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Russians 3rd Biggest Real Estate Buyers in Italy

Published: July 4, 2014 (Issue # 1818)



  • Italy remains a popular destination for Russian tourists and home buyers.
    Photo: Giuseppe Milo / Flickr

Russians make up the third-largest group of foreigners who buy real estate in Italy, after Germans and Brits, and Russia's souring relations with the West seem to have had no bearing on the rising number of Russian tourists, the Italian ambassador to Russia said in an interview published Thursday.

The share of Russians among foreign real-estate owners increased from a mere 2 percent in 2005 compared to 13 percent last year, Ambassador Cesare Maria Ragaglini told Interfax.

"As far as regulations go, Italy is a very progressive country and Russians are guaranteed the same rights as Italians," Ragaglini was quoted as saying. He added that the rules were not going to change despite Western sanctions brought against Russia for its policies in Ukraine.

The number of Russians visiting Italy increased by 18 percent in the first three months of this year, Ragaglini told Interfax, presumably comparing to the same period in 2013. The number of visas issued to Russians has also increased by about 14 percent, he said.

Ragaglini said that the cooling of Russia's relations with the West was unlikely to affect the flow of tourists, though the Ukrainian crisis and weakening of the ruble might.

He credited Italy's practice of issuing tourist visas faster than many other nations with the continued flow of vacationers, adding: "I think a majority of Russians would not turn down a vacation in Italy," Interfax reported.





 


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Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in “Downton Abbey” if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russia’s best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russia’s most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkin’s, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontov’s short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library System’s website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Club’s weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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