NEWS FROM : ITALY  

In the modern age of design, where even the most basic object is studied and rendered beautiful by industrial designers who have reached celebrity status, (orange squeezer or usb key anyone?), it seems that almost anything can become "cult".   The rise of the hipster has done nothing to help this saturation of everyday things gaining an aest...

"Grana Padano Riserva si è aggiudicato la medaglia d'oro nella categoria 'formaggi duri italiani' all'International Cheese Award di Nantwich, una sorta di Oscar dei formaggi che si svolge ogni anno in Inghilterra. Per tutti noi si tratta di un'ottima notizia che conferma l'eccellenza del nostro formaggio, sempre più simbolo del made in Italy di qua...

by Giorgio dell'Orefice   Italian wine producers want to celebrate the 2015 vintage - which looks set to be of unusually excellent quality - with a special "reserve" label. The idea is to set aside more wine from 2015 for the "reserve" (which is of superior quality and carries a special label) than in other years.   The "reserve"...

By Valentina Harris   Considering that is 96 per cent Catholic, it is not surprising that Christmas is treated as a very important occasion. In addition to the religious traditions, the festivities centre on spending time with friends and family – and much like in Britain, the gathering of loved ones has a heavy focus on food.   The d...

To connect with the rural charm that defines Tuscany, consider exploring by car and staying not in towns but in farmhouses. Savvy travelers can slow down and get a taste of Italian rural life in the traditional-yet-cozy lodgings of a countryside B&B or an agriturismo — a working farm that takes in guests.   As the names imply, these lodg...

About 525 municipalities in Italy, and three million Italians, have been classed as "garbage-free" in a recent report by green group Legambiente which praises those parts of the country that are managing to reduce non-recyclable waste to a minimum. The north of the country is leading the way, with 413 municipalities, or 79% of the total. The south...

The Ferrari FXX K has won the Compasso d'Oro, one of the most prestigious design awards. The Ferrari FXX K, the jury explained, received the "Compasso d'Oro for a vehicle that exhibits a high level of industrial artisanship. It reflects the values of both Ferrari and of the Made in Italy brand. This recognition goes to a formidable team for exempli...

by Bianca Dellepiane  In Italy, according to a report of the Ministry of Economic Development, the number of startups is increasing. They now account for about one-fifth of all companies involved in R&D, amounting to almost 5,500 companies. The majority of them are located in Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, and Latium. With startups growth the...

by Tim Layton   It only took us two millennia to figure out how the Ancient Romans made such amazingly durable concrete. Scientists at the Berkeley National Lab and a team of researchers from around the world have discovered the unique recipe used to construct Roman cities and landmarks—a surprising number of which still stand after 2000 yea...

Martedì prossimo, 1 ottobre, alle ore 11.30, avrà luogo presso la Sala Conferenze Internazionali della Farnesina la presentazione del Rapporto ANCE 2013 sulla presenza delle imprese di costruzione italiane nel mondo.   L'evento, organizzato dal Ministero degli Affari Esteri in collaborazione con l'Associazione nazionale dei costruttori edili...

by John Pollini   Some 20 centuries ago, an ancient Roman was entombed in a mausoleum along the road leading to the sea. A countryside burial wasn't unusual, since it was forbidden in Rome to bury bodies inside the city. What was odd is what happened there in the centuries that followed. My USC Dornsife students got a taste of the Italian m...

In Turin, the chocolate is at home. Piedmont chocolatiers got their first license to sell chocolate in 1678, almost 200 years before the first gianduia bar entered the chocolate scene in Turin.   But when "CioccolaTò Festival" takes place, as during the last days, Turin becomes the international temple of chocolate and a very greedy chance t...