NEWS FROM : ITALY  

 The Italian glassblowers of Murano have survived plagues and pandemics. They transitioned to highly prized artistic creations to outrun low-priced competition from Asia. But surging energy prices are shattering their economic model. The dozens of furnaces that remain on the lagoon island where Venetian rulers transferred glassblowing 700 years ago...

Italy’s Amalfi Coast is undoubtedly known for its dramatic seascapes, rich maritime history, and enormous lemons. As someone who has traveled in and around this region a handful of times, I often wonder how these centuries-old houses still cling to a cliff’s edge without plummeting into the Tyrrhenian Sea below. Perched along the southwestern edge...

Once the playground for the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Sophia Loren, Cortina has retained its glamour and is now attracting discerning skiers looking to combine breathtaking scenery and Olympic ski runs with luxury hotel stays and a delectable local food scene. One of the best things about skiing in Italy is undoubtedly the food. Whether it’s an...

Did you know that in Italy you can enjoy unforgettable virtual experiences? Where? Here are four innovative multimedia experiences from North to South Italy to feel involved at 360 degrees. “Involvement”: this is the keyword for tourism at present and it will surely be the core of it in the future. How? Through digitalization, multimedia, technolog...

La Bella Italia, interesting and enchanting. My dear friends, my journey continues as I discover the wonders of this beautiful country. I would like to thank all of you for following me on my travel, hope you are enjoying the stories from my trip. My diary page today will be written on the region that lies very much in the shadow of its largest cit...

The long wave of the great Italian summer does not stop, on the contrary. This time it was the national basketball team with athletes with Down's syndrome that triumphed. In front of a friendly crowd in Ferrara, they won the European Championships, beating Turkey in the final. 21 - 12 the final result, which awarded the boys coached by Giuliano Buf...

As far as Italian wine culture goes, the wines from the Veneto are significant as the region is among Italy's most important when it comes to wine – both for quality and quantity. The northeast region plays host to two of the world's most famous and sought-after denominations among several other lesser-known rarities.  Let's start with Prosecco Sup...

Filippo Scotti was at the airport, ready to fly from Italy to New York to Los Angeles to Telluride, when he realized he had forgotten his passport. The 21-year-old Italian actor had just attended the Venice Film Festival world premiere of The Hand of God, Paolo Sorrentino’s semi-autobiographical tale in which Scotti stars. So maybe he was distracte...

The country has taken yet another small step towards normality, with the celebration of the Carnevale di Viareggio, after the cancellation of the 2020 edition because of Covid-19. While times are still difficult across the globe, the rise in the number of vaccinated people and the overall efficacy of the jab means we may start looking at the future...

Leaning back in my lounge chair, I enjoy the heat of the sun on my skin. A vibrant sea spreads out before me, but it's a sea of wildflowers. I'm not at the beach — I'm on a farm, looking out on Europe's largest high alpine meadow, manicured by munching goats and cows. In the distance, stark snow-dusted peaks tower boldly against the blue sky. These...

We have to say goodbye to the summer season, but not to the planning of dinners and to enjoying a glass of wine with friends. The best red wines for fall evenings should be chosen on the basis of the outside temperature. The selection of the best red wines arrives together with fall, in fact, temperatures start to drop, and the cooler days allow to...

“The national food of the people of Romagna”, so described Giovanni Pascoli the piadina – or piada – in the margin notes of his Nuovi Poemetti (1909). This speciality is indeed widespread on the Romagna menus in a thousand variations: in the areas of Cesena, Forlì and Ravenna it is thick and soft, while in the Rimini area it is thin and slightly la...