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The promotion of design through nationality is an established tradition. There have been great exhibitions stemming from critical viewpoints (one of the most recent ones, at the Design Museum of London, stating that “Designed in California is the new Made in Italy “). And the country-based groupages are very much alive at the Design Weeks around th...

The olive tree stands out among the green hills of Umbria. It's a plant that in many ways represents Umbria, a land capable of preserving centuries-old traditions with love. The tasty PDO Umbria extra-virgin olive oil can best represent the regional gastronomy, rich in poor dishes in which the olive oil, as a "raw" or base for the preparation, hold...

Italians have always been known to go south to the heel of Italy’s boot in summer, where the 500 miles of coastline offers sublime beaches and a dialed-down ambiance. Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford, Meryl Streep and Francis Ford Coppola have found Puglia (Apulia) the perfect escape from the frenetic pace that comes with celebrity. In the last fiv...

The ancient city of Elea, which derives its name from the local spring Hyele, was founded around 540 B.C. by a group of exiles from the Greek city of Phocaea, in present-day Turkey, occupied by the Persians. The city, which was known in the 5th century B.C. mainly for Parmenides and Zeno, founders of the famous Eleatic philosophy school, reached a...

Legend has it that the grotto hidden among the craggy cliffs on San Marco hill in Sutera in the heart of Sicily holds a treasure chest full of gold coins. In order to find it, three men must dream simultaneously about the precise place to dig. Treasure or no treasure, the grotto itself is an archaeological gem, its walls adorned with a multi-colour...

A little more than four years ago at my Italian wine blog, I wrote an article about Italy's 50 Best White Wines. It may have been the first article of its type, as white wines tend to be greatly overshadowed by the country's famous reds. But having visited virtually every region of Italy, tasting the typical wines of each area, it became clear to m...

La Brexit, le tensioni tra Usa e Cina, il rallentamento dell’economia mondiale: sono tutti fattori che pesano sulle stime di crescita del commercio internazionale per il 2019, che calerà al 2,5% dopo il 4,8% del 2018. Ma testimoniano anche la forza del made in Italy: nonostante le difficoltà internazionali, dopo aver chiuso un 2018 con un aumento d...

Towards the end of Enrico Cerasuolo’s The Passion of Anna Magnani, Marcello Mastroianni — who co-starred with Magnani in the film 1870 — calls her “the greatest actress we ever had,” a judgment most viewers will agree with. Though it certainly whets the appetite, this one-hour recap of her stage and film career is too brief to get at the heart of I...

We sat down with company leaders sculpting new products and market strategies for three of the Italian confectioner’s iconic names: Ferrero Rocher, Kinder and Tic Tac. The Sweets and Snacks Expo, sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, packed thousands of brands and hundreds of product launches into three days in Chicago. Not to be out...

Up until the 1930’s, much of what is today called industrial design was considered ‘decorative art’. It was only after WWII that it became known as ‘industrial design’ with the production of the first Vespa scooters by Piaggio (1945) – on an industrial level. The story goes that the Piaggio company was making front-landing gear and wheels for WWII...

Rocco B. Commisso, the billionaire chairman of the cable provider Mediacom, is the new owner of the Italian soccer club A.C.F. Fiorentina in a deal he described as the “quickest closing in soccer history.” Commisso, who was born in southern Italy but moved to the United States when he was 12, said in an interview on Thursday that the deal was compl...

The Royal Armory of Turin was founded when in the 1830s Charles Albert (1798-1849), king of Sardinia, began collecting weapons belonging to the Savoy in the Beaumont gallery, which until then had housed the large paintings moved to the Royal Picture Gallery. What was then known as the “Antique and Modern Armory” was organized by its first director ...