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Women History Month: let’s not forget the real face and heart of Italian women

Italian celebrations for International Women’s Day are, usually, rather cliché: journalists and TV hosts become experts of women history and...

The new secret of Alba White Truffle

The Alba White Truffle is an old acquaintance of mine. Actually, is much more than that, is a real childhood friend. Born and bred on the luscious...

From Piemonte to Veneto, the odd tradition to get cheese “drunk”

My region, Piem The history of this cheese, formaggio ubriaco in Italian, which means “drunk cheese,” originates from the regions of Veneto and...

East meets West in Italy’s 2018 Capital of Culture

For some reason, I like to compare cities to beautiful female figures: Turin, which I know very well, is an elegant and haughty princess with a knack...

Following an old melody: music at the times of Ancient Rome

As usual, Cicero is illuminating: “a life without music is like a body without its soul.” There’s an undeniable truth in his words the people of his...

Secret Italy: a voyage through the mysterious and the unknown of the peninsula

From North to South, from East to West, Italy is a beautiful chest filled with mysterious treasures. Bones of dragons and alchemic doors, secret...

Secret Italy: a voyage through the mysterious and the unknown of the peninsula

The nature of mystery is manyfold and there is certainly more to it than supernatural events, haunted locations and unsolved murders. Mystery,...

Carnevale and its thousand faces

When I was a child, Carnevale was the occasion to don some improbable outfit, usually involving satin gowns and glitter or, depending on the mood of...

Turin offers us a “bicerin”of tradition

While I write, I’m sitting in my own house in the hills of the Langhe, a good feet of snow outside. It’s that time of the year when the scent of...

La Vucciria, mirror to Palermo’s soul

Photography is an incredible versatile form of visual expression, yet there are instances when only painters, with their brushes, charcoals and...

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