NEWS FROM : ITALY  

When Mike Piazza arrived in Reggio Emilia, he was greeted as a hero. It was June 18, 2016. Everyone remembers the exact date. Piazza had just purchased a controlling interest in A.C. Reggiana 1919, the Italian city’s soccer club. Few locals had heard of him. Even fewer understood his Hall of Fame career catching for the Mets, Dodgers, and three oth...

A feature of life in Europe and North America over the past fifty years or so has been an attempt to blur the lines that separate opposite sides of long-established binaries: man-woman (gender roles and identities), culture-nature (anthropogenic climate change), and right-left (bipartisan populist politics) are just some examples of the binary stru...

Italian citizenship is for many South Americans an appealing loophole that leads to an easy visa-free entry to many countries, first and foremost the United States. Passports are not all worth the same; they are ranked according to their power of letting citizens into the largest number of countries without a visa, or with as little bureaucracy as...

Archaeologists have unearthed the petrified remains of a harnessed horse and saddle in the stable of an ancient villa in a Pompeii suburb. Pompeii archaeological park head Massimo Osanna told Italian news agency ANSA that the villa belonged to a high-ranking military officer, perhaps a general, during ancient Roman times. Osanna was quoted on Sunda...

In the Molise region of southern Italy, in the Province of Isernia, stands the ancient hill top town of Agnone. Rich in history, art and culture, it is perhaps most famous for the manufacturing of bells. In fact, Agnone is known as the "town of the bells” and boasts the world's oldest foundry, the Pontificia Fonderia Marinelli, which some say dates...

Rows upon rows of hills laced with vines intermingle with the curves of the G-clef: the history that has developed in Salaparuta is one-of-a-kind. With just under two thousand inhabitants, this municipality of Trapani is the symbol of the 1968 earthquake that occurred along the river Belice and destroyed the town’s historic center; but only a few p...

RAI, the Italian national broadcaster, has unveiled the names of the 22 Sanremo 2019 hopefuls who will join the two winners of Sanremo Giovane. All in all, 24 acts will battle for the coveted Sanremo trophy at the upcoming Festival Della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo. The 2019 Sanremo  Song Festival will be running from 05-09 February with the Grand...

Every country has its own unique Christmas traditions, and Italy may not be the first European country you’d associate with winter cosiness. But the country goes all out for the holidays, and does Christmas bigger and, we think, better than anywhere else. If you’re a fan of all things festive, here’s why Italy is the place to be. Rome’s beleaguered...

On a crisp winter’s day, locals gather in a Southern Italian piazza, in the shadow of a 13th century convent, to raise a visionary new architectural structure. It takes a village to hoist the spired earth-toned building — though it’s made of cardboard. These villagers built the terraced work, designed by artist Olivier Grossetête, brick by paper br...

Si trova online la nuova piattaforma lanciata dalla Direzione Generale Arte e Architettura contemporanee e Periferie Urbane del Mibac. L’atlante è disponibile sul sito www.atlantearchitetture.beniculturali.it. Il progetto nasce dal censimento delle architetture italiane promosso dalla DGAAP, che ha focalizzato l’attenzione su un’intera categoria di...

The accordion-making industry in Castelfidardo dates all the way back to the 1860s. To this day, the Italian town is still known as the home of the musical instrument, producing about 16,000 of them a year. Carrying on his family’s legacy, Marco Palmieri works alongside his father, Silvano, to handcraft the instruments at Fisman Accordions. Using t...

“Eataly has an opinion.” This is one of the elements that differentiate the Italian food and beverage mecca, according to executive chairman Andrea Guerra. “This brand speaks of the revolution in food. People talk about experience in fashion, but what about food? In the past, it was even worse; it was all about the shopping list and functional corr...