NEWS FROM : ITALY  

Starbucks’ first foray into Italy will be a big, high-end Roastery located in a historic building in central Milan. The 25,500-square-foot store, to be located in the turn-of-the-century Palazzo Delle Poste (post office) building on Piazza Cordusio, will open in late 2018. It will be the company’s first Roastery in Europe, and the fifth announced t...

A green light for investments to promote Italian wine in the United States and China. The Italian government has allocated €25 million in promotional resources over the 2017-2019 period, of which €20 million will serve to launch ‘Made in Italy’ in the American Midwest, whereas the other €5 million will be used to penetrate the Chinese market, where...

Traditions are hard to change, and even harder to let go of.  The Italian kid in me has often been resistant to altering the way things are done.  It’s tradition, my mind says, and I dig in my heels. It’s easy to equate change with loss. Up until about 10 years ago, we waited until after midnight to open presents on Christmas Eve (technically the f...

Italy is to seek world heritage status for its leg of the Francigena Way, a much-tramped pilgrim's route which once linked Canterbury in southern England to Rome via France and Switzerland. Seven regions are backing the application to secure Unesco protection for the section of the famous hiking route that starts in the Alps and winds through plain...

In Italy, he became TV popular only in very recent months, after news and gossip outlets alike made known he custom made the shirt POTUS Donald Trump wore on inauguration day, but the much criticized American first citizen is far from being his only famous customer: Italian comedian Checco Zalone is one of his clients and so is the heir to the Brit...

If the Porta Nuova-Garibaldi area in Milan, with its skyscrapers that have come to symbolize the city’s recent changes, is progressively growing into the financial and hi-tech district of the metropolis, the futuristic architecture designs of CityLife have attracted investments from the major insurance groups, with Allianz preparing to move 3,000 e...

IVREA, Italy: Thousands of people poured onto the cobblestone streets of a northern Italian town on Sunday (Feb 26) to throw oranges at a makeshift monarchy, a tradition dating back more than 150 years. The juicy battle in Ivrea is part of the town's yearly carnival, which recreates a centuries-old revolt by commoners against the monarchy. The thre...

The Ferrari that will compete in the 2017 Formula One World Championship is called SF 70 H, with the H standing for Hybrid motorization. The name (which marks 70 years of the squad, formed in 1947) and the single-seater car were revealed on February 24 live on the team’s website. The 63rd single-seater with uncovered wheels dedicated to the Formula...

Una finestra fotovoltaica trasparente, fabbricata senza materiali tossici e che non modifica la qualità della luce che filtra negli ambienti? Sembra impossibile ma questo sogno tecnologico si sta avvicinando alla realtà grazie alla collaborazione tra l’Università del Minnesota e l’Università di Milano-Bicocca. Su QualEnergia.it avevamo anticipato i...

The Fulbright Program, awarding merit-based grants for international educational exchange to and from the US, became effective in 1946, thanks to United Nations’ advocate, James William Fulbright. The latter, had been recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship - an international postgraduate award to study at the University of Oxford, UK – before being el...

Last month, as I sat in an elegant hotel bar in Rome, I caught myself wondering if there can be such a thing as too much magnificence in a single place. With its antiquity (“Just go to the Colosseum, face east and shout, ‘Moira,’ ” my friend joked when I asked how to get to her house), its art and its food, Rome nearly overwhelmed me with its aesth...

A frequent criticism of mine in previous articles I have written for this blog is the number of our people (and they are legion) who have made their mark on history but who nevertheless are virtual unknowns in the collective minds of the American public.  This is due for a number of reasons including American attitudes towards Italians (especially...