NEWS FROM : ITALY  

By Max Paradiso   Silk is usually made from the cocoons spun by silkworms - but there is another, much rarer, cloth known as sea silk or byssus, which comes from a clam. Chiara Vigo is thought to be the only person left who can harvest it, spin it and make it shine like gold. Villagers stare as I knock on the door of Chiara Vigo's studio, o...

An Italian surgeon has developed a free web app to support vascular surgeons around the world. Dr. Paolo Spada, vascular surgeon at the Humanitas Research Hospital in Milano, designed and developed the planning tool for endovascular procedures, which has received widespread appreciation from surgeons around the world.   Endovascular mea...

Dalla ricotta affumicata al ginepro al pecorino stagionato, l'Abruzzo conquista l'America e si aggiudica un posto di tutto rilievo nella 'top 50' stilata dal Wall Street Journal, per suggerire ai suoi numerosissimi lettori, i più esclusivi e graditi regali natalizi.   A darne notizia è la stessa azienda Marcelli Formaggi, un'impresa familiar...

by Claudia Astarita   According to the American magazine Drive, Brunello Cucinelli is "the greatest person on the planet to work for". Why? Very simple to answer: "the king of Italian cashmere makes his employees take a 90-minute break every day at 1 P.M., when many of them eat a subsidized lunch in the company cafeteria.   (And this...

Lamborghini Centenario, a $1.9-million monumental statement built specifically to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Ferruccio Lamborghini. The new hypercar packs a naturally aspirated V12 engine that will produce 770 horsepower.   Don't expect to get your hands on a Centenario, or even hold out hope for spotting one on the road. Lamb...

by Maria Guardado   It's been a big year for Mets great Mike Piazza. In January, Piazza was elected to the Hall of Fame, and he'll be formally enshrined at Cooperstown (with a Mets cap) during a special ceremony on July 24. Shortly therafter, the Mets will honor Piazza by retiring his No. 31 during "Mike Piazza Weekend" from July 29-31...

by Laura Di Pillo   An investment of $1 billion, 10 new aircraft, 44 new routes and 2,250 jobs. Low cost airline company Ryanair ups the ante for Italy and announced a record investment in 2017 after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government decided to cancel an increase in municipal airport taxes. "Today we have some good news, a huge d...

Annamaria Testa L'italiano, lingua degli angeli per Thomas Mann, è la lingua più romantica del mondo secondo un sondaggio di qualche anno fa rivolto a 320 linguisti dall'azienda londinese Today translations, che offre traduzioni e interpreti in oltre 200 lingue.   Questa è in sé una notiziola curiosa e niente più, ma ci aiuta a prendere in...

Una qualsiasi parete anonima può trasformarsi nella 'tela' di un'opera d'arte dai caratteri unici. È ciò che abbiamo imparato nel nostro viaggio attraverso le tue passioni. Ti ricordi per esempio di quella chiesa abbandonata in Marocco trasformata in una fantastica opera di street art?   O del progetto Audubon Mural Project che ha prodotto c...

The name Italo Zanzi is as Italian as it gets.But AS Roma's CEO, installed at the end of 2012 by the club's American ownership to help finally transform it into a perennial Italian soccer power, is a 39-year-old American who's still working on his Italian. A former Major League Baseball executive and CONCACAF deputy general secretary, Zanzi was bo...

by Jojo Tulloh   Dario Cecchini is probably the most famous butcher in the world. His macelleria in the Chianti village of Panzano is a meat mecca – a walk-in encyclopedia of Tuscan food selling all cuts of beef, cooked meats, fresh lardo, salumi, ragus, sauces and seasonings.   The Cecchinis have been in the butchery trade for eight...

Dante Alighieri Siena offers unique, thematic and empowering Study AbroadSummer Programs in Siena, Florence and Rome. US Study Abroad Office Faculty and Modern Languages Professors will be glad to learn that prospective DA students will have the unique opportunity of interacting with peers from many different countries and cultures....