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Italy at the Edinburgh Festival

There is an amazing range of Italian performers and shows at this year's Edinburgh Fringe/Festival. Check them out here.


Vacancies at the Embassy & Consulate


An opening has arisen for a member of staff at the Italian Embassy in London. The post would involve regular driving, switchboard work and office duties.Candidates should have a very good knowledge of Italian and English, be over 18 years of age, have a full clean driving licence and be resident in the UK for at least two years. The full job description can be found here along with an application form.


An opening has arisen for a new member of staff at the Italian Consulate in Edinburgh. The post - working in the commerical section of the consulate - is open to those aged 18 and over, with at least two years residency in the UK, excellent Italian and English language skills and computer competence. An exam based on oral and written language skills, practical tasks etc will be taken by candidates for the post. Full details of the job and the recruitment details/application form can be found at the following here.



Italian Day
A great day was had by all at Scotland's Italian Day at Alva on June 22nd. The sun even graced us with its presence (even if not all day!)

The day would not be possible without many people who give their free time. While there are too many people to name everyone individually, the trustees wish to express their gratitude in particular to:

  • Archbishop Mario Conti for his celebration of Mass.
  • The Archdiocese of Glasgow for their hospitality during preparatory meetings.
  • Fratelli Sarti for the barbeque.
  • John Di Mambro Accountants for their advice and support.
  • Donors of all raffle prizes and those who sold tickets.
  • Those who sponsored the programme.
  • Our Website sponsors.
  • Gary Morrison of Morrison's for assistance with programme distribution.
  • The football referees.
  • Rodolfo Benacci of Cosmo Tiles for his support to the preparation of the Italian Day at  Alva.
  • Emilio Fazzi & John Damiani for the artwork they kindly displayed on the day.
  • Tina (Crolla) Stewart for her assistance and coordination with the printer and advertisers
  • Digital Kangaroo for the art and print work.
  • Kelly Harrison of Finnieston, Franchi & McWilliams for book-keeping help.

Football Tournament
The football tournament at Alva was as successful as ever. More details at Thanks to Peter De Marco for all his organisation work.

A significant moment for Scotland's Italian community came in May with the visit of the Mayors of Picinisco and Atina to the Arandora star monument in Glasgow.
Archbishop Tartaglia today welcomed the Mayors to Glasgow together with their priest Don Antonio. The Archbishop's family finds roots in this area of southern Lazio. The Mayors visited the Cathedral and left a wreath in the Cathedral Cloister Garden in memory of those who died in
the Arandora Star tragedy in 1940.


World Cup
Sadly it was not to be a repeat performance of 2006 for the Azzurri at the World Cup. Despite their best efforts, they crashed out in controversial style to Uruguay. Time to look forward to Euro 2016 in France for a return to Italian glory.


New Italian Migration
Due to the huge growth of new Italian immigrants to Scotland, who often arrive with no knowledge of the local social, cultural and business context, and to respond to the many requests (both general and employment-related) received, the Scottish Branch of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK has decided to launch "The Edinburgh Compass".

The Project is presented as an initial "survival kit" for Italians intending to move, or already living in Scotland. It will operate by providing important information for new arrivals. The project aims to be an interactive platform through which these new migrants will learn to engage with greater knowledge and effectiveness in day-to-day life in Scotland .

Monthly seminars of 2 hours will be run for a maximum of 10/15 people at a time. During the seminars "The Edinburgh Compass" will present the following topics:

  • Short guide about the ICCIUK;
  • The network of Italian representatives in Scotland;
  • First steps in Edinburgh (geography of the city and public transport);
  • How to find a house;
  • How to find a job;
  • Taxation in UK;
  • Medicine and Health;
  • Do’s & Don’ts.

The cost of the seminar is £25 (VAT incl.) per person.
For bookings and further information please call +44 (0)141 331 6078.

New Authentic Italian Cuisine Award
The Scottish Branch of The Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK is pleased to announce the new edition of Marchio Ospitalitá Italiana Italian Hospitality Award 2014/15
The initiative aims at recognising and awarding Superior Italian Restaurants all over the world.
The culture of the table has become the symbol of Italian hospitality and food has taken on a value similar to art and music in Italian culture. For these reasons Italian cuisine has to be defended and protected against adulteration and falsification to preserve the history, culture, quality and authenticity. The project aims to:

  • Develop and promote the traditions of Italian agricultural and food
    products and promote Italian gastronomic culture;
  • Support and defend the image of Italian Restaurants abroad that
    guarantee and respect the high standards of true Italian hospitality;
  • Create new opportunities and develop the prestige of genuine
    Italian restaurants abroad.

If you are a Restaurateur and you are interested in the project, feel free to contact at any time - or at +44 (0)141 3316078. And do not forget to follow on twitter at


New Sponsor
Welcome to our new website sponsor Based in Viareggio the company offers English language assistance to all who may need it while travelling or living in Italy. the website has many useful tips and pieces of information. Do check it out!

Italian Flight Guide

  • Barrhead Travel
    • Glasgow to Venice - each Saturday morning until October 11
  • Easyjet
    • Edinburgh to Milan Malpensa - flights from 30 Jan to 25 Oct
    • Edinburgh to Naples - flights from 23 April to 19 Oct
  • Ryanair
    • Glasgow Prestwick to Pisa - flights from 4 June to 27 Sept
    • Glasgow Prestwick to Rome (Ciampino) - flights from 1 April to 25 October
    • Edinburgh to Bologna - flights from 1 April to 27 Sept.
    • Edinburgh to Pisa - flights from 1 April to 25 Oct
    • Edinburgh to Rome (Ciampino) - flights from 31 Jan to 31 Oct
  • Jet 2
    • Glasgow - Rome (Fiumicino) - flights from 3 April to 26 Oct
    • Edinburgh to Venice (Marco Polo) - flights from 4 April to 27 Oct
    • Edinburgh to Verona - flights from 14 May to 1 Oct
  • Thomson flights (Charter)
    • Glasgow to Naples - flights (on Fridays) from 4 April to 24 October

ItalianScotland on Social media
In the era of Facebook and Twitter it makes sense to keep in touch via
social media. Our Facebook page is updated almost daily with news and events or interest to members and friends of the Scots Italian Community. Just look up ItalianScotland on Facebook and click “like”.
We are now into the third year of our Facebook presence. It has more than 1000 signed up followers and reaches a different audience to the newsletter recipients - much younger, less likely to be involved in formal associations. One recent post reached 6000 people in less than 24 hours! Our Facebook page engagement has shown a more than 200 per cent increase on last year, which shows the importance of us using social media to communicate.
Remember to follow us also on Twitter at @ItalianScotland.



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Italian Scotland SCIO - Scottish Charity Number SC044660