NEWS FROM : ITALY  

by Guy Trebay   "I hate the word elegant," Nino Cerruti, arguably among the more elegant men of the 20th century and, at 84, perhaps also the 21st, said Tuesday morning. "It's artificial." Mr. Cerruti, a stylist and businessman whose name has long been synonymous with Italian fashion at its highest end, snuffed out a cigarette and turne...

by Claudia Astarita   The people of Apulia have never been wealthy, and have lived on agriculture and sheep farming, since nature blessed them with a mild climate and fertile soil. But the Apulians have exploited their imagination to create that endless source of joy and flavour which over the centuries has become their traditional cuisine....

Overall, the Italian wood and furniture industry restarted to grow in 2015 for the first time after seven years (if we exclude the "little rebound" of 2010), with production growth at 2.6%, not solely due to the foreign markets (very dynamic, with a rise around 6%), but also to the domestic one that recovered about 1% in a year. The 2016 forecasts...

Picture a day like this: You wake up and head to your job at a small company you own and manage together with your fellow workers, doing high-tech, advanced manufacturing that's too specialized for bigger factories. For lunch, you swing by a restaurant owned by another worker cooperative, this one a national-scale firm that serves millions of custo...

di Monica Gasbarri, Think News - ItaliaChiamaItalia La bandiera italiana rimane alta nel mondo. Se in casa nostra il turismo interno sembra aver perso quel certo appeal che una bella vacanza "casareccia" ha sempre avuto – tanto da far mettere nei decenni passati armi e bagagli sul cofano della propria macchina per partire all'avventura, ma rigoros...

Bocce, Italian bowling, is for everyone, even the chronically feeble like myself. I came early to the game thanks to a high Catholic upbringing. Catholic education was responsible for my introduction to bocce, at the end of a trip to a shrine.  With hot weather came the Italian excuse for extended picnics: the holy pilgrimage. With myself as...

Massimo Bottura is the chef at Osteria Francescana, which came in at No. 3 in Restaurant Magazine's "World's Top 50 Restaurants" ranking. He's an eccentric guy, discussing Picasso and Italian traditions while showing off some of his beautiful lunch dishes. The best part of the video is at 3:45, when Bottura instructs a guest to close his eyes and e...

by Steve Meacham   Lorenzo Polegri calls himself "the Etruscan chef" and has written a highly entertaining cookbook under that name. He's a born showman, obviously enjoying himself as he demonstrates to our tour group how to make perfect pasta, Etruscan-style.   We're seated around tables at Ristorante Zeppelin in beautiful Orvie...

With a whole pavilion dedicated to the USA, TTG Incontri is the only trade fair in Italy gathering under the same roof the widest and most comprehensive US tourist offer.   Together with the USA, many other international destinations choose TTG Incontri as the only trade exhibition for promotion in the Italian market. According to Euromonito...

During the presentation ceremony of the book "Firenze sotto tiro" by F. Hartt on the liberation of the City, on June 26 the members have greeted Sarah Morrison leaving Florence ceasing the functions of the U.S. Consul General.   The Co-Chairs have donated to Sarah a painting of Anna di Volo and a t-shirt with the words FLORENCE LOVES YOU. &...

Italy unveiled the restored crown jewel of the ancient city of Pompeii on Friday, showing off a rare success story as it races to shore up the site marred by such mismanagement and neglect that it risked losing EU funding and its UNESCO World Heritage site listing.   Culture Minister Dario Franceschini cut the ribbon to open the restored Vil...

by Natascia Ronchetti   In the biotech cluster of Mirandola, in the province of Modena, devastation has given way to innovation. The destruction of nearly two-thirds of the area's businesses brought on by an earthquake nearly three years ago was followed by an aggressive reconstruction effort that's catapulted the biggest groups back onto th...