1. YOUR CONCEPT OF MEAL IS DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHERSYou easily find yourself saying: “Is it 3 pm already???” Lunch is not just feeding yourself in an Italian family: it’s a way to stay together, to enjoy both a good conversation and a delicious dish. 2. YOU CANNOT KEEP YOUR HANDS DOWN WHEN TALKINGIt’s a fact, everybody must accept it: we talk with...

Ten cities in 37 days, that was the plan. My husband, Don, retired from the newspaper business, and we lost no time pursuing a move to Italy, our favorite European destination. We headed for the region of Puglia (or Apulia) in the southeast, and Sicily—the only places with enough sun and sea for our tastes—to find the perfect place to live. On the...

Hate to break it to you, but you aren't the only one who's noticed that flights to Italy are almost cheaper than flights across the US right now. Don't not go -- go! -- but understand that top dogs like Rome, Venice, and Florence will be even more zoo-like than in years past. Bucket list cities the lot of them, but Italy's unforgettable food, favor...

Allfa Romeo conjures romantic images of winning races, screaming sports cars, and finely tuned sedans, but also reminds older generations of questionable quality that helped dislodge the Italian brand from the U.S. market 20 years ago. Alfa is back with a new generation of sports cars and crossovers and an ambitious plan to distinguish it from Germ...

Walking down Mulberry Street, gelato alla nocciola in hand, I couldn’t help but watch the old man wearing a vest and a coppola animatedly talking to his friend in Sicilian. If I had snapped a picture, you would have guessed that they were in Italy, but the background gave it away. They were in Little Italy in New York City. Behind them was a colorf...

Artist and architect Vito Acconci died today from a stroke at the age of 77. For a little under two decades, Acconci produced strikingly original and impressionable art, before abandoning it for experimental architecture and design. Later in life, Acconci would say he hated the word “artist.” Last year, in a New York Times profile ahead of his 2016...

When we think about Made in Italy, the first word that comes to our mind is Fashion. It is an important part of the Italian lifestyle, and it represents some of the best talents of we, the Italians. I've been searching for somebody who could explain to us and our readers why is that, and how this influenced the relationship between Italy and the US...

The Alfa Romeo Museum – just a few kilometers from Milan’s city center, in Arese – is located inside a 5,000-square-meter, six-story building: one of Alfa’s production plants until 2002, now converted to tell the wonderful story of the legendary car manufacturer founded in Milan in 1910. The visit’s highlights are, of course, the iconic models on d...

“Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings, and also experience them.” – Lyof N. Tolstoy: What is Art?, 1898 When I was a teenager my father would take us every summer down south to p...

The Vespa Club of America is very pleased to announce a huge scooter auction happening at the end of our national scooter rally Amerivespa Seattle July 6-9. One of our long time members and supporters is auctioning off their huge collection of mostly Vespas, both new and old, Lambrettas and a lot of funky other bikes. Many desirable bikes in this n...