NEWS FROM : ITALY  

As an Italian-American, I’ve grown up with the traditional stereotypes anyone with a strange sounding last name would have to endure. From an early age I was exposed to the Italian traditions, tastes and attitude. In the end, those traits and values have greatly shaped the man who’s writing this article today. I’ve heard all the mafia, Mussolini ja...

Italians are the most inclined among European citizens to move abroad for work: 88% said they would relocate to another country in order to find a job. In particular, 30% would like to work in Germany, but one in three has difficulties with foreign languages. This is the picture regarding Italy that emerges from the survey “The Workforce View in Eu...

From fresh fruits to Easter cakes, the onset of spring in Rome is a gourmand’s delight. The Local speaks to resident foodie Katie Parla about the unmissable taste of spring in the Italian capital. While tourists tend to pick the same classic pizza or pasta dishes year-round in Rome, the best flavours can be found by eating with the seasons, and pin...

The charm in the old Italian restaurant of a short, fat bottle of wine that’s covered in straw is undeniable for many Americans of a certain age. The wine inside of that iconic Italian imagery, unfortunately, didn’t do the great Chianti wines of today any favors. Chianti is the most-recognizable red wine of Italy. It’s a table wine and a fine wine...

When in Rome, do as the Romans do” is one of those maxims that tends to come in handy wherever you go, but it’s especially informative in Italy where local festivals, seasonal eating, and a more relaxed pace of life are important parts of the culture. You can certainly visit without adopting any local habits and customs during your stay, but we don...

“Sailing on you can see Capraia, a wild island where men go to escape light”: this evocative description was given by Claudius Rutilius Namatianus, a 5th-century Roman poet who in his unfinished “De reditu suo” recounted his journey from Rome to his hometown in Gaul (the poem actually only gets to Luni). The men he mentioned were the cenobites and...

American-born Paul Baccaglini is Palermo's new president ahead of his fund's takeover of the Serie A club. Maurizio Zamparini announced he was stepping down last week after 15 years in charge and Palermo confirmed Baccaglini's appointment on Monday. Baccaglini, who was part of an attempted takeover of Palermo last year with Frank Cascio, is buying...

Gloriously glamorous villas dot the lakeside. Fearless kite-surfers scoot and skate over the sun-kissed water. And snow-capped mountains tumble towards the water’s edge where colorful villages cling. Look a little closer, though, and you start to spot buildings with no roofs, clinging to the shoreline and slopes. There are hundreds of them and thei...

The design world speaks Italian: of €100 billion in turnover, one third—around €32 billion—is ‘Made in Italy’. Now Italy has decided to take the promotion of their creative products to the next level, by celebrating—through a network of embassies and consulates—the first-ever Italian Design Day in more than 100 cities throughout the world. The curt...

As I went through their essays, I could not but feel inwardly pleased with my job. I am talking about the essays I asked my pupils to write at the end of our chess course, in which they described their feelings, their thoughts, and the benefits chess brought to them. The reader might think that many teachers ask children to write essays, so there i...

Italy is giving all women free entry to the country’s museums on Wednesday to mark International Women’s Day. The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage announced on Thursday that it wanted to “celebrate the feminine world” by highlighting works of art by and of women in their collections. A number of special events, talks and exhibitions will take...

Technogym President Nerio Alessandri has a dream of making the Romagna region the number one district in the world for well-being and quality of life. Over the years, the multi-stakeholder approach has allowed Romgna to get 2,500 businesses, with 9,000 employees, involved in promoting themselves as a “Wellness Valley” tourist destination. According...