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The first evidence of olive growing in Abruzzo date from the period of Roman domination, when the protectionist measures adopted by Rome favoured an expansion of olive-growing and the olive oil industry.  Virgil speaks of olive trees in the Marsica, near Lake Fucino, while Ovid documents their production in the Peligna Valley. With the fall of the...

In the Canto XXI of Paradise, 106-111, Dante Alighieri the supreme Italian poet, through the mouth of Pier Damiani describes the area located between the two coasts, Tyrrhenian and Adriatic in the middle of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, not far from Florence, “where there are mountains so high that the thunder falls much lower.” There is the top of...

Today, I’d like to talk about the use of the word allora. It’s a pretty common word in Italian and you’ll often hear Italian native speakers use it; however, if you are studying Italian, it can be pretty tricky to understand how and when to use it. I hope I can bring you a few examples that will make you confident enough to try to use it yourself!...

This botanical garden, the oldest in Italy and covering 2.4 acres, is near the French-Italian border, on the Piccolo San Bernardo Hill, in Valle d’Aosta, at an altitude of 7.119 ft above sea level. The garden was created by the local abbot Pierre Chanoux in 1897: a passionate naturalist, he was among the first residents to ask tourists and mountain...

Ciao from Rome! Summer is ending, “L'estate sta finendo”, as a famous Italian song from the summer of 1895 used to say: do any of you remember it? I guess not. We the Italians didn't stop all summer long: with the exception of the We the ItaliaNews videos, even in the hottest months we told you what happened in Italy and the things that happened in...

Legend, art, culture, and fairytale landscapes: this is Tindari, delightful locality on the Gulf of Patti (located within the homonymous Comune) in the Province of Messina. Founded by Syracusan merchants during the war against Carthage (begun by Dionysius I of Syracuse) in 396 B.C., the ancient City of Tindari owes its name to Tyndareus, King of Sp...

Keep summertime flavors alive in your desserts: Peach crumble is a delicious spoon dessert composed of a crunchy topping that hides a heart of soft and juicy peaches. The crumble is an English dessert, in fact "crumble" is also a verb meaning to reduce to small pieces (crumbs), and is made of fruit covered by a "crumbly" layer of sweet dough.  The...

In Rome, the rebirth of the art circuit is coming back in an attempt to leave the pandemic behind. In the Montesacro district, there is a museum dedicated to the union of art and music which, in the style of the Renaissance Wunderkammer, immerses people in an atmosphere that makes them travel outside of time. With the particularity, however, that a...

After the victory of the European Football Championship and the extraordinary results obtained at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, this incredible Italian summer ended with another amazing sporting success, the one obtained by the unbeatable Italian athletes at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. An extraordinary feat, because with only 113 athletes, Italy...

The richness of the Tuscia subsoil has caused this area to become an important centre for the processing of stones, especially peperino (a type of volcanic tuff), which is worked by hand by particularly talented stonemasons, who have turned stone into an art form by creating interior and exterior fixtures, restorations, coverings, flooring, garden...

Gradisca’s architectural structure has been influenced by four historic periods: the Venetian period (15th century), the Austrian period (17th century), the Habsburg period (19th century) and the Italian period (20th century). The borgo was born as a bulwark against the frequent and devastating Turkish incursions, it was built by Venetian architect...

Many people often ask themselves if speaking Italian is a requirement to apply for Italian citizenship. The answer to this question is dependent on the path to citizenship that is being pursued. In fact, if you have Italian ancestors and you are eligible to apply for Italian citizenship by descent you do NOT need to speak Italian to apply because f...