NEWS FROM : ITALY  

Dubbed “La Rotonda” because of its unique architecture, it is a rare example of an eight-sided Catholic church. Construction began in 1594, and it’s believed the architect, Francesco Zamberlan, chose the octagonal shape for the symbolism of the number eight in the Christian religion.  The structure is actually composed of two polyhedrons: the churc...

SmartIsland is the new innovative startup based in Sicily (Italy) that develops high-tech products and services for agro-food industry. The company was founded in Niscemi (Caltanissetta) and was launched with the support of the business incubator Digital Magics Palermo. The latter purchased 10% of SmartIsland’s social capital and it is helping the...

For a man who has made his millions from being light years ahead of the rest of the fashion crowd, it’s only mildly surprising that Federico Marchetti has now set his sights on the moon. The founder and boss of the world’s largest online luxury fashion retailer, Yoox Net-a-Porter, whispers in his Milanese office that his next frontier involves “t...

The humble tomato has sparked a fierce debate between two of Italy's southern regions, which are arguing over the right to claim the foodstuff as their own. The row kicked off when Naples requested an IGP (Protected Geographic Indication) denomination for Neapolitan peeled tomatoes.  After Naples, the capital of the Campania region, submitted its r...

The Hon. Frank Guarini, Chair of John Cabot University's Board of Trustees, has provided a generous donation to the Columbus Citizens Foundation providing scholarships up to $5,000 for five Italian-American visiting students at JCU each year. The scholarship application for the 2018-2019 academic year is now open for students who meet the following...

A Jewish woman who was one of the few Italian children to survive deportation to a Nazi death camp has been made a senator-for-life in Italy. President Sergio Mattarella's office said Friday that he chose Liliana Segre, 87, for the honor because she had made the nation proud with her commitment to telling schoolchildren about the Holocaust. Italy i...

A Volkswagen bug sits on top of a limestone column, squashed by one final, huge block. The sculpture, by famed Italian artist Antonio Paradiso, stands at the entrance to an outdoor gallery housed in an old abandoned quarry not far from Matera, a small town in the Italian southern province of Basilicata. The metaphor is not a subtle one. "I think th...

As anyone who has chased ibuprofen with an Egg McMuffin can attest, hangovers are no joke. Excessive alcohol consumption dehydrates us, disrupts our metabolic functions, and increases a toxic compound called acetaldehyde. Results include a terrible suite of symptoms ranging from headaches to nausea to rewatching Michael Bay movies from the late 199...

Let’s play a game of word association. The theme: la dolce vita. Wine? Cheese. Pasta? Pizza. (Have both, you’re in Italy.) Lake Como? George Clooney. If you don’t associate the actor and longtime frequenter of “sexiest man alive” lists with Lake Como, consider yourself one of the unsullied few. Tabloids zealously chronicle his comings and goings fr...

As always, the Venice Carnival 2018 will be a triumph of flavors, of enogastronomy and of conviviality. This tradition will be the common thread throughout the great Venetian Festival which will take place from January 27th until February 13th, 2018. The Carnival of Venice is the most important and magnificent of Venetian celebrations.  It is a muc...

Italy’s largest bank by assets, Intesa Sanpaolo, has announced a deal with the country’s culture ministry to inject €5 billion into the Italian tourism sector. A big chunk of that money will be used for restoration and redevelopment projects, making more buildings available for cultural use. The investment will take place over three years in a deal...

Un’idea che vale 75 milioni di euro quella di "Greenrail", azienda del palermitano Giovanni De Lisi, che ha progettato un nuovo concept di traversa ferroviaria ecosostenibile secondo i moderni principi della circular economy. De Lisi, palermitano di nascita, è il giovane imprenditore che ha infatti dato vita, corpo e sostanza Greenrail, azienda ogg...