On a warm April day, with poplar pollen cruising through the air like snowflakes in midwinter, Graziella Traini welcomed me to her farm in Montedinove, in the heart of Marche, a hilly region half the size of Tuscany, in central Italy. All around, towns and farmhouses stood on hilltops like meerkats scanning the horizon; as far as I could see, man-m...

The call of la dolce vita brings millions of visitors to Italy each year, ready to explore the country’s rich art and history, the thriving wine and food culture, stunning scenery and more. Enjoying Italy is as much about the broad, bucket list items (glimpsing Venice on the horizon as you speed across the lagoon from the airport) as it is the smal...

The likes of Tesla and Porsche are about to gain a new competitor in the form of Aehra – an electric car maker headquarted in Milan aiming to blend ‘Italian design, world-class engineering and US customer service’. Three Aehra cars are planned so far. An electric SUV is penned for an October reveal this year and a saloon will be unveiled in Februar...

Iconic Italian design brand Alessi is celebrating its centennial with an exhibition titled, Alessi 100-001, curated as an exploration of the company's past, present and future. Staged inside Milan's Galleria Manzoni, the exhibition is creatively separated into two segments, as indicated by the name Alessi 100-001: the 100 represents the company's p...

Springtime in Italy is a beauty to behold with the temperature in the 30s. So were the assembled automobiles on the hallowed grounds of this lakeside piece of paradise, Villa d’Este. An elegant crowd gathered to admire the classic cars on show in the annual Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, an event that has been luring car enthusiasts to Lake Como...

Last year, salami proved to be the superstar of Italian cured meat exports. According to the findings of Assica (the Italian association of meat and cured meat industries), the positive trend in 2021 allowed this product to largely recover the drop in 2020, as well as to gain +31.4% in value compared to 2019 (before the pandemic). Exports to EU cou...

She's still got it. Gallery owner Rossana Orlandi, one of the key figures of today’s design scene, has been awarded the Compasso d'Oro, a recognition of the many accomplishments of her long career. ‘Rossana Orlandi is many things, but above all she is enthusiastic in her curiosity and passionate in the ways that she looks at things. She has a gaze...

The star of the show was a 1947 Ferrari 125S, which is the first-ever road-going car to wear the Ferrari badge. The red sports car comes with a 1.5-liter version of the Colombo V12, and it is dwarfed by its modern siblings. The same can be said about any vehicle of that era, so Ferrari is not an exception to the rule in any way.Other vehicles that...

Italian company Energy Dome has opened the first of its remarkable grid-level energy storage plants. These "CO2 batteries" can store renewable energy over long periods and release it quickly, at less than half the cost of big lithium batteries. Large-scale energy storage is going to be required on an epic scale all round the world, as green energy...

In the elegant, open space of the showroom in New York, the artist and gallerist Ralph Pucci creates prestigious pieces of furniture: tables, chairs, armchairs, desks, armoires and dressers, lighting, glassware, sculptures, paintings and graphics, with originality in shapes and in colors. In his showrooms, also located in Miami and Los Angeles, are...