NEWS FROM : ITALY  

Italy’s northernmost province of Alto Adige is a relatively recent addition to the country—the area belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire until just 100 years ago, when it was ceded to Italy after World War I. The Austrian roots of this magnificent, intriguing region, also known as Südtirol (South Tyrol), are still evident in many aspects of its...

Exploring small towns and villages is one of the pleasures of a trip to Italy. Our Trentino-Alto Adige expert and avid hiker Silvia selects some of her favorite in the top region for mountain lovers. Vigo di Fassa You could say that Vigo di Fassa offers some of the best sunsets in Italy: around here you can admire the ‘enrosadira,’ that phenomenon...

Togliersi qualche sfizio, (satisfy a quirky need) or even mangiare qualcosa di sfizioso (eating something tasty and indulgent) are popular expression indeed in the Italian language.  Sfizio is one of those words we use continuously, yet without really knowing anything about its origins. And so, it is surprising to learn it probably has southern roo...

Majestic towers, crenellated battlements, stone fortresses perched upon rocky crags, romantic ruins, sumptuous palazzos and much more: these are the images that come to mind when picturing the Castles of Italy. The political instability of Italy during the middle ages has left its countryside and cities full of testaments to this turbulent time per...

“Il mercato USA apprezza molto il Made in Italy anche come espressione della nostra cultura e quindi il nostro artigianato che è sinonimo di alta qualità manifatturiera. Tuttavia, dobbiamo fare di più per aiutare i produttori italiani perché spesso si insinua un concorrente sleale che mette sul mercato prodotti contraffatti oppure che evocano origi...

The Romanesco artichoke variety is widely considered among the best. Its shape, size and almost round flower head make it the ideal artichoke to be stuffed. It’s mainly grown on the coast north of Rome near Ladispoli and Cerveteri, and used in kitchens around the world. It derives from the castellammare and campagnano cultivars and produced in the...

Un comparto poco conosciuto, ma che rappresenta la punta di diamante della produzione industriale Made in Italy nel mondo è quello della meccanica strumentale, quel settore eterogeneo che riguarda la produzione di macchinari o impianti destinati alla produzione industriale, e quindi in primis di macchine utensili, ma anche di macchine impiegate in...

Just about the time when the long cold days of winter come to an end, and heavy wool coats are hung up and being put away, one can start seeing aisles of Easter goodies at their local stores. Milk chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and the ever present plastic colored eggs catch the eyes of passing eager children. Then, on Easter Sunday, children all o...

In my recent article on the Tesla Model S vs Porsche Taycan, I compared the “brutal power and speed” of those two cars, since the top trims of each produce 762 and 670 horsepower, respectively. If those numbers get your blood pumping, the next car I’m featuring will likely give you a heart attack: Automobili Pininfarina’s Battista is a hypercar in...

The ruins of the sumptuous Domus Transitoria, once decorated with gold leaf, precious stones and mother of pearl, lie next to a well-preserved 50-seat latrine used communally by builders and slaves. Nero claimed to be a descendant of Aeneas -- a legendary hero of the Trojan War, as Homer tells it in the Iliad -- and was a big fan of Trojan heroics....

With the longer days and warmer hours, Spring has finally sprung in Matera and the historic southern Italian city is making the most of its role as European Capital of Culture 2019. Two key projects are at the heart of this year's event. The first, called I-Dea, uses archives and collections from the Basilicata region. Joseph Grima is Matera 2019's...

Sardinia, cradle of history and special traditions, holds within also plenty of culinary secrets. Let’s ideally travel to the west of the island. We are in the enchanting area of Marmilla, a small region at the very edges of the Campidano, where soft, rolling hills dominate the landscape, punctuated here and there by typical giare, basalt plateaux...