For centuries they were the only way to travel, criss-crossing the shallow lagoon and navigating the city’s iconic canals. Today, whilst Venice’s gondolas still glide silently through the waterways few visitors know their history, happy to just enjoy the view or the occasional melodic song of a gondolier. Look closer, however, and you’ll see that t...

The presence of garlic in the Polesine area dates from the Romans who built reclamation works and created agricultural land by greatly modifying the hydrogeology of the area. Evidence of this comes from the writings of Perretto and Marangano in the publication “La Centuriazione dell’Agro di Adria” in which the cultivation of garlic is described as...

Italian Wine Podcast: Cin Cin with Italian Wine People, the podcasting project which showcases the unique Italian wine-making tradition in conversation with some of its key protagonists, was finally launched this week with the publication of the first of 13 series of interview carried out during OperaWine 2016. Wine writer Monty Waldin interviewed...

About two hours north of Venice lives a scene that looks as if it could have been born in the brain of Vincent Van Gogh or nicked straight off the pages of a Grimm’s fairy tale. Rolling green hills dotted with charming village chalets intersect abruptly with dramatic, craggy mountains that pierce the sky. It’s an outdoorsman’s paradise with endless...

Gloriously glamorous villas dot the lakeside. Fearless kite-surfers scoot and skate over the sun-kissed water. And snow-capped mountains tumble towards the water’s edge where colorful villages cling. Look a little closer, though, and you start to spot buildings with no roofs, clinging to the shoreline and slopes. There are hundreds of them and thei...

When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Where: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450, Chicago, IL  Save Venice Inc. and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago are pleased to invite you for a lecture on restoring and preserving the incredibly vast Venetian art and architectural heritage.  Art historian Frede...

Veneto Governor Luca Zaia said Thursday that he would like to see limits set on the number of tourists who can enter Venice, with visitors having to book access in advance. "Regulation of Venice's tourism flows, decorum and security are not exactly the responsibility of the region, but I want to tell everyone that the regional administration is wil...

Many parents have been researching and reading rules for eating in restaurants with young children, but an Italian restauranteur, Antonio Ferrari, has been inspired to implement an effective rule to reining in rowdy children in public restaurants: reward diners with well-behaved children with 5% discounts. Offering restaurant diners 5 percent disco...

Fabrizio Nestola, 44 years old, is a Professor of Mineralogy at the University of Padua. He has worked hard not only for his academic career but also to carry on his research on diamonds. Prof Nestola’s aim is the one of finding out what lays behind the diamonds, even studying the super-giant ones (3000 carats), the super-deep and rare ones to be f...

Inside Villa Arvedi, located in Grezzana, there is a beautiful Room of the Titans with frescoes by Ludovico Dorigny, who between 1717 and 1720 added a series of mythological figures within a pre-existing, complex painted framework, attributed almost certainly to Bologna-born Francesco Bibiena, master of trompe-l’œil and forced perspective. The comb...