In the south-east of Tuscany there is a beautiful area, the Val d’Orcia; inside, it hosts the town of Castiglione d’Orcia and the small municipality of Bagni San Filippo, of just 91 inhabitants. Despite its size, the town is famous throughout Italy for a very specific reason: the presence of sulfur water baths , which, once on the surface, form whi...

Stones that store heat, heat that generates steam, steam that expands in a machine that, in turn, generates electricity: this is an energy storage system that’s so simple it’s revolutionary – because instead of using “rare earth” minerals or raw materials that are only present in certain areas of the planet: it simply uses ordinary stones. It’s cal...

Want to avoid the hustle and bustle of tourists in Rome, Milan, Venice, and Florence? Or maybe you’ve already seen those cities, and are looking for something new? Well here are some of my favorite small towns for you to live out your Italian dream.  1. Bergamo If you’re looking for a dreamy getaway, check out Bergamo! Bergamo is located north-east...

When restoration work began on Piazza Jacopo della Quercia near Siena Cathedral in the late 1980s, the number of Roman archaeological discoveries was so startling, people doubted the work would ever get finished. What if they covered the whole place with tarmac and left terracotta containers, first century jewelry or similarly precious objects fore...

Art restorers in the Italian city of Florence have begun a six-month project to clean and virtually “unveil” a long-censored nude painting by Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the most prominent women in the history of Italian art. Swirling veils and drapery were added to the “Allegory of Inclination” some 70 years after Gentileschi painted the life-si...

Contemplated, loved and revered: Brunello di Montalcino is confirmed as the champion wine for notoriety in Italy, known to 2 out of 3 consumers, as revealed by the annual report by “Wine Intelligence” that analyzed the strength and recognizability of Italy’s 46 main wine appellations. A giant of celebrity in the face of a “nano-share” of vineyard a...

With the end of the pandemic, the Belpaese seems to have regained its leading role in the food and wine industry both in Europe and overseas. From the Langhe to Sicily, Italy has awakened by reintroducing wines of excellence that represent the true pride of our country, with renowned labels to be enjoyed in private and luxurious settings that tell...

The average price grows, volumes are holding up, and the race of Brunello di Montalcino continues on strategic markets, already protagonists of a boom in demand in the previous two years. As reported by the data from the Brunello Price Observatory – which collect data provided voluntarily by companies – as for the sold in the first 9 months of 2022...

"Stonebreakers" World Premiere: New doc on fights over monuments opens at Festival dei Popoli in Florence. Stonebreakers, the latest Awen Films feature documentary, will have its first public showing this Saturday, Nov. 12, at Festival dei Popoli in Florence, Italy. Please enjoy the official trailer here. We're delighted to mark this occasion at Fe...

Do you want to know what Michelangelo's David, icon of the Italian Renaissance, thinks? How he spends his days? Ask him curiosities about the period in which it was made? Interacting with the alter ego of the world's most famous statue is even easier! "Chat with David," the artificial intelligence project that the Accademia Gallery of Florence's we...