NEWS FROM : ITALY  

One IKEA store is opening its doors to more than just shoppers looking for a bargain. In Catania, Italy, IKEA is allowing stray dogs to come inside so they can stay warm during the winter — and the internet is loving it. Martine Taccia noticed multiple dogs lounging around while she was shopping at the furniture store. She decided to record the sle...

In my previous pieces I wrote on three relations that appear evident in Italian society: that between the religious and the secular, between culture and agriculture, and between earthquake and architecture. In demonstration of the last relation, I offer in this piece a discussion of the earthquake that struck the Val di Noto in Sicily in 1693 and i...

Perhaps no other automaker takes sartorial inspiration as seriously as Maserati. That’s especially true for the 2019 Maserati Quattroporte executive sedan, which proudly draws its inspiration from the diagonal pattern endemic to men’s neckwear. Earlier this fall, I drove the car through some of the world’s most fashionable places, from Monte Carlo...

There's more to Como than ritzy villas and celebrities. Head off the beaten path and you'll find a lake for all budgets and all seasons. Lake Como – Liberty Style villas and gardens, pastel-coloured villages and mountains that plunge down into the lake. Pliny the Younger, Bryon, Stendhal, Goethe, Mark Twain, Gianni Versace and George Clooney all lo...

Italian and other dry-stone walls were added Wednesday to UNESCO's list of the world's intangible heritage of humanity. The UN cultural agency announced the news on Twitter Wednesday. UNESCO thanked the countries that presented the bid: as well as Italy, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland. UNESCO recognised the art of...

As Italy wrestles with how to manage the effects of mass tourism on places like Venice and Florence, a clifftop village in the south of the country has caused controversy by charging visitors to enter its historic centre. Tourists have to pay €5 (£4.40) to enter the cobbled heart of Polignano a Mare, a spectacularly sited village of whitewashed hou...

In Italy there are many companies that have made the history of the country thanks to their work. They have become the symbol of the city they come from. Their importance is celebrated through the creation of museums and exhibition spaces dedicated to their history. One of these is the Lavazza museum in Turin. Italian Traditions will guide you on t...

Antonio Canova was born in a small village near Venice. Although Greece was far away, he was still nicknamed “the new Phidias”, as he brought the classical era from 400 BC to 1700 AD, becoming the point man in neoclassicism, a cultural trend that will restore the glory of European art. The identification of classicism with Antonio Canova dates back...

A differenza che in passato al sistema dei musei e Beni culturali è oggi richiesto di motivare la propria esistenza e il costo per la collettività. Gli operatori del settore devono confrontarsi con obiettivi chiari e misurabili. Devono fare i conti col numero dei biglietti venduti, dei follower sui social media, con l’incasso da merchandising, l’af...

Even if you’ve never been near Parma in Italy's province of Emilia-Romagna, you probably have savored its best-known exports, but a visit to this elegant city will allow you to taste its incomparable prosciutto and Parmigiano-Reggiano at the source, along with a host of other scrumptious edibles. While food plays a big part in the Parma experience,...

Prosecco is a global superpower. Nearly 20 percent of all sparkling wine sold in 2017 was Prosecco, according to Nielsen data, and sales were up 21 percent over the previous year. And that’s not the half of it. Industry experts like Vinexpo CEO Guillaume Deglise predict that Prosecco sales will continue to soar, increasing by more than 36 percent t...

Nelle leggi dei numeri che governano l’armonia dell’universo vede una sfida continua di un gioco in cui, ogni volta che risolve un rebus, è come se superasse sé stesso: il 29enne matematico palermitano Alessio Sammartano, che ha scelto le falde dell’Etna per la sua istruzione universitaria, oggi fa ricerca da post doc e insegna come visiting assist...