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Tell me how you speak and I'll tell you who you are: Italy and the true beauty of dialects

My relationship with Piedmontese, the dialect of my region, has always been ambivalent. Growing up in a small rural community, I learned it without...

Getting paid to start a business? Yes, if you do it in Molise

How many of you are familiar with Molise? Probably not many, to be honest. And it’s a real pity, because this tiny region at the heart of the Bel...

The neglected gem of Italy’s heel: Bari

Puglia needs no special introduction. Its sea, the baroque grandeur of Lecce, its olive oil and fresh cheeses: all in the region of Italy’s “heel”...

Guess who’s coming for dinner: did the Romans really make it to America?

We all know when and how the American continent was discovered — let us not delve into the unnerving diatribe about “discovering” vs “conquering”...

Viva ‘a tazzulella: Naples and her love story with coffee and tradition

The relationship between caffé and the city of Naples can only be called love. La tazzulella di caffé is the way Neapolitans welcome the day,...

From the Romans to Murano: the colorful world of murina glass as you have never seen it

The purity and beauty of Venetian glass is known worldwide: a precious and ancient tradition that speaks of quality, beauty, elegance and creativity...

A family’ s fairytale and rediscovering one’s roots: The Seven Golden Apples and Robert Cirillo’s journey into his own Italian heritage.

Every child grows up with a favorite fairytale and it’s not always a polished Disney iteration of some traditional story nor, in fact, a classic like...

Carretti Siciliani: the young faces of an ancient tradition

I think that speaking with an artist is always, always an honor. And for this reason, I was truly delighted and — I must admit — quite excited, by...
Embrace the Italian in you: 5 things to do and feel more Italian than ever!

Embrace the Italian in you: 5 things to do and feel more Italian than ever!

T o be honest with you, I think Italians and Americans have plenty of things in common: big hearts and lovely smiles, to begin with, but also an...
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When Tuscany was called Etruria: Sovana and the Vie Cave trails

T he Etruscans are one of the most fascinating pre-Roman civilizations but, puzzlingly, also one of those we know the least about: the real Etruscan...

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