His name was Giovanni Ricamatori, in this absurd year there would be his first retrospective in his native Udine in Friuli Venezia Giulia, until the end of next week. Like many other artists already discussed, he was part of Raphael's workshop and like many of his colleagues Giovanni was the founder of a genre, the Grotesque and more generally the...

Young, daughter of immigrants, bisexual, volleyball player by profession, indeed the best female volleyball player Italy has ever had. Paola Egonu is the picture of the Italy that includes, that offers an opportunity to everyone, at least in sports. And the twenty-two year old from Cittadella, a town of twenty thousand inhabitants in the province o...

Radicchio: Yes, it’s a thing at the moment. It has its own newly formed association, an annual festival and even a poster and lapel pin for sale on Etsy. Yet many American gardeners have never tried growing this cultivated form of chicory. Right about now is the time to get seeds and add it to the list of vegetables to sow around the solstice — as...

An ancient Roman building has been found during excavations at a former cinema in the northern Italian city of Verona in what has been described as a “miniature Pompeii”. The discovery was made during excavations in the basement of Astra cinema, which is undergoing renovation after lying abandoned for more than 20 years.  With its “magnificent fres...

For over 2000 years the area of the Euganean Spas, immersed in the vegetation of the Euganean Hills, near Padua, has hidden the miraculous secret of its thermal treatments. The Euganean Thermal Basin, which includes the five municipalities of Abano Terme, Battaglia Terme, Galzignano Terme, Montegrotto Terme and Teolo, with more than 130 establishme...

A great deal of Italian identity is tied up with Italy’s material culture. Food, wine, art, architecture, clothing, shoes and all of the other things that Italy produces carry its essence and make culture accessible and assumable in physical form. This is especially true for Italian Americans and others who live outside of Italy, including Italians...

Four more regions will turn 'white' next week, the Italian health ministry confirmed on Friday, with the rest of the country expected to follow later this month. Based on the latest health data, the Italian regions of Abruzzo, Liguria, Umbria and Veneto will be in the low-risk white zone from Monday June 7th, the health ministry stated. The latest...

Growing up in an Italian household, I heard the phrase “St. Anthony will help you find it!” so many times that the words were ingrained in me pretty much from birth! It didn’t matter what the “it” was, whether it was an object of little monetary value or an item more sentimental, my mother always had utmost trust and belief that if we prayed to the...

The great English playwright, William Shakespeare, set almost half of his works in Italy. Official sources affirm, however, that Shakespeare never visited "il bel paese" and yet his love for beautiful cities such as Venice and Messina... ...although known only through travel stories, has made them the scene of many of his most famous works, just th...

The Verona Opera Festival 2021 has become an ambassador for Italian culture and beauty, thanks to a close collaboration by the Verona Arena Foundation with some of the top museums and exhibition spaces in the country, from the Uffizi to the Vatican Library, in the most significant development for this year's opera season in the iconic Veneto city....