An insider knows that the best of Italy can be found in the small cities, hill towns, and villages where elements that we think of as quintessentially Italian abound: rich history, magnificent art, and fascinating architecture.   Join art historian Elaine Ruffolo, a lecturer for Syracuse University in Florence, in an exploration of four such...

Iris Origo was a 22-year-old newlywed Anglo-American heiress — as rich, brilliant and innocent as a Henry James heroine — when she and her husband, an Italian nobleman, decided to buy La Foce.   "Treeless and shrubless but for some tufts of broom," Origo wrote in October 1923 of her first view of the rundown 3,500-acre estate southeast of Si...

  WTI Magazine #36    2014 June, 25Author : folclore.it      Translation by:   The Palio is a complex event organized by the Municipality of Siena that is held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16. Ten of the 17 "contrade" (city quarters) of Siena run the Palio of July 2: the seven ones who did not run during the Palio of July of the previou...

This past summer, 20 students traveled to Siena, Italy, for the two week-long study abroad program "Food and Culture: The Italian Experience." The program was the first of its kind at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and it inspired Italian Studies assistant professor Vetri Nathan and chef instructor Angelo Guida to create a new course this...

By Janet Thomas Dream big. What would your ultimate trip to Italy look like? Some travelers delight in weeks of planning and plotting before exploring a foreign country. I do not, nor does my otherwise patient husband, Steve. In fact, the state of our union can be greatly influenced by travel-related stress.   Our version of a fantasy Itali...

Parlare di cucina regionale italiana significa inoltrarsi in un labirinto: prendi una strada pensando di avere chiara la tua meta e invece, in un attimo, ti ritrovi trasportato lontanissimo, non solo nello spazio, ma anche nel tempo, nella cultura. Inizia così "A qualcuno piace Cracco", il libro che il barbuto aristochef italiano ha dedicato alla c...

The Board of Directors of ILICA, Italian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance, is pleased to announce that they will award two 2012 scholarships for a month-long course in the Italian language at UNISTRASI, the University of Siena for Foreigners in Siena, Italy. Airfare, course expenses and housing will be covered by ILICA/UNISTRASI. The course will be...

By John E. McIntyre Spaghetti and lasagna are all very well, but pizza is plainly the major Italian donation to the American diet. Susan Fillion celebrates both the pizza and its Italian origins in the slender but delightful Pizza in Pienza (David Godine, $17.95). The Pienza of the title is a little town in Tuscany which Ms. Fillion, a Baltimore...

Gov. Chris Christie approved legislation that would permit Atlantic City to host its own version of the annual Palio di Siena, a special horse race held in Italy for 700 years, Assemblymen John Amodeo and Chris Brown announced on Friday. "The American Palio in Atlantic City" will be held on the city's beaches, according to Brown and Amodeo, who sp...

Art is something that should always make us look up. This rule only applies, however, until we run into works of art that are lying on the ground, such as pavements, antique carpets and inlaid parquet.   A typical example of this kind of “art” is the floor of the Siena Cathedral. Begun as early as the fourteenth century, it was completed in...