NEWS FROM : ITALY  

A beautiful article appeared a while back on the renowned pages of the New York Times. It was an incredibly entertaining and informative account of the author’s voyage to one of Italy least known corner, Basilicata, a region mostly associated to the ageless Matera, UNESCO Heritage Site, vivid cinematographic set - it’s the town appearing in Mel Gib...

“Good Lambruscos are almost always going to be in the $20 to $30 range,” Keith Beavers, wine professional and VinePair columnist, says as I set up a Lambrusco blind tasting. He’s right. Our panel immediately pans three cloying, $11-ish bottles in rapid succession. Beavers’ wisdom goes against persistent misconceptions about Lambrusco, the sparkling...

Le presenze dei turisti statunitensi in Italia nel 2017, a quota 12,7 milioni, aumentano dell’8% sul 2013 e del 16,5% sul 2008. È quanto rilevato dall’Enit, in base ai dati Istat. La spesa turistica, pari a 4,5 miliardi di euro, cresce del 12,2% sul 2013 e del 47,0% circa su dieci anni fa (Enit su dati Banca d’Italia). A Natale, tra il 18 e il 31 d...

AS Roma have become the first Italian football club to agree an exclusive content partnership with Twitter. Over the past 12 months, Twitter has embarked on a strategy to enrich its platform with new and exclusive content and the deal with Roma is a first in Italian football for the social network. AS Roma’s innovative and highly engaging strategy...

Rome's Colosseum has attracted 7.4 million visitors in 2018, an increase of 5.7 per cent compared to last year, according to the director of the Colosseum archaeological park, Alfonsina Russo. Russo announced the news on 18 December during the presentation of the new logo and interactive website of the Colosseum archaeological park. She said that "...

Francesco Antonio D’Alimonte nacque a Roccamorice, in provincia di Pescara, il 30 marzo del 1871 da Alfonso e Maria Giuseppa Di Martino. Il 18 ottobre del 1900 sposò la compaesana Maria Napoleone nata il 22 aprile del 1881 dai “contadini” Antonio e Regina Ruggieri. L’atto di matrimonio fu certificato dall’allora sindaco di Roccamorice Amadio Ventur...

Every Italian received a Tombola set as a Christmas present at some stage of their childhood. Mine, however, was a bit of a historical relic, as I had inherited my brother’s, who is eleven years my senior, and there were plenty of bits and pieces missing. Cards were all bent and a lot its little wooden numbers were missing. I still remember them, t...

The day following Christmas is dedicated to the celebration of an important figure in the history of the Catholic Church. It is St. Stephen, the first martyr of Christianity. Italian Traditions will guide you on the discovery of this protagonist of Christianity and his history. We will also talk about the significance of this holiday and how people...

The Consortium for the protection of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is preparing for another year full of events and surprises. 2018 was an intense but successful year which saw the project “Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, The Original” present on many fronts. The activities opened in February with the Consortium’s presence at the South Beach Wine & Food F...

Photos posted by residents show the black and grey smoke spewed over the blue skies as Etna blew her top on Christmas Eve. Seismic activity has been rocking the active volcano for the past few days, with lava seen bubbling up from its crater. Locals have reported hearing a "massive explosion" – and those used to living the shadow of the volcano hav...

Maria Antonietta Avanzo only wanted two things in life: she wanted to win, and she wanted more women to find their niche in racing just like she did. Avanzo, like many female racers, fell in love with her first set of wheels at a young age. Born in 1889 in Italy, she hopped on her father’s De Dion-Bouton tricycle nearly as soon as she could sit upr...

I hope Cinque Terre always stays a little bit under the radar. That it remains in that "Italy's best kept secret" category. So, I figure, what better way to keep things secret than to go out there and publish a 1,000 word blog post raving about it. Cinque Terre means "The Five Towns" in Italian. Each town has, maybe, a few thousand residents. To go...