NEWS FROM : ITALY  

The Siena Cathedral's Gate to Heaven opened on March 9 and will remain open until October 31, 2015. Thanks to a project by Opera della Metropolitana di Siena, visitors can now enjoy a unique view of the magnificent Romanesque-Gothic church built between the 13th and 14th centuries, from a place as high up as the stars.   The Tuscan city's cr...

By Colleen Barry   The Expo 2015 world's fair showed potential as a backdrop for serious diplomacy as it opened Friday for a six-month run, even as it also served as a lightning rod for anti-globalization protests. North Korea stepped out of its isolation as a last-minute participant, and there are signs that Turkey may use the occasion...

If you're in Rome this summer, don't miss the rare chance to admire Leonardo da Vinci's iconic self-portrait, for the first time on display at the Capitoline Museums, starting today.   Normally preserved in the vault of the Royal Library of Turin, and rarely visible to the public, the delicate portrait, thought to be drawn around 1510, when...

Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy won the 1,500 freestyle at the world swimming championships Sunday night in a race that shockingly went off without two-time defending champion Sun Yang of China. Sun didn't appear during introductions and Lane 3 remained empty instead of being filled by reserve Pal Joensen of the Faroe Islands.   "Today I...

Italian spumante exports are at a record high, up 20% in the first five months of 2015, according to farmers' association Coldiretti. Coldiretti President Roberto Moncalvo presented the analysis, based on research data from national statistics bureau ISTAT, at the association's Expo pavilion "No Farmers, No Party".   According to the da...

by Alessia Maccaferri Bucking a trend in other countries where the so-called sharing economy is focused on on-demand services, which slash costs and boost profits, in Italy, there's been an attempt to go in another direction more similar to peer-to-peer, collaboration, and alternative business models. The new 2015 map of Italy's sharing econo...

La Capitale italiana della cultura è una novità introdotta con il Decreto Legge 31 maggio 2014, n. 83, contenente nuove misure in materia di tutela del patrimonio culturale, sviluppo della cultura e rilancio del turismo (convertito in legge e pubblicato nella Gazzetta Ufficiale n. 175 del 30 luglio 2014).   In particolare, il provvedimento c...

By Francesca Bezzone   The drive in, a milkshake, James Dean wearing his jeans: is there anything more quintessentially "americana" than this? As pleasant as it may be, we don't need to take a trip down memory lane to realize how intertwined with American imagery and tradition blue jeans are.   We usually, and rightly so, associate th...

Marlon Brando col viso insanguinato, pistola alla mano e uno sguardo che parla, Rita Hayworth che danza coperta di veli ondeggianti con la sua folta chioma riccia, il primo piano di John Wayne inghiottito in una macchia rossa indistinta fatta di cavalli e profili indiani.   Anselmo Ballester ha dipinto i più grandi attori della storia del ci...

by Lorenzo Zanini In Italy, art is everywhere. Rome, Naples, Palermo, Florence, Venice and Milan are "can't miss" destinations for visitors wishing to experience the country's beauty. However, there are other places just as beautiful but not so widely known: The Castle of Celano (L'Aquila) The Piccolomini Castle in Celano (L'Aquila) is a man...

By Alexandra ZavisThe U.S. Consulate in Milan was temporarily evacuated Tuesday after receiving a letter containing a bomb threat, according to news reports. Other offices in the building were also evacuated and a nearby subway stop shut down while police investigated. No threat was found, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.   U.S. S...

A Mary Ann Esposito è andato il Premio Artusi 2013 per la straordinaria opera di diffusione della cucina italiana negli Stati Uniti d'America.Sia attraverso la produzione televisiva sia attraverso le numerose pubblicazioni, il suo lavoro è volto al recupero della migliore tradizione territoriale e alla valorizzazione della cucina domestica, al cuor...