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Brunello Cucinelli also produces wine "in the vineyard of the beloved Umbrian village of Solomeo." With the bottles wrapped in paper bearing, in Italian and English, phrases from Marcus Aurelius, Homer and Socrates. The first wine, vintage 2018, was presented at the Institute of the Blind in Milan at a "friendly dinner" hosted by Cucinelli. The con...

Born in 1920, Federico Fellini is recognised as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Throughout the 1940s, the young filmmaker amassed many writing credits, most notably co-writing the screenplay for Rome, Open City, directed by Roberto Rossellini. This, famously, led Fellini to receive his first Oscar nomination.  By 1950, Fellini had co-pr...

“My father was the genius, but my mother was the one that kept the dream alive.” That is what I recall Salvatore Ferragamo — yes, of those Ferragamos — mentioning to me at a thing he was hosting in Toronto, many years ago now, at the now-shuttered Grano, a one-time Yonge & Eglinton bolt-hole of Italian culture and food. A grandson of the storied sh...

Mission Classic. Mission accomplished. I say proudly that Mission Classic was one of the most culturally significant moments in Italian baseball history. Writing on behalf of IABF, we are grateful and appreciative of the efforts that FIBS put into making this happen. On a micro level, it was also one of the most impactful and important moments in o...

Thanks to archaeology, history and art, today we know quite a lot about the Ancient Romans, yet, there are still some mysteries to unveil: one of them is certainly that of the Vestals, the holy priestesses who dedicated their lives to Vesta, the goddess of the hearth and the family, whose worship was considered essential for the welfare and safety...

Rome is a desirable year-round tourist destination holding an impressive breadth of artistic and cultural heritage. Going on vacation to Rome for the first time means not missing a whole series of "must-see" stops, such as the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums. But outside of the "mainstream" circuit, so to speak, the capital still has plenty to of...

One out of five wines on the 100 top wines in the world ranking is Italian. The “Top 100” 2022 ranking by “Wine Spectator” gave the wines of Brunello di Montalcino, Barolo and Chianti Classico each 2 positions, together with other territories and denominations. Tuscany is the leading region, counting 8 wines and it also holds the first 7 positions...

The supercomputer LEONARDO, jointly funded by EuroHPC and CINECA on behalf of Italian Ministry of University and Research, reached the 4th position on the latest release of the Top500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world, as announced at the SC22 conference in Dallas, Texas on November 14, 2022. This milestone rewards CINECA’s 50-year c...

It all began with the union of two families in 1931: the wedding of Santina Montorsi and Celestino Sereni in the highlands of Modena brought the Aceto Balsamico production to life, which is still active today, four generations later, at Acetaia Sereni. La batteria (literally “battery”, but a term used for the set of barrels containing balsamic vine...

The majestic silver fir that had been destined to become the Vatican's Christmas tree in St Peter's Square this year has been spared from the chop after a last-minute intervention by environmental activists. The news brings an end to a long-running dispute over the felling of the tree - which was to be a gift to Pope Francis from the mountain villa...

Man's adventure to the moon begins again. Nasa launched the SLS carrier rocket, the most powerful ever built, with the Orion spacecraft, lifted off from Kennedy Space Center. This is the first mission of the Artemis program to return astronauts to the Moon, so far only dummies are on board.  With Artemis 1, NASA will launch the Orion capsule, which...

After almost three years of the pandemic and multiple global crises, many of us are in need of a respite from the stress of our day to day lives. Thus, we are launching an Italian Diaspora Studies writing retreat that will  provide participants with the space and time to focus on their writing and on other creative and intellectual pursuits away fr...