NEWS FROM : ITALY  

Not many tourists have ever heard about Basilicata, and to be fair the beauties of “Italy’s secret garden” remains unknown to many Italians as well. This is a pity, becase there are at least ten good reasons to spend some time in this beautiful region. The Lonely Planet has chosen Matera, the pearl of the Tyrrhenian, as one of the top 10 cities Bes...

This year, the price of white truffles ballooned to $3200 a pound in select U.S. markets. The primary driver of the price increase (more than double the 2016 average) was a lackluster growing season that deprived the underground fungus of the cooler, damper temperatures it needs to thrive. But even when supply is less scarce, tartufo bianco from th...

Even if I hadn’t ridden my bike 191 miles on roads that climbed 23,850 vertical feet in the past four days, my quads would have found the flight of steps up to the podium of the Giro d’Italia — the Tour of Italy — steep. Still in my cleated cycling shoes, which are ideal for riding but not the best for walking, I ascend the galvanized steel treads...

In some parts of Italy the feast  of San Nicola, patron saint of Bari, ushers in the Christmas season (stagione natalizia) with the giving of gifts (regali) on the eve or morning of December 6, his onomastico (name’s day). Although many stories of San Nicola’ s life may be mythical, he did inspire the figure of a beloved old man—whether he’s known...

For the first time, visitors will be able to enter a hidden cell in the Medici Chapels where Michelangelo is thought to have covered the walls with sketches. Until some 40 years ago, no one realized that it existed. And when curators discovered a secret room beneath the Medici Chapels in the Basilico di San Lorenzo in Florence, its walls covered in...

L’Italia per poter recuperare la leadership di primo fornitore in America deve puntare in principal modo sulle etichette premium con un prezzo superiore ai 20 dollari a bottiglia. Questo e’ quanto emerge da un’attenta analisi effettuata da Nomisma. A quanto pare gli Stati Uniti ricoprono la prima posizione di mercato principale di consumo di vino a...

Il colosso Usa dell’e-commerce dedica una sezione alle eccellenze italiane, dove le piccole imprese possono vendere i propri prodotti tradizionali, visibili ai 285 milioni di clienti del marketplace più conosciuto in Occidente Sono circa 800 gli artigiani italiani che vendono i propri prodotti tramite la vetrina ‘Made in Italy’ di Amazon, che perme...

In the lineup of 2 0th-century "bad guys," Adolf Hitler usually comes out on top, with Joseph Stalin running a close second. Behind them, Francisco Franco often appears and, farther down, Benito Mussolini. Now, with the publication of her latest work of nonfiction, A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Remarkable Story of an Italian Mother, Her Two Sons...

The name Alpini in Italian means literally “alpines, people from the Alps”. This unusual name belongs to an elite mountain warfare military corps of the Italian army. The soldiers for this corps are recruited mostly from remote Alpine villages, so the major part of Alpini actually do “come from the Alps”. Unlike other Italian corps, the “soldiers f...

Barilla was founded in Parma in 1877 and, since then, it has always been Italian to the core. Barilla is Italian in its close relationship with its land, in its continuous quest for innovation in technologies, processes and products. And it is profoundly Italian in the entrepreneurial spirit that has led it to become the world's largest pasta manuf...

A new Rome show on Roman emperor Trajan aims to show his 'pop' side, spanning the senses of being hugely popular with the Roman people and Senate and the original vision of a ruler who left the capital monuments admired through the Renaissance like his famed column and markets, curators said Tuesday. The show, Trajan, Building an Empire, Creating E...

A life-size Sistine Chapel created by set designer Maurizio Sabatini is one of the scenes in which the important Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky is completing the shooting of "Il Peccato" ("The Sin"). The film is an emotional, visceral portrait of Renaissance artist and sculptor Michelangelo, shot entirely in Italy and in the Italian language....