by Giulia Louise Steigerwalt On October 17, 2014 the selection panel of 13 independent experts responsible for assessing the Italian cities competing to be European Capital of Culture in 2019, has recommended that Matera should be awarded with the famous title. This award started in 1985. Since then, more than 40 cities have been designated Europ...

La cucina povera. Often translated as "the food of the poor," the term seems unlikely to make mouths water or inspire serious foodies to blow their vacation budget on a cooking course.   But in and around the city of Lecce, deep in Italy's heel, a crop of culinary schools and solo cooking teachers is encouraging travelers to embrace this tra...

Il Gruppo di Azione Locale (GAL) "Serre Salentine" punta sull'innovazione e sulla tecnologia per promuovere il territorio di riferimento e la sua offerta turistica integrata.   Dopo la diffusione di materiale promozionale tradizionale (depliant, brochure, cartine informative, ecc.), non solo in eventi locali ma anche in appuntamenti fieristi...

Here is a parade of buildings scattered throughout Italy, from the Aosta Valley to Sicily: castles, villas and palaces that stand out for their bizarre, eccentric, extravagant or unconventional architectural features. Most of them can be described as "eclectic", a term that points to their voluntary and conscious syncretism of various architec...

It's understandable why many Americans regard Italy as expensive. I would, too, if I'd ever been foolish enough to pay $20 for an ice cream near Rome's Trevi fountain or take a $120 gondola ride in Venice.   Thankfully, I spend far more time outside "tourist Italy" than in it. Venture beyond the country's big-ticket destinations, and you'll...

Lecce (June 14) and Napoli (June 25). Two of the most vibrant cities of Southern Italy are hosting the MTB Job Creator Tour, one-day events that 1) provide education on entrepreneurship and 2) offer to selected startups the opportunity to showcase their business idea in front of a panel of investors.   Most importantly, the best project(s)...

Perhaps this is an answer who those who doubt the Holocaust veracity. It comes from a little town in southern Italy. The very first museum was inaugurated Jan. 14, 2009, in the town of Santa Maria al Bagno that hosted thousands of holocaust survivors and refugees of the Nazi persecution in the years 1944-1947. The town was also a stopping poin...

di Nazareno Dinoi   La conferma che la «rocca con il tempio di Minerva» raccontata da Virgilio nell'Eneide, dove approdò Enea in fuga da Troia, fosse l'attuale Castro, era nascosta sotto tre metri di terra in pieno centro storico della piccola località del basso Salento: è il busto di una statua di donna, dal raffinato drappeggio, di proporz...