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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...
The magic atmosphere of Sovana © Ermess | Dreamstime.com

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...

A day in the life of … A Renaissance chef

Being a chef in the Renaissance wasn’t as you would imagine: restaurants as we know them today didn’t exist and the only people who could afford to...
Members of the Arciconfraternita del Carmine

Faith, tradition, identity: Easter as the symbol of Italy’s own heritage

For Christian Catholics, Holy Week is the most spiritually pregnant moment of the year, even more than Christmastime. But in Italy, this is a time...

Mystery and history of art merge together in the Sola Busca tarots

A solitary woman dressed in dark regal hues, her fingers adorned with topazes and opals, a voice as deep and smooth as the softest of velvets. She...

A day in the life of… Gladiators

Gladiators: the stars of the ancient Roman world: but it’s not gold all that glitters. Before Pompeii and Hercolaneum were rediscovered by...

Celebrating Italy: Italian design day brings the beauty of Italian cities around the world

This year, the 20th of March was not only the last day of Winter: it also celebrated the innovative beauty of Italian design around the world. The...

I’ll give you my two cents. The diatribe over the Fontana di Trevi coins

Visiting the Fontana di Trevi, turning your back at it and throw a nickel into its waters, with the hope of coming back, one day, to Rome, the most...

Is Italy ready to stop cooking?

When it comes to food, Italy remains traditional to its core. Don’t get me wrong: the country has long embraced international cuisine and has...

Get healthy with Nonna: traditional Italian remedies for everyday’s ailments

When your grandparents bring you up, getting cured with peculiar medical remedies is as natural as getting double portions on your dinner plate...