NEWS FROM : ITALY  

The 2019 Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index has been released, and Italy is the second healthiest country in the world. “The boot,” which was ranked no. 1 in 2017 in the biannual index, only fell one slot (Spain took top honors). Researchers attribute part of the positive health trend to a Mediterranean diet, supplemented with extra-virgin olive oi...

Whether you’re hunkered down under the polar vortex in North America or are bracing for the predicted snowfall in Europe, you are officially passing through what is known as “i giorni della merla” (the days of the blackbird), the period straddling the end of January and beginning of February that is traditionally considered the coldest of the year....

In our market in Montalcino last week, the Winter array of radicchios were on full display. Tucked in alongside the Winter squashes and bright piles of oranges, were piles of radicchio with long tender leaves that curl upon themselves, and others plump and round that looked like small cabbages. Radicchio, part of the chicory family, is much more co...

Deep in the woods it appears like a sudden apparition: a lone wolf on the path ahead of us. It's there just long enough for us to register its presence, then it vanishes. Yes, wolves (and bears) do stalk the rugged interior of Abruzzo, southern Italy, although in the 12 years we've holidayed here we've never seen one before. Abruzzo is not a regula...

Fancy a few hours in the Uffizi gallery, a stroll round the Caserta palace or catching the view from the Colosseum? Next week you can visit them all for free. Scores of state-owned attractions across Italy will waive their entry fees from March 5-10th as part of an initiative to make the country's most precious heritage available for free on 20 day...

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation promotes the dissemination of Italian publications and films abroad by granting subsidies for translation and dubbing/subtitling, which represent a strategic tool in the promotion of Italian language and culture abroad. The Foreign Ministry grants two types of financial incentives: Grant...

The performance of Italian universities has improved in this year's newly released edition of the QS World University Rankings, which focuses on leading institutions by region and subject. Italy this year came in fourth in Europe - after Great Britain, Germany and France - and seventh in the world for the total number of universities included in th...

The Mayor of Bologna has launched an awareness campaign to untangle the reputation of his city from the pasta wrongly thought to originate there. Spaghetti Bolognese is a favourite around the world but has no particular tie to the city in north Italy.   “Dear residents, I am collecting photos of spaghetti Bolognese from around the world (speaking o...

Given Italy’s reputation as a style trendsetter, it’s instructive to look at how the country’s major fashion houses and luxury purveyors are starting to develop exclusive travel experiences to promote la dolce vita. The aim of two of the most buzzworthy projects is to connect high-end travelers to the heart of the Italian lifestyle, and with excell...

When asked "How satisfied are you with your life in general?", 41.4 percent of respondents gave their lives an eight out of ten or higher, found national statistics office Istat. That's up from 39.6 percent 12 months prior, and the highest percentage since at least 2012. At the same time, the percentage of people saying they were dissatisfied – rat...

For three days in early October 1968, a provincial port about 43 miles south of Naples loomed large in the trajectory of post-war aesthetics. Hosting works by a number of contemporary Italian and international artists—many of whom would come to form the core of Arte Povera —“Arte Povera + Azioni Povere” (loosely translated to “Poor Art + Poor Actio...

A masked parade on the waters of Venice’s canals. The Doge’s ball. Thousands of masks walking around the city. From the party on the Rio del Cannaregio to the parade in Piazza San Marco, where one can see the most beautifully refined costumes. This is the Carnevale di Venezia, and we know it. But among the well known and loved colors of the city at...