NEWS FROM : ITALY  

March 20th is officially the first day of spring - but what does the new season typically bring to Italy? Expect to see delicious food at your local market, foreigners shedding layers of clothing while Italians merely reach for their sunglasses, and a healthy dose of quirky local festivals. Here are six tell-tale signs of an Italian spring. 1. The...

Italy has a unique artistic heritage. However, many of its ‘gems' not only get left in storage, far from sight, but they're often left in neglectful conditions. One of these is Sammezzano Castle, a masterpiece of 19th century “orientalist” art (so much so that critics compared it to the Sistine Chapel), with a park that nearly covers 200 hectares....

Like high-waist pants, lambrusco lends credence to the theory that if you wait long enough, everything will come back into fashion. In lambrusco’s case, the resurgence took about 40 years. Maybe you’re old enough to remember the first big splash. Long before prosecco captured North American hearts, lambrusco was the Italian fizz of choice. It had m...

Let us start this story of the six decades of the European Investment Bank with a project that began 2 200 years ago and was finally brought to completion only in our own decade. Crossing the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines between the cities of Florence and Bologna has always been a challenge. The mountain ridges shaped the history of Italy—and the desig...

Milan has recently hosted the Triennale, the first institution for design and for the artistic and creative world in Italy and abroad. As highlighted in a recent report published by Symbola Foundation, in Italy, the origin of design dates back to the 20th century. In particular, the 1950s saw the establishment of the first design school led by grea...

Joe Tacopina has a square jaw, slicked-back hair and a muscular torso threatening to explode through his tightly fitted shirt. There's more than a hint of Steven Seagal about him. The 50-year-old American has a reputation as a storyteller. The first time I walk into his office, he speaks for 26 minutes before interrupting himself with the realisati...

Chef, sono la cuoca dell’anno per la Guida Michelin!”.Queste le parole con cui Caterina Ceraudo, 29 anni, chef del ristorante Dattilo, in Calabria, ha informato il suo maestro, lo chef Niko Romito, del riconoscimento appena ricevuto dalla prestigiosa guida “Rossa”, il primo del genere, ovvero “migliore chef donna” per il 2017, come riferisce il Cor...

When it comes to living a long life, Italy is the place to be. The high-heeled boot surrounded by five seas is ranked the healthiest country on Earth in the Bloomberg Global Health Index of 163 countries. A baby born in Italy can expect to live to be an octogenarian. But 2,800 miles south in Sierra Leone, the average newborn will die by 52.While It...

Recognized by UNESCO as a “Creative City for Design,” Turin is preparing for this fall’s big event by relying on the ideas of 350 young people, almost all of whom are students at IAAD (the Institute of Applied Arts and Design, located at the foot of the Alps). In fact, these young people themselves (in collaboration with the Turin city government a...

The Benedictine La Cervara Abbey, located in Santa Margherita Ligure on the Gulf of Tigullio, is a rare concentrate of wonders. The structure was founded in the second half of the 1300s and greatly renovated in the 16th century. It includes the church of San Girolamo, which has a Latin cross layout and slate and marble columns; a beautiful quadrang...

In 1840, the Colosseum was a heap of ruins. In 1860, the year before Italy became a unified state, there was nothing but a wooden ladder to climb to the topmost tiers. One hundred years on, it had become the monument we see today. In the 1970s, tourism was still scarce, so it was possible to shut the amphitheater down for extensive restoration wor...

Spring is in the air and it is that time of year again when lemon trees bloom and the Sicilian air is fragrant with Fiori di Limone which then turn into big juicy lemons. The Sicilian climate and fertile volcanic earth creates a long growing season and the gathering of lemons takes place over three periods. First is the Autumn harvest Primo Fiore f...