Un lampo di luce nella mente mentre, da sola nel suo studio che si affaccia sulla torre pendente, guardava per la millesima volta quell’iscrizione. Così un mistero che durava dal 1838 è stato svelato. Giulia Ammannati, ricercatrice di Paleografia alla Scuola Normale Superiore, ha capito subito di averla fatta grossa: «Per prima cosa ho mandato una...

Many Italians take to the mountains for a winter holiday. But it's not all about the Alps. If you want to explore further, here are some alternative ski destinations around Italy. Camigliatello Silano, Calabria – The ‘toe’ of Italy’s boot-shaped peninsula might be more commonly associated with beaches and summer sunshine, but within the woods of Ca...

Cymbals are very ancient in origin: the prehistoric pair of cymbals on the mummy of an Egyptian religious musician displayed in the British Museum in London shows that they were in existence as early as 2000 BC. The manufacture of cymbals was concentrated in China and in Turkey, where methods were discovered to make this instrument more durable and...

The three monumental doors of Florence’s Baptistery, bronze and gilded masterpieces of late Medieval/early Renaissance art, have been reunited after almost 30 years apart. The South, North and East doors can now be admired next to one another inside the Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, the museum containing many of the original works of a...

As reported locally, the Geothermal Museum in Larderello, Tuscany has a new look also online: the national and international website of Enel Green Power , in fact, has been renewed and on this occasion has created a page dedicated to the Larderello Museum and geothermal tourism, which can be visited in three versions in Italian, English and Spanish...

 In his biography of Leonardo da Vinci, written 30 years after the artist’s death in 1519, Giorgio Vasari said Leonardo had “such a power of intellect that whatever he turned his mind to, he made himself master of with ease.” In this 500th anniversary year of the artist’s death, the Musée du Louvre in Paris has undeniably stolen the limelight with...

Get into the holiday spirit when you visit these Italian villages where Christmas is celebrated with special events. Candelo (Piedmont) Located about 60 kilometers northeast of Turin, Candelo is a medieval village known for its ‘Ricetto’, a fortified storehouse made of a group of houses and streets surrounded by walls, which the local population us...

A scuola di pecorino toscano. Capita anche questo, a Los Angeles e a New York, ma anche nel profondo Texas, e poi su al nord, fino in Canada: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal. Un bel traino, in vista della partecipazione al Winter fancy Food, la megakermesse in programma dal 19 al 21 gennaio al Moscone Center di San Francisco. A scuola, dunque. Ristora...

There was a time when this magical place was going to ruin. Then, a group of volunteers banded together to look after its beauty. Recently, it was put up for sale and bought with an uncertain future…Will the public ever again be able to share in this amazing piece of architecture? Of course, we’re talking about Castello di Sammezzano, the Moorish R...

Christmas in Tuscany would not be complete without a slice of panforte — the peppery, dried fruit and nut-based spice cake born in the central Tuscan hill town of Siena in the Middle Ages — served with a glass of vin santo, a sweet Italian dessert wine. Several legendary origin stories surround panforte. Some culinary historians believe it was insp...