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...

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...

A lifelong dream of mine came true today: I visited a chocolate factory. And not just any chocolate factory, but that of that Gianluca Franzoni who founded Domori in 1997 in the town of None, just outside of Turin. Franzoni was the first to rediscover the ancient and particularly valuable, aroma-rich Criollo cocoa. As fragrant as it is rare and del...

A man of many names: L’Avvocato, Prince of Italy, King of Italy, and the Rake of the Riviera, Agnelli was not only a symbol of economic growth and Italian excellence but of an unwavering reckless passion for life. On his 100th birthday, Agnelli remains a defining figure in Italian history. Agnelli was born on 12 March 1921, in Turin, to parents Edo...

THE REAL CHIESA DI SAN Lorenzo (Royal Church of Saint Lawrence) is a religious building in Turin. The church, located near the Royal Palace, was commissioned by the ruling Savoy family to celebrate their victory during a 1557 battle that happened on the day of Saint Lawrence. Construction began in 1634 and was completed in 1680. The church was desi...

The city of Turin, pearl of Piedmont, northwestern region of Italy is famous for several reasons: it is a great artistic and cultural center, industrial center, design, gastronomy and much more. In the city there are an extraordinary Egyptian Museum and an equally incredible Museum dedicated to Cinema, but this seems not to be enough for the Piedmo...

A kidney tumour has been removed by a robot surgeon while the patient was awake in a world first in Turin, the Molinette Hospital said Wednesday. The groundbreaking operation was performed in the Molinette's urology university department. It used the Da Vinci robot system and innovative 3-D image reconstruction technologies, doctors said. The malig...

A four-year-old Italian boy has regained the use of a hand that was irreparably damaged in a car accident thanks to the transplant of a toe. The toe has replaced the finger that was lost in the crash. The pioneering surgery was led by Bruno Battiston at Turin's Regina Margherita Hospital. The op used innovative robot technology. Doctors said the ne...

Turin, the regional country seat of Piedmont, has a thousand-year story. The Romans chose it as the border town of the empire (the traces of Romans are still visible in the Quadrilatero Romano composed of the Palatine gate with the ruins of the walls and of the gate itself, the Dechumane gate, the Roman Theatre, and a visible wall in the basement o...