NEWS FROM : ITALY  

Italy is to seek world heritage status for its leg of the Francigena Way, a much-tramped pilgrim's route which once linked Canterbury in southern England to Rome via France and Switzerland. Seven regions are backing the application to secure Unesco protection for the section of the famous hiking route that starts in the Alps and winds through plain...

In Italy, he became TV popular only in very recent months, after news and gossip outlets alike made known he custom made the shirt POTUS Donald Trump wore on inauguration day, but the much criticized American first citizen is far from being his only famous customer: Italian comedian Checco Zalone is one of his clients and so is the heir to the Brit...

If the Porta Nuova-Garibaldi area in Milan, with its skyscrapers that have come to symbolize the city’s recent changes, is progressively growing into the financial and hi-tech district of the metropolis, the futuristic architecture designs of CityLife have attracted investments from the major insurance groups, with Allianz preparing to move 3,000 e...

IVREA, Italy: Thousands of people poured onto the cobblestone streets of a northern Italian town on Sunday (Feb 26) to throw oranges at a makeshift monarchy, a tradition dating back more than 150 years. The juicy battle in Ivrea is part of the town's yearly carnival, which recreates a centuries-old revolt by commoners against the monarchy. The thre...

The Ferrari that will compete in the 2017 Formula One World Championship is called SF 70 H, with the H standing for Hybrid motorization. The name (which marks 70 years of the squad, formed in 1947) and the single-seater car were revealed on February 24 live on the team’s website. The 63rd single-seater with uncovered wheels dedicated to the Formula...

Una finestra fotovoltaica trasparente, fabbricata senza materiali tossici e che non modifica la qualità della luce che filtra negli ambienti? Sembra impossibile ma questo sogno tecnologico si sta avvicinando alla realtà grazie alla collaborazione tra l’Università del Minnesota e l’Università di Milano-Bicocca. Su QualEnergia.it avevamo anticipato i...

The Fulbright Program, awarding merit-based grants for international educational exchange to and from the US, became effective in 1946, thanks to United Nations’ advocate, James William Fulbright. The latter, had been recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship - an international postgraduate award to study at the University of Oxford, UK – before being el...

Last month, as I sat in an elegant hotel bar in Rome, I caught myself wondering if there can be such a thing as too much magnificence in a single place. With its antiquity (“Just go to the Colosseum, face east and shout, ‘Moira,’ ” my friend joked when I asked how to get to her house), its art and its food, Rome nearly overwhelmed me with its aesth...

A frequent criticism of mine in previous articles I have written for this blog is the number of our people (and they are legion) who have made their mark on history but who nevertheless are virtual unknowns in the collective minds of the American public.  This is due for a number of reasons including American attitudes towards Italians (especially...

A little more than an hour outside of Venice, Italy harbors a secret gem of a culinary melting pot. Bordered by Slovenia and Austria, Friuli-Venezia Giulia is nestled in the northeastern corner of Italy and boasts some of the country’s finest gastronomic artisans. Lush landscapes, quaint villages, and snow-capped mountains provide the perfect backg...

As usual, the 89th Academy Awards, aka “Oscars,” ceremony – annually presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) – is going to take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, on February 26th. More unusual is the presence of Italian roots both in one of the event’s producers, Michael De Luca, and in the host of the evening, c...

Giovedì prossimo, 2 marzo, sarà celebrata la Prima Giornata del Design Italiano nel Mondo. Promossa dal Ministero degli Esteri, in collaborazione con il Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività culturali e del Turismo, la Triennale di Milano, l’Associazione per il Disegno industriale, la Fondazione Compasso d’Oro, il Salone del Mobile di Milano e Agenzi...