Heritage

The Beati Paoli are, perhaps, the most mysterious citizens of Palermo, so mysterious we don’t even know if they existed. For more than five centuries, their name and the legend surrounding it has permeated the streets of Sicily’s capital, with …

The Roman army is legendary: whether you think of Caesar’s Republican days or the greatness of the Empire, its strength, prowess, organization are not only known among classicists and military historians, but also among common people, used to the centurions …

The Poor Clare Sisters of the Monastery of Turi – beautiful, with its cloister and annexed Saint Clare Church – have considered prayer and work a holy blessing, living in full harmony with Saint Clare rule and Saint Benedict’s Ora …

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 …

My great uncle was a painter. Class 1918, the youngest of three, he had blond hair and the looks – I am told – of an old Hollywood actor. Left-handed and extraordinarily talented, he had always been an artist at …

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 …

Buon compleanno, Venezia. I know, you’d never thought to have such a birthday. No tourists in town and your — not many — residents locked inside. I have the impression you enjoyed your 1500 years celebrations, back in 1921, better, …

In Italy, Easter comes a close second in the list of most loved celebrations after, needless to say, Natale. Both rooted in religious tradition, they are the apotheosis of Italian spirituality, heritage and, of course, food.  Easter is a movable …

Located on the westernmost corner of the country, the region of Piedmont is mostly known for its wines and food. Motherland to internationally known Barolo, Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo, and of some of Italy’s most delicious cheeses — especially if …

If you read us regularly, you are definitely familiar with Pasquino, the talking statue located near Piazza Navona that, through his invectives, satires and commentaries  (the famous Pasquinate) — all rigorously seasoned with a hefty dose of humor —  outlined …