January 2021

Covid-19: Only those who are vaccinated will be able to enter this brewery in Italy

The idea of a health-passport to travel is already being spoken of in several countries, such as Denmark and the United Kingdom. The World Health Organization […]
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