Taleggio is a cheese with ancient origins, from before the 10th century. Documents dating to the 1200s contain references to its trade and barter, together with other cheeses. Its name is taken from its area of origin, Val Taleggio, in the province of Bergamo, which covers an area of over 80 km2 on the orographic right side of the river Brembo. The...

Nobody knows for sure the year the Romanesque Basilica of Santa Giulia di Bonate Sotto, in the province of Bergamo, was founded. It was built in the Lesina area, named after a nearby creek, probably in the early 12th century. According to folk tradition, it was founded by African martyr Saint Julia herself – although there is no proof that she ever...

When planning an Italian holiday, it is common practice (especially on a first trip!) to get carried away with the usual suspects: Rome, Venice, Florence and Amalfi to name a few. Of course, it can be a little difficult for lesser-known destinations to compete with places that harbour some of the most praised monuments in the world. Though it’s har...

Are you sure you know everything about Carnival in Italy? We will help you with an excursus that goes from the origins, through the typical masks and sweets of the Italian carnival tradition, up to the indication of the most beautiful carnivals in Italy. The origins of Carnival in Italy and beyond are closely linked to religious culture, as they ar...

825 prodotti agroalimentari e vitivinicoli ad Indicazione geografica protetta (Igp), 5.056 Prodotti agroalimentari tradizionali (Pat) inclusi in un apposito elenco, istituito dal Ministero delle politiche agricole alimentari, forestali e del turismo con la collaborazione delle Regioni, 4 beni enogastronomici inseriti nella lista del patrimonio tang...

An upper part and a lower part: this is the main feature that makes this Lombard city which lies at the foot of the Orobie Alps and overlooks the Val Brembana instantly recognisable.

The commedia dell’arte is a theatrical genre born in Italy in the 16th century. It originated the masks that are still worn during the carnival celebrations. One of the best known is the mask of Harlequin. Italian Traditions will lead you on the discovery of its origin and its role within comedy. Finally we will tell you some curiosities that disti...

Construction of a hydroelectric dam to exploit the river Gleno in the the Valle di Scalve (Scalve valley) began in 1916, but the project was immediately cursed by poor materials and poor workmanship. On top of that, due to funding problems, the plan changed from the original idea of a gravity dam to a multiple-arch dam while the work was still in p...

The Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, Italy, has discovered a “new” painting by Andrea Mantegna hidden in plain sight in its own collection. The curator Giovanni Valagussa re-attributes the tempera on panel work, Resurrection of Christ (around 1492-93), to the Renaissance master in the museum’s complete catalogue of 110 paintings from the 14th and 15th...

A new exhibition at Bergamo's Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery explores the world of Raphael from the 1400s to the modern day, in "Raphael and the Echo of the Myth". The show, which opened January 27 and runs through May 6, is a project of the Accademia Carrara Foundation and curated by Maria Cristina Rodeschini, Emanuela Daffra and Giacinto Di...