Passion and perseverance are at the heart of the Bianco Bianchi workshop in the little town of Pontassieve, a short train ride from Florence. Bianchi (1920–2006) always had a passion for painting, and it was through his love of art that he dedicated his life to learning about and restoring the lost art of scagliola. Scagliola is a type of gypsum kn...

Attesi alcuni esponenti della National Restaurant Association, la più grande associazione di ristoratori negli USA: la presidente Dawn Sweeney e i consiglieri Jay Stieber, vicepresidente esecutivo della catena di ristoranti “Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises” (oltre 120 locali in 11 Stati), e Christianne Ricchi, titolare ed executive chef de “I Ric...

Le università americane promuovono i più svariati programmi di study abroad, che consentono agli studenti iscritti ai corsi di laurea di trascorrere un periodo di formazione all’estero. Molti di questi programmi si svolgono in Italia e durano in media da tre mesi a un anno. Durante questi mesi, gli studenti accrescono la propria conoscenza di una c...

The refined Toscano cigar has reached an enviable milestone, celebrating its 200th year in an evening gala at the original Manifatture di Firenze cigar factory in Lucca, where the "200" cigar (200 mm with an exceptional tobacco and smoke time) was created especially for the anniversary. The Toscano cigar's ingenuity, passion, and Italian tradition...

You’ve probably never heard of him, but in the world of restaurants few chefs are more beloved than Cesare Casella, a bighearted Tuscan who strolls through life with a smile on his face and a sprig of rosemary in his pocket. “Cesare knows everyone. He knows everything about food, and he’s the most generous guy in the world,” says Patrick Martins, a...

Sometimes, (virtually) wandering around the United States getting to now Italian American leaders, I end up meeting somebody who really is committed to promote and celebrate the Italian culture, our language, our values. I live in Italy, and for me it is always incredibly inspiring to see how much love there is for my country, outside of it. Today...

In the valley of the Fiora river, which springs from the southern flanks of Monte Amiata in Tuscany, medieval hermits carved and chiseled the local tuff rock into sacred places of meditation and spirituality. Because of its bucolic and peaceful setting, its unusual architectural details, and the short hike that’s required to reach it, the Poggio Co...

LOS ANGELES: Imagine a magical destination that greets you with rolling hills on a vineyard filled countryside. This spectacular location includes tall Italian cypress trees, exclusive wineries and a personalized two-course breakfast experience, created by a “renowned” Chef.  Boy wouldn’t that be even better if this was closer than, let’s say, Tusc...

In the glittering Mediterranean Sea sits a diamond-shaped island shrouded in secrecy: Montecristo. It opens twice a year to the public...but only for a lucky few. The beautiful island of Montecristo is the fourth largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago (a chain of islands west of Tuscany, Italy including Elba and Capraia) and is about four square...

Autumn in Italy means good food, great wine, and gorgeous colours. But where are the best spots to visit during the cooler months? Here are eight great destinations for an autumn getaway. Langhe, Piedmont. About an hour from Turin, this corner of Italy is great for wine, cheese, and truffles, the staples of an Italian autumn menu. Look out for the...