NEWS FROM : ITALY  

Una famiglia di immigrati italiani, una vita spesa al servizio degli Stati Uniti. Leon Panetta ama definirsi "figlio dell'Europa", e allora non poteva che scegliere il Vecchio Continente per il suo ultimo viaggio ufficiale all'estero da segretario alla Difesa Usa. Da oggi sarà in Italia (Portogallo, Spagna e Regno Unito le altre tappe del suo tour)...

di Stefano De Cupis   Oggigiorno si sente sempre più spesso parlare del cosiddetto Made in Italy che racchiude un po' tutto, dall'arte alla cucina, passando per la moda e le automobili ma una cosa bisogna assolutamente includervi: gli italiani stessi. Ebbene si, proprio come celebra l'iscrizione visibile sulle quattro facciate del Palazzo de...

One of Italy's most historic opera companies is taking some of the country's most beloved operas – as well as some Italian culture – to the Middle East, Russia and the United States. The Teatro di San Carlo, which was founded in Naples in 1737 and is Europe's oldest, continuously active venue for public opera, begins its worldwide tour in the Sulta...

As we approach the day that honors Italian-born Christopher Columbus, it's easy to toast him with his country's own stuff. Italian wine is America's favorite foreign tipple; trade surveys say it makes up 30 percent of our total wine imports.   It makes sense. Americans also like Italian food – even better than our own American cuisine, by 30...

Una diplomazia culturale italiana orientata a fidelizzare gli utenti stranieri al nostro paese. È questa la sfida lanciata da Destinazione Italia, il piano del Governo per attrarre investimenti esteri, che vede la Farnesina e la rete diplomatica come perno dell'iniziativa.   Investimenti esteri per industria museale e restauro Per far ciò,...

Turin is ready to host the Salone Internazionale del Libro, in its 27th edition, at Lingotto Fiera. The theme this year is the Common Good, in the spirit of Primo Levi's ideas on work ethic and a "job well done".   Such refers not only to the attentive curation of books and other publications, but also to broader concepts, particularly demo...

American roads are taking on a more Italian look these days.First, Fiat SpA of Italy returned to the United States with its tiny Fiat 500 cars after buying into America's Chrysler Corp. in 2009.   Now, carmaker Fiat is boosting U.S. sales of its luxury Maserati brand by adding a new, lower-priced, mid-sized Maserati to its lineup.   R...

There are a multitude of ways to innovate. They pass through various industries, including Italian textiles if not considered moribund then certainly mature. But those who resist and survive hold together tradition and innovation. Founded in 1876 and now in its fifth generation, the cotton mill Albini (today Albini group) has always plied the same...

Amarena Fabbri, the maker of a trademark wild cherry product that is one of the best known brands in Italian cuisine, is having its 100th birthday. In 1905, a young Gennaro Fabbri bought a grocery store with adjoining fermentation cellar and transformed it into the "Premiata Distilleria G. Fabbri." The first Fabbri-branded products consisted of a...

We are overly superstitious. Italians can take superstition to the next level. Avoiding walking under a ladder is pretty common, but things can get tricky when someone refuses to carry on driving because a black cat has just crossed their path.   To avoid "sfortuna," or bad luck, one would make a substantial detour. After tripping up, i...

by Neil Vorano   As the great tenor Andrea Bocelli delivered a powerful performance of Nessun Dorma, you couldn't help but feel the hopes of Alfa Romeo with every note.   The event at the auto maker's newly opened museum north of Milan, called La macchina del tempo, marked the public debut of the Giulia, a performance sedan designed t...

In deep water off the coast of Sicily, scientists have found a large and very mysterious monolith that is believed to have been hewn from rock some 10,000 years ago.   "Considering its shape and length, it can be called a Stonehenge-type monolith, but its age is remarkably older," Dr. Emanuele Lodolo, a marine geophysicist at the National In...