Culture

Quality of life in Italy is more than a statistic

A recent survey carried out by Best Countries and Published by US News ranked the world’s countries from best to worst. Finding places like...

Roman stories... by the street

Nevermind how long you have lived in Rome, you’ll always find something new to discover, or so do its lucky residents say. Of course, Rome is art,...

Pizza shows its modern version... and don’t call it simply Margherita!

Modern pizza rhy-mes more with evolution than tradition. After its recent appointment to the UNESCO Intangible World Heritage List, the dish symbol...

Hidden pop examples of Italian design: the work in the US of Lella and Massimo Vignelli

Italian design was only recently celebrated in LA with the Italian Design Day and it is once again time to talk about Italy’s most creative minds and...

Good Friday, history and Faith hold hands in Procida

Easter is a very important moment for the people of Italy: for those still actively practicing, it is a time of meditation and prayer, steeped in...

Venetian wells, lifeblood of the city

Living on an island presents a number of challenges. The first priorities are food, shelter and a reliable source of drinking water. The earliest...

Passover in Italy: a beautiful blending of cultures

Jewish populations have called Italy home since Judas Maccabee sent a contingent to Rome in 161 B.C. Although their history is wrought with strife,...

The blossoming Easter in Sicily

The Easter celebrations of Sicily are as numerous as petals on daisy chains, with an endless procession of Holy Week festivities to choose from...

Madonelle, Madonnas of the Street

Crossroads and street corners have long been the haunt of peddlers, pickpockets and prostitutes. And as far back as ancient Roman times images of...

Preserving Papal hearts in Rome

The Catholic Church has a lengthy tradition of collecting relics from saints and clerics dating back almost to its beginnings. Bones, clothes or...

The passion of Italian markets

Many tourists rush through Italy, ticking off cities on an imaginary bucket list, zipping through museums and taking holiday snaps in front of iconic...

East meets West in Italy’s 2018 Capital of Culture

For some reason, I like to compare cities to beautiful female figures: Turin, which I know very well, is an elegant and haughty princess with a knack...

Celebrating New Year on March 1st

Before the unification of Italy, the peninsula was a patchwork of independent states, republics and occupied territories each one with their own...

Following an old melody: music at the times of Ancient Rome

As usual, Cicero is illuminating: “a life without music is like a body without its soul.” There’s an undeniable truth in his words the people of his...

Secret Italy: a voyage through the mysterious and the unknown of the peninsula

From North to South, from East to West, Italy is a beautiful chest filled with mysterious treasures. Bones of dragons and alchemic doors, secret...

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