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The history of Turin in post-unification Italy is certainly linked to that of the industrial sector with particular regard to the production of automobiles and means of locomotion. From the progressive expansion of the places that housed the factories in the 1950s, with prestigious buildings often designed by famous architects, there has been a con...

We have already seen the difference between the passato prossimo and imperfetto indicativo, but those are not the only two past tenses you can use in Italian on a regular basis. There is also the passato remoto, a tense that it is not really taught to people who are trying to learn Italian, or at least only at higher levels. Why? Well, the explanat...

Monte San Giorgio, a mountainous mass in pyramidal form south of Lake Lugano (between Lombardy and Switzerland), is a site of extreme historical, archaeological and scientific value. An international point of reference for paleontological research, the Italian slope of Monte San Giorgio was inserted onto UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2010 (the Sw...

  Family business dynasties abound in the luxury Italian fashion sector. There are the Zegnas, the Ferragamos, the Versaces, the Della Valles, the Benettons and others, but the Fendi dynasty – including the five Fendi sisters – has been a nearly all-female-run operation from the start. An enduring brand That makes Fendi stand out. The Sorelle Font...

Almond and limoncello cake is a delicious dessert that recalls the familiar tastes of the Amalfi coast (Campania), from which limoncello originates. Traditionally, limoncello is made from the zest of Sorrento lemons.  Lemon zest, or peels without the pith, is steeped in spirits until the oil is released. The resulting yellow liquid is then mixed...

At the northern end of Liguria, a few kilometers from the French border, is the Boccanegra Garden, 4 hectares of terraced land sloping down to the sea, an exquisite example of acclimatization of plants from Mediterranean climates from all around the world.  The first traces of the territory date back to 1554, but it is especially in the last two ce...

Some kids dream of becoming pilots of speed cars such as Ferrari, other kids, dream about designing them. I cannot say for sure that this is what Flavio Manzoni was dreaming of when he was a young boy living in Nuoro, Sardegna, but I like to think so. For sure, since a very young age Flavio’s taste was exposed and influenced by his father, an archi...

Today we will be exploring lambrusco from the region of Emilia Romagna. I'm thrilled to be hosting and featuring lambrusco this month as I don't think it gets enough attention that it deserves. It's a shame that some of these wines including lambrusco, pinot grigio etc. face tarnished images from the days of when the quality was low and the focus w...

From the Filiming Italy Festival in Sardinia, to the San Francisco Green Film Festival, eco-sustainability is a great topic of interest today, in both nations.  In Sardinia, on June 13th, at the Forte Village, the Filming Italy Festival will take place and diverse producers, institutions and international personalities will participate to such beau...

Ciao from Rome to all the friends of We the Italians! There are some very important news coming up! The first, officially, we can announce now: on October 12, 2019 in Siena, Tuscany, we will organize the first Columbus Day in Italy! We don't know yet what it will be: certainly not a parade like the ones that are organized in America. It's a first t...

Piazza Armerina, splendid art city woven into the heart of Sicily, boasts a slew of monuments that tell of its glorious past. Meanwhile, the apple of the citizens' eyes is the Villa Romana del Casale; originally the property of a powerful Roman family, it dates back to the 4th Century A.D.  This majestic Imperial villa, standing tall in the Provinc...

The manufacture of rush chairs dates back to the early nineteenth century, when the peasants of Maremma were called to work in the wetlands along the southern coast of Tuscany to pick cereals and river grass.   These plants and grasses were harvested at different periods of the year, depending on their use. After a drying stage, they were worked by...