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The Rocca di Gradara and its Fortified Borgo (in the Marches Region) represent one of the best-preserved Italian Medieval structures; its set of two surrounding city walls (one of which extends to almost 2,625 feet in length) that protect the Rocca, also make it one of the most aesthetically-imposing. The Castello or Fortress stands on a hill at 46...

Various historical and bibliographic sources attribute the introduction of the onion in the Mediterranean basin, and especially Calabria, before the Phoenicians and after the Greeks. The plots of land adjacent to the coast of Calabria had the ideal soil and climate conditions for this unique ecotype, a lover of cool soil overlooking the sea. Citati...

On September 8, in San Lorenzo in the valley of the Viterbo countryside, the rite of passage of the Madonna di Torano takes place. A legend that is very much felt in the area and a mystical place. It is located about 2 kilometers from the town and an asphalt road leads us to end up in the square where the church stands. The territory is rich in arc...

Hello everyone, this month’s column is about new words that have entered the Italian dictionary in the past couple of years. Before we start, just a little premise. When a word is added to the dictionary, it is not and indication of whether the word is right or wrong, or whether that word is Italian (in this case) or not, a word is added to a dicti...

Clitunno springs (Fonti del Clitunno) stretch over a 2.5-acre area along Via Flaminia, between Spoleto and Foligno, in the municipality of Campello sul Clitunno, Umbria. The whole area is served by underground springs that flow from natural cracks in the rock. There are two main outlets which actually feed the Clitunno River: the so-called “Sources...

Ciao from Rome! Usually in this editorial we deal with news about We the Italians, but this time at least at the beginning of the editorial we make an exception. Also because for the first time in 142 issues, we dedicate to the same topic, in this case sport, two covers in a row. The July cover had rightly celebrated the Italian national soccer tea...

The Dolomites constitute the eastern part of the Alpine Mountain Range, and are one of the 55 Italian sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The zone recognized as composing UNESCO covers 141,903 hectares and three regions (Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia) and five provinces (Trento, Bolzano, Belluno, Pordenone and Udine); i...

Goat milk jello is a lighter version of the well known Italian dessert panna cotta.  Typically it is served with berries, caramel or chocolate sauce, fruit coulis and because of its great versatility it is possible to create a different topping every time. It is up to your creativity.  Summer is the season of apricots in Italy, so I prepared a deli...

If we mention the name Rosario Candela, you probably wouldn't think of anyone in particular. Or, at least, only a few would recognize one of the great signatures of American architecture. He is, in fact, one of the main creators of the myth of the city of New York, whose history began in Sicily. Once again, therefore, we would like to talk about fa...

The victory of the European Football Championship in July was only the beginning of a magical Italian summer. A summer that gave endless emotions to the Italians, demonstrating to the entire world how strong is this land that for millennia has amazed the world with its epic feats in art, architecture, engineering, literature and sport. At the Tokyo...

In the Oristano area, as in many Sardinian towns, the craft of weaving has always been the prerogative of women, at first mostly for domestic purposes and later as a business activity. The first type of production was mainly to provide for girls’ dowries and was woven at home using a wooden loom, a tool found in almost every house. In the 1960s the...

There is a suggestive atmosphere in the borgo, among houses, tiny streets and courtyards. The Borgo is an example of “spontaneous architecture” designed not by architects following a preestablished plan, but rather by human relations to be fit together, among white painted houses and narrow streets, tiny courtyards and outside stairs, arches and fl...