Giulia Franceschini

Saint Peter’s is Rome and  Rome is Saint Peter’s: the connection between the city and the most famous church in Italy is so deeply rooted we tend to forget that, technically, the basilica and its cupolone are not in Rome …

Blessed with one of the most beautiful languages, Italy is also home to a plethora of linguistic minorities, twelve to be precise, across fourteen regions, with almost three million speakers. The Occitan linguistic minority of the Alpine valleys of Piedmont …

The Lacryma Christi  is a wine from the Campania region of Italy produced in the area of Mount Vesuvius. Indeed, it is also known as  Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio.  It holds a DOC denomination, which means only when produced in …

Citing Queen Elizabeth II, 2020 has truly been an annus horribilisfor the world. During its last days, perhaps moved by the necessity of feeling hopeful for the future, we’ve all begun planning about our 2021 as if it could be …

Up to the second post-war period, Italy was a largely rural country, with an economy rooted in agriculture and a lifestyle that had remained virtually unchanged for centuries for the vast majority of its citizens.  Since then, however, things changed …

You are certainly familiar with it, the curnicello, or cornetto, that red chili pepper Neapolitans use to attract good luck and be protected by evil forces, or malocchio, as they call it. Found often on market stalls,  it has become …

If you read us regularly, you know we wrote about buchette del vinobefore, but we must talk about them again, because these little quirky masonry wonders went  from being a rediscovered trend, as we reported a couple of years ago, …

Yes, again:  it’s his year,  in the end, expect to share few more morning coffees or relaxing evening aperitivi with him through our pages in the next few months. You see, it’s easy to think about him as some boring …

Italians love cooking and eating: this is a truth as scientific as water boiling at 100C and gravity keeping us anchored to the earth. Each one of us has a favorite dish and a favorite recipe, and I am sure …

We usually say that America is a melting pot of cultures and races, but did you know that, according to  genetic research, Italy may be just as varied? The study was carried out by a team of researchers from Rome’s …