La vita italiana

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...

Does Italy really need Starbucks?

The news arrived just a handful of days ago, but it was barely noticed in Italy. Perhaps it’s because we are busy trying to understand who is going...

Ten signs you’ve become fully Italian

Indeed, it can happen to the best of us. It can be genetics or simple love, but when Italy gets into you, it shows. Here are ten easy-to-spot signs...

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...

The art of being Italian American

Art, in all its forms and shapes, is the most immediate and beautiful of all ways of communicating: a painting, a song, a piece of poetry, a palace...

Messina, the neglected capital

Messina in north eastern Sicily is a sadly forgotten capital of the Italian island. Cruise ships arrive, and their passengers are whisked off to...

Italy and its tourists: the many types of visitors you’ll find in the Bel Paese

My experience with tourists started when I moved to Ireland, in a city known for its all-year-round, endless flux of visitors: certainly essential...

Italy’s New Revolution?

Perhaps no movement, at least in the 21st century, has globally galvanized the masses more than #MeToo. The anti-sexual harassment campaign, fanned...

Little, tasty nuggets of Italy

For over forty years, I have been living in both Italy and the US. I feel Italian and American, Italiana and Americana, sounds almost like a...

Lost crafts: the master rope maker, u mast’s l’andrète

The craft of rope makers, funaio or cordaro , is as old as Man: a thousands-year long art, based on an easy manual technique, where two only...

Italian craftsmanship: culture, heritage and hope for the future

The expression Made in Italy itself is almost perfectly synonymous with Italian craftsmanship, or artigianato, to say it as we do. From culinary...

The world behind your Italian name

Naming a child is usually one of two things: a matter of trends or a matter of tradition. Every year, parents all over the world let celebrities and...