The history of goldsmithery in Valenza began in 1817, when Francesco Caramora, a goldsmith working in Pavia, moved to the city and opened a shop in Contrada Maestra. In the space of a decade, his business flourished and he taught the local craftsmen the techniques and practices of the goldsmith’s craft. Between 1827 and 1860, more shops opened belo...

I’m currently in Italy, sitting in a little bar tucked on a side street in the Navigli neighbourhood of Milan, Lombardy, mere steps from the touristy stretch of buzzy restaurants and shops along the Naviglio Grande canal. The early-afternoon vibe here is quite similar to what I’ve experienced during my past three weeks in Italy, most of it spent in...

Traditional Italian cuisine is characterized by products that are particularly linked to the history and culture of the city from which they come. One of the best known in Italy and abroad is Gianduia cream born in Piedmont. Italian Traditions will lead you to the discovery of this sweet made with hazelnuts and chocolate. Here we will also talk abo...

A team of doctors at Turin's Molinette hospital has contributed to a breakthrough that could lead to improve therapies to treat brain metastases. The discovery regards the biological mechanism behind brain metastasis. The team from Molinette hospital's neuro-oncology department, together with researchers in Madrid, say that the growth of metastases...

The Italian industrial city of Ivrea was added to Unesco's list of World Heritage sites on Sunday. Ivrea was developed in the 20th century as a testing ground for Olivetti, manufacturer of typewriters, mechanical calculators and office computers, was also rewarded. Unesco described the city as "a model social project" expressing "a modern vision of...

Barbania, a tiny town in the north-west of Italy, might just have the highest rate of twin births anywhere in the country: 74 of its 1,600 inhabitants are twins. The town, which nestles in the Piedmont countryside north of Turin, doesn't officially bear the title but, with 37 sets alive today and family trees testifying to generations more, locals...

We all know it: in Italy, we love bread! These very crunchy “bread sticks” were invented in Turin in 1679, by the Savoias’ personal baker, who created them appositely for king Vittorio Amedeo II, who couldn’t digest regular bread very well. Their dough is the same as bread’s but, as they are very thin, they dry while baking and remain crunchy. Gris...

Sarebbe un bel soggetto per un film la storia di Susan Johnson e Paul Henke, due turisti americani in visita ad Asti. Lei infermiera e membro del Consiglio cittadino, lui vigile del fuoco, entrambi dell’Oregon (USA), il cui viaggio in terra astigiana si è trasformato in qualcosa di indimenticabile. Domenica mattina, durante la visita al Battistero...

Nectar-bright fruit and flowers, bubbly and sweet: Piemonte's famous wines made of the Moscato Bianco grape. But from the glass at my monthly self-imposed lesson on Italian wines at Il Buco and Alimentari e Vineria in downtown Manhattan: indiscriminately mixed herbs; so many floral tones I'm reminded that a blossom's perfume can echo verdant in lea...

"Io la Nutella l'ho vista nascere, ci lavoravo quando ancora si chiamava Supercrema e aveva il coperchio rosso e non bianco". Marina Vivalda è un'ex dipendente della Ferrero, ha lavorato negli stabilimenti di Alba dal 1958 al 1994 e racconta in prima persona la storia della crema spalmabile più famosa al mondo. "Dovevo assaggiarla ogni mattina per...