WTI Magazine #29    2014 May, 8Author : italia.it      Translation by:   Ancient habitations dug into the tuff rock of a chalky plateau open up around a hollow, the Gravina di Matera, traversed by a torrent that flows in this spectacular and unique city in the Region of Basilicata. Roofs by turns become the foundations for new habitations on t...

We drive across a dusty plain along a series of unpaved roads, then park in the middle of a silent vineyard.   We find a set of ancient stone steps and cautiously descend to a ledge above a quiet riverbank, where my guide pulls out a giant metal key and creaks open a metal door. Cool air blasts from the darkness and, as I step into the depth...

In 1985 the Council of Ministers of the European Union started regularly designating what they labelled the "European Capital of Culture". Florence, Bologna and Genoa are among the Italian cities that have already obtained this prestigious title, and in 2019 this honour will go to another Italian location, Matera.   As stated in the European...

With its elegant frescoes, delicate sweeps of cerise and violet bougainvillea and vast beds covered in pristine white linen, Palazzo Margherita is a palace fit for Hollywood royalty. But this is a far cry from your average star-studded holiday spot. Instead, the pretty 19th century palazzo is owned and run by one of modern cinema's greats - direct...

Historic Preservation Program - Summer Field Course in Southern Italy Contact: annetoxey@arcboutant.org -  http://www.arcboutant.org/   EXPERIENCE preservation in action; DISCOVER new skills, new cultures, new places; LEARN preservation techniques from regional scholars and traditional artisans; LIVE in an his...

Six Italian cities (Cagliari, Lecce, Matera, Perugia, Ravenna and Siena) short-listed for European Capital of Culture 2019. The European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which it organises a series of cultural events with a strong European dimension.   The European City of...

With a goal of promoting cultural exchange, tourism and economic opportunities, officials have announced that Toms River has joined the Sister Cities International program and has formed a partnership with Matera, Italy.   The partnership, announced at dedication ceremonies for the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County Col...

by Chiara Baroncelli   Have you ever slept into an igloo or at the top of a lighthouse surrounded by mountains or sea? And what about spending a night inside a mill or on the top of a tree? Such places do actually exist in Italy. Hard to believe?   From Trulli in Puglia to a new age monastery in Umbria passing by an ancient and rich i...

by Alex Schechter   There's a reason Italy ranks as one of the top-visited destinations in the world. Actually, there are a lot of reasons. Its exquisite beauty, its relaxed pace, its startling integration of the ancient and the modern—it all contributes to the magic.   Whether you're flying down pistes in the Dolomites, or sunning yo...

Pasta, salumi, formaggi, olio extravergine di oliva,vino, dolci e altre genuine prelibatezze servite con i piatti tipici della tradizione culinaria italiana e lucana costituiranno il "Piatto forte'' del progetto "Medita'' sulla valorizzazione della Dieta Mediterranea nell'ambito di eventi che si terranno negli Stati Uniti, a New York e a Houston, d...