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A century ago this month, on the 2nd of August 1921, legendary tenor Enrico Caruso died. Born and departed in Naples, his life was, however, profoundly American: performer at the Metropolitan Opera House – he went on stage 607 times …

Matera is likely the most well known and visited of Italy’s cities carved into stone, but it’s far from being the only one. The Basilicata beauty has experienced a cultural Renaissance in recent years, also thanks to its role of …

“No poem was ever written by a drinker of water” ~ Horace Rome, the beloved Eternal City, has contributed much to the modern world. Think about it: architectural innovation, models of governing, roadways, the Julian calendar, amazing art, cement…the list …

Italy is blessed with a good climate all over. Even the colder North tends to have a good few weeks of enjoyable warmer weather in the summer,  and the presence of the sea on three out of four sides of …

Until the beginning of 2020, Giacomo Gorini‘s specialty at the Jenner Institute in Oxford was to isolate monoclonal antibodies, dealing specifically with malaria. When the pandemic disrupted our lives, the young Italian researcher was asked to join the group that, …

I can recall more than one incident of tap-tapping my foot on Italian pavement, repeatedly checking my watch as an exasperated sigh escaped my lips. The orario (schedule) said the train was to depart at 13.15 – where is it? …

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Migration is an expansive concept with many applications and gradations of meaning. For some, the word is closely tied with parents or grandparents immigrating to the United States from Italy or another country. Others attuned to the natural world think …

The Festival Napa Valley reopened its door in the beautiful wine country after the interruption caused by the pandemic last year. Together with local artists, the programming brought one of the most representative Italian ballet dancers, Roberto Bolle, to California. …

Leonardo da Vinci was a remarkable genius, a man of far-reaching and extraordinary talents. Although we often think of him as an artist, he produced only about 20 paintings before he died in 1519. The majority of his career was …

Did my use of “rules” and “Italian” in one sentence cause a second glance? Other than keeping that left lane on the Autostrada open for high-speed designer cars, or maybe dutifully respecting the ZTL signs (Zona Traffico Limitato) that come …

According to Vogue, green is the trendiest color for the 2021-22  fall-winter season. We are all invited to feel comfortable with a nuance we would “usually” associate to spring. Maybe it’s  because we are all somehow waiting for a renaissance, …

Sometimes, we take everything for granted, because we don’t ask ourselves the simplest questions. This year’s Olympics have been troubled: first they were postponed, then heavily contested in their organizing country, because of the many difficulties and fears brought by …

Starting a new job in the middle of the pandemic has been tough for many. Needless to say, it is as hard if that means moving overseas to take on the role as new Consul General. Consul General of Italy, …

One, two, three lives, across many wine regions and the motherland. Simply put, Lorenzo Forbice is “the man who removes smoke taint from wine after fire seasons.” However, his life has been much more than wine. After an early career …

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