"The Invisible Pyramid" by Loren Eisely contains a chapter entitled "The Spore Bearers". In it the fungus, Pilobolus, is likened to a rocket. The spore which will project the descendants of Pilobolus into the future prepare themselves with a light sensitive capsule to aim ever toward the brightest light. When the right chemical pressures are built...

Wellness is a veritable industry: in Italy, it generates €22 billion per annum's worth of business. Turnover is split into some 40,000 enterprises: the sector's heftiest share is beauty salons, totaling 21,000, plus 4,200 hotels, 2,500 spas and wellness resorts, and 12,000 gyms throughout the country. Out of around 120,000 wellness professionals,...

Over the years of ones life, you meet many people and develop friendships on many levels. I say “many levels” because in todays day and age of social media, email, etc., sometimes some of the very best friendships are with people you may never have met in person. Social media and the digital age isn’t ALL bad – in fact it can be very life enriching...

Standing next to a gleaming white marble bar in Palo Alto’s new Vina Enoteca restaurant, Massimo Stronati loads up a vintage cocktail cart with his amari arsenal, a dozen fancy-labeled bottles of the bittersweet Italian liqueurs that are making waves across the Bay Area bar scene. It’s no secret that California foodies have a thing for all things b...

Even though some of its work spaces had been used for a few weeks, Bulgari’s new jewelry factory here was still a work in progress earlier this month. The floors of creamy marble and gleaming walnut in the reception area were still covered, and leather armchairs were being moved into a conference room. The marble and wood were from Italy, as were t...

Suzanne Branciforte: Edvige, you’re a teacher of memoir writing. What are your roots, origins and story? Edvige Giunta: I am Italian, and American, Sicilian, Sicilian-American, European. I have multiple identities. Memoir became an opportunity to bring together threads of identity and cultural experience. It’s an antidote to cultural displacement....

Filthy rich and already boast enough glass slippers to win a dozen princes? Italian shoemaker Antonio Vietri has the thing for you: 24-carat gold shoes. Vietri, from Turin in northern Italy, hopes to attract shoppers from wealthy Gulf countries with his blue or black suede moccasins with stitched gold-plated uppers.| "These are the first shoes in t...

veryday luxury,” the term once considered an oxymoron, has gained international acceptance thanks to the transformative talents of Italian designer Brunello Cucinelli. After all, the man who admits to playing soccer in a cashmere sweater knows his rough sweats from silk parachute pants. His concept was never more apparent than on the catwalk at the...

An unprecedented alliance has created a new sort of school, the Motor Vehicle University of Emilia-Romagna (Muner). On one side, the automotive giants spread along Via Emilia, famous around the world such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ducati, Maserati, Dallara, Toro Rosso, Haas and Magneti Marelli. On the other, universities of the region—Bologna, Moden...

Ever wonder if you’re doing your coffee break correctly? According to the Italians, you’re probably doing it wrong — but they also have the fix. It’s called caffè corretto and means literally a corrected coffee. And it’s the best coffee break we’ve ever heard of. Caffè corretto is one way Italians get a daily dose of espresso and one of hard liquor...