Seeing the words “Michelangelo” and “forgery” in the same sentence isn’t perhaps that surprising: in 500 years, there have definitely been people who tried to imitate the masterful hand of Italy’s most celebrated artist. Picturing Michelangelo as a forger, however, may be harder, even though there are plenty of sources – some reputable, some, perha...

Italy is to pay homage to the anti-Mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino by issuing a new €2 coin in 2022, on the 30th anniversary of their murders. The commemorative coin has been designed by Valerio De Seta, based on Tony Gentile's famous photograph of the two judges who were close friends and were killed within months of each other....

Falling in love with a Tuscan villa in a serious state of disrepair transformed Frances Mayes’ life and career. Her tale of restoring Bramasole, in Cortona, is at the heart of Under the Tuscan Sun, her bestselling memoir and the film of the same name. Diane Lane played Mayes in the big screen version. She’s gone on to write eight more books about I...

In 1508 Pope Julius II summoned to Rome a prodigious, but untested young artist from the town of Urbino to fresco the inside of what was intended to be his library. His name was Raffaelo Santi or Raffaelo Sanzio, but we know him as Raphael. Over the better part of the next ten years he (and his workshop) dedicated himself to a series of frescoes in...

Figuring out what God wants from you can feel really confusing, but St. Francis Xavier Cabrini shows us how it’s done. Her gift for discerning and submitting to God’s will makes her an amazing role model for modern women and men. It’s a little funny that “discerning God’s will” is such an opaque prospect for many of us, because this approach is “en...

Piaggio is an iconic brand, expression of excellence of the Made in Italy, which has made the history of motorbikes and two-wheel vehicles. At the beginning of everything in 1882, the entrepreneur Enrico Piaggio, who started his activity as ebanist in Sestri Ponente, in Liguria. However, it was his son Rinaldo in 1887, having drifted away from the...

There is good news for the north Italian city of Parma in this year's Quality of Life in Italy report, carried out by Italia Oggi magazine and La Sapienza University of Rome. The 23rd edition of the annual report puts the Emilia Romagna city at the top of the rankings, a position which has long been fought over between Pordenone and Trento, now nin...

Dolce far niente is a way of life. Whether it's celebrating with good wine, an aperitivo, or a plate of pasta...or whether it is a normal everyday lunch or the most amazing holiday. Dolce far niente is how it all comes together. What makes it special. Dolce far niente is a way of thinking always fixed to the moment, in which we can finally ‘do noth...

Unlike the United States and other countries, tipping in Italy is not really part of the culture. Leaving a tip in an Italian establishment is usually reserved for when you have received exceptional service. Tipping in Italy is neither mandatory nor expected, but if you do decide to tip, the gesture is a very clear indicator that you appreciated th...

Street art in Veneto has redeveloped, bringing joy and colour, the peripheral areas of big cities, such as Padua, the center of small villages, including Cibiana di Cadore, parks and roadsides. In this article we have collected for you the most significant places where you can admire the works of urban art in this region. You will find works by you...