In Europe where Kobe Bryant grew up, the retired NBA star was being remembered for his “Italian qualities.” “All of the NBA players are important, because they’re legends, but he’s particularly important to us because he knew Italy so well, having lived in several cities here,” Italian basketball federation president Giovanni Petrucci told The Asso...

Glitz. Glamour. Bling. No matter the era, the lifestyles of the rich and famous are fascinating to those of us with a voyeuristic streak. During the Renaissance, Italy was rife with opulent homes filled with priceless art collections and owners who wanted to show them off. After the Middle Ages came an economic boom and a new reverence for classica...

The arcades of Bologna will be the Italian candidacy for 2020 to the UNESCO World Heritage List. This was decided by the Governing Council of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO, which met this morning at the headquarters of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. The arcades of Bologna will be the Italian postcard, a “nomination” on which the Mu...

A refined arts town, Parma amazes visitors with its elegant monuments, churches, museums and green spaces, but is also a city of theatre and music and a land of gastronomic excellences. Its rich historical, artistic and culinary heritage has earned Parma the title of Italian Capital of Culture 2020: with a calendar of more than 500 events, 2020 is...

Massimo Colonna was born in 1986 in Scandiano, in the province of Reggio Emilia. He is 100% Italian, yet creates images that might reflect a faraway universe: one where everything is suspended, still, in a rarefied atmosphere of eternal beauty. Lyrical works, built on the simplicity of lines and composition, but with an aesthetic so impeccable it’s...

An entire ankle rebuilt with a 3D printed custom prosthesis: it is the first time in the world and the implantation took place on October 9 at the Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute in Bologna. The operation, illustrated today at a press conference, took place on a 57-year-old patient who had lost ankle joint function following a serious motorbike accide...

This year’s centennial of Federico Fellini’s birth is spawning a flurry of commemorative events, many of which will travel. For starters the late great auteur, who was born on January 20, 1920, in Rimini, Italy, is being celebrated by his native seaside city with a new International Federico Fellini Museum, a so-called museum without walls, compris...

In the beautiful Venetian city of Padova, there is a store for gentlemen, appropriately enough, located in the Square of Gentlemen (Piazza dei Signori) called Callegaro e Doriguzzi.  While passing by the storefront this weekend, I could not help but to notice a strange-looking hat with an extra long beak.  This oddity drew me into the store to inqu...

National Baseball Hall of Famer and Team Italy manager Mike Piazza will be joined by an international fraternity of fellow managers as well as coaches, scorers, athletes, and medical professionals at the CON6 Italian Baseball and Softball Convention at Palacongressi di Rimini from January 24-26, 2020.  “Ten questions for Mike Piazza” is the first o...

Bologna is a medieval town located in Northern Italy in the Emilia Romagna that was founded by the Etruscans and has since thrived as a popular trade and learning center. It has a population of nearly 500,000 and is home to the oldest university in the world, University of Bologna, founded in 1088. Bologna is a bustling, animated city full of liber...