Around 600 noted Italian buildings and historic sites open their doors to the public free of charge on the weekend of 15-16 May as part of the annual Giornate FAI di Primavera initiative organised by the Fondo Ambiente Italiano. The sites include rarely-opened palaces, castles, abbeys, libraries, parks, nature trails and gardens, with FAI identifyi...

In spite of the intensive research undertaken by scholars, collectors and violin makers over the past 30 years, the history of Italian violin making is still far from fully documented. Owing to the huge diversity of historical, political and social situations in the highly fragmented Italian peninsula, there are still many important areas whose lut...

THE CITTADELLA IS A LARGE fort in the city of Alessandria in Piedmont, Northern Italy. Currently, it stands as one of the best-preserved fortresses designed in the modern era. The construction of the star fort of Alessandria began in the early 18th-century, when, after the War of the Spanish Succession, the House of Savoy took control of the city....

Il settimo presidente dell’Associazione Piemontesi del Mondo in Nord California è Joseph Tonda, di Concord, che ringrazia la presidente uscente, Susan Picco. Ne dà notizia l’Associazione Piemontesi nel Mondo nella pagina di aprile “Piemontesi nel Mondo” di “Piemonte Neswsletter” della Regione. Il padre del neopresidente, si legge su “Piemontesi nel...

In the heart of Italy, a little-known medieval castle was passed down through generations — that is, little-known until one Sannazzaro descendant got a TikTok account. TikToker Ludovica Sannazzaro lives in a 10,000-square-foot, 12th-century Italian castle inherited by her father Giuseppe, and the 19-year-old has taken to the app to show what it’s r...

We Italians love our beautiful markets, how characteristic and traditional they are and we still consider them central part of our weekly routine. Truth is, markets are common across Europe, from north to south, and we aren’t the only nation to have a special bond with them. In medieval times, towns developed around the market square and market day...

The heart of the borgo is the residence of the Scarampi Marquises, located next to the square in which the Auditorium Horszowski was built and where the Bell Tower and the two Confraternities of St. Elizabeth and St. Augustine stand. Nothing remains of the original castle of Monforte, documented in the 11th century. On the site of the previous cast...

Now it’s confirmed: following a successful first season, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy will be back for seconds. Having already covered the ‘Big Six’ on a food safari through Italy (Milan, Rome, Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany), where should host - and late-blooming sex-symbol - Stanley Tucci head next? Below ar...

Life in Italy has been turned upside down many times over the centuries, but the ancient landscapes never seem to change. In the UNESCO World Heritage area, Langhe Monferrato Roero (aka “Le Langhe”), in southern Piemonte, it seems the lush vineyards have been in place since the beginning of time.  But, the past here can be interrupted by the presen...

For our new video series with wine connoisseur Danilo Poggio, the first stop is in Barolo, Italy’s City of Wine for 2021. The Italian association of Città del Vino, with the support of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, has officially chosen the charming village in the Langhe hills as an Italian wine ambassador. To celebrate this inc...