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Native to Asia Minor, the legendary olive tree spread to Italy through the Greek colonisers. Later, the Romans promoted the cultivation of these valuable and versatile fruits in every land they conquered, perfecting the tools for pressing oils and the techniques for storing the oil.   The evidence of the presence of olive cultivation in Vulture is...

On Easter Sunday, from dawn, the town of Prizzi undergoes a metamorphosis: the inhabitants are awakened by groups of children who knock on their doors. Everyone of these kids is wearing a red dress (the devils) except one who is wearing a yellow ocher one (death). These entities, which roam up and down the streets waving the chains, ask relatives,...

In Siena, at the Museum of Santa Maria della Scala, is set up the exhibition “Una città ideale. Dürer, Altdorfer e i Maestri Nordici della Collezione Spannocchi a Siena” (An ideal city. Dürer, Altdorfer and the Nordic Masters of the Spannocchi Collection in Siena). The exhibition presents works from the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Siena, the Museo Civi...

Let’s continue our tour of all the languages and dialects of Italy. We started our journey from Val d’Aosta and last time we stopped in Veneto. Now it’s the time to move to a very interesting region especially from a linguistic point of view: Friuli-Venezia Giulia (Friuli for short).  Even if “Venezia” is part of its name, Venice is not in this reg...

A year-round ski destination (thanks to Stelvio's awesome slopes),  Valtellina is located in the heart of the Alps of Lombardy, and is known for the intense beauty of its mountain landscapes, as well as for being a beloved winter sports destination. At the same time it preserves traces of the historic testimonies that, notwithstanding the passage o...

Fresh pasta is doubly delicious when you can both make and eat it! Ravioli filled with pumpkin is one of the most classic pasta dishes of Lombardy, in particular of Mantua; with its sweet and spicy taste, it is pure poetry for the palate.  The secret ingredients that make this dish so special are amaretti cookies and mostarda. Mostarda di frutta is...

In 2017, Italy's cultural heritage boasts 4,889 public and private museums and similar institutions open to the public. Of these, 4,026 are museums, galleries or collections, 293 archaeological areas and parks and 570 monuments and monumental complexes. Museums and other museum-like exhibition structures recorded a historical peak of 119 million ad...

The Guided Biogenetic Nature Reserve (RNGB) "I giganti di Fallistro" (The Giants of Fallistro) was established by the Ministry of the Environment in 1987 with the aim of safeguarding a strip of centuries-old larch pine wood on the Silan plateau, in the Calabria region. The territory of the Natural Reserve of Fallistro falls in the municipality of S...

Alessandro Mendini graduated as an architect but through his career he also worked as a designer, teacher and journalist. Mendini was born in Milan in 1931 and passed away last month, leaving behind a path of creativity in fields that, in spite of their differences, overlap. Along his long career he created graphics, furniture, interiors, paintings...

Time to visit a wine region I have had much personal experience with thanks to the Consorzio Tutela Vini Valpolicella.  I have taken a couple trips over to the Valpolicella wine region over the last few years tasting through the wonderful wines including Valpolicella, Soave and the prized Amarone wines that hail from this region.  Plus, as an added...

Ciao from Rome to all the friends of We the Italians! The new book by We the Italians, the Yearbook of 2018, has been released: you can find it here. In 2018 we interviewed 26 leaders, 26 friends who gave us 26 different views about 24 different topics of the relation between Italy and the US. History, education, Little Italy, sport, language, rese...

The Teatro Olimpico is one of Vicenza’s artistic wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This theatre is the absolute climax of the creativity of one of the greatest Italian architects, Andrea Palladio, who was openly inspired by the Roman theatres described by Vitruvius. Commissioned in 1580 by the Olympic Academy, Palladio began planning it in...