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Be my Cicerone, guide me through Arpino

In so many ways, the Romans are ingrained in our ways of thinking. Many of our fundamental thoughts about life have been shaped and tested by the...
The Bravio delle botti (Bravio of the barrels) is an annual race held in the Italian town of Montepulciano since 1974, replacing an equivalent horserace dating back to 1373. Photo: metina.it

Montepulciano – Tuscany’s Medieval Gem

Where the sunrise lifts swirling rounds of swallows skyward over ancient terra-cotta to announce the day, and cobbled streets host the daily walk of...

Sicily: beauty, heritage and a difficult past

In the heart of Sicily, there was once a town called Corleone, the birthplace of a mafia boss of the likes of Bernardo Provenzano; his bloody history...
Vintage Moka Pot

How the Moka pot was born

“Moka pot” is a stove-top or electric coffee maker that produces coffee by passing boiling water pressurized by steam through ground coffee. It was...
Montefioralle – not much far from Greve in Chianti, a town 30 kilometers south of Florence – which some consider the real birthplace of the great explorer

Back to the Land of Explorers (Part III): Vespucci and Florence

Having discussed Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and the traces these great navigators have left in Genoa and Venice, our tour of the “land of...

The evergreen Italian diaspora according to Prof. Pasquale Verdicchio

P erhaps because Pasquale Verdicchio can boast a grayish beard worthy of a Greek philosopher - the likes of Plato or Aristotle - or maybe thanks to...

The bewitched borghi of Riviera dei Fiori

I brought with me a little sachet of salt, a time-honored remedy to ward off evil spirits, when visiting two Medieval borghi on La Riviera dei Fiori...

The mesmerising spider dance of Galatina

Her foot taps, slowly at first but then more insistently. The beat quickens and her legs begin to twitch. And as the rhythm builds to a frenzied...
"Grandma would be standing in front of the stove, turning cloves of fresh garlic in a pool of sizzling oil, and forever stirring her big pot of gravy"

Preparing Sunday Dinner

The days of the old tradition of everyone in the extended family coming the grandparents’ home for Sunday dinner, every Sunday, might be gone, but...

Saving Italy’s monuments one designer handbag at a time

With more Unesco world heritage sites than any other country in the world and a history that spans millennia from the ancient Roman empire via...

Speak to me! The amazing world of Italian dialects

The idea itself of dialect may be difficult to grasp for non-Italians. It’s not a language, yet it’s not a variety of one either. It may sound like...

What you See is not What you Get: Italy’s Forgers and Forgeries throughout the Centuries

History and art have a lot of things in common, of course. One of them is certainly the importance, nay, the essentiality of the concept of...

Foundation of the Etruscan City – The Example of Bologna

When we think of where all roads lead, we might think of Rome. There are, of course, any number of other outstanding città in Italy and one of those...

The eternal enchantment of the Eternal City: The Rome you Don’t Expect (Part III)

Little-known stories of the eternal city, of its artists and popes, families and colorfully clad armies. Through centuries of anecdotes, our short...

Spring is Greek theater month in Sicily

Every spring, thousands of tourists descend on the picturesque city of Siracusa in the southeast corner of Sicily, drawn to an experience unlike any...

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