In 1976, a bustling retail store opened on East 59th Street in New York: It was called Fiorucci — a global concept shop by the Italian designer Elio Fiorucci, who had opened other outposts in London and Milan. It housed Fiorucci’s own fashion line, which had become famous for baby-faced angels on T-shirts and some of the first stretch jeans, as wel...

It doesn’t take long to spot the tendencies of members of Arte Povera, the “poor art” movement that took shape in late-1960s Italy. Each of the poveristi had certain creative signatures — generally fertile, sometimes meandering toward shtick. Michelangelo Pistoletto did the mirror paintings, where the viewer is forced into the work, sharing the mir...

In the Italian mid-south, on a spur east of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, there is a small rustic village, Calvanico, ringed by the spectacular Picentini mountain range. For the past six years, at a rambling farmstead in the heart of this village, an unlikely band of entrepreneurs, researchers, artists, farmers, and technologists have set up their hea...

Italy has produced many explorers of international fame, with one of the most famous being Marco Polo (1254 – 1324), the man responsible for epic voyages to China and the Far East. Polo is remembered also for his friendship with Kublai Khan, the subject of the 1797 classic poem that bears his name by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Also the world over kno...

Nearly half a millennium after their creation, artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s vegetal visages live on through a handful of kitschy European food brands. From the southern tip of Sicily, his painting Summer (1563) solicits buyers of oblong and ox heart tomatoes. Further north, Vertumnus (c. 1590) has been adopted by the Bertuzzi juice company. And at...

Michelangelo, Raffaello, Leonardo... and then again Leonardo, Galileo, and many more famed artists and scientists: there is no doubt that Firenze – the Renaissance City – has been for centuries the real keystone of both Western art and modern science. In fact, it appears that some of the leading figures of the city’s art scene were also very well-v...

On narrow, ancient streets downtown you’ll find one of the most vibrant places in Manhattan: Little Italy. Childhood home of director Martin Scorsese and inspiration for The Godfather, Little Italy remains a vital destination for visitors to NYC. It’s also a fantastic place to get a meal at a classic restaurant. For decades now, bold-face names and...

It's Friday, and you've got Friday things to do. Same here. But before we part ways for the weekend, we've got one thing that could fit quite perfectly into those plans of yours... It's called Old Rose, and it's a gem of a sun-drenched Italian spot, now open all day inside of the Jane Hotel.  Behind it: the team who brought us The Smile, that basem...

Luxury case goods resource Theodore Alexander will be the exclusive North American distributor for an Italian-made collection of case goods and upholstery for Medea Lifestyle 1905, a joint venture launched by its parent company Creative Home Furniture and Medea, s.r.l.  Medea Lifestyle 1905 will include 80 pieces inspired by the furnishings of Mila...

It all started with a lunch in St. Moritz with Splendid’s creative director Pamella Protzel-Scott, but last night it was the Lower East Side that got a dose of la dolce vita thanks to Margherita Missoni. The granddaughter of founders of the Italian fashion label was in town to celebrate her newest effort, a capsule collection with the Southern Cali...