NEWS FROM : ITALY  

The first time I picked up the Italian writer Elsa Morante’s 1957 novel “Arturo’s Island,” in this new translation by Ann Goldstein, the gifted translator of Elena Ferrante’s novels into English, I put it down after 75 pages. Morante’s vision is so baroque, and her prose so operatic, that after reading her I needed some alone time, with cucumber sl...

The Vasari Corridor, which has been closed since 2016, has just had renovation plans approved and will reopen in 2021. The Vasari Corridor has been traditionally home to one of the largest collections of self-portraits by famous artists from the Renaissance to the 20th century.  Built in 1565 by Giorgio Vasari for Grand Duke Cosimo de’ Medici, it w...

Valle d’Aosta: “heaven for men, purgatory for women, hell for mules,” but certainly delicious for our palates! Among mountains and castles, up there, in the western-most corner of Italy, the smallest of regions, Valle d’Aosta, winks at us. Stern and strong, but so welcoming and soft, just like one of its most famous dishes, fonduta.  It is the only...

As one of the world’s most visited cities with 20 million tourists arriving each year (often seeming as if they are all there when you are), Venice is a destination that can be as overwhelming as it is magical. To help deal with the ever-increasing crowds, the city is even imposing an entrance fee for day-trippers starting this May, but it’s hard t...

The leader of Italy's 5-Star Movement called Thursday to award speedy citizenship to a 13-year-old Egyptian boy hailed as a hero for being the first to alert police that he and scores of his middle school classmates had been abducted by their bus driver. Ramy Shehata "put his life at risk to save that of his classmates," Luigi Di Maio said on Faceb...

Italy has many great places to visit, among them fabulous, unheralded locales. If you want the inside scoop on some less predictable choices for a memorable holiday, ask the pros. Here Domenic Petrino, the director of business development for Select Italy, a boutique travel company specializing in custom itineraries, talks about three under-the-rad...

The recently-opened Classis museum in Ravenna may very well be your first stop when you visit this Emilia-Romagna city most people know for its extraordinary mosaics, part of Unesco’s World Heritage sites. Perhaps not many are aware though of the important role Ravenna played in the past, and this museum aims to provide not only an overview of the...

With its rolling hills, pretty hilltop villages, incredible history, and famous cuisine, no wonder Tuscany is a place so many people dream of moving to – and do move to. Call it the Under the Tuscan Sun effect, or just the allure of the region, but statistics show that people from English-speaking countries are particularly drawn to Tuscany. The re...

With a population of some 7000 people, Pieve di Cento is one of Italy’s most charming small towns. Located in Emilia Romagna, the town sits smack in the middle of a geographic triangle formed by the region’s larger and better-known cities: Bologna, Modena and Ferrara. The town doesn’t receive many tourists even though it is less than an hour’s driv...

Built in 1593 by will of Bishop Angelo Cesi, a patron to many artists who truly spurred Todi’s cultural and artistic production, Palazzo Vescovile was designed by Giovanni Domenico Bianchi – exception made for the entrance portal, which was created by Iacopo Barozzi, known as Il Vignola. Although it resembles the abode of a Renaissance prince, the...

The Italian standard has evolved starting from Tuscan. Why Tuscan? It is soon said: thanks to the prestige and the success of authors in vulgar such as Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarch (as we know, also the Milanese Manzoni went to rinse his cloths in the Arno centuries later meaning that he followed the canons of the language spoken in Florence). Aft...

In Italy, where the majority of wineries are still family affairs and everyone lends a hand, women have long worked behind the scenes. Traditionally, however, they had little to no decision-making power and received even less credit for their roles. As recent as 20 years ago, it was rare to come across female winemakers or winery bosses. But times...