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You say “focaccia” and “Liguria,” and thoughts go immediately to Genova and its olive oil-rich culinary icon, la focaccia genovese. However, Ligurians know well there is also that “other” focaccia, the one from Recco, which is just as lovely and delightful.  Focaccia …

Think about Brunelleschi’s cupola, in Florence, think about its color… that rich, beautiful orangey-red, so vibrant and clean, so vivid against the blue skies of a terse winter day. Well, that color is all down to Impruneta terracotta.  Impruneta, set in …

I’ll be honest, there aren’t many artists in the world of photography who manage to capture the essence of a moment as evocatively as Marco Secchi. A maestro with the camera, Marco’s journey in photography began when he was a …

With its history, culture, and culinary delights, Italy knows how to embrace the magic of Christmas like few other places in the world and here, just like everywhere else in the world, the holiday season is a time of joy, …

When it comes to food, every region—and every family, to be honest!—has its own traditions, especially at Christmas. Minestra maritata and pasta al forno in Naples, canederli in Trentino-Alto Adige, tortellini in brodo a bit everywhere: the variety and choice …

A few years ago, a study revealed a significant insight into Italians’ sense of identity, when it discovered they overwhelmingly consider their language as the most crucial factor defining national identity. The essence of this revelation lies in the discovery of of …

La Scala’s premiere of Don Carlo and its alignment with UNESCO’s recognition of Italian opera singing as a cultural treasure perfectly sets the stage to explore the incredible history of opera in Italy: emerging from the artistic fervor of the Renaissance, opera singing …

In Naples, the Christmas season is marked by a delightful array of sweets, with roccocò standing out as a traditional favorite. These treats, which share the spotlight with other popular festive delights like struffoli, raffioli, mostaccioli, and susamielli, are essential to the festive atmosphere in Neapolitan homes.  …

In the teeming markets and cobbled streets of Ancient Rome, where the thrum of the empire pulsed strongest, two women carved their names into the annals of commerce and industry, challenging the era’s traditional gender roles. Back then, societal norms largely …

Discovering little-known gems in my own country has become a bit of a hobby: I’ve been making a list, and I am planning to start visiting them this spring. First of all, traveling is fun, and then… who knows, they …