A beautiful article appeared a while back on the renowned pages of the New York Times. It was an incredibly entertaining and informative account of the author’s voyage to one of Italy least known corner, Basilicata, a region mostly associated to the ageless Matera, UNESCO Heritage Site, vivid cinematographic set - it’s the town appearing in Mel Gib...

Every country has its own unique Christmas traditions, and Italy may not be the first European country you’d associate with winter cosiness. But the country goes all out for the holidays, and does Christmas bigger and, we think, better than anywhere else. If you’re a fan of all things festive, here’s why Italy is the place to be. Rome’s beleaguered...

On a crisp winter’s day, locals gather in a Southern Italian piazza, in the shadow of a 13th century convent, to raise a visionary new architectural structure. It takes a village to hoist the spired earth-toned building — though it’s made of cardboard. These villagers built the terraced work, designed by artist Olivier Grossetête, brick by paper br...

The University of Calabria’s "Italian Diaspora Studies Seminar" is pleased to launch a new residential Writing seminar on the topic of Cultural Heritage and Memory. It will take place from May 15thto May 29th, 2019 in the National Park of Mount Pollino, with several planned field trips in the surrounding areas of Calabria and Basilicata, including...

That of the nativity scene is a tradition strongly rooted in the culture and society of Italy. It is considered to date back to year 1223, when San Francesco is credited to have created in the village of Greccio the “presepe” by reconstructing the nativity scene with living animals and real people. The first known nativity, with reconstruction of t...

Gianluca De Novi, Ph.D., a serial entrepreneur and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, has brought the Italian company XSurgical, a firm specializing in surgical robotics, to the United States, with the objective of developing new cutting-edge products in this domain. DeNovi, a native of the small Italian town Bernalda in Basilicata, Italy,...

Certainly not lacking for cultural excellence, Italy is not only the cradle of Roman, Renaissance and Baroque art, but it also plays a rather important role in the international modern and contemporary art scenes. Museums, galleries, cultural institutions and the artists themselves are organized into collectives: art in Italy follows the flux of ev...

A mayor really isn’t supposed to say something like this. “We don’t want tourists.” I waited for the punch line. None came. “We don’t want to be occupied by tourists,” he continued. Tourism, he explained, will deplete a city of its soul — and this city has a prehistoric soul. I was in Matera, an ancient city of about 60,000 people, perched on top o...

The region of Basilicata was known in Roman times as Lucania – a name some residents still use today. Basilicata is in southern Italy and sits between the boot’s ‘toe and heel’, with Puglia to its north, the Ionian Sea to the south-east, Calabria to the south and southern Campania to the west.  Basilicata may be a small region, but its landscape is...

Hop in the car, drive the countryside roads, enjoy the fall colors and stop at one of these charming villages for a dive into the past and a taste of delicious seasonal products. Rango, Trentino In the northern mountainous region of Trentino, Rango is part of Italy’s ‘Most Beautiful Villages’ network, having maintained its ancient fortified structu...