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I am an odd Italian coffee lover: I started drinking it when I was in my twenties, spending my youngest years in worship of the more exotic world of teas. I still like tea, but coffee… coffee is a different …

The Italian minister for foreign affairs, commonly known as “Farnesina” after the name of the building where it has its see, has recently launched a hashtag dedicated to the work of Italian embassies around the world and, more widely, to …

Yes, indeed. Italian cities in the world. But not the way you think. The next paragraphs are not dedicated to the many cities around the globe with large Italian communities, but rather to those founded by Italians outside of Italy’s …

Think of Milan during the months of the Expo. Think of the incredible amount of food produced and consumed on its premises. Think also of the equally large amount of food wasted: if you made some extra cash working the …

Most of you probably know him better as “Chef Boyardee,” the name and face behind a popular brand of Italian style canned foods.  Established in 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio, by brothers Ettore, Mario and Paul, “Chef Boyardee” (spelled phonetically to …

Thinking of Italian explorers means thinking chiefly of three names: Cristoforo Colombo, Marco Polo and Amerigo Vespucci. Of course, there are many other famous men of adventures hailing from the Bel Paese, like Antonio Pigafetta, who travelled with Magellan to …

Everyone knows Mount Rushmore, with its iconic representations of four of the most important presidents of US history: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, F.D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. As a child, I remember being fascinated by their stoney, gigantic faces and …

A handful of days ago British company Tiziana Life acquired some very important Italian stuff: genes. Let me explain you better: Tiziana Life bought a genetic databank containing DNA samples of 13.000 inhabitants of the Ogliastra region, in the South …

From Queen Elizabeth II to restaurateurs in the L.A. area, everyone offers support to the people hit by last week’s deadly earthquake. The tragic events of last week’s earthquake in central Italy touched the minds and hearts of a large …

Not many may know it, but musicians of Italian descent left an indelible mark in the history of Jazz. Jazz, the rebellious lovechild of ragtime and blues, of spirituals and traditional American ballads, has also Italian blood running in its …