La vita italiana

The 16th century pharmacy of the Pope

Every city has them, the so-called “hidden gems.” The places rarely visited by tourists, and the ones often forgotten about by locals. Living in a...

“Tutte le strade portano a Roma” and some have very quirky names

Indeed, at the times of the Empire, all roads led to Rome, especially when you think the Romans are behind the creation of the first Italian and...

The secret waters of Liscia

Water carries life within: nothing could be and exist without it. Water is also frightful, because of its power, which destroys and obliterates. A...

Cycling in Ferrara - Emilia Romagna’s city of bicycles

Ferrara: oh, the tragedy of having overlooked this beauty of an Italian city for so many years! But we’re in the good company of a whole lot of other...

Venice’s mouths of truth

Venice at the height of its power conjures images of merchant traders, carnival masks and debauchery. But for all its decadence Venetian life was...

Zafferiamo – the intriguing story of Pieve’s saffron festival

Used since ancient times for cooking, cosmetics and curative properties, saffron is the wonderfully aromatic queen of spices. The Greeks used it to...

Supporting the UNESCO candidature of the Neapolitan pizza making art

The event Tu Vuò fa’ il Napoletano - Facce da Pizza landed in the USA. The first of the three gatherings in support to the candidature of the...

Do you really know everything about pasta?

No! Not another article about Italy and pasta, I hear you crying. Worry not, this time we’re going to tackle the “pasta issue” from an entirely...

Searching for the origins of La Bella Lingua (Part III): Boccaccio and Certaldo

After our visits to Dante Alighieri’s native Florence and Francesco Petrarca’s hometown of Arezzo, the journey to discover the origins of la bella...

Italian pride: one day a year is not enough

In the US, the national debate on the country’s origins and heritage has involved also the Italian American community. At the heart of discussion,...

One, two, three steps to heaven

Rome’s Spanish Steps are famous around the globe. As too are Venice’s stepped bridges crossing her countless canals. And the Vatican Museum’s...

Regional stereotypes of Italy

Stereotypes: there’s always a bit of truth in every one of them, positive or negative, and those about Italy are plenty: Italians are loud, Italians...

Venice Glass Week: breaking the mould in Murano

Wander the back streets of Murano and you can hear the roar of furnaces behind blind factory walls. The air trembles and there’s a perpetual orange...

A Journey to Porto Ercole, Caravaggio's “Last Resort”

There is a place in southern Tuscany, just near the border with the Lazio region, to which vacationers, as well as art historians and culture lovers...

Partinico and Alcamo, Sicily: poetic path to Via Frank Zappa

Ironically enough, musical genius Frank Zappa and a 13th century poet, Cielo d’Alcamo, had some important things in common. These artists so vastly...

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