Ciao from Rome to all the friends of We the Italians! Last February 15 I’ve had the honor to attend in Florence to the first event of #200together, the cycle of events organized to celebrate the 200 years of diplomatic relations between Tuscany and the United States. The American Consul in Florence Mr. Benjamin Wohlauer introduced the audience with...

Ci sono le ricerche sui carnevali campani di Roberto De Simone e le registrazioni salentine di Giovanna Marini, le raccolte storiche come quella di Elvira Nobilio e le rilevazioni abruzzesi di Marco Müller: uno sterminato patrimonio di suoni, canti e narrazioni sta per essere restituito a una fruizione pubblica, sottratto all'oblio e ospitato in un...

Italy is dotted with castles from north to south. Perched on top of hills or overlooking the waters of placid lakes, they’re often set in enchanting locations and make for especially romantic destinations. Some have been renovated and converted into fine historic residences, where you can spend a romantic night, transported back to the time when la...

The yearly summer study abroad program in Italy is looking for students to join the trip. The summer study is a five-week course where students travel around Italy and earn up to seven credits taking classes. The program begins on May 24, when students land in Rome. From there, they stay in Perugia, a city in central Italy filled with youth and stu...

Il 25 febbraio alle ore 11.30, il Soprintendente all’Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio dell’Umbria, Marica Mercalli, l’Arcivescovo della Diocesi di Spoleto – Norcia, Renato Boccardo, il Sindaco di Norcia, Nicola Alemanno, il Sindaco di Cascia, Mario De Carolis, l’Assessore alla Cultura del Comune di Norcia, Giuseppina Perla, il Presidente di Cult...

Brufa is a small village in the municipality of Torgiano, Umbria, with a population of only 600 people and an enviable location on the hills facing Perugia, Foligno and Assisi. Since 1987, its rural landscape – shaped and transformed over the centuries by olive groves and vineyards – is home to art project “Scultori a Brufa. La strada del vino e de...

A blue box of silver-foil chocolates wrapped with a note is a failsafe on February 14. But there’s actually a real-life love story behind the Baci. When Perugia-born clothing designer Luisa Spagnoli first invented the hazelnut-centred chocolate in 1922, she called it a cazzotto because it resembled a fist. The name didn’t ring right to Giovanni Bui...

Of course it’s celebrated in Italy! Initially, not as a day of love, but in honor of the Saint and Bishop San Valentino of Terni. There is a beautiful legendary love story associated with Valentine’s Day in Italy, not Romeo and Juliet, instead Sabino and Serapia. “Ma scusi” (but excuse me), isn’t Italy all about love? Sabino — a young, dynamic Roma...

Pondering a visit to the bucolic rural region of Umbria during the winter, but aren't sure if it’s worth the effort to visit in the off-season? Though the best times of year to explore the hill towns and rolling countryside of central Italy are spring and fall—with mild temperatures, sparse crowds, and a plethora of cultural and food festivals—Umbr...

When life hands you grapes, you make wine. Writer John Henderson meets a Californian-Sicilian couple who found a vineyard near their Umbrian home and turned it into one of the region's most promising new wineries. So you want to have a winery in Italy, huh? Sit on your porch looking out at your vineyard on the hill, sipping the fruits of your labou...