by Joshua Barone   John Hooper says he is often a little puzzled by Italy. "It's a country that seems to be all on the surface, but actually a lot of things are hidden," said Hooper, author of "The Italians," a cultural study of the country that was published by Viking recently.   "That can be at times sinister, but it can also...

by Chiara Giovoni   There can no longer be any doubt regarding its unique charm, as rosé mania has been in full flow for some time now. Despite this, quality rosé wine is often not well known, and people tend to think that all rosés are similar, simple wines, and they are sometimes almost scornfully described as being "for women."   W...

WTI Magazine #78    2016 April 15Author : italia.it      Translation by:   The Murgia National Park was established in 1990 with the name of Parco Regionale Archeologico Storico Naturale delle Chiese Rupestri del Materano (Natural Historic Archaeological Regional Park of the Rock Churches of the Matera region). It has been included in the UNESCO...

The Atlanta Film Festival will host the world premiere of Montedoro, Italian director Antonello Faretta's first feature film competing in the Narrative Features section at the 39th edition of the prestigious American festival. After a long period of preparation and field work - almost seven years of writing, filming and post-product...

The city of Matera has been chosen as the European Capital of Culture for 2019, Italy's Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini announced on Friday. Matera was selected out of six cities - Cagliari, Lecce, Siena, Perugia, Ravenna, and Matera itself - that had remained on the list after a preselection.   Steve Green, t...

In January the Consiglio Regionale della Basilcata rewrote the constitution and renamed the organization of associations outside Italy to "Lucani nel Mondo" (Lucani of the World) to better reflect the composition of member organizations. With the new structure they also started the creation of "Il Museo dell'emigrazione" (The Immigration Museum) a...

  WTI Magazine #29    2014 May, 8Author : italia.it      Translation by:   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 t...

We drive across a dusty plain along a series of unpaved roads, then park in the middle of a silent vineyard.   We find a set of ancient stone steps and cautiously descend to a ledge above a quiet riverbank, where my guide pulls out a giant metal key and creaks open a metal door. Cool air blasts from the darkness and, as I step into the depth...

  WTI Magazine #53    2015 February, 6Author : italia.it      Translation by:   The Basilicata region is crossed by the Pollino mountain range (which extends to Calabria). Here there is a magnificent Park where you can walk among the wild and unspoiled nature, observing animals and birds of prey, and also learn about local customs and traditions...

In 1985 the Council of Ministers of the European Union started regularly designating what they labelled the "European Capital of Culture". Florence, Bologna and Genoa are among the Italian cities that have already obtained this prestigious title, and in 2019 this honour will go to another Italian location, Matera.   As stated in the European...