NEWS FROM : ITALY  

Abbracciati teneramente, le gambe raccolte e incrociate l'uno con l'altra, le braccia di lui sul collo di lei, quelle di lei sulle spalle di lui, uniti da oltre 6000 anni in una pace d'abbandono che forse è stata amore. Sono gli «amanti di Valdaro», due scheletri risalenti al Neolitico ritrovati vicino a Mantova in una necropoli scoperta nel 2007....

Northern and Southern Italy join forces to promote Italy's high quality tomato products abroad, in a country where industrial associations have often reflected historical geographical differences.   In Naples Antonio Ferraioli, president of ANICAV (the National Association for Industrial Canned Food and Vegetable), has announced that the org...

Il Centro di lingua e cultura italiana Babilonia è lieto di annunciare la sesta edizione dell'Annual Teacher Study Grant, una Borsa di Studio creata per dar un riconoscimento tangibile a un docente di italiano e italianistica negli USA per il l'impegno e l'eccellenza nell'insegnamento di lingua e cultura italiana negli Stati Uniti. Quest'anno asse...

“Io voglio che la Olivetti non sia solo una fabbrica, ma un modello, uno stile di vita. Voglio che produca libertà e bellezza perché saranno loro, libertà e bellezza, a dirci come essere felici”. Parole pronunciate da Adriano Olivetti davanti agli operai della sua fabbrica a Ivrea.   L’industriale che portò nel secondo dopoguerra l’azienda i...

Morra is a hand game that dates back thousands of years to ancient Roman and Greek times. It can be played to decide issues, much as two people might toss a coin, or for entertainment. Morra was known to the ancient Romans and is popular around the world, especially in Italy.   In the Bible, it was referred to as "casting lots". In an...

Unless you're a native speaker, it's easy to get confused by some Italian expressions. Here are a few useful and interesting expressions that I've encountered in Italy. There are Italian expressions with very familiar English equivalents...   "Chi dorme non piglia pesci" Direct translation: Who sleeps doesn't catch fish – What...

The Italians go crazy for them – and it's easy to see why. Here, The Local's Patrick Browne gives you the lowdown on one of Italy's most treasured rituals: the aperitivo. They are long leisurely affairs to be undertaken with friends in early or late evening, the food is usually more than decent and they are affordable even on the most meagre o...

by Serena Perfetto   The Italian name immediately reminds of night and dreams. However, the product's name proves a new way of approaching sleeping: Luna is a product that has been launched by a group of Italian talents that surprised the market with a new, innovative technology.   The slogan you will find in their website does not le...

by Alberto Magnani   Aspiring chefs can now make their dream come true sooner. Retail chain Metro Italia has just introduced in Italy "Culinary Agents, " the first online recruiting platform dedicated to the HORECA sector (hotel-restaurant-catering), covering the entire supply chain of accommodation and food services.   Born two years...

2015 has been a great year for Italian art. According to recently released statistics, 43 million people visited local museums creating something like 155m euro revenues for the government.   If we consider 2014 data as well, Italy registered a growth of 5 million visits in 24 months, with Colosseum (+6 per cent), Pompeii (12), Reggia di Cas...

The second home is a purchase from the heart, a choice based more on emotional criteria than rational ones. One buys in a much-loved place, where one wants to spend free time and vacations, and, why not, where the real estate can perhaps earn income for brief periods.   Having said this, the purchase of a second home brings with it a series...

Here we have the trailer for the documentary Reimagining Sicily. Director, Mark Spano, has said that he made the film because he found a gap in cultural and historical representations of the island. Sicily, as one of the most invaded corners of the planet, has a plethora of influences and much to offer in this regard.   A crossroads at the h...