Spring is beginning to green the rolling Piedmontese hills as we make our way down the auto strada from Milan.Thi s is familiar country – I spent long stretches of my childhood here, among the wide fields and castle towns, the Alps a constant backdrop of crags and snow. Now, though, I’m here for a glimpse of the future that is also a window into th...

The market for Postwar Italian art has been rapidly growing over the last decade—you can’t swing a Balenciaga bag around a modern art fair lately without knocking over at least three of Lucio Fontana’s slashed canvases. But it’s Arte Povera, however, that has made its way to the forefront of the market’s collective consciousness just within the pas...

Before Fiat married Chrysler it was just Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, but most people probably would have told you it stood for this: “Fix It Again, Tony.” My dad took this as a personal challenge and adopted a 1979 Spider 2000 in the ’90s. The car’s still in the family. Actually, it practically raised me. Listen, the Mazda Miata wasn’t alw...

I was at the counter of a tony café in Turin when I had a moment. Looking around the elegant coffee bar, I felt swaddled in Italian opulence -- and immersed in Italy. The woman next to me was warning the barman about cold drinks. As an Italophile, I recognized the conversation as one that could only happen in Italy. The perceived danger of somethin...

Il capo della redazione torinese de La Stampa, Luca Ferrua, ha intervistato il console americano in Italia Philip T. Reeker. Ecco, in sintesi cosa ci ha detto: «Scoprire il Nord Italia mi ha aperto gli occhi, avevo studiato la regione a livello storico, con il suo ruolo nella storia europea, il ruolo nella storia italiana. Conoscevo l’Italia da tur...

What’s more pleasurable on a vacation to Italy than enjoying a scoop or two of gelato? There may only be one answer, and that’s savoring the gelato you made yourself. Luckily, travelers can now try their hand at the craft by taking one of the several gelato-making classes for amateurs offered throughout Italy. These classes are usually between two...

Impact Racing, Inc. and its associated brands (MasterCraft Safety and MasterCraft Defense) have been wholly acquired by the Italian-based Sparco. Daily operations and manufacturing, sales and customer service, as well as the management structure and staffing of Impact, will be consistent in all locations, with former owner Robbie Pierce remaining i...

Gualtiero Piccinini says he was “a thoughtful kid.” His parents advised him to think for himself, and he “took that seriously.” He’s been a philosophy professor at UMSL since 2005 and works primarily in philosophy of mind with an eye toward psychology, neuroscience and computer science. Almost an engineer. Piccinini’s father was a research engineer...

The prolific team at Turin’s Egyptian Museum never ceases to research and amaze. Its latest ‘excavation site’ was the huge archive of the museum itself, and what it brought to light was the story of one of the institution’s most illustrious figures: archaeologist Ernesto Schiaparelli, museum director and founder of the Italian Archaeological Missio...

The Giulia Sprint Speciale Coupé in these images was designed under the direction of Turin-born engineer Orazio Satta Puliga (1910-1974), with the support of invaluable colleagues such as Rudolf Hruschka. Satta Puliga once commented, “Alfa Romeo is not just a car manufacturer: its cars are something more than cars made in a conventional way. There...