Rimini is about to bear the cultural fruit of a productive combination of public policy, a local sense of civic responsibility and a strong architectural vision. This mini-metropolis on Italy’s Riviera Romagnola, known as the country’s party capital and the home town of Federico Fellini, is opening the doors to a new contemporary art museum. PART,...

Bless the Italians! Like everything else in life, they celebrate their Italian Christmas Traditions in a manner of different ways.  The non-Italian kids might be quite jealous to find that the Italian Christmas lasts almost a month! It seems quite unfair that the rest of the world has to wait 365 days for a celebration that only lasts 24 hours. The...

In ancient times, poet Tibullus first hailed Rome as the Eternal City for its seemingly unstoppable growth, cultural influence, and splendor. With some three millennia of history, Rome still impresses, from the ancient structures of the Colosseum and Pantheon to the modern marvels of the MAXXI museum of contemporary art and architecture opened in 2...

Since 2016, Calzedonia, the Italian fashion group that has more than 4,800 stores worldwide, has been trying to conquer the U.S. retail scene, as well, pandemic be damned. When the pandemic hit in March, Calzedonia had 43 stores across the U.S. Since, that number has jumped to 49.  The bulk of Calzedonia’s new stores are in California, but two of t...

Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Agency are proud to announce the official call for entries for the 2021 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition.  Now in its 28th year, the competition recognizes top North American architecture and design firms and design students for their creative use of Italian cerami...

Lego, the toy company famous for its interlocking bricks, has unveiled its own Lego Colosseum which contains a staggering 9,036 pieces and is hailed as the “largest Lego product ever made.” The Lego Colosseum was presented on the afternoon of 13 November by Lego Italy under the slogan “once every 2,000 years,” a reference to the age of the ancient...

Emmy-winning U.S. director and producer John Maggio is taking pictures “Milano,” a high-profile doc on the rise of the Italian style business that’s anticipated to characteristic lots of Italy’s most iconic style designers. Maggio, who most just lately directed HBO doc “The Good Weapon,” based mostly on the best-selling e-book by David E. Sanger co...

The town of Trapani has always been characterized by coral fishing, but also by the artisans who, daily, worked coral making it precious jewelry. The origin of the coral manufacturing process in Trapani dates back to the 12th century, according to the words of the geographer Al-Idrisi, who praised the precious quality of the coral of Trapani.  The...

A rare painting by Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli is poised to achieve over US$80 million (HK$620 million) when it goes under the hammer in New York in January, according to Sotheby’s — setting a record auction price for the artist. “Young Man Holding a Roundel” has been billed by the auction house as one of the greatest paintings fro...

Up to the second post-war period, Italy was a largely rural country, with an economy rooted in agriculture and a lifestyle that had remained virtually unchanged for centuries for the vast majority of its citizens.  Since then, however, things changed profoundly: the economic boom of the late  50s and 60s brought hundreds of thousands — millions, ev...