There’s only one way that the Fiat 124 Spider should be driven. And that is with the top down! I was hoping for that to be the case during my early-spring week with the 124 Spider but the weather didn’t cooperate. Top-up driving is one of those necessities to keep the rain out and the heat in, and that’s what I needed. Or, on a really hot and muggy...

Francesco Vincent “Frank” Serpico was born on April 14th, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Vincenzo Serpico, was born in the town of Marigliano, in the province of Naples, in the region of Campania, Italy. His mother, Maria Giovanna, was born in Ohio but returned with her family when she was young to Italy where she later met and married Vin...

While many ‘readers’ of girly mag Penthouse have imagined themselves in a tussle with some of the models, not many men can lay claim to actually being featured in a glossy spread, pressed between a couple of busty brunettes, as I was in 2010. My anatomy didn’t exactly make me a ‘Pet’, Penthouse’s version of the Playboy’s ‘Playmate’, but my noir the...

“I take my camera everywhere I go,” said Torrance Hall, a high school senior from Richmond, Va., who received the second annual Max Mara Young Visionary Award through the Italian fashion house’s ongoing partnership with the National YoungArts Foundation headquartered in Miami.  The budding photographer slung a Canon EOS Rebel T3i over his shoulder...

Now in its 24th year, the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition—the longest-running award program of its kind—is proud to announce six outstanding projects that wholly represent the competition’s goal of honoring the admirable use of Italian tile in North American architecture and design. Sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of...

Maserati is planning to move its North American headquarters from New Jersey to a former corporate auto museum outside Detroit later this year so that it can be closer to its parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Maserati became affiliated with Chrysler when Fiat acquired a controlling stake in the automaker in 2009. Despite that affiliation,...

Crossroads at the National Automobile Museum in Turin takes a closer look at the relationship between post-War Italy and America and how designers from both sides of the Atlantic were inspired by each other’s radical work. Popular culture and consumerism underwent a radical change during that time, spearheaded predominantly by artists, musicians, d...

If you make even a slight effort to speak Italian, chances are you’ll have uttered at least one of these already today. But you probably weren’t aware of the strange story behind how that word came to be. Just like every other aspect of its culture, from architecture to food, every word in the Italian language bears traces of the country's long his...

As the sun was setting one recent evening, two black Chevrolet Suburbans pulled up next to Cafe Milano, the Georgetown restaurant where some of the world’s most powerful people go to be noticed but not approached. Steven T. Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, slipped out of one of the vehicles and lingered with his Secret Service detail in front of th...

Filomena Magrone will celebrate her 100th birthday this month surrounded by family and friends. She was born on May 14, 1917, in Carbonara, Bari, Puglia, to Nicola and Cecilia Muschio. In 1934, Gaetano Magrone began rounding up friends who could play musical instruments and showing up in front of her house to serenade her. They were married the nex...