Culture

A glass of Italian red: who hasn’t relaxed after a long day at work with one? Italian wines are the epitome of quality and versatility, of tradition and elegance: this is not only because of the work and skills of …

Nero, a  madman! Popular belief — and many a “sword-and-sandal” classics — convinced us all the red-haired son of Agrippina the Younger and last Emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty was far from sane,  but is this the historical truth? Born …

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We are between 1547 and 1555. Michelangelo sculpts the Pietà in a single large block of white marble. It depicts the Virgin and Mary Magdalene receiving the body of Christ, deposed from the cross by the elderly Nicodemus. Buonarroti, in …

Even during the hardest times, there is something that never changes in Italy: we have plenty of pasta in the larder: it’s cheap, versatile, and makes everyone happy. When the country went into lockdown for the first time, in March …

The country has taken yet another small step towards normality, with the celebration of the Carnevale di Viareggio, after the cancellation of the 2020 edition because of Covid-19. While times are still difficult across the globe, the rise in the …

Filled pasta is a tradition in Italy, but how many varieties do we have? Tortellini, cappelletti, ravioli. Tortelli, tortelloni and agnolotti… Every region seems to use different names and has different varieties, so let’s make some order in this inextricable …

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Look, if you really want to insult an Italian man, look no further than the word cornuto. While it sounds pretty innocuous in English, where it means “horned,” it is the ultimate swear word to throw at your male enemies …

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Seeing the words “Michelangelo” and “forgery” in the same sentence isn’t perhaps that surprising: in 500 years, there have definitely been people who tried to imitate the masterful hand of Italy’s most celebrated artist. Picturing Michelangelo as a forger, however, …

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This year, La Serenissima turned 1600, and she carries her age well. According to tradition and historical sources, Venice was founded in 421 AD: it’s the Chronicon Altinate,  a chronicle dating from the 11th century, that tells us. Of course, …

Every time I read about Rome’s underground archeological world, I always think about what Romans often say: “Wherever you dig in the city, you’ll find something interesting.” It’s true: there’s a whole city under the city, in Rome: catacombs, ancient …