NEWS FROM : ITALY  

Venice, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is losing its cultural identity. Over the years, it’s been taken over by tourists – most staying just one day – to the extent that UNESCO has warned the city it might be listed as a world heritage site in danger. Besieged by tourism, the city is being destroyed, but one frequent visitor, with h...

Italy is always associated with pasta so I thought I'd write about one of it's most celebrated pasta dishes which is a traditional Roman recipe, and often made incorrectly around the world.  I'll confess that for many years I was making this recipe all wrong.  While I will frequently rave about my mother's cooking and her wonderful recipes, I am so...

With a 47-year long experience in the international movie field, Lamborghini has just inaugurated a special exhibition at its Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese. Open daily from 9:30am to 7:00pm CET (EST), until October 31, it includes the most famous ‘bulls‘ that were featured on the silver screen. One car that made history is the Miura. The star of t...

Un bambino bilingue è anche colui che parla italiano e dialetto oppure possiamo definire tale solo chi parla due lingue distinte come l’inglese e italiano? Dal punto di vista linguistico e cognitivo non c’è nessuna differenza tra l’uso di due forme o sistemi linguistiche, esiste invece un atteggiamento politico-sociale che riconosce una lingua più...

Two of Italy’s greats have come together to celebrate Italian culture in the best way possible: coffee company illy has partnered up with world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli on its latest North American advertising campaign. Using Bocelli and his career as inspiration, the illy campaign celebrates that creating something unique, like Bocell...

Whether you're Voyaging through Tuscany, Lazio, Campania, Puglia or Sicily, you will inevitably come across the most beautiful floral displays in hanging wall pot gardens. The kaleidoscope of colors is often dizzying, and the collection of interestingly shaped terracotta pots along with the texture of old stone walls only add interest. Although man...

Dear fellow Italians, dear Italian-American friends, as we celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the foundation of the Republic we remember the choice of freedom made by Italian women and men on June 2, 1946. A choice that has allowed our country to join the path of democracy and progress in the transatlantic and European framework. This year is also t...

Besides their birthday, many Italians also celebrate their onomastico. This term, which in English translates to “name-day,” derives from the Greek verb onomázein - chiamare per nome (to call by name). The onomastico has a strong religious background and is a common observance in many Catholic countries. Simply put, it refers to celebrating a perso...

In Italy, I have come to believe that you don't need much reason in order to celebrate life! It seems like at least a few times a month, there's a reason to get together, order cake, celebrate! There are also a lot of "Saint" holidays in Italy! St. Francis, St. Antonio, St. Giuseppe and of course, St. Giovanni, or St. John. Celebrated just two week...

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) has developed ItaliAmo, an app for English and Chinese speakers interested in learning Italian. ItaliAmo reduces the difficulty of learning Italian by introducing words and concepts in a direct and entertaining way. The app is part of a larger effort by MAECI to increase the popu...

As your eyes acclimatize to the soft ambient light, sacred statues begin to peek out from shaded alcoves. A single shaft of dazzling sunlight hits the floor, drawing your gaze up to the heavens. And the smell of incense assails the senses. But this is no typical Catholic church. This is Rome’s breathtaking, mind-blowing Pantheon, built first as a p...

Twenty years ago if you heard about Prosecco, the white sparkling wine from Italy’s Veneto region, is was probably as a component with white peach juice of the bellini cocktail, invented at Harry’s Bar in Venice. The popularity of that easy-to-drink aperitif helped Prosecco get a foothold in the U.K., German and U.S. markets as a good mixer and as...