NEWS FROM : ITALY  

This now historical event has been held in early autumn, between October and November, every year since 1929 in Alba in the province of Cuneo: the Alba White Truffle Fair.   This year it takes place from 11th October to 16th November and presents a series of events which are not just intended for lovers of this precious tuber, but also for f...

"When two years ago Valentino was acquired by Qatar investment firm Mayhoola for €700 million, some might have thought that multiples were too high.   Instead, the Qatar fund had understood the group's sizeable growth potential. For this year, we estimate revenues to increase more than 30% to €650 million. And we expect to reach €1 billion i...

By Marjorie Kehe John Hooper, Rome correspondent for The Economist and The Guardian, has lived in Italy for more than 20 years – long enough, he says, to understand that Italians today don't want to see their country change too much. Yet many of them are also deeply frustrated by its lack of progress.   Can a country unwilling to let of its...

Villa Girasole – in Mezzavilla di Marcellise, only thirteen kilometers from Verona – is a rotating house designed in the 1930s by engineer Angelo Invernizzi.   Invernizzi wanted his home to embody the outlandish concept of a building that could turn to keep up with the sun, just like a sunflower. He probably got the idea from Filippo Tommaso...

by Chiara Bee   He could have been a champion in athletics, but he became the founder of one of the most innovative Italian fashion houses ever: Ottavio "Tai" Missoni, born in Dubrovnik in 1921, left his career in sports (he participated in the London Olympics in 1948) in 1953, when he married Rosita Jelmini, coming from a family that produc...

by John Halas   Lamborghini has finally green-lighted the development of a new SUV with production to take place at its Sant'Agata Bolognese facility in Italy. The third model in Lamborghini's tight vehicle range after the Huracan and Aventador will go on sale in 2018, with the VW Group-owned firm expecting annual volumes of around 3,00...

by Silvia Donati   Artists, philosophers, writers through the centuries have been inspired by the beauty of Italy - we have selected some of their most inspiring or famous quotes, which reveal how much they were mesmerized by this unique country.   My favorite quote about Italy though is not included below, and comes from an Italian...

by Laura Dominici   Italian beaches at full capacity, thanks to the increase in foreign tourists. This performance is also due to the political and economic instability of North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean, primarily Greece. "We are seeing the arrival of nationalities that we were losing," explains Americo Pilati, the President of F...

by Paul Virgo   Italian food exports have enjoyed a sharp rise since the start of Milan Expo in May, experts said this week, as officials celebrated the World Fair's success at attracting visitors.   Visitor numbers at Milan's Expo 2015 have beaten expectations so far in August and reached their highest levels since the world fair ope...

Bartolomeo Scappi (ca. 1500-1577) was a great Italian cook. Born in Dumenza, in the province of Varese, he worked at the service of various cardinals before reaching the height of his career as chef for Pope Pius V. Scappi also published a cooking essay that is considered the most important of his time.   Philosophy historian Tullio Gregory,...

di Simona Desole Nell'inestimabile patrimonio botanico dell'Italia, fatto di parchi e giardini curati minuziosamente, ci sono due gioielli che brillano più degli altri. Due veri e propri angoli di paradiso, vanto di Roma e del Lazio.   Sono i vincitori della tredicesima edizione del premio Il Parco più bello d'Italia: Villa Medici nella Cap...

di Francesca Murri   Studiare la storia di Roma non è mai stato così divertente. "Imperial Fora" è la nuova app, in italiano e in inglese, che permette di rivivere sul tablet - breve anche su smartphone - l'evoluzione dei Fori romani in 1700 anni di storia.   In questa prima versione, per la quale ci sono voluti cinque anni di progett...