NEWS FROM : ITALY  

One of Milan's most beloved and beautiful historical places has been revived: the Darsena, the canal port closed since 1979, when the last boat left its load of sand on the dock of Porta Ticinese. Sunday, April 26, after 18 months of work, the new Darsena was inaugurated in front of about 50,000 people.   The redevelopment, which is part of...

This May 24, red rose petals will rain from the "eye in the sky" of Rome's Pantheon, meant to symbolize the tongues of fire in one of the most famous episodes in the "Acts of the Apostles". The disciples and Mary were in Jerusalem, having dinner together (probably in the home of Mark's mother).   It was Pentecost – the Hebrew holiday ce...

There is an instinctive quality, an innate ability to grasp the soul of an object that some product designers have. It is the secret ingredient that separates design leaders from design followers, and Battista Farina, better known as Pinin Farina, car designer extraordinaire, had this talent.   He single handedly reinvented the concept of th...

by Anne Calcagno   When I was growing up in Italy, it was nearly a mandate for well-heeled northerners to summer on the sun-warmed lakes at the foot of the Alps. Boats docked at island gardens, and people took slow promenades along the shore, followed by a leisurely Sunday meal on the leafy veranda of, say, Albergo Verbano, where Arturo Tosc...

by Emily Smith   It hasn't been the best summer for famed restaurateur Sirio Maccioni, who, we've just learned, spent a month in a hospital in Tuscany, Italy, following a fall at his villa in the picturesque hillside town of Montecatini Terme. But the fans of 83-year-old Sirio, who include Spain's former king Juan Carlos, Woody Allen, Rudy...

by Claudia Astarita   Not many people know what Italy is doing in term of environment protection and sustainability. The Italian foundation Symbola and Enel have recently released a piece of research on 100 Italian successful energy stories.   They are small and medium Italian enterprises that have specialized in eco-friendly energy-r...

di Federico Taddia   «Certo che lo riconosco il suono, l'ho perfettamente stampato nella mente: è chiaro, elegante, libero e liquido. Meno roboante rispetto ad altre marche, ma più raffinato e colorato. È vivo e articolato, assomiglia quasi alla lingua italiana».   Socchiude gli occhi e accarezza l'aria mentre cerca di tradurre in par...

One of the most famous Italian songs in the world is dedicated to a funicular: it's "Funiculì funiculà" of course, composed by Giuseppe Turco and Luigi Denza in 1880 to celebrate the inauguration of the Vesuvio Cable Railway, the first cable railway to successfully ascend the slopes of an active volcano.   The song became so popular it was t...

The Italian cinema started its development at the beginning of the XX century. Since then the Italian movies have had numerous significant successes both inside the country and all over the world.   As everything Italian the Italian movies can cut to the quick without being superficial, they are educative but at the same time full of irony,...

Il Sindaco di Reggio Calabria Giuseppe Falcomatà ha ricevuto a Palazzo San Giorgio l'ambasciatore degli Stati Uniti in Italia John Phillips. "La presenza dell'ambasciatore nella nostra città è la dimostrazione che Reggio è meritevole dell'attenzione da parte del vostro Paese. Viviamo in una città ricca di bellezze paesaggistiche, archeologiche...

di Riccardo Giumelli  Scriveva Sartre nella sua introduzione al Cristo si è fermato ad Eboli di Carlo Levi: "Quando si incontra Carlo Levi a Mosca, a New York, a Parigi, si è subito colpiti da una strana contraddizione: egli, dovunque si trovi, rimane il più romano dei romani, così che si crederebbe non abbia neppure lasciato Roma, o che se l...

Gina Ventresca Carano nacque a Pratola Peligna (AQ) il 23 aprile del 1912. Sin da piccola mostrò una straordinaria propensione per la musica e il canto in particolare. Emigrò con i suoi genitori per gli Stati Uniti. In America un'insegnante disse ai suoi "Vostra figlia è un prodigio. Merita di seguire il suo istinto musicale." Studiò, con eccellen...