Roughly 700 keen Vespa and scooter enthusiasts gathered in beautiful Seattle, Washington, USA this year at the start of July for Amerivespa 2017, the US counterpart to Vespa World Days.  Not only was Amerivespa celebrated but also the 25th anniversary of the VCOA (Vespa Club of America). Amerivespa is the largest Vespa scooter rally in the USA with...

Though he was one of Italy’s most influential mid-20th-century architects and interior designers, very little is known about the inner world of Turinese legend Carlo Mollino. Born in 1905 in the northern Italian city of Turin, Mollino became a figure of fascination for design enthusiasts worldwide, many of whom were transfixed by his hidden private...

Anyone wanting to know anything and everything about Moto Guzzis, “The Complete Book of Moto Guzzi” is the place to go. Ian Falloon is a well-known motorcycle historian, with many books to his name. He is especially fond of Italian marques and this volume really does answer all the questions any Guzzi owner might have. And tell him a lot he does no...

In 1909, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti—a member of the Italian literati who had studied in Egypt, France, and Italy—published his radical Futurist Manifesto, a document whose exaltations of technological disruption ignited the Italian Futurism movement. Marinetti called for art that embraced new innovations like automobiles, glorified war, “fought” mor...

Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University Event: September 10,  Sunday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Robert D. Cess Concorso d’Eleganza XII Annual Celebration of Italian Vehicle Excellence and Beauty: A display of “art forms on wheels” as a means of illustrating one form of Italian culture. Display vehicles will rally at Stony Brook University campus...

Love Italian design? Interested in a trip to Italy? Good news: Italian design house Fantini is calling on designers and architects to submit projects for its inaugural Design Awards. The winners will take a trip to Fantini's scenic lakefront headquarters in Pella, Italy. Fantini's panel of judges, led by Stefano Giussani, CEO of Lissoni Inc., will...

Italian urban outerwear label Herno has set foot for the first time in the USA. The label, which started by producing men's and women's raincoats and later diversified into jackets and suits, has opened a 160 m2 store in SoHo, New York. The store has a homely feel to it, furnished with bookshelves and decorated with pictures and employee portraits,...

During the years Phil DeChellis owned Napoli’s Italian Eatery, he was a fixture in the downtown restaurant, greeting customers and helping to prepare food.“He lived here,” said Thomas West, a member of the Ohio House and former Canton councilman, said of DeChellis’ dedication to his business. West said DeChellis was just as committed to helping rev...

In 2010, around the time Vernon and Shirley Hill opened Metro Bank PLC in London, the Philadelphia banker and his designer wife were making another investment across Europe: They bought a minority stake in Seguso Vetri D’Arte, a hand-blown lighting and art-glass company in Venice’s ancient Murano glassmaking district. With Metro Bank, the Hills wer...

About 55 years ago, two doctors discovered something unusual about the people of Roseto, a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania's slate country. Heart disease was rare. So was early death. The people seemed to live forever ... well, at least years and years past the national average. The doctors were confused. The men mostly worked in the slate...