Only naming them brings to mind mystery and divination, the magic aura of the unknown surrounds them: but are tarot cards really that difficult to decipher? They may be - for those who believe in such things - at least when it comes to reading the future, but their history is not at all unclear, and it has strong Italian roots.  This may come as a...

Domenico Di Salvo arrived on Ellis Island on September 5, 1907. He had left on the 23 rd of August on the Koenig Albert steamer, which had  been used only for a few years on the profitable Genoa-Naples-New York route. When fully loaded, the fast transatlantic liner built in the shipyards of Szczecin, today in Poland, could carry 2175 passengers, 18...

After bringing to the Bay Area events on such iconic masters of Italian design as Vico Magistretti (2014) and Achille Castiglioni (2017), the Italian Cultural Institute decided to put together an initiative that would offer San Francisco audiences a topic that combines the qualities of historical discourse with the imaginative vision of contemporar...

Si chiamavano borghi, ciascuno con la propria identità, il campanile e la salamella tipica. Al Padiglione Italia della Biennale, che si inaugura questa mattina orfano di ministri, ma con la presidente del Senato Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, il curatore Mario Cucinella li chiama aree interne e sono quelle che costituiscono l’«Arcipelago Itali...

On Saturday, June 2, the inaugural Maverick custom Scrambler build will cross the auction block at MECUM's Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. This 100% unique motorcycle was designed by renowned tattoo artist, GRIME, to showcase his vision of individuality and freedom in moving metal, to ultimately benefit the char...

A few years ago, while he was staying just outside Milan during a whirlwind tour through northern Italy’s vineyard, Ray Osborne quickly took to one very widespread local custom: spritzes in the afternoon. “You’d be out on a piazza, the town square, and everyone would have a spritz in their hands,” said Osborne, sommelier and assistant general manag...

A big addition is coming to the Hill neighborhood in South St Louis.  A piazza is going to be built in the heart of the Italian American community.  You will find piazzas all over Italy.  They are an open-air gathering place that is usually located next to the neighborhood church.  It’s a place where people gather after a church or neighborhood cel...

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana unspool politically incorrect opinions with little more than a shrug. They evoke rage and fury on social media. Then they douse the flames with some of the most breathtaking fashion imaginable. At a time when fast and disposable has become the norm, these designers have opted to go ever more luxurious with fashion...

After visiting friends in Bologna, I came away with a sense that the Italians have embraced many things that we North Americans would do well to adopt. This past week, I had the tremendous fortune to spend three days in Bologna, Italy. I went to visit my friend Francesca, whom I met while on a year-long exchange to Sardinia when I was 16. We've kep...

Tra spazi di Archeologia Industriale come il The Terminal Stores building di Manhattan, il nuovo distretto della creatività di Brooklyn – Industry City – e i sofisticati design store in Madison Avenue e nel cuore di Soho, la cultura del progetto invade New York, in una dimensione del sublime che incanta e stupisce. La magnificenza dell’italian styl...