MAGAZINE  

Lampedusa’s famed quote, “If things are to remain the same they will have to change,” is still relevant today. To the keen eye, this is evident in an artistic renaissance happening in Sicily today. Once prized for its strategic position connecting disparate worlds and culture, that advantage changed long ago. In recent history, Sicily and its art s...

For Rome’s tourists, the ancient fountains in front of the Spanish Steps, in Piazza Navona, that called Trevi and many others are the objects of ceaseless wonder and admiration. And Romans’ age-old relationship with their water is unique and eternal, given the majesty of their aqueducts and, above all, their fountains.

In one of my last classes on traditions and cultural diversity, I had an interesting exchange with non-Catholic students who were having trouble in understanding the value of Christmas in general and for Italians, in particular.

Let’s start our tour of the languages and dialects of Italy with one of the most spoken, especially abroad: Sicilian. Since 2010, Sicilian holds the official status of language and is spoken mostly in Sicily, which is in the south of Italy. According to the UNESCO, in fact, Sicilian is a “mother language” and it could be even older than Italian! Ye...

The current complex of Villa Fidelia overlooks, in a very scenic location, the road that runs through the Valle Umbra separating it from the first hills rich of historical settlements and prestigious olive crops. The complex was commissioned in the sixteenth century by the Urbani family and was built on the remains of a sanctuary belonging to a set...

Francesco Petrarca is considered the father of the Italian language and of Humanism. In the Italian literature scenario, more than everything he represents the ideals of the modern man, who wanted a clean break with the medieval past, recovering the centrality of man in the service of an absolutely innovative poetic, made of stylistic perfection th...

The tragic earthquake in central Italy that lasted all summer in different waves, created a real disaster for the historical and artistic heritage of the affected areas, of course besides the distressing news for the population and for the victims. The earthquake zone is closely linked to the medieval Romanesque art that radiates throughout Europe...

Vigne Surrau is a winery situated in the northern part of the island of Sardinia. This is definitely one of the few regions of Italy I have yet to visit, but is definitely top of my list, maybe even my next trip to Italy. Vigne Surrau, named after the valley within Sardinia of where they are located, was founded in 2000. They are located close to t...

After spending four months in Italy, there is a bittersweet feeling as my semester comes to an end. With Christmas season being halfway through its course I noticed how different the holiday seasons compare between the US and Italy.

WTI Magazine #9    2013 Dec, 13 Author : Paolo Battaglia      Translation by:   December 6, 1907 - The Monongah Mine disaster of Monongah, West VirginiaHistory is punctuated by terrible accidents that killed hundreds of miners. In Cherry, Illinois on November 13, 1909, 259 miners died; at least seventy-three were Itali...

  WTI Magazine #27    2014 Apr, 25Author : folclore.it      Translation by:   Since a few years Ascoli Piceno in the Marche region, homeland of the famous "olive ascolane" (fried olives from Ascoli), it has become the Italian capital of every variety of deep-fried food, in particular the fried food Italian styl...

  WTI Magazine #57    2015 April, 3Author : Edoardo Peretti      Translation by:   In a country like Italy, whose culture and imagination were and are directly or indirectly strongly characterized by Catholicism, some way also present in writers and directors who do not believe in God, Easter, the most important C...