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The stunning Amalfi coastline might be one of Italy’s most recognized landscapes. A spectacularly clear sea laps at the shore of one picturesque town after the other, each a tumble of pastel buildings and majolica tiled church domes arranged like …

When we think of Italian history, thoughts fly to Rome and the Renaissance, certainly not to the very early centuries – or should we say, millennia – of Humankind’s own existence, prehistory.  To put it very simply, we tend to draw …

Got your attention, right? Thought so! Well, listen up. If you are keen on not only learning how to invest in a solid holiday rental in Italy but letting it generate a passive income so it pays for your holidays …

In truth, it isn’t really their birthday we celebrate this August, but the 50th anniversary of their discovery. Since that day – it was the 16th of August 1972 – the Bronzi di Riace, perhaps the most famous classical statues in Italy, …

Every Italian school child knows that “the fathers of the Italian language are Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarca, and Giovanni Boccaccio.” Indeed, these are three giants of our literature, so much so that they are probably familiar even to people who …

It is the longest river in Italy and it gives the name to one of its richest areas, the Pianura Padana,  but the Po, especially for the people who live along its banks, from Piemonte to Emilia Romagna, it’s much more than that. It’s …

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There’s a plethora of articles out there on what not to do to avoid self-proclamation of “I’m a tourist!” when visiting Italy. Much of it is worthy advice…unless you prefer sticking out. However, many of these eye-openers for the stranieri …

Not everyone knows that the famous American novelist Michael Connelly, thriller author and creator of the literary detective Harry Bosch, is a regular customer at the historic Musso & Frank restaurant in Hollywood. His only request? Being able to sit and sip …

At the Metropolitan Museum in New York, there are two perfect copies of the Bronzi di Riace. Actually, no: they are just like they were when they had been made. First of all, they are in colors, rejuvenated, free from all those …

Italy is a country where cheese is king. So much so, we kind of fight with our cousins, the French, to decide who loves cheese more. Truth is, both countries do. Cheese is more than something you use to add flavor to …

This June, as nearly 7,000 students received diplomas from the University of Washington, two young Italian women were among those who celebrated.  Valentina Iseppi and Carmela Pappalardo are not just new degree-holders. They are also elite athletes, rowers who have competed on both national …

We can learn a lot from history. These days’ incredible heat clearly demonstrates that climate change is an undeniable reality: it isn’t going to happen, it’s happening already. We no longer need Greta, we have the Marmolada glacier and its …

Connections between sister cities can be expressed in different ways – student exchange programs, touring art exhibits, or in the case of Spokane and its sister city of Cagli, public sculptures on permanent display. Last fall, Spokane celebrated its newest sister city relationship …

Fun yet functional, stylish yet sexy. You can’t get much more Italian than a Vespa.  Now scooter lovers in Western Washington have the inside track when it comes to buying the latest Vespa models, thanks to South Sound Scooters in Tacoma – the state’s only …

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