NEWS FROM : ITALY  

“In the 1920s, Mussolini remapped Italy, so parts of ancient Tuscany are now part of Romagna,” says Marco Cerise, director of Pandolfa and Noelia Ricci wineries in Predappio, Romagna – Mussolini’s hometown, which lies about an hour northwest of Rimini, a city on the Adriatic Coast. The nefarious dictator wanted the confines of his Romagnolo hometow...

To stray in spirit better through the land/ This morn of Rome and May," recommends Robert Browning’s poem Two in Campagna. Or for €5, in whatever month, one can take a train, a day-return from Guidonia to Tiburtina. First stop for Romeward journey is Bagni di Tivoli, bringing home how this often-neglected hinterland was part-and-parcel with Rome's...

We all know, in Sicily we are practically obsessed with 2 things: eggplant and frying. And the two go perfectly hand in hand, don’t you think? Melanzane are delicious in any way you cook them: grilled, ammuttunate, baked, in oil.  But the absolute best way, the apotheosis of eggplant is absolutely fried! You will say, frying eggplants, what is so d...

Villa d'Este, in Tivoli, less than 30 km from Rome, is a true masterpiece of hydraulic engineering and a spectacle of Renaissance architecture. It is defined as a "water dream" for its theatricality that amazes and accompanies visitors during their stay in this oasis of peace a stone's throw from the capital, lulled by the cadenced rhythm of the fo...

Here is the premise: one cannot go to Naples without diving in its street food. It is something inherent and indispensable, as if a law of physics that cannot be ignored. Naples, in addition to hospitality, vitality, and kindness, is also about – and most of all – amazing food.  It is no surprise that many people opt for street food oriented weeken...

The fifth edition of ‘Che Storia!’, creative writing team competition for students of the Italian secondary schools, will be promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to the Italian schools abroad, state and state-authorized private schools, alongside the Italian sections of international and foreign schools....

2021 is a “surprising” vintage for Barolo, which, with most of the Nebbiolo grapes in the cellar, but still in the middle of the harvest, literally collects the fruits of a year charaterized by climatic extremes. First of all the spring frosts, which fortunately have not affected a flowering in the early stage, then the rains in June, and finally t...

Milan wins in one of the categories of the first edition of the Earthshot Prize, an international award for the best solutions to protect the environment. The Milanese project that won the category "A world without waste" is that of the neighborhood hubs against food waste, born just before the coronavirus emergency and consolidated in the midst of...

Italy has always been the country we think of first when Dottie and I consider travel to Europe. Getting here this time was a bit more complicated than before. Although each EU country has its own rules, most are similar to those set by the Italians. First: it takes a bit more preparation. In addition to our passports, we needed our COVID-19 vaccin...

Prosciutto is Italian for ham, and there are dozens of variations, many of which are specific to certain regions, such as Prosciutto Toscana DOP. Here are 10 things to know about this particular type of prosciutto.  1.HistoryPork has been preserved in the region of Tuscany since at least the year 1000 – in fact, the Etruscans, an ancient civilizati...

Macabre as much as fascinated places. There are more than six thousand ghost towns in Italy. If you are thinking to spend your Halloween in Italy, here you are, some phantasmagoric ghost towns.  Welcome to the Ghost Towns of Italy! There are many reasons which let become abandoned towns: it may be for human needs or natural causes. Today, the Itali...

Located at the top of a hill in the homonymous town, the Castle of Gradara towers over the valley below with magnificence and elegance. It is a medieval fortress located in the province of Pesaro-Urbino, in the Marche region, at the border with Emilia-Romagna.  The Castle of Gradara is a magical and time-less place, that towers over the adjacent to...