Giosuè Carducci (1835-1907) was born in Val di Castello, a small town near Pisa. Son of a republican country doctor, Carducci spent his childhood in the wild Maremma region of southern Tuscany. He was early attracted to the Greek and Roman authors. He conscientiously studied the Italian classics as Dante, Tasso, and Alfieri.  At the age of twenty h...

The origin of lasagna, a very appreciated dish not only in Italy but all over the world, is rather controversial; there are in fact several regions that contend with each other for the invention of this layered pasta sheets, that can come with different variations of filling. Taking a step back, the pasta of the fourteenth-century lasagna was made...

Last week, I returned to Bologna’s historic center for the first time since the end of February. Bologna is my hometown and I live in the suburbs and, in normal times, I may go to the center once a week or, in normal tourist season, more often to run my tours. In normal times, it’s a regular experience I don’t give much thought to; in Covid times,...

Bologna: la dotta, la grassa, la rossa: “dotta,” the learned, because home to the oldest university in Europe. “La grassa,” the fat, because of her rich, decadent food. “La rossa,” the red, because of the terracotta hue of her buildings and, Italians know it, because of the historically leftist views of her people.  This charming, friendly and hear...

Mon, 10/26/2020 - 6:30pm. ONline event host by Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò. General RSVP here. Participation is free. What Makes it Italian? Discovering Regional Characteristics in Music Bologna’s central geographic position and flourishing academic life give its music a distinctly cosmopolitan flair. Music includes Respighi’s “Ancient airs and da...

On the Apennines between Modena and Bologna is a real celebrity dish: the borlengo. It is prepared by combining flour, water and salt then poured into a large hot pan called "sole" (meaning sun), greased with pork rind. After a few minutes of cooking it’s seasoned with "cunza", which is ground lard with pancetta, garlic, and rosemary. Not exactly t...

Bologna is a fascinating city. Large enough to never be boring, yet small enough to never feel overwhelming, it sits roughly at the tripoint between Milan, Venice and Florence, but receives only a fraction of the tourists. It gets stereotyped as a city of communists, students and pasta obsessives – which it is – but it’s also a dynamic, forward-thi...

President Sergio Mattarella visited Bologna on Thursday to mark the 40th anniversary of two of the most painful moments in Italy's history - the 1980 Bologna station bombing and the Ustica air crash. On 27 June 1980, a Bologna-Palermo flight by the now-defunct Itavia airline crashed into the Tyrrhenian Sea between the islands of Ponza and Ustica, k...

Part of a cancer-hit liver was transplanted into a spleen and grown until the liver could be transplanted back in a world first in Bologna, doctors said Wednesday.     The unprecedented operation was carried out in the Emilian capital's Policlinico Sant'Orsola Hospital. The patient is doing well, doctors said. The original cancer had spread from th...

On June 26, 2020 the world lost one of its brightest mind. Milton Glaser died on his 91st birthday after an incredible and extremely long career in the creative field. But where do I begin to tell what Milton Glaser really represented to the design world? Well, he was a real legend, let’s start from here.  Born and raised in the Bronx, New York Cit...