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Frosolone was already a renowned centre of excellence for the production of cutting implements during the time of the Kingdom of Naples. The centre developed when Charles of Bourbon, King of the Two Sicilies, decided to establish an industrial basis in his kingdom, promoting the reorganisation of foundries and armaments. Forced to convert their pro...

Many countries around the world allow for dual citizenship, such as the United States, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Spain, to name a few. While many countries have rather strict eligibility requirements, Italian citizenship by descent is relatively easy to obtain, provided that you can prove an unbroken chain of Italian descendants. Furthermore, unl...

Hello and happy 2023! The new year has started and we are all busy making our buoni propositi – new year’s resolutions. This month, I’ll take advantage of the new year to show some expressions – and superstitions connected to them! – Italians use in this occasion. Let’s see some! Probably the most common expression is anno nuovo, vita nuova – new y...

Sicily is one of the fascinating wine regions of Italy, although we could probably make that statement for many others as well. Sicily is Italy’s largest island and has a rich history of various cultural influences from Greeks and Romans to Phoenicians, Arabs and more. These influences can be seen throughout Sicily’s architecture, food and wine to...

We have heard about the NASA studies that are trying to grow vegetables in space. But some have thought about starting by going underwater. Nemo's Garden is an innovative project based in Noli, Liguria, where some 600 crops from around the world, from tobacco to tangerines, have been grown. This strange underwater garden is the brainchild of Sergi...

Dear friends, another year ends and looking back we realize how many things we have done (many), how many things we would have liked to do (too many) and how many things we are planning for the future (so many!) A few days ago, on behalf of all of us at We the Italians, I had the honor of receiving at the American Consulate in Florence the presti...

Val di Susa, a valley so beautiful it leaves one agape, alternates in a pattern of intensely-verdant fields and skyscraping, yet gently-rolling peaks. It is nature withdrawn, but not so remote as to be inaccessible: a swift, modern highway traverses it, connecting the Valley to both Turin and France, each less than one hour away. (The two countries...

Did you know that many of our modern holiday traditions have ancient Roman roots? The month of December, itself, is named after the 10th month of the Roman calendar, Decem.    Saturnalia was an ancient Roman festival in honor of the god Saturn held on December 17 of the Justinian calendar and later expanded with festivities through December 23. The...

More and more, it is sports that have Italy being talked about around the world as a winning nation. If 2021 was the magic year ever, with Italian athletes winning in every sports competition in which they participated, 2022 closes with just as many successes in dozens of international events. The first victories in chronological order came earlier...

"I can't rule out that our existence is decided by a few, by the beautiful dreams or whims of a few, by the initiative or the will of a few... Of course, it's an atrocious hypothesis. Even more disconsolate, you wonder how those few: smarter than us, stronger than us, more enlightened than us, more enterprising than us? Or individuals like us, neit...

You can start your visit of the historical center from via Roma, where the municipal offices are housed in the convent of the Carmelite Fathers, finished in 1590. In the adjacent church of Madonna del Carmine (second half of the XVI century) the main altar carved in local leccese stone has columns, tunnels and basreliefs in late Baroque style and t...

Ancient habitations dug into the tuff rock of a chalky plateau open up around a hollow, the Gravina di Matera, traversed by a torrent that flows in this spectacular and unique city in the Region of Basilicata. Roofs by turns become the foundations for new habitations on the levels overhead. A dense lattice of narrow streets and alleyways fill up wi...