NEWS FROM : ITALY  

“Do you feel fico?” say the signs at the doorway to FICO Eataly World. The acronym stands for Fabbrica Italiana Contadina, or Italian Agricultural Factory. But “fico” is also Italian slang for “cool.” And the world’s first foodie theme park—scheduled to open November 15 on the outskirts of Bologna—certainly lives up to its name. The team behind Eat...

La comodità di non dover cambiare le pile per vent’anni. L’idea è diventata realtà grazie a un ricercatore dello Iuss di Pavia, Gianni Lisini. Vogherese, 40 anni, Lisini ha brevettato l’accumulatore ibrido, la cosiddetta pila eterna: «Ho pensato di creare un prodotto che risolvesse il problema di dover cambiare le batterie», ha spiegato. Ingegnere...

Benvenuto in Italia! Questa mattina è giunto a Roma l'Ambasciatore designato Lewis M. Eisenberg con sua moglie Judith Ann. Nei prossimi giorni presenterà le credenziali al Presidente della Repubblica Sergio Mattarella.Lewis M. Eisenberg è un importante esponente del mondo della finanza, investitore e filantropo. In qualità di Presidente della Port...

Baci chocolates, literally translating as 'kisses', are an Italian icon - and now the sweets are celebrating the country's dialects. Each chocolate comes wrapped in small messages of love, like a romantic fortune cookie. This tradition based on the story of a chocolate-maker who supposedly sent romantic notes to a founder of the company the same wa...

IItalians drink with a purpose. In this wine-soaked country, no dinner is complete without a bottle of vino. But just as important to the Italian way of life is the aperitivo and the digestivo—the typically bitter drinks that precede and conclude a meal. By now, you're undoubtedly an expert at sipping Negronis and spritzes, but with the ever-growin...

Autumn is a delicious season in Italy, with the harvest bringing a huge variety of fresh fruit and vegetables to restaurant menus and local markets. Many towns and villages hold food festivals or 'sagras' to celebrate their local delicacy, so it's an ideal time to go on a foodie trip across the country, or simply sample the seasonal dishes on offer...

Grand houses proverbially have grand souls, but the striking thing about Villa Gastel, on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como, is its mixture of the fabulous and the familial. The immense villa was a Benedictine convent, dating back to the 12th ­century, before it became the property of one of northern Italy’s most important families, the ­Visconti di...

Italian sparkling wines have seen an 8.4% growth in revenue and a 6.6% increase in volume in the retail channel during the first seven months of 2017. The figures, taken from an IRI report, confirm the seasonality of the category and the new consumer trends in daily drinking. Overall, the beverage sector, aided by the favourable summer, registered...

Alla faccia di chi le vuole male (perché ovviamente inquina non essendo catalizzata) la Fiat 500 continua a circolare senza sosta sulle nostre strade: in Italia ci sono più vecchie 500 che auto elettriche. Un primato pazzesco, che porta il "cinquino" a rappresentare l'uno per cento di tutto il nostro parco circolante fatto di 37 milioni di mezzi gr...

New York is the Big Apple, Chicago is the Windy City and Los Angeles is, as its very name tells us, the City of Angels. Cross that pond and come to Italy, where you’ll find of course Rome, the Città Eterna, and Venice La Serenissima. Cities love nicknames, all over the world, but it’s about the Italian flair for alternative geographical denominatio...

UNESCO lists seven cultural practices still playing a part in today’s Italy, including falconry and the Mediterranean Diet, both of which have been discussed in previous articles. The ones quintessentially Italian featured below form part of the country’s living history. They are important not only historically, but form a legacy well worth preserv...

Admittedly, I’m a saltwater kind of person, and a good vacation has always required an ocean beach. The appeal of lakes never truly hit me until I visited Italy’s lake district. Americans overlook this alpine region pocked with freshwater -- aside, maybe, from the famous Lake Como. But around Italy (and pretty much the rest of Europe) vacationers k...