The European Union and its culture ministers officially designated the UNESCO-listed Matera has EU Capital of Culture. Matera was formally named along with the Bulgarian city of Plodviv. So, the southern Italian city is already gearing up to show off its best as European culture capital in 2019.   Among the city's objectives is to invol...

Nel 1950 le località di Resia e Curon vengono artificialmente allagate per creare un lago atto alla produzione d'energia idroelettrica. Tutti gli edifici vengono rasi al suolo eccetto il campanile della Chiesa di Santa Caterina, che ancora oggi emerge dalle acque del Lago di Resia, diventando una famosa attrazione turistica. Curiosità: Il vec...

Arrivederci, New York! After seven months on the job, Mayor de Blasio is taking a break from City Hall and hitting his ancestral homeland of Italy for a 10-day vacation.   The mayor, his wife, Chirlane McCray, and their kids Chiara, 19, and Dante, 16, are scheduled to depart on July 18 for a multi-city Italian tour sources told the Daily Ne...

Take any road in Italy, look up, and you'll see a lovely hilltop town: a campanile, a castello, a few newer buildings spilling down the slope, as if expelled for the crime of ugliness. But even amid this bounty there is something exceptional about Matera.   It clings to a denuded peak in the extreme south of the country, in the Basilicata re...

A motherland of artists and scientists that changed the shape of the world, home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and a kaleidoscope of bewitching vistas - Bella Italia! From the staggering antiquities of Rome and the alluring romance of Venice to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the cosmopolitan flair of Milan, the country is...

In the 1950s, Matera, a town carved from the earth in the southern Italian region of Basilicata, was declared la vergogna nazionale: the shame of Italy.   At the time, some 16,000 residents lived in Matera's sassi, districts distinguished by their ancient, rock-cut dwellings, some of which were accessible only by a trapdoor and ladder. Whole...

di Alessandro Frau   Ho scoperto la storia di Lowline, e di Dan Barash, una settimana fa, guardando un video. Una Ted Conference. Questa. È la prima frase ad avermi fulminato: «Il mio sogno è quello di costruire il primo parco sotterraneo del mondo. A New York». Parole che in qualunque altro contesto sarebbero risultate stonate.   Uno...

  WTI Magazine #41    2014 July, 30Author : MIPAAF      Translation by:   Historical backgroundThe Rotonda Red Aubergine DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) made its appearance in the small municipality in the Polino National Park in the early twentieth century, when the necessity of finding work and the dream of building a new life drove many...

A Long Island City, un quartiere post industriale di New York, nel Queens, ci si può sdraiare all'ombra di una foresta lucana, avvolti dai suoni della natura che siamo ormai abituati a chiamare silenzio. Lo si può fare fino al 27 aprile, nel "Dome", un tendone semisferico allestito nel cortile del MoMA PS1, la divisione sperimentale del Museum of M...

One reason Sicilians tend to identify with Sicily first and Italy (a distant) second? Sicilian food. The same goes for Veneto in the north or Puglia in the south. Italy is a young country -- it only celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2011. Despite the successful export of the "Italian restaurant," the idea of a unified Italian cuis...