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On the agenda: What’s happening in Italy this week

From freezing temperatures to World Pizza Day - here's what to expect in Italy this week.

On the agenda: What’s happening in Italy this week
World Pizza Day is coming up on Tuesday, January 18th. (Photo by TIZIANA FABI / AFP)

Monday

Strikes – or not

Rome’s commuters won’t have to deal with delayed and crowded public transport services on Monday as feared, after unions on Friday cancelled a planned public transport strike in the capital.

But planned four-hour public transport strikes in the cities of ModenaPiacenza and Reggio Emilia are expected to go ahead, affecting travel between 5pm and 9.30pm on Monday.

A series of small local transport strikes has been announced across Italy this month

Tuesday

World Pizza Day

Though we doubt anyone needs much encouragement to choose pizza for dinner, World Pizza Day, falling on Tuesday, January 17th, will be the perfect occasion to indulge.

January 17th has been International Pizza Day since 2017, when ‘the traditional craft of the Neapolitan pizza-maker’ was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Should you be wondering why January 17th was chosen as ‘Pizza Day’ in the first place, that’s because it is the day when Italians celebrate Saint Anthony the Abbot, the patron saint of pizzaioli (pizza-makers).

The best place to be on Tuesday will of course be Naples, but check whether your local pizzeria is marking the event.

Wednesday

Cold weather on the way

It hasn’t felt particularly wintry yet this winter in most of Italy but will that change from midweek?

Cold air fronts are expected to descend on the country starting from Wednesday, January 18th. 

Temperatures will drop across Italy, but especially in the north, and cities such as Milan and Turin can expect below-zero conditions.

The latest forecasts also indicate that heavy snowstorms will hit the Alps and some areas of the northern and central Apennines.

Friday

Bergamo and Brescia host events as 2023 culture capitals

The northern Italian cities of Bergamo and Brescia were awarded joint Capital of Culture status for 2023, and celebrations begin this Friday.

The two neighbouring cities – which are historic rivals, not least in football – will now join forces to promote cultural attractions in their area to the east of Milan in the Lombardy region, in what is seen as a symbol of hope and renewal after both were devastated by the Covid pandemic.

See Brescia’s programme for the weekend festivities here, and Bergamo’s here.

Deadline for Intercultura scholarships

The window to apply for an Intercultura scholarship will close on Friday, January 20th. 

Intercultura is a nationwide programme offering Italian highschool students the opportunity to spend four weeks abroad over the summer. 

Selected students will attend in-depth local language courses and will be given a chance to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities. 

There are eight possible destinations: Argentina, Canada, Denmark, Japan, Ireland, UK, Spain and Tunisia. Find out more here.

Demonstration in support of Iranian women in Rome

Donna vita libertà, a public rally to raise awareness about the plight of Iranian women, will take place on Saturday, January 21st in Rome. 

The demonstration will start at 5pm at the Officina delle Arti Pier Paolo Pasolini (Viale Antonino di S. Giuliano). 

The event also has its own online petition, which you can sign here

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WHAT CHANGES IN ITALY

On the agenda: What’s happening in Italy this week

From freezing weather to the start of Carnival celebrations, here's what to expect in Italy this week.

On the agenda: What’s happening in Italy this week

Monday

Colder weather on the way

Temperatures are expected to drop again in the coming days as a cold air front moves in from the north-east.

Below-zero temperatures are predicted for the north in particular, including in the cities of Milan, Turin and Bologna.

READ ALSO: Ten phrases to talk about cold and wet weather like a true Italian

Forecasts say the Alps and some sections of the Apennines could see snowstorms, while southern regions, including the islands, are expected to be hit by heavy rain.

Tuesday

New anti-waste app launches

There are various apps on the market tracking food waste and Italy is now set to have its own, as the Sprecometro app developed by the Waste Watcher International Observatory together with the University of Bologna will be launched on Tuesday, January 31st.

The free app aims to help reduce food waste, help develop more sustainable eating habits, and raise awareness of environmental impact.

Wednesday

Instalment plans for energy bills

Energy bills are stretching many household budgets in Italy as elsewhere this winter, but it’s possible to pay in instalments..

Energy provider Plenitude, a subsidiary of Italy’s oil giant Eni, offers interest-free payment plans to households and small businesses, and the window to sign up for 2023 opens on Wednesday, February 1st. Find information on Plenitude’s website.

Saturday

Carnival celebrations start in Venice and Viareggio

Though Carnival celebrations will peak in the six-day period between Thursday, February 16th (giovedì grasso) and Tuesday, February 21st (martedì grasso), Carnival-related events will officially start on Saturday, February 4th.

Venice’s famous Carnival will kick off celebrations with a floating parade along the Grand Canal while in Viareggio, Tuscany, the 2023 Carnival opening ceremony will be followed by a fireworks show.

Sunday

Italy faces France in Rome in Six Nations opener

Italy’s national rugby team will start their journey in the historic Six Nations Championship by facing title holders France in Rome on Sunday, February 5th. 

The game will be broadcast on both SkySport Italy and TV8 (channel eight on your TV set).

Those wishing to see the Azzurri in action from up close can get tickets for the Stadio Olimpico matchup here.

Free Museum Sunday

State museums and archaeological sites across Italy will allow free entrance on Sunday, February 5th as part of the monthly Domenica al Museo, known as ‘Free Museum Sundays’ in English, which is held on every first Sunday of the month. Read more here.

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