La vita italiana

Savor a section of the Via Francigena: Abbadia di Isola to Monteriggioni “a piedi”

All roads lead to Rome as the old saying goes – all 1,243 miles of road when we’re talking about the Via Francigena, the ancient byway connecting...

Credito Emiliano and Parmigiano: the curious story of the bank taking cheese as investment collateral

It was 1953 when Credito Emiliano, a relatively small bank based in the region of Emilia Romagna, started taking wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano as a...

Angela Missoni: 20 years of artistry and innovation

Twenty years have passed since Angela Missoni took the helm of the family fashion house founded by her visionary parents Ottavio and Rosita, who...

Cookcooning: the new frontiers of tourism 2.0

“Travelling is more than an action, it’s a feeling,” Mario Soldati said. It is on this idea that a new form of international tourism, dubbed “...

Mascherone, home protection the old-fashioned way

Today most self-respecting homeowners install alarms and locks to protect their homes, but step back to the 16th century and the preference was for...

Columbus Day REPLACED in LA

On behalf of the Federated Italo-Americans , I want to thank you all for trying to preserve the second Monday in October as a celebration of Columbus...

Solidarity and commitment after the 2016 earthquakes: Italy is getting back on her feet

There are places where starting over thanks to the generosity of others is possible: people willing to give the opportunity to work, live and hope...

Le Buchette del Vino, Florence's Little Wine Tabernacles

Let’s say you find yourself in Florence on a fiery-hot summer afternoon, walking around the city’s narrow streets in a carefree manner. Let’s also...

The many reasons why the British Sun got it all wrong about Naples

I was having dinner a couple of weeks ago, when my attention was caught by the news blabbing on tv: The Sun, one of Britain best-selling tabloids,...

The Voice of Opera: Remembering Luciano Pavarotti

It has been almost 10 years since Luciano Pavarotti’s passing on September 6, 2007, but his legacy will live on forever. He has been one of the few...

Coffee and “scaramanzia,” an entirely made in Italy match

My neighbor is from Naples. We bonded over our personal obsession on a Spanish novela and our love for coffee: we’d invite each other for one several...

The last days of Pompeii: what really happened?

Pompeii is without a doubt one of the most exceptional archaeological sites in the world, probably the most relevant, for the wealth of findings and...

Italy and mass tourism: more is not always better

Tourism is one of the main motors of Italian economy, but something has been going awry in the past few years. Senseless mass tourism hasn’t really...

Inventions of Italy: finding Italian creativity where you may not expect it

Scientific innovation or inventions may not be the first thing coming to mind in relation to the Bel Paese. No offense to the many Italian scientists...

Italy: a history made of migration

Never as before the topic of immigration has been affecting the socio-political life of Europeans, and Italians in particular. However, considering...

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