NEWS FROM : ITALY  

È un futuro di crescita e opportunità, nonostante le incertezze, quello che attende l’export italiano nei prossimi quattro anni. Forte della profonda evoluzione realizzata negli ultimi dieci anni e dell’eccellente performance del 2017, l’export italiano ha tutto il potenziale per non arrestare la sua crescita e cogliere le opportunità offerte dai m...

Up until the middle of the fifteenth century, each and every book in Europe was handmade. Books were precious, expensive, and prized possessions of monasteries and learned collectors wealthy enough to purchase them. With Johann Gutenberg’s invention of moveable type in the 1450s, plus other advances in engraving, book printing, and distribution, al...

You have probably already heard the stories or seen the pics of Jay-Z and Beyoncé pouring large bottles of Champagne into hot tubs and onto club-goers. The now-iconic Armand de Brignac “Ace of Spades” Champagne, which is owned by Jay-Z and retails for $300 a bottle, is not your average Wednesday-night, takeout-and-Netflix wine. It’s oversized and s...

The 21st edition of 'La Notte della Taranta', a festival dedicated to folk-music traditions of the Salento area in southern Puglia, will open this year on August 2. The event will include over 100 hours of live concerts with 360 artists and 40 concerts of local 'pizzica' music to be held across Salento. The festival's traditional closing concert in...

On June 24th each year, Florence's main square turns into an arena for a sport which is a brutal combination of rugby, football, and wrestling. The Local explores the history of the unique tradition. Calcio Storico (Historical football) is a game thought up by 16th-century Florentines and as the name suggests, it's an early - and very violent - for...

The light was departing. The brown air drew down     all the earth’s creatures, calling them to rest     from their day-roving, as I, one man alone, prepared myself to face the double war     of the journey and the pity, which memory     shall here set down, nor hesitate, nor err. Reading Dante’s Inferno, and Divine Comedy generally, can seem a d...

In History of Italian Cuisine I, we have begun a tale of food, wars, invasions and great men that brought us from the dawn of Roman civilization to the very beginning of the Renaissance. We saw how influences from the Germanic people who conquered areas of the peninsula, but especially those from the Arabs of Sicily, helped creating some of Italy's...

Ask anyone around the world to name a classic Italian dessert and many will answer tiramisù. We tend to think that tiramisù has been around for centuries (like many of Italy's traditional recipes) but you may be surprised to learn that it was created only in 1970 in Treviso. The origins of tiramisù are rather contentious, with about five regions in...

Sicily is famous for some of Italy's most picture-perfect beaches. But venture out of the seaside resorts and you'll be rewarded with rugged coastline, ancient caves and deserted diving spots, writes contributor Peter Briggs. A few miles southeast of the seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo in north-west Sicily lies a expansive nature park: Riserva Nat...

More than one million tons of durum wheat – equal to 90% of the total – directly purchased in the places where pasta is produced; share of sustainable durum wheat purchased in Italy grew by 26%; increasing use of more sustainable transport, from natural gas vehicles to the wheat train, which has so far taken off the roads about 5000 trucks; 26 prod...

L’Italia ospita dei tesori unici e uno di questi è sicuramente Bagno Vignoni, un piccolo borgo di 30 abitanti, una frazione di San Quirico d’Orcia, in provincia di Siena. Ciò che rende straordinario questo luogo tra le verdi colline toscane è la sua piazza d’acqua alimentata da una sorgente d’acqua termale. Avete capito bene, qui non troverete la c...

The ingredients in a classic 1970s Martini commercial were pretty simple: a bunch of beautiful people on a yacht, the glittering Mediterranean and a soaring orchestra. As the jingle reached its climax – ‘It’s the bright one, the right one. It’s Martini’ – no­-one doubted that this was one of the most glamorous lifestyle brands around. But arch­-riv...