Pompeii may have had a theatre already at the time of the arrival of the Samnites in the fourth century BC, Superintendent Massimo Osanna said Thursday after the discovery of a concave area next to the second-century BC theatre that was preserved by the 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius. The new digs at the famed archaeological site have "raised this hypo...

Forcella quietly opened in the North End on Thursday, bringing old-world Italian food to the former Carmen space just days before Christmas. Nino Trotta — who owns Forcella alongside his girlfriend, general manager Shannon MacGowan, and his brother, wine director Christian Trotta — said that the cozy, candlelit vibe of the restaurant sets Forcella...

Up and down this cramped pedestrian street there are little clay statues of Cristiano Ronaldo, unmistakable in their form: legs spread shoulder-width apart, arms shooting at the ground, hair gelled into a luscious wave. There are also fat Ronaldos; weirdly skinny Ronaldos; Ronaldos with faces that resemble “The Scream,” by Edvard Munch; and many, m...

That of the nativity scene is a tradition strongly rooted in the culture and society of Italy. It is considered to date back to year 1223, when San Francesco is credited to have created in the village of Greccio the “presepe” by reconstructing the nativity scene with living animals and real people. The first known nativity, with reconstruction of t...

“Qui dove il mare luccica / e tira forte il vento, / su una vecchia terrazza / davanti al Golfo di Surriento…” (“Here, where the sea shines / and the wind blows strong, / on an old terrace / facing the Gulf of Sorrento…”) are perhaps Lucio Dalla’s most famous words. They are the beginning of the Italian singer songwriter’s sentimental song dedicate...

After visiting Teatro San Carlo, Stendhal wrote in his 1817 travel journal, “Rome, Naples and Florence”, “There is nothing in all of Europe comparable to this theatre, that gives the slightest idea of what it is like. It dazzles the eyes, enraptures the soul”. The theater is, indeed, an overwhelming triumph of beauty. Built in 1737 by King Charles...

Certainly not lacking for cultural excellence, Italy is not only the cradle of Roman, Renaissance and Baroque art, but it also plays a rather important role in the international modern and contemporary art scenes. Museums, galleries, cultural institutions and the artists themselves are organized into collectives: art in Italy follows the flux of ev...

Zero Otto Uno per chi…mangia da fuori Napoli. La scena è quella di Hoboken, dall’altro lato del fiume Hudson. I sapori sono quelli nostri. A pochi passi da uno dei panorami più ambiti del mondo, un rifugio che ha l’aria e soprattutto i profumi di casa. Manhattan appare di colpo diversa, distante, calma. L’Italia, la Campania, “casa”, insomma, sono...

From the 15th century until today Neapolitan music has positively evolved, been preserved and also mixed into modern styles. In the 50s, with the American influence of jazz and boogie music, new styles were formed and embraced by the artists of the time. One of the first artists to bring Neapolitan music to the larger Italian public was Renato Caro...

The irresistible and legendary beauty of Italy’s Amalfi Coast has drawn millions of visitors and inspired artists, writers, and musicians for centuries. Each town along its 30-plus miles of famously winding, narrow S-shaped curves, tunnels and hairpin white-knuckled turns has its own unique charm.   Most Italians and other experienced motorists lov...