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When transatlantic air travel resumes, the fishing village Sciacca might be the ideal base for trips into the interior and along the coastline of stunning Sicily. But even as the Covid-19 pandemic eases, the village is noteworthy for another reason: …

With its history connected to the mysterious Knights Templar, the walled village of Alberona could easily be used as the set for a neo-noir film. This atmospheric and depopulated Puglia borgo 30 minutes from Foggia would be perfect for an …

Its advanced culture and economy during the Renaissance made the Italian peninsula such a desirable place that it also became an ongoing theater of war. Italian soil became a laboratory for a continental struggle that embroiled the numerous, divided Italian …

In Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, Vladimir, one of the two main characters in the existential play, suggests that the voice of the dead makes a noise like wings, like sand, like feathers, like ashes. But each time Estragon, …

She was an amazing lady with the grace of a swan, yet strong-willed, independent, and resilient. A splendid role model like no other in Italy, Rita Levi-Montalcini (April 22, 1909 – December 30, 2012) was a Nobel Prize-winning neurologist and …

 If statues could talk, what stories would they tell? Massimiliano Finazzer Flory is a gifted playwright, director and actor who has been promoting Italian culture in the US for years. His new short film Ali Dorate – Golden Wings – …

Once the richest city in the world, famous for its seafaring prowess, Genoa’s glories are still very visible today, but not only in its many fine palazzos, medieval gates, austere churches, and renowned cuisine, impressive as those are. La Superba’s …

Though fashion industry’s titan and alleged Nazi spy Coco Chanel dismissed her rival Elsa Schiaparelli as “that Italian who makes clothes,” later couturiers recognized the stylist as one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. Schiaparelli — also …

In a small corner of Lunigiana, in the extreme north-western tip of Tuscany, lies a remarkable story bound up with the founding of a Wild West town in America. An area of outstanding natural beauty bordering the Apennines on the …

Goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg may have invented the movable-type printing press around 1450 in Meinz, Germany to create his monumental Bibles, but Venice is where the Printing Revolution began by giving the nascent industry a major push and changing men’s lives. …