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In an earlier period, Western medieval literary texts were anonymous. Stories and tales were not meant to have an author; they would circulate anonymously. Even centuries later, several writers had their books published under a pen name or still anonymously. …

It is so blazing hot in Italy this August — an anticyclone dubbed Lucifer swept across the country — that you want to lie forever on the magic, wild beaches of Maratea, the so-called “Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea.” In …

You can hike for miles in the mountainous Sila plateau through dark woods of pine trees dripping with lichen and moss. With the help of a local guide, you can watch for wolves, boars, and deer as you follow streams, …

Nothing is more classic Italian than a plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce sprinkled with parmesan cheese. It is the premier Italian dish, especially in the eyes of foreigners who don’t know many other Italian recipes.  In general, pasta is …

At age 9, Silvio Falato, now a retired professor of classics from Guardia Sanframondi, wrote an essay on his village that sounds like a love letter. The intro says: “There, it clings to the ruins of an ancient castle almost …

When legendary silent film star Rudolph Valentino died at age 31 on August 23, 1926 in New York City from a perforated ulcer, the announcement sparked scenes of mass hysteria. A hundred thousand mourners lined up the streets outside the funeral home, …

Right at the top of the boot, an aristocratic frontier city lies on a narrow strip of land between the Adriatic Sea and Slovenia. Trieste‘s unique history as a hub for global cultural and commercial exchanges unveils a secret, haunted …

Bulgari‘s high jewelry collections are magnificent pieces of cultural significance. For 137 years, the Rome-based luxury house as the master of colored gemstones, diamonds, and details has created an instantly recognizable aesthetic that brought sparkle to la dolce vita, Hollywood …

Montalto Uffugo is an ancient town in eastern Calabria that offers a gratifying choice for travelers looking for a lesser-known destination with abiding cultural clout in the region.  Its historic center sits on five hills facing the Tyrrhenian Sea, while downstream …

For decades Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua has collaborated with iconic fashion designers, such as Valentino, Dior and Dolce & Gabbana. A venerable Venetian institution, the small family-run business inspired interior designers and decorators, including legendary Iris Apfel, who had furnished her New York …