NEWS FROM : ITALY  

In 2018, Liberati, an Italian restaurant and brewery co-founded by Alex Liberati, was one of Denver’s most anticipated openings of the year. Billing itself as the only brewery in the world to specialize in Italian grape ales, Liberati introduced its patrons to “oenobeers,” a term Liberati coined to describe “a beer-wine hybrid with each beer using...

Whether it’s a Barolo or a Brunello, a Montepulciano or a Moscato, Italy is renowned for its excellent wine. Enjoying a nice glass of wine with friends and family is an intrinsic part of the Italian lifestyle. So it’s no surprise that there are some interesting expressions and sayings centred around wine. In vino veritas This is a Latin saying whic...

Christmas is a big deal throughout Italy, and the region of Aosta Valley provides the perfect backdrop for a magical and festive celebration with its mountain towns, spectacular resorts and rustic chalets. The most famous of Aosta Valley’s Christmas splendours are the artisanal markets, including the prominent Marché Vert Noël, which is located wit...

Trumpets will sound this Saturday in Gubbio on the Eve of the Immaculate Conception, as the world’s largest Christmas tree display once again comes to life. The attraction, which takes up an entire mountainside in the medieval Italian town, is 2,100 feet tall and more than 1,000 feet wide. The tree display shines throughout the holiday season, unti...

What do you mean, one hundred years? It is common knowledge that panettone was likely created back in the Renaissance, possibly at the Milanese court of Ludovico Sforza: that’s much more than 100 years! Well, it’s true: our delicious, beloved panettone, symbol of Christmas festivities, soft, buttery goodness of our holidays does come from the Renai...

During his brief trip to Greccio on Sunday afternoon, Pope Francis paused to pray at the site where Saint Francis of Assisi created the first nativity scene. The small grotto resembles the tiny cave of Bethlehem where the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus. Frescoes from the 14th century adorn the cave’s walls, depicting Mary breastfeeding the Christ...

Rome is a city with histories upon histories, and quite literally so. It’s not uncommon to find historical sites literally built on top of each other, or important locations from different eras just around the corner from one another. There are few places in Rome where this is more evident than the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs...

At age 2, my grandfather emigrated from Bonito, Italy, on the good ship Colombo and docked in Ellis Island in 1922. He became a U.S. citizen the old fashioned way — by waiting in a relatively short line, getting deloused and having his name changed from Crescenzo to Christopher. That’s basically all anyone needed to do to become an American in thos...

According to several sources, gelato dates back to 16th Century Florence when this tasty frozen treat was created. Now a worldwide sensation, gelato has come a long way and evolved over the years. When I switched from vegetarian to vegan close to a decade ago I thought I would have to give up my favorite ice cream and gelato flavors, but this is de...

When traveling to Italy, a mere mention of the Amalfi Coast invokes a dreamlike vision of lemon trees and crystal turquoise waters. Positano is no doubt one of the most recognized and visited islands on earth. Nestled high up in the cliffs, the famous hotel La Sirenuse overlooks right down to the beach. Positano is home to about 4,000 people, but a...

He played no less than twenty-nine roles in his career. Wanting to bring opera to the masses, he performed in great arenas and open spaces. His monumental artistic and philanthropic career created lasting synergies between his world and the world of pop and rock music, as the “Pavarotti & Friends” events well represent on the international level. L...

Pasta and pizza are still the undisputed rulers of the Italian cuisine, however, rice is beginning to carve itself a comfortable spot among Italy’s favorite staples. Thanks to a 52.5% share in the European market (2018), Italy is by far the largest rice producer in Europe. As a matter of fact, 85% of the European demand for sushi rice is satisfied...