NEWS FROM : ITALY  

Florence, Venice, and Rome? Forget about it! Admittedly, these richly endowed (albeit over-touristed) Italian cities are destinations every traveler needs to visit at least once in a lifetime—probably more than once. But for those who want to experience smaller towns that still remain authentic and unvarnished by hoards of tourists, here are three...

Italy is a country that weeps for its residents that go to live abroad. Every year, countless space in broadsheets is dedicated to the phenomenon of the ‘cervelli in fuga’ or ‘brain drain’, which alludes to the flight of highly skilled professionals for better career prospects elsewhere in Europe or in the world. The use of the term is highly emoti...

The Royal Palace of Capodimonte (in Italian, Reggia di Capodimonte) was built in 1738 by will of Charles VII king of Naples and Sicily, who made it his hunting lodge near Naples. It served as royal palace for the House of Bourbon as well as for French sovereigns Joseph Bonaparte and Joachim Murat, and finally for the Savoy family, who lived here un...

Robots have traditionally been used as educational props in mathematics, science or technology. But one school in Italy is now taking a different approach. Teachers there have been using them to educate youngsters in non-technical subjects like drama or the Italian language. “The project was born out of a bit of madness, and also out of interest fo...

Italian jewelry designs and trends for the new year will be the focus of the VicenzaOro jewelry trade fair, being held January 18 – 23 in Vicenza, Italy. The city and surrounding area is one the three main manufacturing centers in Italy for gold and silver jewelry (the others being Valenza and Arezzo). VicenzaOro, held twice per year, is the larges...

“Is it okay,” I asked, “to put my hand here?” “Here” was Jesus’ brown hair, on a 700-year-old fresco of the crucifixion, in a cave church in Puglia, Italy. In the fresco, Jesus’ eyes were depicted as closed, giving the portrait an oddly serene feel. My task at the moment was to use a scalpel to scrape away calcium deposits on the right eye (a spide...

Italian singer Andrea Bocelli is a superstar. The Grammy- and Emmy-nominated tenor is one of the highest-selling vocalists in music. In 1999, Bocelli scored a Guinness World Record for simultaneously holding the No. 1, 2 and 3 spots on Billboard's Classical Top 10 chart. Since then, Bocelli has collaborated with everyone from Celine Dion to Ariana...

The traditional press conference to present Italy's popular Sanremo Song Fest was held on Wednesday, where it was announced that Italian comics Virginia Raffaele and Claudio Bisio will host the 69th edition of the fest on February 5-9, together with Italian singer-songwriter Claudio Baglioni, who is serving as artistic director of the song competit...

Langhe and Roero, an area in the Cuneo province located only 70 kilometres from Turin offers a gastronomic delight that is unparalleled in the world. Though Langhe and Roero’s main draw has been food and grape beverage for years, culture, art, nature and outdoor activities are fast taking up second place. This diversification has allowed for an inc...

Last year, we had some leftover airline credit on Norwegian Airlines. On the day it was set to expire, in a panic, I asked my four-year-old son, Holt, where we should go. “I love pasta!” he said. “But not with red sauce.”  In retrospect, perhaps I should not have organized an entire trip around trying to prove to my four-year-old that he did, in fa...

The Civic Temple of the Blessed Virgin Mary the Crowned was built in a “lost” corner of Lodi, a suburb where love was sold for money and violent fights regularly broke out in the streets. One day in 1487, a miracle happened: a small 14th-century effigy of Mary, inside the local brothel, shed a tear for the human desolation that surrounded it, expre...

The house was built in 1479 for aristocrat Giovanni Dario. His daughter Marietta and her husband Vincenzo later inherited the house. Vincenzo was stabbed to death, and Marietta died by suicide in the Grand Canal not long after. Shortly after these tragedies, their son Vincenzo Jr. was killed in Crete by assassins. The cursed house claimed another v...