Growing up in an Italian household, I heard the phrase “St. Anthony will help you find it!” so many times that the words were ingrained in me pretty much from birth! It didn’t matter what the “it” was, whether it was an object of little monetary value or an item more sentimental, my mother always had utmost trust and belief that if we prayed to the...

The piazza is as Italian as it gets: not as an architectural or urban feature, but rather from a cultural and social point of view. In small villages, it’s where people meet, discuss and buy food, when it’s market day. In cities, the piazza is the equivalent of a grand palace’s living room, the place where you show the best your home has inside.  W...

The square is the heart of every Italian city. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, many are created following very original projects. But some squares hide secrets in their own structure and their own name. Their form is shaped directly on the oldest buildings or on the pre-existing spaces, still preserved below. We literally walk over history,...

Padova is located in the Venetian plain, about an hour's drive from the wonderful Venice. It certainly has many places to visit for those who love observing the beauty that different historical eras and famous artists gave to a city to be discovered slowly, large enough to have something to offer even to the most demanding tourists, but small enoug...

E' opera del pasticcere padovano Francesco Luni è il “miglior panettone del mondo 2020”: questo il responso del Campionato Internazionale della Federazione Internazionale Pasticceria Gelateria e Cioccolateria “The best Panettone of the world 2020”, che ha consacrato il dolce preparato dal pasticcere veneto della Pasticceria Estense di Padova. Erano...

Padua’s Botanical Garden is the world’s oldest, created in 1545 by the Venetian Republic.   It is the world's oldest academic botanical garden that is still in its original location and has preserved its original layout – a circular central plot, symbolizing the world, surrounded by a ring of water. Padua’s Botanical Garden was devoted to the growt...

DURING THE MIDDLE AGES, MANY monks manually copied ancient books so they could be passed on to future generations. The invention of the printing press made this work largely obsolete, but thousands of old books remained stored in monasteries. You can find many of those volumes in the library of the Praglia Abbey, an almost 1,000-year-old monastery...

Ciao from Rome on lockdown to all the friends of We the Italians. Dear friends, I start this editorial from an Italy in phase 2 of the lockdown thanking you all again for the final outcome of our fundraising. Here you can find the video with which the General Director of the Spallanzani Hospital, Marta Branca, thanks us for this wonderful result: a...

The city of Padua is inextricably linked to the figure of St. Anthony, a Franciscan friar of the thirteenth century, venerated all over the world and patron of the city itself. Strenuous defender of Catholic doctrine, he fought the Cathar heresy, especially in France, with great energy and considerable success.  He moved to Padua, where he died age...

The United States has the largest fast food industry in the world, with many American fast food chains located in Italy.  McDonald’s, Burger King, and Kentucky Fried Chicken are examples of some American fast food restaurants spread throughout Italy.  This may not come as a surprise to Italian Enthusiasts, but what is surprising is the fact that It...