For millions of Italian immigrants, the straw-covered fiasco of Chianti on the dinner table was a piece of home. Bill Nesto remembers that his father, who was born in Boston in 1914, grew up in Apulia and returned to his native city shortly before World War II, pulled a large flask from under the kitchen sink and poured himself a glass of red every...

Perched atop three Tuscan hills, the ancient walled city of Siena is famous for many things. Its medieval streets and architecture have barely changed in 800 years. Its polychrome marble cathedral rivals the beauty of Florence’s own. And its historic Piazza del Campo, hosting the world famous Palio horserace every year, is acclaimed as the most bea...

Italy has a unique artistic heritage. However, many of its ‘gems' not only get left in storage, far from sight, but they're often left in neglectful conditions. One of these is Sammezzano Castle, a masterpiece of 19th century “orientalist” art (so much so that critics compared it to the Sistine Chapel), with a park that nearly covers 200 hectares....

The first woman artist of Florence painted the first and only known “Last Supper” by a woman. When Plautilla Nelli painted her large-scale masterpiece depicting the Last Supper in the 1570s in Florence, Italy, she was doing something no woman before or after her had ever done. But this painting requires restoration or risks being lost forever. Arti...

The Leaning Tower, the icon of Pisa, is the most famous Italian monument in the world. Together with the Cathedral and Baptistery, the Tower makes up of a complex of works that poet Gabriele D’Annunzio defined as “Miracles,” hence the baptizing of the piazza that hosts them as Piazza dei Miracoli. Of course the city of Pisa’s first and foremost poi...

The Bardini Garden is a historical garden of Florence, in the Oltrarno area: four hectares of garden, forest and orchard garden right by the medieval city walls. The first phase of the history of this area dates back to the Middle Ages starring the wealthy Mozzi family which, in the thirteenth century, was the owner of several houses and land inclu...

The British weekly higher education magazine The Times has published their rankings of the world’s top universities with less than 5,000 students: Italy and France dominate, each conquering three positions among the top ten. The USA and South Korea also make the podium. Pisa’s Normale and Sant’Anna schools, as well as the Free University of Bolzano...

“Sailing on you can see Capraia, a wild island where men go to escape light”: this evocative description was given by Claudius Rutilius Namatianus, a 5th-century Roman poet who in his unfinished “De reditu suo” recounted his journey from Rome to his hometown in Gaul (the poem actually only gets to Luni). The men he mentioned were the cenobites and...

Fashion students at Kent State have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the fashion capitals of the world, while also pursuing their degree through education abroad programs in New York City and Florence, Italy. Cooper Robar, a sophomore fashion design major, said he decided to study in Florence during the Fall 2017 term because of the city’s...

I've done almost 160 interviews in this exciting adventure discovering wonderful people who have described us so many different aspects of how Italy and the United States perfectly match together. I am always happy and glad when I meet young Italians born in Italy who had their success in the United States. They are the proof that Italy needs more...