With more Unesco world heritage sites than any other country in the world and a history that spans millennia from the ancient Roman empire via Michelangelo’s art Renaissance to the world of operatic theatre preserving Italy’s historic culture is an expensive business. The trouble is, despite the millions of tourists who visit every year, Italy’s Cu...

In the madness of late spring at San Marco Square in Venice, amid the hordes pouring in from land and sea, hard by the hissing espresso machines and sizzling panini presses of overpriced cafes, I found the still point of the turning world. I found it in the library. It was 10 in the morning and I was standing, alone and enthralled, on the second fl...

In the Italian Pavilion of the last Venice Bienniale, only twelve artists were invited, each of whom had a reserved separate room all for him/herself and the set up of his/her works. The choice was partly disappointing: in some cases for the choice of artists who, even if still active, being quite old did not have much to say about the novelties of...

Murano glass comes from its namesake island in Venice, which has produced the elegant glassware for centuries. The unofficial capital of glassmaking is perhaps known best for their dazzling chandeliers and opulent vases, which add a pop of color and sophistication to any room. Beloved by designers, celebrities, and homeowners alike, Murano glass is...

What are the origins of the antique art of Murano glass? What is the process of the glass making? And what makes Murano glass so unique and renowned all over the world? The history of Murano glass is deeply intertwined with the history of the Republic of Venice (also known as La Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia, The Most Serene Republic of Venice)...

Has anyone ever traveled to Italy to go on a diet? Like every cartoon, the notion of the oft-romanticized country as the tourist’s pigging-out destination — it provided the “Eat” in Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir “Eat, Pray, Love” — has some basis in reality. Still, the evocation of Italy as one gluttonous infinity of pasta, prosciutto, gorgonzola, gel...

On Thursday, in Venice, appeared the colossal hands transported by a barge along the Grand Canal. Those who witnessed the singular scene easily realized that it was one of the installations of the Art Biennale, while the “mystery” on their destination was resolved later. The work was carried to the hotel Ca ‘Sagredo and placed there. The beautiful...

Venice's council has banned any new takeaway food shops from opening in the lagoon city, in an effort to preserve its "decorum and traditions"."It is urgent to fight degradation in the city, considering that Venice is a Unesco World Heritage Site," councillor Francesca Da Villa, who proposed the measures, told The Local. "There are tourists who eat...

L’inizio è stato una battuta: «Ma perché in America nessuno fa i tramezzini?». Perché, pur essendoci migliaia di bar, paninoteche o simili, non si vede quel «sorriso» di ingredienti tra le due fette di pane bianco del famoso «sandwich» che deve il suo nome addirittura a Gabriele D’Annunzio? E così il 38enne Filippo Paccagnella, da dieci a New York,...

Foreign ownership has been a trend for many of Europe’s top leagues over the last two decades. Most clubs purchased from foreign owners have been in the Premier League. Over the last few seasons Serie A has seen an influx of new owners from various clubs all over the football pyramid. In particular there has been a notable trend of American ownersh...