The Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (the National Chamber of Italian Fashion) has announced the organization of the first-ever entirely digital Milan Fashion Week. The new-format event, which is set to run July 14 -17, will focus on 2021 collections and pre-collections for both men and women. Hot on the heels of news that London Fashion Week w...

The first case of the coronavirus infection in Italy was identified on February 20 at the hospital of Codogno, in the province of Lodi. Within two weeks, the whole country was subjected to some of the toughest quarantine measures taken outside of China. Today, after two challenging months of sacrifice and loss, and with the most critical stage of t...

I write from Lake Como. There are worse places to be during a Coronavirus Lockdown. The Romans called the lake ‘Larius’, an ancient Etruscan word meaning ‘the best’. The Romans rarely got things wrong. It has subsequently inspired the greatest artists of the world and caused the English poet Shelley to write, “This lake surpasses in beauty anything...

As Italy gradually emerges from its two-month coronavirus lockdown, tourism operators in the hard-hit Val Seriana valley look ahead with trepidation at an uncertain summer season that could make or break them. An Associated Press photographer ventured into towns in Italy's hard-hit Bergamo province along the Orobie mountain range to capture residen...

The Teatro alla Scala, Milan’s iconic opera house, is planning to reopen in September with a performance of Verdi’s Requiem. Italian maestro Riccardo Chailly will lead the famed work for soloists, choir and orchestra in memory of the victims of COVID-19. In the announcement, La Scala manager Dominique Meyer added the Requiem will be performed at la...

- Milan wants to avoid going back to its polluted ways when the COVID-19 lockdown is lifted.- The city is planning to build 35km of new cycle routes and to give pedestrians more space by widening pavements.- Even the metro will get new measures to allow passengers to practise social distancing.- Work on this ambitious transformation could start as...

There is a whimsical aura that masks over Piazza del Duomo. It is not the flight of pigeons that crowd the place, pecking bread crumbs on the floor. It shrugs off the oblivious tourists flocking in the main square, arms stretched and posing for an Instagram-worthy picture. The owner of such aura reverberates from the stalwart architecture that stan...

THE ROTONDA DI SAN LORENZO is a church located in the main square of the city of Mantua in Northern Italy. It was constructed during the late 11th century during the reign of the powerful Canossa family. The church is a fine example of Romanesque architecture, with a central plan and Byzantine-style frescoes. It’s primarily composed of bricks, acco...

Quando, Quando, Quando” was a hit single in 1962 or 1963. It means “when, when, when” in Italian — when will we share a love divine, in a year, a day, or an hour? Connie Francis sang it in Italian and English, and it’s delicious. I thought of it the other day, when Vermont’s governor extended our lockdown for another month. It’s not love divine I’m...

The ancient town of Como, Italy keeps getting better, far surpassing the level of hospitality afforded its founder, Julius Caesar. Though there have long been five-star properties in the towns along the lakeside, the city itself only saw its first open within the last two years. The proprietors, the Passera family and its Lario Hotels group, are de...