Culture

Palla al centro: a history of Italy’s love affair with soccer

Usually, in Italy, you’d sense electricity in the air before the soccer World Cup begins: the country’s passion for calcio is well known, and when it...

Nola’s towering festival of lilies

For a little town just off the A16 autostrada, east of Naples, Nola has some big claims to fame. Spartacus once conquered it, Hadrian tried and the...

Naso: the roots of Lady Gaga

Born Joanne Stefani Germanotta, Lady Gaga was raised in Manhattan, but her melodramatic excess and sense of the theatrical baroque might spring from...

Finding art and hospitality in Tuscany's ancient Spedali

Even though present-day hospitals all around the world are basically centers providing medical assistance and rehabilitation of the sick, the...

Tuscany, Umbria and Sicily! But don’t forget about Emilia Romagna

Italy is all beautiful, but it’s undeniable that outside national borders some regions are more popular than others: topping the world’s preferences...

Sardinia’s Carloforte: meeting with remarkable men

There is a remote island of resilient men in southwestern Sardinia. It is called San Pietro and legend has it that St. Peter visited in 46 AD. The...

Rome’s Pantheon – from paganism to Christianity

As your eyes acclimatize to the soft ambient light, sacred statues begin to peek out from shaded alcoves. A single shaft of dazzling sunlight hits...

A mysterious deck, with Italian origins: the tarots

Only naming them brings to mind mystery and divination, the magic aura of the unknown surrounds them: but are tarot cards really that difficult to...

L’Italo Americano and its 110 years of history serving Italian heritage

Domenico Di Salvo arrived on Ellis Island on September 5, 1907. He had left on the 23 rd of August on the Koenig Albert steamer, which had been used...

The art of making soap with almond ashes

Some decades have passed, but the memory of almond trees fields is still very much alive in my mind. Fields that filled our land with many, old trees...

Sicily through the lenses of a maestro

Sicilian photographer Giuseppe Leone has earned the distinguished title of maestro after six decades of documenting the culture, traditions and...

Alive and well - The medieval art of flag throwing

The low, deliberate beat of the drums comes first, distantly reverberating off the high stone walls like a pulsating heartbeat. Louder and louder...

Wedding traditions, Italian style

Maybe it is all due to fairy tales, but weddings, big and fat or small and thin, are always in fashion. A wedding in Italy is considered such a...

Francesca Piovesan in the hearth of Milan with the first exhibition at the Gaggenau hub

On the 9th of May the solo exhibition of Francesca Piovesan, entitled "IN-VISIBLE", will christen the new Gaggenau Hub in the Heart of Milan. Sabino...

Culinary secrets of Emilia Romagna and Tuscany at IIC SF

What is Italy known for? Among its many charming attributes, Italy is known for its cuisine. Who doesn't think of Italian food and fondly reminisce...

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