Its appearance and sound is oh-so familiar, but what’s the story behind the violin? Here’s some background to this most sweet and noble of musical instruments. The violin was essentially the result of amalgamating instruments like the fiddle and the rebec. Both were early bowed string instruments that were less finessed and a little more difficult...

Everything about Milan conjures glitz and glamour, history and style: the intricate Renaissance spires of the Duomo, the soaring glass-and-iron roofs of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and the luxury fashion boutiques seemingly on every corner. Italy’s second city is a place to see and be seen. But tonight, for my first dinner in town, I’m br...

The violins, violas and cellos played by the Orchestra of the Sea in its debut performance at Milan’s famed Teatro alla Scala carry with them tales of desperation and redemption. The wood that was bent, chiseled and gouged to form the instruments was recovered from dilapidated smugglers’ boats that brought migrants to Italy’s shores; the luthiers w...

In this article, we delve into the 20 best places to retire in Italy for US citizens. Navigating retirement planning involves strategic decision-making, and for numerous US citizens, Italy has emerged as an enchanting destination to retire to. These American retirees are attracted to the richness of the Mediterranean lifestyle, the beauty of stunni...

The story of Monterone is an incredible tale: this tiny Italian village, nestled in the province of Lecco, Lombardy, celebrates the arrival of a new member of its community. With only 33 residents, Monterone holds the record as Italy’s smallest village. This recent birth, a baby girl named Marta, brings joy to a village struggling against demograph...

Here we go again: Valentine's Day is here and you still don't know where to spend a weekend or just a romantic night with your soulmate, right? No fear! In this special Hidden Gems Love Edition we lead you to discover some of the most beautiful romantic places to visit in Italy - is there any other better occasion than Valentine's? In this article...

"Sono molto orgoglioso delle mie origini italiane," David Manica said in Italian before switching to English for the rest of the presentation. It was 2019 and Manica, the most important and successful architect in the world when it comes to designing stadiums, was in Milan to present his proposal for Milan's new stadium. After that, Manica began wo...

Nestled in the heart of the Lombardy region, Lake Como stands as a shimmering gem, captivating visitors with its picturesque landscapes, rich culture, and timeless allure. If you’re planning a trip to this Italian paradise, you’ll want to arm yourself with essential knowledge to make the most of your experience. Lake Como isn’t just a destination;...

The mascots for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026 were revealed to the world on Wednesday (7 February) at the Sanremo Music Festival in Italy. Tina and Milo - two stoat siblings distinguished by their different coloured coats - will represent the Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympic Winter Games 2026 respectively. Their...

At Niguarda Hospital in Milan, an artificial heart was implanted in a patient who had been waiting several months for a heart transplant. This is the first time such an operation has taken place in Italy. It is an artificial organ equipped with biological valves, which totally replaces the heart with functions very close to the physiological ones....