NEWS FROM : ITALY  

“Ciao, what are you up to?” Flavia says while looking at me and checking if I have any white hair, if my dress is this season’s or a couple of years old, and whether I have gained weight or not. “Nothing much, and you? How are you all?” I reply, while checking basically the same things. “So and so, we keep going,” she answers. An Italian will never...

Italian colazione (breakfast) is a simple daily ritual, and if not at home, had while standing at bar on the way to work: perhaps a scalding espresso, cappuccino (espresso and a dollop of foamed milk) or caffè latte (say "latte" alone and you'll get a glass of milk.) For those Italians wanting to avoid caffeine, they never order "decaf", but might...

Il bacino potenziale teorico del cosiddetto turismo "di ritorno" o "delle origini", ovvero quello generato dagli italiani residenti all'estero o dai loro discendenti, e' pari a circa 80 milioni di persone. Il giro d'affari attualmente relativo a questo segmento turistico dal solo continente Americano si aggira intorno ai 650 milioni di euro per un...

Italian Enthusiasts know that in Italy, there is no shortage of dialects.  A Sicilian speaking in his pure vernacular is not usually understandable to Italians from other regions.  In other parts of Italy, however, one’s dialect may not be so different than standard Italian whereas to render the speech wholly unintelligible. As we become more acqua...

YOU HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN about pesto, have you? This is a public service announcement. I made pasta with pesto for guests recently, and they loved it. As in, could not stop talking about how good it was while they ate it as fast as they could and then asked for more. The happiness-to-effort ratio was approximately 1,000,000 to 1. I felt like I tied my...

“Industrial city of the 20th century:” this is how Ivrea has been recently introduced to the UNESCO World Heritage List, at the beginning of the month of July. Ivrea is little known outside of Italy, but its most beloved son, Adriano Olivetti, is famous, appreciated and esteemed around the world. A name, that of Olivetti, synonym with innovation an...

Non c'è scaffale nelle cucine italiane che non ospiti il famoso manuale di cucina scritto da Pellegrino Artusi: “La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangiar bene. Manuale pratico per le famiglie” del 1891. Qui sono custodite ben 790 ricette, raccolte nel tempo pazientemente dall'autore in innumerevoli viaggi. “L'Artusi” è diventato uno dei più importa...

Italy will launch a three-city bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan, Turin and Cortina. The Italian Olympic Committee announced the move on Wednesday, having decided a joint bid was more cost effective. It was unanimously voted for by the CONI board. Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala, however, has criticized the decision and says that while his ci...

On so many occasions just like that one, the crisp, clean, affordable white wines of Alto Adige / Südtirol DOC transformed my everyday life with their simple elegance, making the mundane special, if not memorable. The indication of Südtirol in the DOC name reflects the German language influence in this bilingual area of Italy (formerly part of Aust...

Italy's Alessio Figalli has been awarded the Fields Medal, which is the world's top award for mathematics and is considered a sort of Nobel Prize for the discipline. "This prize gives me so much joy," Figalli told ANSA after the announcement at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in Rio de Janeiro. "It is such a big thing that I'm st...

Cesare Catania is not only an artist in life, he is also a multi-facetted man with a lot of skills; a complex personality mastering many disciplines that finally enrich and serve his art. This brilliant master of all trades with encyclopaedic knowledge wears by turns the hat of an artist, of course as a painter and sculptor but he also wears the ha...

Tours and tastings at olive oil estates and wineries are a popular part of any trip to Italy, but why visit for only an hour or two when you can spend the night? Several of these estates throughout the country hope to attract overnight guests with new accommodations and a lineup of activities. Hanging your hat in a winery or with a local olive oil...