The annual showcase of Italian music returns today for its 69th edition. Popular singer Claudio Baglioni resumes his role as artistic director and presenter, and comedians Claudio Bisio and Virginia Raffaele will be his co-hosts. As in previous editions, the festival will run for five consecutive nights but its format will be different this year. W...

Ocymum basilicum, an annual herb of the Labiatae family, has been cultivated since ancient times. It was once used mainly as an ornamental plant, and occasionally for medicinal purposes.  The Latin term “basilicum” is a translation of the Greek “òkimon basileus”, or “royal herb”; the ancient Greeks cultivated it in ornamental vases, but did not use...

Politics is a show, and every country has its favorite. The United States is bringing on yet another Hollywood classic (the aging action hero, the desert, the border, the money). France is offering its periodic re-enactment of its Revolution, with gilets jaunes replacing sans-culottes. Germany’s national orchestra is saying goodbye to an exhausted...

The traditional press conference to present Italy's popular Sanremo Song Fest was held on Wednesday, where it was announced that Italian comics Virginia Raffaele and Claudio Bisio will host the 69th edition of the fest on February 5-9, together with Italian singer-songwriter Claudio Baglioni, who is serving as artistic director of the song competit...

Pianetagenoa1893.net ha intervistato in esclusiva Daniele Savino Ben, presidente del Genoa Club New York. Il movimento dei tifosi rossoblù della Grande Mela è stato ristrutturato dopo molti anni di silenzio ed è ritornato a far parte dell’ACG. Presidente, ci risentiamo dopo un anno. Nel frattempo il Genoa Club NY è cresciuto? «Sì, lo confermo. Ora...

As a travel writer, I often get asked, ‘What’s the best place you’ve been to?’ Always a difficult question to answer, I used to say something like, ‘Oh everywhere is different and each has its highlights.’ But more recently, the answer has been Italy. I just can’t get enough of this country. Maybe it’s because I’m dating an Italian, or maybe it’s t...

I hope Cinque Terre always stays a little bit under the radar. That it remains in that "Italy's best kept secret" category. So, I figure, what better way to keep things secret than to go out there and publish a 1,000 word blog post raving about it. Cinque Terre means "The Five Towns" in Italian. Each town has, maybe, a few thousand residents. To go...

RAI, the Italian national broadcaster, has unveiled the names of the 22 Sanremo 2019 hopefuls who will join the two winners of Sanremo Giovane. All in all, 24 acts will battle for the coveted Sanremo trophy at the upcoming Festival Della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo. The 2019 Sanremo  Song Festival will be running from 05-09 February with the Grand...

The first time I went to Italy, for a 10-day backpacking adventure the summer after I graduated high school, I relied on Eurail and confined myself to Venice, Milan, Florence, and Rome. I had no idea what I was doing, but I had a very nice trip. Years later, I returned with someone who actually knew the country and spoke Italian... total gamechange...

Antica Barberia Giacalone is a historical barbershop in the city center of Genoa, a stone’s throw from the San Lorenzo Cathedral. It is a gem, wrapped in the narrow alleyways of the Ligurian city. Established in 1882, it was renovated over a century later, in 1992, by the owner’s son Italo – also thanks to funding from the Amici del FAI association...