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Italian Wine Podcast: Cin Cin with Italian Wine People, the podcasting project which showcases the unique Italian wine-making tradition in conversation with some of its key protagonists, was finally launched this week with the publication of the first of 13 series of interview carried out during OperaWine 2016. Wine writer Monty Waldin interviewed...

It is famed as the place where gladiators battled lions to the amusement of the citizens of ancient Rome. But of the six million visitors who flock to the Colosseum each year, how many know that during mediaeval times, it was also the fortress base of a powerful Roman family for over two centuries? Or that in the 1600s, it was like a botanical gard...

Arturo Toscanini’s boisterous humanity comes alive throughout a new biography by eminent music historian Harvey Sachs. To mark the 150th anniversary of the legendary conductor’s birth, “Toscanini - Musician of Conscience” will come out next spring from Liveright Publishing Corp., a division of W.W. Norton & Co.The monumental biography presents the...

On December 5th 1906, Lina Cavalieri gave tenor Enrico Caruso a passionate kiss in front of an astounded audience, caught completely by surprise by the opera singer’s intense gesture. After that, “the most beautiful woman in the world”, as fans called her, also became “the kissing primadonna”: that “coup de théâtre” on the stage of New York’s Metro...

I got to do this summer what all Italian Americans dream of.  I visited Italy and met for the first time, my Italian relatives. I have talked about this on our blog and the podcast and detail the trip in my forthcoming book 40 Days in Italy con la mia Famiglia – but nothing can explain these moments like a video. So the video above is a glimpse int...

The 2017 Best Countries rankings, formed in partnership with global marketing communications company Y&R's brand strategy firm, BAV Consulting, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, are based on a survey that asked more than 21,000 people from four regions to associate 80 countries with specific characteristics. The Cultural Inf...

Just 25 miles north of Rome, the Sabine Hills are the perfect alternative to other well known regions such as Tuscany. Its quintessentially Italian landscape, made out of rolling hills covered with olive groves and dotted with medieval villages and castles, almost looks like a movie set (except it’s real).   One of the advantages of this region is...

“…E la bandiera di tre colori è sempre stata la più bella…” sembrerebbe proprio di sì considerata la corsa che tutti gli stati preunitari fecero per adottare i tre colori di provenienza francese sostituendo il blé con il verde. Persino Papa Pio IX, che già aveva vestito le sue truppe con cravatte tricolori, quando i bersaglieri erano oramai alla “p...

Italy — with more culture, crowds and chaos per square kilometer than anywhere else in Europe — is most enjoyable when you're up-to-date on its sightseeing and infrastructure news. Here's the latest: As in other European cities, Florence is beefing up security these days. Visiting some major museums — such as the Accademia (with Michelangelo's Davi...

It was 12 March 1947 when Enzo Ferrari revved up the engine of the 125 S, the first car to bear his name. The history of the modern Ferrari began with that test drive on the roads around Maranello. What was then a small factory born from a dream – to create an exclusive racing car in a country that was rising from the ashes of war – has over the ye...

The United States was the most preferred destination country globally for travellers in 2016, while in Asia the UAE was the top country for tourists, according to a new study.The US topped globally with 11.9 per cent of the total tourists visiting the country. Italy with 8 per cent was the second most preferred destination country globally, followe...

Viveva a Roma la più antica comunità di Neanderthal di cui sia mai stata trovata traccia in Europa: lo dimostra la datazione di ossa umane e animali ritrovate lungo la valle dell'Aniene e risalenti ad almeno 250.000 anni fa. Li hanno analizzati i ricercatori dell'Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (Ingv), in collaborazione con i paleont...