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In the Italian Pavilion of the last Venice Bienniale, only twelve artists were invited, each of whom had a reserved separate room all for him/herself and the set up of his/her works. The choice was partly disappointing: in some cases for the choice of artists who, even if still active, being quite old did not have much to say about the novelties of...

The most widely known sparkling wine of Italy is prosecco, but there are many others that are worth recognizing, especially those of Franciacorta in Lombardy and those of Trento in the region of Trentino. Then you have those sparkling wines that are on the sweeter side like moscato d'asti and brachetto d'acqui. I've written about many of these in t...

The Quirinale Palace stands on the homonymous hill of Rome. It is the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic and one of the symbols of the Italian State. The Quirinale surrounds a garden of about 4 hectares, famous for its elevated position. The romantic garden of the second half of the eighteenth century, with the elegant Coff...

A few days ago, on behalf of We the Italians I had the privilege to attend a private meeting where some very important and charismatic Italians gathered to discuss a project called "Schola Italica", coming from the ingenious mind of Piero Bassetti. Last year I interviewed Mr. Bassetti, and I found his vision about the "Italici" paradigm very intere...

Apulia is a fantastic region which offers its visitors beautiful scenery, a pristine sea and lots of art and culture: the beaches of Salento, UNESCO sites such as Alberobello, not to mention the beautiful buildings built by Frederick II of Swabia, who loved this land and gave it monuments of inestimable value. Let’s begin with the imposing and impr...

The air in the hills of Parma is fragrant: once the sea breeze from the Versilia coast has acquired the aroma of the pine trees, it is scoured by the karst Cisa mountains, losing all its saltiness, and finally wafts over scented chestnut groves. It is therefore a dry air, ideal for the curing process. An essential condition for obtaining Prosciutto...

The oldest existing record of Valsesian Puncetto needlelace is a notarial deed from 1685, a writ of dowry that includes a large white handkerchief described as being adorned with “ponchietto”. It can therefore be assumed that the technique was an established part of the traditional handicraft culture at that time and was already well developed and...

Forrest "Red" DeBernardi was the first Italian-American star to shine in the firmament of American basketball in the twenties (All-Conference in '22 and '23). After college, he played for 11 seasons in the National Athletic Amateur Union (AAU), collecting 7 selections for the AAU American Team. In '38, the Associated Press elected him "best center"...

The oldest district of Scilla is Chianalea, which takes its name from “piano della galea” (galley deck), but it is also called Acquagrande or Canalea, because the little houses built directly on the rocks are separated one from the other by small alleys, like channels, which descend directly into the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The history and origins of the Giro d’Italia take us back to 1909 when La Gazzetta dello Sport editor, Tullo Morganini, decided to organize the bicycle race to increase the magazine sales and popularity. The competition counted 127 riders, 2,448 km (1,521 mi), 5325 lira as a prize, 49 riders finishing the ride and only one winner, Luigi Ganna. On M...

Penne all’arrabbiata (“angry” penne pasta) is a typical first course belonging to our Roman culinary tradition. It is not only very easy and fast to make, but deliciously devilishly too! It has a distinct, spicy taste due to chili pepper. The amount of chili pepper is very personal, but do not forget that chili pepper is very also healthy, a must...

From the unacknowledged tailors in Piedmont in the late 1600s to contemporary international fashion brands like Fiorucci and Diesel, Italians have played an important role in shaping this iconic wardrobe staple way back to its inception. What would you think if I told you that jeans – an icon of American life – are an Italian invention?