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It wasn’t always the Romans: Italians before Romulus and Remus

Rome, caput mundi and glorious mother of western civilization, wasn’t the first power to rule over the peninsula. Naturally enough, a lot happened...

Knocking on Italy’s door: Spotlight on Basilicata’s local identity

A beautiful article appeared a while back on the renowned pages of the New York Times. It was an incredibly entertaining and informative account of...

Botteghiamo, Rome and the soul of Italian heritage

Today, I feel like to write about Rome and Italian heritage, but for once - our regular readers may be aware of my penchant for classical history - I...

Retiring in Italy: it may no longer be only a dream

Regardless of their age, Italians have one huge preoccupation these days: retiring. With income taxes among the highest in Europe and pensions often...

The last lighthouse keeper at Punta Carena

The lighthouse, a mysterious and poetic place, cherished by artists and writers: Virginia Woolf set one of her most popular novels, To the Lighthouse...

The heart and soul of Naples: history and poetry of the Quartieri Spagnoli

“Napule è mille culure, Napule è mille paure, Napule è a voce d’ ‘e creature che saglie chiano chianu e tu saje ca nun si sulo:” Naples is a thousand...

Venice locks up its gates to tourists: is this really the right solution?

A couple of weeks ago, we learnt about Florence, right on these pages, right off the pen - well, keyboard - or yours truly. Today, is Venice to...

Is Florence declaring war to street food?

This is what many came to think, when the Florence city council emitted an ordinance, which took effect on September 4 and will last until January 6...

Is Italy still dreaming the American Dream?

America: its name alone has been enough to bring a sparkle in the eye of several generations of young Italians. A sparkle of hope, initially: hope...

Cinema in Venice: why is the Festival del Cinema di Venezia so different?

When summer passes the torch of seasons to fall and people start getting back into their routines after weeks at the beach, Italy enjoys one last...

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