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During 2020, on the occasion of the five hundredth anniversary of his death, Raphael Sanzio will be celebrated with a number of events, exhibitions, debates, studies and publications truly out of the ordinary. Every area of his activity, every city in which he lived and every place where he worked will be involved in a total retrospective that will...

Pisa, located in the Italian region of Tuscany, is famous all over the world for its monumental piazza del Duomo, included by UNESCO in the World Heritage List in 1987. Symbol of the power of the Repubblica Marinara in Pisa, it was renamed “Prato dei Miracoli” by the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio for the extraordinary beauty of it architectural jewels. ...

Can a soccer match unite a divided nation, cement people of different ages, convince one nation to be stronger than another, remain in the memory of future generations, become a scene told for decades by writers, intellectuals, poets, filmmakers? Yes, it can. It happened on June 17th, 1970, 50 years ago, in Mexico. The protagonists were Italy and G...

Giacomo Casanova. We all know who he has been, we all are well aware of the meaning of “Casanova” nowadays. I’m also pretty sure that we met at least one of them during our life and that we have been enchanted. But who was the real Giacomo Casanova? He was an Italian adventurer and author, a poet and a witness of the most authentic sources of the c...

The origins of this cheese are directly linked to the introduction of buffaloes to Italy: according to one of the most credible suggestions, it was the Norman kings who promoted buffalo farming in Southern Italy, in around 1000 AD, beginning from Sicily, where the animals had been originally introduced by the Arabs. Used initially as working animal...

The AsSud Association (which has among its statutory purposes the study of emigration and the relationship between migration and the territories of departure and arrival, see in this regard the "Piccolo Festival delle Spartenze" founded by the Association in 2016) has established the Osservatorio sulle Radici Italiane - Observatory on Italian Roots...

Every year, when April comes around, Milan becomes the center of the design world thanks to the Salone Internazionale del Mobile and Fuorisalone, two of the most important events for the design addicted. Unfortunately, last April the Milan Design Week was cancelled due to Covid-19 but Fuorisalone found a new creative way to still offer its magic to...

The Gargano Promontory in Apulia, due to its shape, is considered to be “Italy’s spur.” This promontory, projecting itself out into the Adriatic Sea, is almost entirely covered by a massive and mountainous carsic rock. Leafy vegetation, a crystalline sea, evocative places, a faithful people and the genuine tastes of this zone are its fundamental ch...

If you think about Rome, the magnificence of the glorious Coliseum, the magical atmosphere you can breathe on the banks of the Tiber river and the deliciousness of some typical culinary products, such as pizza and pasta come to your mind. What about that famous picture of a man wearing a cap and eating with greed a huge dish of pasta, pronouncing o...

The phenomenon of emigration is as old as the history of man who, having the desire and strength to change how he lived, abandoned what was familiar to him to venture into the unknown. To emigrate was never been considered a pleasant change but a brutal one that uprooted one's life. One does not leave one's land and culture unless driven by poverty...

The history of Ferrara’s sgraffito ceramics traces its origins to early medieval artefacts from China and the vast areas of the Iranian Plateau, which arrived on Italian soil through maritime trade and commerce with the Orient.  The first works excavated by medieval archaeologists in Ferrara are dated no earlier than the thirteenth century and were...

It’s time to talk grammar again. This time I would like to tackle a topic that seems pretty hard to grasp if you are learning Italian, but it comes natural to Italian speakers, even though the majority of us would not know how to explain it. “What is it?”, you ask. It’s Ne. I must say that this topic is pretty advanced, so if you’re a beginner, don...