NEWS FROM : ITALY  

What do Lord Byron, the Armenians, a leper colony and Venice have in common?  The answer is the tiny island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni in the Venetian Lagoon. It all came about following years of persecution when the Mekhitarist monks sought a place of safety after fleeing Constantinople. In 1717 the pope asked the Republic of Venice to grant the...

A house with a room containing a 'lararium', a shrine dedicated to the Lares, protectors of the ancient Roman home, has been discovered in Pompeii and exclusively visited by ANSA. The room, which is incredibly well-preserved and has the largest lararium found to date in Pompeii, is an "enchanted garden", experts said. Its walls are painted with sna...

The tragedy of the Holocaust in Italy had smaller proportions than in other countries in Europe, as we discussed in our article dedicated to the Italian Jewish community during the Fascist era. However, it touched the lives of  thousands of people and changed the history of the Jewish community in the country: well integrated, especially after it b...

A Mediterranean-style diet might significantly reduce your risk of a major cause of blindness, a new study suggests. Poor diet is emerging as an important factor in the development of a degenerative eye disease called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It's a leading cause of vision loss among older Americans. "You are what you eat," said Dr E...

Autumn in Italy means good food, great wine, and gorgeous colours. But where are the best spots to visit during the cooler months? Here are eight great destinations for an autumn getaway. Langhe, Piedmont. About an hour from Turin, this corner of Italy is great for wine, cheese, and truffles, the staples of an Italian autumn menu. Look out for the...

L'attualità con tante notizie per gli italiani all'estero. Una rubrica dedicata alla lingua italiana realizzata con la Società Dante Alighieri. Attenzione particolare riservata alla nostra moda grazie ad esperti del calibro di Dominella che interverrà nella rubrica 'Moda in Italy'. E poi tanta musica dal vivo, senza dimenticare le storie dei connaz...

L’Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Texas “a caccia” di innovazione in Emilia Romagna. Nella prossima settimana una delegazione sarà in visita nel nostro territorio, per incontrare alcune delle più interessanti start up della Regione, selezionate dal comitato scientifico dell’Incubatore Inlab di Piacenza. L’iniziativa è stata presentata in Camer...

During the 1950s and '60s, what America wore, what its citizens drove, and how they looked, was, in a large part, dictated by Italy's trend setters, which included fashion designers, film directors and auto makers. If it originated in Italy, and the designer's name ended in a vowel, the American public was buying it. Even our First Lady, Jackie Ken...

Revitalized Air Italy has reported strong summer season passenger loads on its new flights to the US and has announced frequency increases on several of its international routes. The Sardinia-based carrier, which rebranded from its former identity of Meridiana in March following Qatar Airways’ decision to take a 49% stake in its parent company, AQA...

The recently restored statue of Aphrodite housed in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale (National Archeological Museum/the Museum) in Florence, Italy, was unveiled in a public celebration on September 11, 2018. Funded by Friends of Florence with a donation by Michael and Sandy Collins, the cleaning and restoration process revealed a surprising develop...

A local choir conductor led more than a dozen singers on a 10-day concert tour to Siena, Italy, this summer, strengthening the bond between the two cities that was first established in 2006. “It was a phenomenal sharing of American music with an Italian audience,” said Helen Demong, artistic director and conductor of Northern Lights Choir. The root...

I don't know about you, but I love history and I find it all interesting: from military history to biography, from ancient Rome to the Second World War, I can read up history books as easily as I eat cake (and I eat a lot of cake, believe me). I also happen to be a historian by education and I spent most of my adult life reading and researching abo...