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Leonardo da vinci died at the age of 67 on May 2, 1519, at the small manor house in the Loire Valley given to him by King Francis I of France. He was buried nearby in the church of the Château d’Amboise, which was demolished in the early 19th century. An excavation decades later turned up bones that were believed to be Leonardo’s. An inscription no...

The 14th May marks the anniversary of the inauguration of the first Italian permanent theatre: the Piccolo Teatro. The theatre was founded in the city of Milan by two very young entrepreneurs, Paolo Grassi and Giorgio Strehler. It was 1947 and the Second World War had just ended. Italy was a country that needed to recover economically and also from...

Being a chef in the Renaissance wasn’t as you would imagine: restaurants as we know them today didn’t exist and the only people who could afford to pay someone to cook for them were kings, lords and Popes. And while Renaissance cuisine has a bit of a niche following, with cookbooks and websites dedicated to it, there’s an uncharacteristic paucity o...

Many Italian regions are known for one famous city, although they have many others that are worth visiting. Veneto is definitely one of those regions, most famous for Venice, but the area is extremely rich in opportunities for a holiday full of fun, relaxation and culture that extend beyond the lagoon city. Given the climate, the best time to visit...

Maria Cristina Buccellati, global communications and marketing director at her family’s jewelry house, was visibly excited on one particular gray January day in Paris. It was partly because a new Buccellati flagship was to open a few days later on the Rue St.-Honoré, and partly because her family had been selecting more than 200 of its creations f...

The cultural park is home to about 20 different species of bamboo, ranging from dwarf to giant. The labyrinth is a living demonstration of the plant’s immense potential. Even the parquet floors of the park’s buildings were made of the same material. The labyrinth takes the shape of an eight-pointed star, a nod to star-shaped fortress cities. Becaus...

Lamberto Frescobaldi, the 30th-generation head of Italy’s storied Tuscan wine producer, approaches his role with respect for the traditions of his predecessors, but with an eye toward the future.  In the six years he’s served as president of Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, a producer with an extensive range of largely Tuscan wines, Frescobaldi, 55, launc...

This year 385 Italian beaches in 183 different municipalities were awarded the prestigious Blue Flag, meaning Italy still has 10 percent of all Blue Flag beaches in the world. The international Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) awards the marker based on 32 different criteria,  from water quality to facilities for visitors, and various s...

Here is one of the best Italian winesOne of the most delicious Italian wines is the Moscato wine and it is one of the products that makes Italy known all over the world for the excellent quality of its traditional gastronomic products, coming from  various Italian regions. One of the most appreciated Italian wines is precisely the Moscato wine. Ita...

Stepping onto the grounds of the Villa d’Este in Tivoli is like taking a trip back in time. The gorgeous complex, totally reimagined under the ownership of Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este in the 16th century, is a testament to the ingenuity and beauty that were hallmarks of the Renaissance period. History of the Villa d’EsteIppolito II, the grandson of...

Ci sono giorni che ti svegli con il vuoto nel cuore. Sai che ti sei battuta, che hai lottato, che hai difeso con forza le tue idee che sono anche le idee e le esigenze di milioni di persone, eppure, a prescindere da quanto hai fatto. Poi senti di non aver raggiunto l’obiettivo. Ti senti vuota, inutile ed arriva il necessario momento dell’analisi. U...

The vineyards of northern Italy have been burning bright this week as winemakers light thousands of torches across the slopes. But why? It's an enterprising solution to a perennial problem: the weather. As frost and snow returned unseasonably late to swathes of the north, winemakers sought to protect their vines from subzero temperatures, which can...