La vita italiana

La Bocca della Verità: sounds rather ominous, don’t you think? If you look at it, all stone, stern eyes and wide, gaping mouth, the sense of dread is even stronger. The famous classical times’ “lie detector” was probably, in origin, …

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, …

Who doesn’t love pizza? Yes, of course, Italian cuisine is much more varied, but there are certain times when you can’t beat a good slice: a Saturday night out and about with friends, an evening in front of the TV …

Exactly one year ago Italy first, then the US found themselves in the eye of a storm caused by a new, incredibly contagious virus.  We were hit by a wave of fear. Thick clouds forced us inside our homes, incredulous: …

I’ve recently come across an article published by Business Insider,  then proposed in Italian on the turismo.it website. In it, ten things about Italy that shock foreigners are listed. Curious, I scrolled the article and began wondering: how do I …

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 …

When I used to live in Liguria, there was a place I loved particularly. It wasn’t a beach, nor a promenade, as you may expect, perhaps, in a region known for its seaside beauty. It was a convent. In Loano, …

I was born and I grew up in one of the most picturesque corners of rural Italy. Up north, tucked away at the feet of the Alps, hills were my childhood home, mountains the first thing I’d see in the …

Delightful mandolino is a symbol of Neapolitan culture and music that, outside of Italy, came to symbolize the Bel Paese as a whole. Almost two centuries of migration towards all corners of the world, especially of people coming from the …

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 …