The life of the REX ocean liner began on 27 April 1930 at the Ansaldo shipyard in Sestri Ponente, in Genoa, Italy, with the ceremony of the first hull sheet. It was built in only fifteen months and was launched on 1 August 1931; an event that was presided by King Vittorio Emanuele III, and Queen Elena of Montenegro as godmother, in the presence of...

Genova (Italian for Genoa) is the capital of the Genoa province and Liguria in northwest Italy, a city rich with history and importance. Genova is known for being the chief seaport of Italy, and for competing with Marseilles, France, to be the leader among Mediterranean ports. The harbor facilities in Genova were terribly damaged during World War I...

One of the more interesting stories to come out of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show earlier this month was the potentially imminent revival of the DeTomaso Pantera. That would actually be a very good idea, and timely. The Ford V-8-engined Pantera is a classic design (from the American Tom Tjaarda, then working at Italian firm Ghia), and an exhilarating p...

Teatri, musei, gallerie, biblioteche: l'Italia è un immenso giacimento culturale. Misurando la quantità dei siti culturali il portale Holidu ha fatto una classifica delle città perfette da questo punto di vista, quasi un Grand Tour delle 10 città con più cultura d’Italia. Come disse Elio Vittorini “La cultura non è professione per pochi: è una cond...

A 10-year-old girl with a congenital heart condition and severe pulmonary malformation has been saved from certain death by a pulmonary self-transplant, the first time the operation has been performed on a paediatric patient, sources at a Genoa hospital said Wednesday. The operation was performed at the northwestern Italian city's Gaslini Hospital....

Frances Mayes has spent years traveling through Italy and writing about it in her best-selling books like Under the Tuscan Sun. Her latest book, See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover is a travelogue about all the undiscovered and overlooked gems in Italy, which she reveals to us here. Writing See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in...

As late as the 1940s, newspaper stories written about Buffalo’s Italian population were painted with wild strokes of exotic color. “Off in a section of the city where the rays of the sun, on a bright day, glisten down upon dilapidated housetops and seek their way into narrow streets and by-ways with which the place abounds, are colonized a people i...

La Lanterna, storico simbolo del capoluogo ligure, potrebbe “gemellarsi” con la Statua della Libertà di New York: in passato, la luce del faro che vigila sul porto della Superba era l’ultima che vedevano i migranti quando lasciavano l’Italia, mentre la prima immagine dell’arrivo in America era propria quella della statua che domina su Ellis island....

This last September during an unusually warm mid-morning, 43 names were read aloud echoing across the main Piazza De Ferrari Square in Genoa, Italy. Respectful applause was mixed with women and men quietly in tears and made for a somber mood at the 30-day memorial of the bridge collapse that killed 43 people. The Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe C...

Ocymum basilicum, an annual herb of the Labiatae family, has been cultivated since ancient times. It was once used mainly as an ornamental plant, and occasionally for medicinal purposes.  The Latin term “basilicum” is a translation of the Greek “òkimon basileus”, or “royal herb”; the ancient Greeks cultivated it in ornamental vases, but did not use...