Even though present-day hospitals all around the world are basically centers providing medical assistance and rehabilitation of the sick, the forerunners to these institutions were originally conceived in a broader sense as "places of hospitality:” hence the similarity between the two terms (both deriving from the Latin hospes, that is, guest). In...

The Leaning Tower of Pisa and its 5.5 degree lean have vexed engineers for centuries. Partially constructed on unexpectedly soft soil, the ancient bell tower began to lean before it was even finished, a historical goof that went on to become one of the world's historical oddities — and made the tower a UNESCO World Heritage site. How can something...

The weaving of plant fibres is one of humanity’s most ancient activities, and takes inspiration from nature and has been used over time to create a wide variety of containers and hats that protect against the sun’s glare. In Signa in 1714, Domenico Michelacci, known as Bolognino, began to cultivate 'grano marzuolo', a variety of wheat with small ea...

Vermentino is a grape that can be found in a number of regions within Italy and as if it's not hard enough to learn about all the indigenous grapes of Italy, but in certain regions it is known under a different name. This grape can be found in Tuscany, Piedmont where it's known as Favorita, Sardinia and Liguria where it's known as Pigato.

L’Italia a Hollywood è il titolo della mostra al Museo Ferragamo, aperta dal 24 maggio 2018 al 10 marzo 2019. L’Italia a Hollywood esplora il periodo che va dal 1915 al 1927, cioè gli anni che Salvatore Ferragamo trascorse in America prima di fare ritorno in Italia. E si tratta di anni che furono cruciali, perché videro il passaggio del testimone c...

Each June, Florence Cathedral hosts a unique demonstration of nature's precision matched by human engineering: the passage of the midday sun through a gnomon set into the mighty dome. Unnoticed by visitors for most of the year, the Duomo's gnomon – a device that tells the time of day or year by the way the sun strikes it – comes into its own betwee...

“È fondamentale lavorare in sinergia tra i diversi Paesi per creare basi comuni nella gestione dell’immigrazione. Un fenomeno complesso come quello che in questi anni stanno affrontando i nostri Paesi vede ovunque in prima linea gli amministratori locali”. Lo ha affermato Matteo Biffoni, sindaco di Prato e delegato Anci all’immigrazione, in occasio...

La prima volta che risponde al telefono riaggancia dopo pochi secondi bofonchiando. Hi, gli avevano detto, «Sono Mike Menichetti, chiamo dagli Stati Uniti. Forse siamo cugini». Lui non ci crede. Pensa sia uno scherzo. E quasi lo maledice. Poi il telefono squilla una seconda volta. «Sono nipote di Antonio – gli dice subito un uomo –, il fratello di...

We owe the Italian Renaissance picture more than the ideal human figure.  Experiments in figuration, whether they involve contour or sfumato, cannot exist without ground, here understood in three senses of the word: first, the preparation of a given support (such as a gesso ground on panel); second, the plane on which figures stand; and third, the...

Memorial day al cimitero dei Falciani. Una cerimonia toccante per i caduti americani della seconda guerra mondiale. Erano presenti l’Ambasciatore Usa in Italia, Lewis M. Eisenberg, il comandante dell'Istituto di scienze militari aeronautiche, generale Stefano Fort e il vicecomandante generale della Guardia Nazionale dell'Esercito Americano in Europ...