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Near destined for filmmaking success after his father built the first cinema in Rome, the ‘Barberini’, Roberto Rossellini was a master of Italian Neorealism taking post-war cinema by the scruff of its neck with films such as Rome, Open City, Paisan and Germany, Year Zero. With a particular interest in telling stories of ordinary lives devastated by...

Concealed beneath the famous High Line in the heart of the Chelsea district on the west side of Manhattan, Lamborghini recently opened a newly minted private space and NYC flagship, the Lamborghini Lounge New York City.  The gallery style lounge boasting more than 500 square meters of floor space on two floors contains a variety of private rooms fo...

Considered the "pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea" par excellence, Tropea is a coastal town of Calabria standing on a promontory in the province of Vibo Valentia, embedded between the Gulf of Sant'Eufemia and the Gulf of Gioia. Located in the Tyrrhenian Calabria, which is the side lapped by the Tyrrhenian Sea, like all southern cities, it welcomes visito...

A lovely, warm day in Cannon Beach one September (pre-pandemic), and the little north Oregon coast town is under the graceful spell of what’s called the “second summer.” It’s this part of the year when the beach towns are at their warmest, and this time and place is living up to that nickname. On the beach there’s hardly a wind, and the little that...

Just imagine drinking coffee looking at the Tuscany hills. Or enjoy an aperitivo on a terrace in Milan. How nice! La Dolce Vita is part of the Italian culture, and you can truly enjoy each one of your days in Italy. Well, have you ever thought of living in Italy? If the answer is yes, you might have also wondered whether living in Italy is expensiv...

Gucci, the iconic Italian purveyor of luxury bags, clothing, jewelry, and cosmetics, is set to debut its first Austin outpost next year. Gucci plans to spend $1.5 million on a new 5,089-square-foot store at 11601 Century Oaks Terr. in North Austin’s Domain mixed-use complex. Valhalla, New York-based Atmosphere Design Group is designing the store. A...

Are you visiting Rome and want to get a bit o the beaten path and discover some of the secret or lesser known, hidden gems of Rome? This article might be just what you need. Take a look! Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and a real bucket-list destination! Even people who have never been to Rome can tell you what the main highlights...

Banfi, a leading Italian wine producer and importer of its family-owned fine wines, announces the introduction of Rosa Regale Sparkling White from the Asti DOCG in Piedmont. Rosa Regale White joins the iconic Rosa Regale Sparkling Red in celebration of its 20th anniversary vintage, the first line extension since the brand’s launch. Rosa Regale is o...

When we think of Italian museums, we will probably remember the Vatican Museums, the Borghese Galleries of Rome, and the Uffizi Gallery of Florence. But there are over 4,800 museums, galleries, monuments, and similar institutions in Italy. Most are not known as well as the state museums that attracted 50 million visitors in 2017. Instead, they are...

By now, everybody knows that Ronn Dominici is back in town. He moved to Idaho some time back, but he missed us, so he came back for a visit. Ronn dropped by our house yesterday, and we talked. After he left, an old story came to mind. I mused and mused on this tale so much that I have decided to tell it again, so here it is. It must have seemed lik...

Maestro Riccardo Muti has once again reopened the Italian musical season in his adopted hometown of Ravenna after another — and if all goes well perhaps final — round of pandemic closures. With a purposeful nod and flick of his baton, the 79-year-old conductor on Sunday ended what has been an unexpectedly long silence in Italian theaters, enrapturi...

Elon Musk’s episode of Saturday Night Live continues to court controversy. Days after he hosted on May 8, two of the episode’s sketches received backlash. A segment titled “Gen Z Hospital” was criticized for appropriating AAVE (African American Vernacular English) sayings such as “no cap” and “stan.” (In a since deleted Instagram post, SNL cast mem...