Le università americane promuovono i più svariati programmi di study abroad, che consentono agli studenti iscritti ai corsi di laurea di trascorrere un periodo di formazione all’estero. Molti di questi programmi si svolgono in Italia e durano in media da tre mesi a un anno. Durante questi mesi, gli studenti accrescono la propria conoscenza di una c...

A local choir conductor led more than a dozen singers on a 10-day concert tour to Siena, Italy, this summer, strengthening the bond between the two cities that was first established in 2006. “It was a phenomenal sharing of American music with an Italian audience,” said Helen Demong, artistic director and conductor of Northern Lights Choir. The root...

From ancient Roman ships in Pisa to a deeper understanding of Pompeii, via a cycle route in Siena, there's plenty still to look forward to in Italy as part of the EU28-wide celebration of culture. As one of the most culture-intense EU nations, Italy has plenty to offer for the European Year of Culture Heritage 2018.   Italy is hosting 1,136 events...

This is the story of the knight Galgano and how a vision made him renounce to wealth, war and women in name of a life of meditation and prayer. This is a story where faith, legend, history and literature merge in one intriguing tale, to the dénouement of which, in truth, we won’t be able to come. This is a story of Tuscan hills, hermits, abbeys and...

On June 24th each year, Florence's main square turns into an arena for a sport which is a brutal combination of rugby, football, and wrestling. The Local explores the history of the unique tradition. Calcio Storico (Historical football) is a game thought up by 16th-century Florentines and as the name suggests, it's an early - and very violent - for...

L’Italia ospita dei tesori unici e uno di questi è sicuramente Bagno Vignoni, un piccolo borgo di 30 abitanti, una frazione di San Quirico d’Orcia, in provincia di Siena. Ciò che rende straordinario questo luogo tra le verdi colline toscane è la sua piazza d’acqua alimentata da una sorgente d’acqua termale. Avete capito bene, qui non troverete la c...

When Hunter S. Thompson took the English artist Ralph Steadman to the Kentucky Derby in 1970, he tried to prepare him for the chaos into which they were descending. “Just pretend you’re visiting a huge outdoor loony bin,” Thompson said. He added, because he was rarely out of character, “If the inmates get out of control we’ll soak them down with Ma...

Inhibition of the oncogenic kinase AKT, a key protein governing the cell cycle, was found to arrest cancer cell proliferation and triggered their programmed death by apoptosis. The study, published today in Oncogene, represents significant progress in the clinical translation of previous basic scientific discoveries. “Understanding the molecular fe...

Full disclosure: I am not from Siena. I am not even Italian, though, like many Americans, I wish I were, and all three of my children have Italian names—one so intensely Italian only Italians can pronounce it properly. (Poor girl, spending years having her name mangled by friends… but she loves it anyway). Despite my origins, I decided, seven years...

We continue our “Journey to Italy” with Alexandra, a young American student who studies the Italian language at the Siena School For Liberal Arts. She told us about her experience studying and living in our country. Her path is a particular one: an initial experience studying abroad in Italy birthed a desire to use the Italian language to study the...