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A large, black and white portrait of Nonna Bianca standing with her family greets guests in the entryway of this historic Modenese restaurant Trattoria Bianca. Sporting a white apron and pleasant demeanor, she showcases some of the territory’s classic specialties: a flask of Lambrusco, a leg of prosciutto crudo, and whole hens displayed neatly on t...

Italy's new national airline ITA takes to the skies on Friday 15 October after Alitalia made its final voyage last night, with a flight from Rome to Cagliari. ITA, whose full name is Italia Trasporto Aereo, replaces Alitalia which ceased operating yesterday after 74 years. On the eve of its launch, however, ITA bought the Alitalia brand and naming...

John Paul I, the shortest-serving pope in living memory, is to be beatified, one step short of sainthood, Pope Francis said Wednesday. Francis authorized the Congregation for the causes of Saints to promulgate a decree regarding a miracle attributed to late pope, who served for 33 days from August to September 1978. John Paul I, whose birth name wa...

French appetites may be changing when it comes to soft cheese, with Italian mozzarella outselling camembert for the first time. The Made in Italy dairy product has ousted the typical Normandy cheese as the best-selling in France, reports Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. Mozzarella upseated camembert, France's long-undisputed king of cheese, a...

It will be Gabriele Salvatores who will narrate the uniqueness of our Country’s regional territories to the visitors to the Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The Oscar-winning film director – selected by a committee chaired by writer Sandro Veronesi – will narrate the Beauty evoked by the very title theme of Italy’s participation in Expo, “Beauty...

On January 25, 1504, a small committee of influential Florentines came together to decide on a location for a massive, brand-new statue of the Biblical hero David. Its creator, Michelangelo, had begun working on the 17-foot-tall sculpture under the impression that it would be placed on the rooftop of the Florence Cathedral. When builders proved una...

Forget the glamour and grandeur of Rome, Florence, and Venice. Italy is dotted with thousands of small rural villages unknown even to local Italians. These small towns are more than just picturesque; they’re quirky with a magic allure. These idyllic and bucolic spots are ideal in times of COVID because of their remoteness and tendency to draw fewer...

Every country has its traditions, that is for sure, many of which can appear to be quite bizarre. Italy is no less! We have gathered for you 5 particular Italian traditions which we hope will keep you company along your trips throughout Italy.  From North to South, in fact, we will discover the most bizarre and particular traditions that connect It...

It was only a few years back, in the middle of my morning radio show on 960-WELI, when I made a reference to “American bread” and my producer at the time — about 15 years younger than me — called me out on it. “Why do you call it that?” he asked. “Call what what?” was my response, as if we were performing some scripted Abbott & Costello routine. “I...

L'Europa vanta uno dei percorsi più importanti del mondo, incentrato sul credo religioso, la cultura e la bellezza. Ogni anno migliaia di pellegrini percorrono a piedi, in bicicletta o anche a cavallo la Via Francigena. Questa antica via attraversa tutta la Francia ed entra in Italia attraverso il Colle del Gran San Bernardo. Infine, attraversa la...

Casoli officially enters the list of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Learn about historical spots, majestic nature reserves, renowned olive growing and murals scattered around the city. Thanks to a long and significant project of revitalising the historic centre started in 2017 by the municipal administration, the Abruzzo town of Casoli (in pr...

The largest complex of catacombs is found in Rome, hosting approximately 60 excavations. Visiting these ancient cemeteries through their long tunnels and passages, allows tourists and locals to explore the rituals, customs, and traditions of the ancient Romans. The ancient term to designate these monuments is “coemeterium”, which derives from Greek...