One of the best aspects of living in Italy for over a decade as a travel writer has been discovering towns I didn’t have on my radar before moving here. From Tuscany to Calabria, the Dolomites to Basilicata, this country is crammed with villages full of art, food, and natural beauty—places that many travelers miss out on while focusing on the tried...

Nella prima settimana del prossimo mese di agosto il presidente degli Stati Uniti d’America Donald Trump visiterà la città di Matera. La notizia non è stata diffusa dalla Prefettura di Matera per motivi di sicurezza ma il programma della visita a Matera è stato già definito. Donald Trump, che ha scelto la Puglia ed in particolare Borgo Egnazia, res...

The recovery in southern Italy is continuing, driven by business. Gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.9% in 2016, after +1% in 2015: moderate growth that should continue also in the first part of 2017. And it is industry in the strict sense which is fueling this trend: its value added rose in 2016 by 3.4%: two points higher than the Italian average...

Doppio malto, aromatica, dal colore rosso tendente all'ambrato. Lavorata con malti speciali, farina di castagne e caratterizzata dal profumo di numerose spezie che le conferiscono un gusto unico, vellutato e fruttato. Ma soprattutto lucana, di Balvano, in provincia di Potenza, prodotta in uno stabilimento sorto nei primi anni '80 e rilevato nel 199...

Frank Di Ionno is racing through the mountain roads outside of San Bartolomeo, Italy, like a young Mario Andretti. He is 67 but has the energy and sense of immortality of a man one third his age. I look over at the speedometer. It bounces between 110 and 120. I realize its kilometers but it sure feels like miles per hour to me. I am in the passenge...

On July 2, the city of Matera, in Basilicata, celebrates its main annual festival: the Festa della Bruna, or the Festa della Madonna Bruna. Matera is famous for its ancient cave dwellings, known as Sassi, which are a UNESCO World Heritage site. There is evidence that people were living in the Sassi as early as the year 7000 BC and the caves are sti...

There is a sense of shame as Luigi Plasmati, 89, recollects growing up amid chronic poverty in a crammed cave in Matera, an ancient, bruised city in Italy’s southern Basilicata region.“It was brutal,” he said. “There were families of maybe nine or 10 children, sleeping next to mules and pigs. We were dying of hunger.” Less than 70 years ago some 15...

Industry is the driving force behind the slow economic recovery in the South of Italy, a study by the Svimez think tank shows. The new figures relative to 2016 show that private investments are playing a decisive role in the consolidation of the growth path begun in 2015 (that in any case remains weak), driven by industry in the strict sense. With...

L’emigrazione tra la fine dell’800 e la prima metà del ‘900, tra  sofferenze e  sogni divenuti realtà; l’importanza di far conoscere  alle giovani generazioni di italo-americani personaggi del profondo Sud dell’Italia che hanno contribuito alla crescita economica, sociale e culturale degli Stati Uniti. «Aiutare tanti italoamericani a sentirsi fieri...

Find some unusual places to visit in Italy for the summer vacation can be the perfect solution to avoid the mass tourism that characterizes the famous locations of the peninsula. Cities like Rome, Florence or Venice are beautiful, but it’s often very difficult to visit them properly. Fortunately, Italy has a lot of amazing spots outside the common...