LIFE & PEOPLE

When reality is made on stage: Spettacolo and the living theatre of Monticchiello

Truly poetic and delicately beautiful: this could be Spettacolo in a nutshell. But I wouldn’t pay it justice, because there’s so much more to it than...

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...

Gio Solimene Ross: The first First Lady of Seattle Opera

In 1975, just a dozen years after its founding, Seattle Opera created an international sensation when it staged the complete production of Richard...

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...

Tuscany’s Monte Argentario: ancient, azure and alluring

I came across Monte Argentario few years ago and was mesmerized.  It amazed me with its beauty and variety -- in some places rugged and others...

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 “...

Words are Stone: Impressions of Sicily by Carlo Levi

Carlo Levi’s Words Are Stone is an unrecognized classic in the travel book genre. However, this is not a travel book for the sightseeing tourist...

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...

Valerio Ruiz’s Docu-Film on Lina Wertmüller’s Talent and Story at Cinema Italia this September

The life and the career of Lina Wertmüller come to San Francisco on September 23 thanks to Cinema Italia. The Festival, which had the first 2017’s...

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...

Commendatore Lido Cantarutti - Father of the Marin Italian Film Festival

Many people look forward to the fall months of September, October, and November. With them come cool breezes and milder temperatures. But the San...
The David, in all its awe-inspiring glory, is at once human anatomy at its best and a call to the white marble that made Carrara famous

Michelangelo, Love and Death: A New Film Rediscovers His Art

Being one of the most celebrated artists of all times, as well as a leading figure of the Italian Renaissance, the great Michelangelo Buonarroti...

Gai’s Northwest Bakeries: A Seattle institution and baking powerhouse for more than 50 years

From Seattle’s finest dining establishments to the local McDonald’s, from grocery stores to the Space Needle Restaurant, Gai’s Northwest Bakeries was...

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