NEWS FROM : ITALY  

Put sparkling wine and Italy together and the usual answer is prosecco, but 200km west of the Veneto – the home of prosecco – lies another, little-known, sparkling wine region: Franciacorta. Wine has been made in the area for centuries but producers didn’t start making sparkling varieties until the 1960s. However, by 1995 this wine had been awarded...

In 1914, after the murder of Archduke Francesco Ferdinando in Sarajevo, Austria declared war on Serbia, leading to World War I. The conflict would last for 4 years, during which most European car companies were forced to gradually convert their production, totally or partially, to something more lucrative and timely, namely warfare. At the end of W...

The Renaissance master's designs for a 'rational' city in northern Italy were never built – but they contain plenty of inspiration for urban planners today, writes architect Alessandro Melis. The word “genius” is universally associated with the name of Leonardo da Vinci – a true Renaissance man, he embodied scientific spirit, artistic talent and hu...

Sopra la panca la capra campa, sotto la panca la capra crepa*! There, that’s a scioglilingua.  Scioglilingua is a bit of pronunciation conundrum in itself, as it’s not that simple to pronounce, either: it comes from the  word sciogliere — to melt, but also to free or disentangle — and, of course, lingua — tongue.  It appeared in our beautiful langu...

The Etruscans are one of the most fascinating pre-Roman civilizations but, puzzlingly, also one of those we know the least about: the real Etruscan mystery is that of their origin and of their language,  both  of which remain largely unknown, in spite of the many theories advanced throughout the decades.   But that doesn’t mean they didn’t leave a...

The 2019 Virtuoso Luxe Report surveyed its affiliated advisors to discover where, why and how families are traveling this summer. The research shows that the lists of hot family destinations and unconventional getaways are heavily influenced by the trends that dominate family travel decisions these days, many of which are in line with overall trend...

On a warm September evening in 2013, Claudio Colzani drove his Audi the 100 or so miles from Milan to Parma, home for almost two centuries to the world’s largest pasta empire. He had joined Barilla SpA as chief executive officer less than a year before and was on his way to a dinner with its chairman, Guido Barilla, who was giving a live interview...

Tac con radiazioni dimezzata, grazie a due giovani ingegnere cliniche di Napoli che hanno superato la concorrenza di 162 progetti, elaborando un protocollo per ridurre del 40-60% l'esposizione garantendo una buona qualità dell'immagine. Si tratta di un algoritmo che permetterà il collaudo di macchine di varie aziende e in diversi modelli in modo da...

The Italian culture ministry has asked the Getty Museum in LA to return another four stolen works besides the famed Lysippus statue, sources told ANSA Wednesday. They are: a canvas by 19th century painter Camillo Miola, The Oracle at Delphi, stolen from the Istituto San Lorenzo in Aversa near Naples between 1943 and '46; two Roman era marble lions...

Siete a New York, nella baia di Manhattan, e state ammirando la Statua della Libertà. Come reagireste se qualcuno vi dicesse che l'opera, realizzata dallo scultore Auguste Bartholdi, è ispirata a una statua che si trova nella basilica di Santa Croce a Firenze? Per la precisione alla "Libertà della poesia" di Pio Fedi, il monumento funebre dedicato...

UA 964 has landed at Aeroporto Internazionale di Napoli! “Da oggi Napoli e NewYork saranno ancora più vicine! Questo nuovo collegamento diretto United renderà ancora più forti i legami tra la Campania e gli Stati Uniti, e faciliterà sia il turismo che le attività economiche”, ha detto la Console Generale Mary Ellen Countryman alla celebrazione per...

Leonardo da Vinci was as much a serial entrepreneur as an artist. The Medici, Sforza, and King Francis provided him with start-up capital and political support the way a venture capitalist might a brilliant young innovator today. Like a modern-day Silicon Valley visionary, Leonardo saw only a small percentage of his creations come to fruition. But...