It began as an accident, one of those serendipitous events in an artist’s life. For Harry Bertoia, it was an accident that would launch a series of unique sculptures that would become world-renowned. The story goes that Bertoia, an Italian-born American artist, sculptor and designer, was in his studio in Bally, Berks County, when it happened. In th...

In what could only be an anticlimactic end to a New York auction season dominated by Christie’s colossal sale of the $450.3 million “last Leonardo” on Wednesday, Sotheby’s soldiered through the week’s final megawatt event respectably, though without much spark. The night before, Christie’s bucked convention by shoehorning the Renaissance showstoppe...

Picking his way through Antelope Canyon, the Italian artist Fabio Dal Boni searches for the perfect shot. A visitor on this Navajo land by the Arizona/Utah border, he relies on the native guides for help—and if they like Dal Boni, they’ll show him the secret, if not sacred, spots that few outsiders have the privilege to see. The Navajo call the upp...

For those of us born long after WWII ended, the House of Savoy was a name to be found in history books, an important detail that went hand in hand with the unification of Italy in 1861. Our grandparents, and some of our parents, had vivid memories of the reigning monarchs, sometimes holding on to  faded sepia photographs. I remember fantastical sto...

“You will not want to live in Suspiria,” Luca Guadagnino jokes when he hears I secretly wish to reside in one of his sun-kissed, sensual films that tickle my taste buds. The contemporary Italian master, whose films exclusively cater to grownups with their emotional maturity and succulently caress, awaken and expand the five senses, was still finish...

A small, temporary exhibit tucked away on the first floor of the newly opened, 430,000 square foot Museum of the Bible in Washington gives visitors a glimpse of the art and history preserved by the Vatican Library and Vatican Museums. Highly detailed replicas of the fourth century Codex Vaticanus, the 14th century Urbino Bible and 16th century Bibl...

You’ve probably seen amari, from big brands like Campari and Averna to artisanal bottles made in Brooklyn, prettily lining the back bar at your favorite Italian restaurant or assertively flavoring drinks on high-end cocktail menus. It seems like every bartender and lifestyle magazine, is obsessed with blending the bitter, sweet and herbal flavors t...

Giordano Mozzi is one of the most decorated Italian drivers in history, the winningest competitor alive in the famous 1,000-mile “Mille Miglia” rally in his home country. Last week, he flew to New Orleans to add to his list of accolades: leading a line of more than 40 cars in the first “CentoMiglia” rally on U.S. soil on Saturday. And he did it in...

The story of Renzo Rosso – the man behind the Diesel brand – is so inspirational and unique that could easily make a great subject for a screenplay. Not only he managed to rise from rags to riches but also started a revolution that changed forever the way the world thinks of and buys jeans.

An Italian Christmas cooking class is just one of  the seasonal events Albany's American Italian Heritage Museum has planned this winter. Instructor Dolores Scalise will show students how to make an Italian Christmas stew and almond paste cookies. The museum, located at 1227 Central Avenue, will host the cooking class on Sunday, December 5 from 11...