What do Matilda of Canossa, Tullia d’Aragona and Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia have in common? Each left an indelible mark on the history of Italy. In 1076, Matilda, widowed at 30, inherited the Tuscan properties of her paternal grandfather, the first Count of Canossa, and the lands of her husband, the Duke of Lower Lorraine. Her ancestors had be...

Italian energy giant Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) said on Monday its 199-MW expansion to the Cimarron Bend wind farm in Kansas and the 236.5-MW White Cloud wind farm in Missouri had been connected. Through Enel Green Power North America Inc, the Italian energy giant invested some USD million 661 (EUR 540.2m) in total to finance both initiatives. The install...

Albergo diffuso, an accommodation style that originated in Italy in the early 1980s, may become more popular going forward, as travelers look for ever more unique and isolated experiences.  What is Albergo Diffuso The ‘Albergo Diffuso’ is a concept of hospitality that was launched in Italy as an attempt to revive small, historic villages at risk of...

The Arch of Septimius Severus - one of ancient Rome's most recognised monuments - is to undergo a programme of conservation works in 2021. The restoration will be undertaken by the Parco archeologico del Colosseo which, in addition to the Colosseum, incorporates the Palatine Hill, Domus Aurea and the Roman Forum - where the triumphal arch is locate...

Alfa Romeo has announced details for 2021 Giulia and Stelvio models that are currently landing in North American showrooms. For 2021, the Italian carmaker has simplified the Giulia and Stelvio lineups, reducing the number of trim levels from seven down to four: the Sprint, Ti, Ti Sport and Quadrifoglio. Alfa Romeo has also reduced the number of ava...

Pierre Cardin, who during his more than seven decades in fashion brought geometric shapes to haute couture and put his name on everything from clothing to furniture to perfume to pens, died Tuesday. He was 98. "The members of the Academy of Fine Arts announce with great sadness the death of their fellow member Pierre Cardin," the elite French arts...

The era of the bespoke car, where the chassis and mechanicals would be bought from a manufacturer and then furnished with a body and interior by a separate firm of master craftspeople, is long gone. The ubiquity of monocoque construction put paid to that but from it, we gained some of the most famous names in car designs; the Italian carrozzeria (l...

When Soriano Motorcycles’ line of hand-crafted, electric ballistic vehicles enters production in the spring of 2021, their strong performance, unique technical features, and passionate styling may finally make e-bikes sexy—in the same way the Tesla Roadster did for EVs. Even the company itself is unique, a "re-startup" of Soriano Motori, a family-o...

For the 21st year running, the highly reputed Global Order Book 2021 confirms that Paolo and Giovanna Vitelli’s Azimut|Benetti Group is the world’s leading builder of superyachts, beating the other players by a large margin and reporting a total length of 3,521 metres and 100 projects. The Global Order Book 2021, the ranking published each year by...

It’s fair to say that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) hasn’t been the fastest off the mark when it comes to electric cars. With the lead-footedness displayed across all its brands — Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati, and Ram — you could be forgiven for thinking that the Italian-American multinational simply isn’t int...