NEWS FROM : ITALY  

by Richard Lehnert   What must it be like to have a small farm, say 10 acres, and have it in your family for decades, maybe centuries? You grow up there and know every hill, every rock, every tree so well you could walk the place blindfolded. Now you're the owner, and one of your children is out there walking around the place. The kid w...

By Domenica Marchetti   In 1858, Tuscan pastry chef Antonio Mattei opened up shop in the town of Prato and began selling crunchy, twice-baked cookies based on a centuries-old recipe. His original ingredients were flour, sugar, eggs and almonds or pine nuts from nearby groves. The soft, nut-studded dough was shaped into loaves, baked, sliced...

La torta scolpita più grande del mondo ha la forma dell'Italia, isole comprese. Ed è targata Milano. Domenica un giudice, Lorenzo Veltri, ha ufficialmente dichiarato il nuovo Guinness World Records: è lunga 16,46 metri, larga 13,94 metri, raggiunge nel punto più alto i 54 centimetri ed ha una superficie complessiva di oltre 244 metri quadrati. &nb...

by Whitney Filloon   This morning, the high-end restaurant guidebook gurus at Michelin unveiled their 2016 star rankingsfor culinary powerhouse Italy. In this 61st edition of the Italian guide, two new restaurants attain two-star status: Gourmetstube Einhorn, a hotel restaurant in Bolzano specializing in the cuisine of the German-speaki...

di Dario Ujetto   Noi torinesi, gente strana e orgogliosa della nostra città fino al parossismo, oggi festeggiamo monsù tramezzino. Novant'anni fa, il triangolino isoscele di pancarrè soffice da farcire a piacimento non esisteva proprio. Ma dal gennaio 1926, da quando è stato inventato nel retrobottega del Caffè Mulassano di piazza Cast...

By Andrew Dampf A cycling sprint alongside the Roman Forum. Beach volleyball at the Circus Maximus. The marathon passing through St. Peter's Square and finishing under the Arch of Constantine. A nightly parade of athletes at the Colosseum.   Rome's historic monuments are at the center of the city's bid for the 2024 Olympics, details of whic...

For thousands of years, Italy has been instrumental in producing some of the world's finest wines including the ubiquitous Pinot Grigio. So, in a technological twist, the Enosis Meraviglia wine research company introduced high-tech Genesis, the adorable wine fermenting robot guaranteed to disrupt the wine industry as we know it. This should be of...

Italian companies Dolce&Gabbana and Smeg have collaborated to create 100 limited-edition refrigerators that celebrate the decorative richness of sicilian traditions. Six artists took the FAB28's sinuous lines and nostalgically retro form and hand-painted them with images the reference the island like lemons, the trinacia symbol, cart wheels, me...

Most of us think of radical scientific innovation as the whiz-bang invention or discovery that displaces what came before and reshapes the world as we know it.   Transistors, assembly lines, and radiation, for example, were revolutions that wiped out whole industries and replaced them with new ones. Computers, cars, and X-rays/microwaves cam...

High-speed broadband WiFi network is coming to Italy, in some tourist and cultural sites. The network will have a unique access system, based on the Public Digital Identity System (SPID).   While a series of experimental models are going to be set up by January in big seaside resorts, it will then be extended to the 51 UNESCO World Heritage...

Sipping wine during a lazy lunch at a vineyard on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, I couldn't stop the phrase "la dolce vita'' from springing to mind. Just a few days in Italy had given me a taste of that sweet life we've all heard about – and I was loving it.   I had flown from Manchester on a grey, drizzly afternoon – even by the UK's st...

by Nicoletta Picchio   The global scenario is increasingly complex, with a slowdown in growth of emerging nations, a consolation of China's primacy, and a pickup in industrial activity in advanced nations, mostly the US and Germany. International trade is growing at a much slower rate that in the past, less than global GDP. In this context,...