Italian hose manufacturer FITT Group is building its U.S. headquarters in Mooresville, a move that's expected to create 144 new jobs, the company announced Wednesday. "Opening our facility in Iredell County and North Carolina was the right decision," Alessandro Mezzalira, president and CEO of FITT Group, said in a statement. "The environment is con...

Standing at a glowing furnace on a boat at the foot of the Rialto Bridge on Venice’s Grand Canal, Matteo Tagliapietra blows glass in a mesmerizing demonstration of centuries-old Murano glassmaking. The world-famous brand might take pride of place in the souvenir shops that pepper the alleyways in the Italian lagoon city, but 70 percent of the glass...

If in the past few years you've found yourself wondering what, exactly, was up at Maserati, you weren't alone. For a decent while, the Italian brand only offered four cars: the Levante SUV, launched in 2016; the Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans, launched in 2013; and the aged GranTurismo grand tourer that launched during the second Bush administratio...

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents found a piece of art this month in Dallas that had been stolen from an abbey in Italy 18 years ago. The painting, called “The Assumption of the Virgin Mary,” was created by Italy’s Giuseppe Pappini in August 1851. ICE officials said the painting was stolen from the Abbey of Santa Maria in Sylvia in Se...

Sometimes, the most rewarding surprises are found in a city’s ‘minor’ sights. Florence has plenty of world-famous sights everybody flocks to, and we understand why, but we also like to make the case for the lesser-known spots, which often reveal a lot about a place in original ways. That’s the case for these five little-known or little-visited muse...

It’s fitting that the Maserati getting a cameo in the latest James Bond film isn’t its new supercar, but a 1990s model careening off a big bump in the road. Aging product has dogged the luxury division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, leading to a sales collapse and costly writedowns. But the title of the Bond film -- “No Time to Die” -- might as w...

Pre-pandemic: a recently common term in our uncommon world which refers to things as they were in our global society before March 11th, 2020 when the Novel Coronavirus Disease was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Prior to March of this year, about eight years prior, I began photo-documenting Italian neighborhoods all across Ame...

If you visited Italy in person, you are probably familiar with the fact your caffè al bar is often accompanied by a curious shot glass of water. In Piemonte and Liguria, basically every café will give it to you, while it’s not as common in Rome or Milan. But if you are in Naples, the true capital of coffee culture in the country, that tiny glass of...

For a brand with as much history as La Perla, similarly storied Highland Park Village is a fitting destination for their first Dallas store. The newly opened boutique is a true extension of the Italian luxury brand, blending modern seating and striking parquet floors with an eye-catching vintage chandelier — a marrying of old a new that feels like...

It’s a little-known fact that the hinterlands north of Milan host a rich textile culture. From Como’s famed silk producers to the colorful knits that spill from the Missoni factory in Varese, the uppermost stretches of Lombardy are home to a wealth of woven wonders. Leading the pack is Frette, the luxury linens brand founded in 1860 in Monza, just...