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The choice of Matera as 2019’s European City of Culture will have astonished Italians of a certain age, although not those who have ever visited it. Fifty years ago, the city was designated the ‘national shame’ of Italy, embodying everything that was wrong with the impoverished south. But it was not true then and is little more than a hazy memory t...

How was pizza invented? Who invented pizza? Like so many questions regarding the invention of objects, this question is more difficult to answer then it would first appear. From what historians know, while people have been eating pizza-like foods for a fair number of centuries, what we currently think of as pizza was created less than 200 years ago...

Wednesday May 8, from 17:00 to 19:00. Conferenza: "John Piermont Morgan e Stefano Bardini, Firenze e gli Stati Uniti nell'epoca d'oro del mecenatismo americano". L'evento si terrà presso la Chiesa episcopale americana di Saint James, Via B. Rucellai, 9 - Firenze. Al termine dell'evento si terrà un concerto a cura del Maestro Daniela Dolce, dedicato...

Italian pastry chef Matteo Stucchi is proof that you should play with your food. Based in Monza, Italy, the 23-year-old creates delectable desserts and sugary-sweet treats with a twist—he adds comical, tiny toys to transform his homemade baked goods into inventive and imaginative miniature scenes. Clearly concerned with both the aesthetics and the...

Nuova, importante, conferma per la Sicilia: è la regione più richiesta dai viaggiatori italiani per il turismo enogastronomico. L’isola si trova al primo posto nella classifica, seguita dalla Toscana e dall’Emilia Romagna. A dirlo è il rapporto sul turismo enogastronomico italiano 2019, presentato alla Bit di Milano. I prodotti di eccellenza sicili...

The Unesco-inscribed town of Sabbioneta between Mantua and Parma is considered a true model of an ‘ideal city.’ Over the course of a few decades, what had been a small fortified village was entirely rebuilt by nobleman and condottiero Vespasiano Gonzaga, according to the Renaissance principles of proportion and the ideal of harmony as symbolized in...

The hilltop town of Gragnano may not boast sweeping views like its neighbors on the Amalfi Coast but it has a noteworthy legacy of its own: it’s the birthplace of dried pasta. While Northern Italy is famous for fresh pasta like tortellini and tagliatelle, Southern Italy is the unrivaled champion of dried pasta, including penne, spaghetti and macche...

Central Italy is home to some of the artistically richest cities of the country and each of them, in turn, is somehow symbolized by a square. Florence and Rome are the main protagonists, and fight for supremacy in this atypical race. RomeBackground and inspiration to some of the best known movies of the golden age of Italian cinema, Rome boasts the...

A very interesting exhibition is being held in Matera, shedding a completely original light on the Renaissance and offering a new interpretation of one of the most important periods in the Western world’s art and culture, by focusing on Mediterranean routes, with the exchanges and relationships between cultures they brought, and artists’ journeys a...

“I came to America because I heard the streets were paved with gold. When I got here, I found out three things: rst, the streets weren’t paved with gold; second, they weren’t paved at all; and third, I was expected to pave them. This well-known quote, said by an Italian immigrant to America, reminds us that life in the new world wasn’t easy for our...

Cascate del Mulino Just six kilometres outside the ancient Tuscan village of Saturnia, visitors will find one of the most famous natural springs in all of Italy: Cascate del Mulino. The ancient oasis features a flowing thermal waterfall cascading down travertine rock, where hot water gathers in charming pools below. At a constant temperature of 37....

It’s the spring show you don’t want to miss: the blooming of colorful flowers on the Piani di Castelluccio plain in Umbria, near Castelluccio di Norcia, taking place every year between May and July. This is where the prized ‘lenticchia di Castelluccio di Norcia IGP’ is grown. The white flowers of the lentils bloom from May to July, along with sever...