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Isola dei Pescatori (meaning “fishermen’s island” and also known as Isola Superiore) is part of the Borromean Islands in Lake Maggiore. In Ernest Hemingway’s famous “A Farewell to Arms”, protagonist Frederic Henry stops here during the First World War, to drink a vermouth: I rowed across to Isola Bella and went close to the walls, where the water d...

Long before the tenets of slavery reached American soil, it was an accepted institution across Europe. Slavery, whether the person were Black or white, was considered a finite period in one’s life and not a permanent definition or status of one’s place in society. Once released from enslavement, a person could (and often would) become an accepted a...

If you want Italian wedding songs for your big day, you’re in luck because there are a number of classic Italian songs to choose from. Most Italian Americans, when they think of Italian music, seem to gravitate towards song like the Godfather Theme or that well known traditional Sicilian Tarantella, both of which are wildly inappropriate for a wedd...

With a flood of migrants arriving on Italy's shores, a bitter debate has erupted over whether children born on Italian soil to foreign parents should have citizenship rights at birth. According to a poll published on Thursday in the Messaggero daily, the idea of "ius soli" is losing support among Italians, even though such a path to citizenship exi...

Several little-known red grapes of Italy have achieved some small measure of renown beyond their home territories in the last 15 years, but montepulciano has not been among them. Unlike aglianico, nerello mascalese and frappato, montepulciano did not burst on to the scene, leaving behind a frenzied Instagram trail of fervent sommeliers and impassio...

Last month when I was preparing for my article, it was snowing. This month, I was taking shelter from the blazing sun and in search of the perfect wine to help me endure the summer heat. I found that perfect wine — or, more specifically, wine region — in northeast Italy, in the region of Trentino-Alto Adige. Like the subject of last month’s column,...

The year 2017 started with the foot on the accelerator for Italian exports, boding well for the 215,700 exporting Italian companies surveyed in the 2015-2016 report by Italian Trade Agency ICE on the internationalization of the country, in collaboration with national statistics institute ISTAT. The first data on sales abroad show that exports are u...

On a narrow street in Rome’s Trastevere neighbourhood, the blending of gastronomic and family traditions can be tasted, and it tastes delightfully sweet. Since 1940, the Innocenti family has owned the Biscottificio Artigiano Innocenti, a biscuit factory now run by Stefania Innocenti, third generation of biscuit specialists. The Biscottificio operat...

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the death of the Italian designer Gianni Versace, an event that the world will come to know much more about when Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story series about his assassination debuts early next year. Versace was 50 and at the top of the game when he was murdered in his Miami home. Much of what is considered...

When Gianluca Viberti was in winemaking school, aged 18, he listened to a lecture given by a visiting Champagne producer. “You guys here have beautiful red wines,” said the producer. “But we have Champagne.” He then posed a question: “Do you know the difference between Champagne and Barolo?” The answer, he said, was that you could drink Champagne 2...

Living and working in the midst of nature, eliminating stressful trips to the office, and setting aside all of the bad, depressing feelings caused by bosses who are more stressed out than you are. Sure, you won’t get rich, but you’ll gain more in terms of the quality of living: changing everything in order to open an agritourism spot in ‘Bella Ital...

The famed island of Capri, playground of the contemporary jet set began its life as a luxurious destination well before today. It seems that the city of Capri has been inhabited since prehistoric times, with evidence of human settlement being discovered during the Roman era, yet its status was cemented when Emperor Augustus chose the island as his...