Fine tailoring, fine leather, fine wine, fine interiors…. Italian uber luxury brand Stefano Ricci — founded in 1980 by the eponymous designer — is all about the finer things of life, handcrafted to perfection. Niccolo Ricci, the CEO of the label, takes t2 through the journey of the brand and tells us why the world loves all things Italian. Some of...

The number of visitors to culture-rich Italian 'cities of art' increased by 22.8% between 2010 and 2017, rising from 93.9 million to 115.3 million, according to data presented at the 22nd Arts and Events 100 Italian Cities Fair on Wednesday. The rise was spearheaded by Matera, the Basilicata gem that will be European Capital of Culture next year an...

The region of Basilicata will be featured this weekend in the PBS show “Dream of Italy.” Host Kathy McCabe explores the stunning landscapes and culinary traditions of the ancient region also known as Lucania. McCabe tours the ancient Sassi of Matera, the towns of the Dolomite Lucani and meets up with Frances Ford Coppola at his resort Palazzo Margh...

A Volkswagen bug sits on top of a limestone column, squashed by one final, huge block. The sculpture, by famed Italian artist Antonio Paradiso, stands at the entrance to an outdoor gallery housed in an old abandoned quarry not far from Matera, a small town in the Italian southern province of Basilicata. The metaphor is not a subtle one. "I think th...

“La Palomba,” which means “The Dove” in English, is located just outside Matera, a popular tourist spot in Italy famous for its ancient town. Though the sculptures are right next to a main road, they’re easy to miss unless you know to look for them. The artwork is obscured from view, tucked out of sight in a defunct tuff quarry. Cuts and slashes ma...

Tra i 52 luoghi da visitare nel 2018, il New York Times ne consiglia tre in Italia. Nell'annuale classifica del quotidiano americano, il nostro Paese vince tra quelli stranieri con tre raccomandazioni contro l'unica fatta nell'edizione del 2017. Se l'anno scorso la "Gray Lady" consigliava di andare in vacanza in Calabria (al 37esimo posto), in quel...

Matera, city of the “Sassi” and rupestrian churches, has always been a cradle of traditional craft skills rooted in the distant past. The local inhabitants are accustomed to working in terracotta, tuff, wood and papier-mâché, initially as a pastime and then for trade, resulting in the production of excellent artefacts. The art of papier-mâché, in p...

Al vertice c’è l’affascinante Angkor Wat, in Cambogia, il “tempio della città” nel quasi omonimo sito archeologico nei pressi di Siem Reap, che emerge maestoso dalla foresta pluviale. Alla seconda piazza, invece, il Taj Mahal, in India, con buona pace delle autorità dell’Uttar Pradesh che hanno fatto fuori il “mausoleo dell’amore” di Agra dai mater...

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast episode, I have two guests. Firstly I speak with Helene Stapinski, author of the wonderful book Murder in Matera, a true story of passion, family, and forgiveness in Southern Italy. In the stories segment, I speak with Danielle Oteri from Feast on History where she hosts Arthur Avenue Food Tours, and...

Matera is a haunting city nestled among the rolling hills of Basilicata in southern Italy. Four hundred metres above sea level, it is bisected by a ravine through which the River Gravina flows. On the cliffs along this deep gorge are cave dwellings in which families lived in poverty from Palaeolithic times until the 1950s when they were rehoused by...