NEWS FROM : ITALY  

Nella prima settimana del prossimo mese di agosto il presidente degli Stati Uniti d’America Donald Trump visiterà la città di Matera. La notizia non è stata diffusa dalla Prefettura di Matera per motivi di sicurezza ma il programma della visita a Matera è stato già definito. Donald Trump, che ha scelto la Puglia ed in particolare Borgo Egnazia, res...

In the past, artists would sometimes sign their works in an interesting way. For example, Bolognese painter Bartolomeo Passerotti (1529-1592) would paint a chubby little sparrow in plain sight in his paintings (his surname means “sparrow”), whereas sculptor Giacomo Serpotta (1656-1732), a Palermo native, would similarly adorn his statues with the i...

Thousands of tourists travel to Italy each year to sample the famed national cuisine, but many unknowingly end up restaurants serving reheated frozen meals to maximize on profits.  The country's legal system is now cracking down on this, with hefty fines issued to restaurants which serve frozen food to unsuspecting customers. While serving frozen f...

Italian organic wine exports increased by 40% in 2016 compared to the previous year, reaching a market value of €192 million. The figures are from the Nomisma wine monitor research, conducted on the occasion of the Bio Wine Day, which was organised by the Italian Export Promotion Agency. Overall, sales of Italian organic wine reached €275 million,...

Thirty years have passed since the official presentation of the F40, which took place on 21 July 1987 at the Civic Centre in Maranello, now home to the Ferrari Museum. Created to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary, it was the last car to carry the founder’s “signature”. It was a definitive car, the ultimate expression of the technology thus f...

Comprare una t-shirt grigia a 40 euro non è proprio un affare ma se pensiamo che l'originale costa 400 euro ecco che cambia tutto. Forse. Un giovane imprenditore tedesco sta vendendo online la Zuckerberg Shirt, la maglietta di Mark Zuckerberg, una copia perfetta di quella indossata dal giovane fondatore di Facebook. Come Jobs non si separava mai da...

The recovery in southern Italy is continuing, driven by business. Gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.9% in 2016, after +1% in 2015: moderate growth that should continue also in the first part of 2017. And it is industry in the strict sense which is fueling this trend: its value added rose in 2016 by 3.4%: two points higher than the Italian average...

On August 26, Salento, on the Apulia peninsula also known as “the hill of the Italian boot,” will celebrate La Notte della Taranta, which in 2017 celebrates the 20th edition of this event. Over the past 20 years, around 600 guests made up of local and international artists as well as musicians have alternated performances and been applauded by an a...

Venice has topped travellers’ bucket lists for centuries, but in recent years the city has struggled to cope with mass tourism, while tension has grown between visitors and locals. By the 17th century, a trip to Venice had become a rite of passage for upper class northern Europeans, who flocked to the lagoon city as part of the Italian Grand Tour....

Tourists visiting Modena will find all the charm of small-town Italy, where people leisurely walk along cobblestone streets in the early summer heat while enjoying gelato — fresh, rich and creamy, as it should be. As a base of regional travel through northern Italy, Modena (pronounced Mo-dah-nah) is located in the Emila Romagna province. Three airp...

Italy is a country rich in culture and history that should be unveiled to the entire international public: too often tourists only end up visiting Rome, Florence and Venice. It shouldn’t happen to someone who was born and raised abroad, but since the first time I've heard drums rolling during a show of Sbandieratori Italiani on tour in Australia, I...

No one knows for sure when it began or exactly why, but official record formalizes the event starting in 1310. By that time, it was already an institution. I’ve wanted to witness the spectacle firsthand since I learned of it more than 30 years ago. The Palio of the Contrade, the raw, primitive, visceral horse race with murky origins wrapped in myth...