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Celebrating National Italian American Heritage Month

Between 1820 and 1992 over five and a half million Italians left their homes to make new lives in the United States of America. They were following...
Glass artist in his workshop in Venice : making glass beads in traditional style.— Photo by Elf+11

The magical world of Venetian glass bead making

Murano glassmakers created Gallileo’s first telescope lenses. They decorated the palaces of Europe with their breathtaking chandeliers and glittering...
Saint Francis by Cimabue (Assisi1285-1288)

San Francesco of Assisi, the first environmentalist

As Italy prepares to commemorate its patron saint on October 4th, we’re reminded of his life’s work. Living in poverty, renouncing worldly goods and...
The legend of the Human Chess Game dates back to 1454 when Marostica belonged to the Venetian Republic. Crediti: PH STUDIO BOZZETTO

Check mate! Playing life sized chess in Marostica

Chess is a fascinating game of strategy, tactics and mental power. And nowhere is it played out on a grander scale than in Marostica, northern Italy...
The Regata Storica is a mix of historic ceremony, religion, tradition and racing. Photo by marchesini62

The Regata Storica, Venice’s historic water parade

Regattas have been popular in Venice since at least the 13th century when the first one was documented. And the water races probably date back much...
Juliet's story lives on in the center of the city at the old house believed to be the original seat of the House of Capulets

Happy birthday Juliet, Verona’s famous daughter

On the first weekend of September the wonderful, historic city of Verona, in northern Italy, celebrates a special birthday. The party sees singing,...
The piadina flat bread has been a staple of life in Romagna for centuries. Photographic Archive of the Province of Rimini

Discover Romagna’s ancient Piadina flatbread

The Romagnoli people have been eating piada or piadina flat bread for centuries. Indeed, it’s thought that the recipe might even date back to the...
The small covered bridge connects the magnificent Doge's Palace, home of the city's ruler and also the courts of justice with the damp, dark, dingy city "new prison" across the canal

Six Facts About the Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs in Venice is an iconic location. Tourists flock to take its picture, lovers and selfie sticks jostling for the best view. But few...
Wonderful aerial view of Piazza del Campo, Siena on a beautiful sunny day.— Photo by jovannig

Siena's Campo - The Most Beautiful Piazza in Italy

The gated city of Siena is unique for many reasons. It was one of Italy’s first democracies. It is the site of the historic Palio di Siena horse race...
Procida, beautiful and colorful island in the Mediterranean sea, near Naples, italy. View of La Corricella harbour.— Photo by ronnybas

Procida, the prettier little sister to Capri and Ischia

Forget Capri and Ischia. There is another island in the Gulf of Naples that’s a prettier and more authentically natural beauty just minutes away by...