NEWS FROM : ITALY  

Venice's iconic Rialto Bridge is on everyone's Top 10 must-see list. But apart from taking a selfie at the top or a beautiful panoramic photo down the Grand Canal, few stop to consider the history behind the bridge. Fewer still realize that this is the sixth crossing on the site or that Michelangelo, one of Italy's greatest artists, was linked to i...

His father wanted him to become a lawyer, and he nearly did. But Massimo Bottura's obsession with cooking instead has paid off: his restaurant, the Osteria Francescana, may have put the noses of conservative Italian chefs out of joint, but it now boasts the title "best in the world".   Set in the heart of Modena in northern Italy, the Oster...

by Giovanna Mancini   With over €1 billion in sales, the US is the top foreign market into which Italian interior design firms are seeking to expand their activities. While it's true that the Chinese market is growing more quickly (with sales of Italian furniture up 27.5% in 2015), in absolute terms the US market remains by far the most impo...

Naples is not just a B-list Italian city or a gritty point of departure to Capri or Pompeii. It's the former seat of an entire kingdom that, after Italy's unification, had its treasury looted and its citizens taxed into submission. The best context for Naples, which only Paris rivaled for sophistication, is Museo di Capodimonte, the largest museum...

by Claudia Astarita   It's is quite common to read or hear that Italian fashion managed to survive the global financial crisis re-launching the "Made in Italy" power. At the same time, it is not unusual to discover that top international luxury brands make part of their products in Italy, rather than in cheap developing countries.   H...

by Christopher Emsden Italian manufacturing business confidence improved for the eighth consecutive month in December, inching up to 98.2 to reach its highest level since August 2011, national statistics institute Istat said Monday. The November figure was 98.0, revised down from 98.1.   Sentiment among makers of consumer and intermedi...

L'Expo parlerà (anche) americano. In visita a Roma, il presidente degli Stati Uniti Barack Obama e il segretario di Stato John F. Kerry hanno infatti ufficializzato la partnership pubblico-privata con l'Italia, che darà vita al padiglione americano di Expo 2015.   "Torneremo a Milano, con un padiglione", ha promesso Obama. Il complesso, real...

Last year two Italian VC firms and an institutional player combined to from United Ventures, based out of Milan. They closed a first round of funding at €30 million ($39M) but aimed for €50 million.   It was a welcome move as the Italian tech scene has formerly languished through lack of funds, despite a growing entrepreneurial and startup s...

Un libro che stupisce, Giuseppino. Ti aspetteresti di trovarci subito consigli utili per la cucina, ricette, qualche curiosità su MasterChef e invece leggi una storia personale, addirittura uno spaccato della vita di una famiglia istriana che dopo la seconda guerra mondiale riesce a raggiungere gli Stati Uniti per provare a farsi una nuova vita. &...

by Chiara Beghelli   What about enjoying a cocktail and some small talk on the streets in early spring evening, after having spent hours visiting stands in huge Rho-Fiera buildings on the outskirts of Milan?   Definitely yes, for the thousands of people that every year pay a visit to "Fuorisalone" events, spread out over Milan during...

By Melissa McCart  Regional Italian restaurants have been opening in Pittsburgh at a fast clip, from Senti in Lawrenceville with a menu inspired by the Abruzzo region, to Taglio in East Liberty, serving Roman-style tray pizzas. It would be great if being Italian or dining Italian lent a thorough understanding of a region. Instead a resta...

by Matthew Speiser   A 131-foot fishing trawler manned by a wealthy American and his family left the shores of Malta on Wednesday to set off into the Mediterranean sea for a six month expedition, CNN reports. Its mission? Rescue migrants making the perilous journey from Africa to Europe.   "I love the adventure and challenge of t...