NEWS FROM : ITALY  

It was an historic high for sales. An absolute record for the trade surplus as well. Italy's December exports have decisively raised the full year tally, bringing the progress of 2016 to 1.1%, a result that would have been unimaginable just a few months ago. The monthly uptick (+5.7% year-on-year), according to Istat, is even a cautious calculation...

The Verdi Festival in Emilia-Romagna, renowned among opera-lovers around the world, has been nominated by the International Opera Awards for both the Best Festival and Best New Production. Winners will be announced on May 7, 2017.  This year’s Festival Verdi, dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Arturo Toscanini’s birth, is scheduled during Emilia...

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...

Terzo appuntamento a Nettuno con “Per Bacco che Libro”, la rassegna letteraria organizzata dall’Associazione culturale 00042 insieme a Cantina Bacco e alla Scuola chitarristica di Antonio D’Augello. Oggi pomeriggio giovedì 16 febbraio, dalle ore 16.30 alle 19.00, nella location di Cantina Bacco (via Eschieto 1 – ex via cisterna km 1- Nettuno), verr...

It all started with a coffee. When a homeless man asked Dino Impagliazzo for an espresso, the Italian pensioner thought: "Why not help?" Soon he and his wife were making sandwiches for homeless people who hung around one of Rome's train stations. As word spread, the lines for food grew longer. Eventually Impagliazzo switched to hot meals, cooking t...

It’s become a model for all of Europe. In 2011, Pompeii’s ancient walls were crumbling with each and every downpour; it had no services, was inhospitable, and teemed with packs of stray dogs. Today, that same ancient city has become a symbol of redemption for Italy, particularly the South. “The Great Pompeii Project is an example to follow, you can...

What’s amaro? No, it’s not what you get when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie. That’s amore. (Thanks, Dean!) That bitter liqueur your old-school Italian relatives used to drink after a big meal? Yes, friends, that is amaro — and NPR’s All Things Considered reports that it’s getting an “American revival.” Author Brad Thomas Parsons, who w...

What would inspire people to book trips to Ivrea? The small city near Turin is not just your next obscure travel destination. It is an absolutely must-visit stop in the carnival season, when its distinct identity takes shape as the exciting Battle of the Oranges roars.   Oppressed peasants in the Middle Ages likely dreamed of throwing stones and pi...

The Catacombs in Naples branch out into two sepulchral complexes, San Gaudioso and San Gennaro. Never a place of death (“quae perpetuo cunctos absorbet hiatu”, “that swallows everyone in its eternal abyss”, as you can read on one of the epigraphs scattered in these hypogea), they have been brought back to life by the efforts of young adults from Ri...

An innovative startup is breathing new life in the world’s most ancient wheat. This is the goal of Nutracentis, a small company in Sarnico, near the northern Italian city of Bergamo, which since 2015 buys and processes the ancient grain to make dry pasta. The idea came from co-founder Monia Caramma: after studying correlations between nutrients, sh...

The most difficult thing about eating in Italy is that you can’t try everything. Every day you have a finite number of meals, and a finite amount of space in your stomach, whereas there seem to be an infinite number of Italian dishes that you “absolutely need to try”. From regional specialties to the finest seasonal delicacies, you would need multi...

“Conosci la terra dei limoni in fiore, dove le arance d’oro splendono tra le foglie scure, dal cielo azzurro spira un mite vento, quieto sta il mirto e l’alloro è eccelso, la conosci forse? Laggiù, laggiù io andare vorrei con te, o amato mio!” Così scriveva Goethe nel suo Mignon, sull’Italia, ne Gli anni di apprendistato di Wilhelm Meister. “La con...