NEWS FROM : ITALY  

Gucci, Valentino, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and Trussardi – we all know the names and are familiar with the image of these fashion powerhouses, but how did Italian fashion brands establish such a strong hold on the global market? To really understand Italian fashion, we must go back to the 14th century. During the Renaissance period the textile indu...

A new Italian geographical indication brand is born: its name is Prodotto di Montagna (mountain product). The Italian Minister for Agricultural, Food, Forestry and Tourism Policies, Gian Marco Centinaio, has signed the decree establishing the identifying quality trademark for mountain food products. “Protecting mountain products – says Centinaio – ...

With the legal name of Cenni di Pepi, and the common moniker of Cimabue, came a revolution in medieval Italian art. As the most celebrated Florentine artist of his generation, Cimabue (pronounced chee ma BOO ay) is hailed for transitioning Italian art out of the flatness of Byzantine icons to the beginnings of the naturalism that would culminate a...

Si dice- Mi hanno detto- ma lo sai che??- Non lo sai?? (people say-I was told- do you know that?-don't you know that?). These are the most common expressions used by Italians when they start gossiping. Some studies carried out at the University of California and published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology showed that gossiping hel...

Lecce, nicknamed the ‘Florence of the South’, is one of Puglia’s most fascinating cities for its architecture, which is identified as a peculiar style of Baroque, the ‘Leccese Baroque’. It is especially during the 17th century that some of the most magnificent monuments were built, using the so-called ‘Lecce stone’, a particular kind of limestone,...

The importance of decanting wine is a bit underestimated. Have you ever poured the last few drops of a good bottle of red wine only to find pieces of something floating around in your wine glass? For some, it can be an unattractive scene. But here's the good news. Typically, it's not bottling negligence or some other winery faux pas. It's simply se...

Rome (according to this survey) is the world's 12th most visited destination, and that certainly comes to no surprise to anyone who has set foot in Italy’s formidable capital city, according to The Local, over 50 million people stayed in hotels and vacation apartments last summer alone. With a wealth of antiquities and cultural attractions, it rema...

I love Venice at night, and recently, I was reminded why. The evening started at one of my favourite Venice restaurants. The chef served up a seafood bounty from the lagoon, accompanied by deliciously grilled local vegetables and polenta. After dinner, twinkling from my sprightly Venetian white wine, I wandered through the tangle of back lanes, mus...

Chiude con numeri da record la 15esima edizione di Cosmoprof North America. La fiera, che si è svolta al Mandalay Bay Convention Center di Las Vegas dal 29 al 31 luglio ha infatti registrato 40mila visitatori (+9% rispetto al 2017), 1.415 espositori (+10%) da 56 Paesi rispetto ai 45 del 2017, su una superficie espositiva di 29.520 metri quadrati (+...

Casa Cuseni is a house in Taormina rich in history and secrets, including frescoes of a homosexual love story it hid for over a century. Greta Garbo, Coco Chanel, Pablo Picasso, Bertrand Russell and Roald Dahl all stayed at the home built in 1905 by British painter Robert Hawthorn Kitson, the son of a very rich industrialist in Leeds. The home, whi...

L’Italia, ancora una volta, sembra essere la nazione più amata per le vacanze estive, tant’è vero che le statistiche parlano di quasi 86 milioni di presenze sul nostro territorio, addirittura oltre 1,6 milioni in più rispetto a quelle che si erano registrate la scorsa estate. Queste previsioni di agosto, che sono emerse grazie all’indagine condotta...

In the sweltering month of August, Italians from Torino to Messina flock to the beach. Temperatures sore to well above 35 degrees centigrade and everything reaches a sort of raucous crescendo on August 15th, the national holiday of Ferragosto. Extended families bring multi-course picnics, foldout tables, awnings, flotation devices, nonnas in wheelc...