LIFE & PEOPLE

On the first of July,  the EU took yet another step towards “normality,” opening up its borders to 15 countries outside of the Union, without enforcing any quarantine procedure. Traveling among states member had already begun in early June, allowing …

As soon as I boarded my flight home, I was scheming and plotting on how to return, how to get myself back to this enchanting land that had captured my heart. That first experience in Italy left an indelible mark …

Statues are a model, an homage,  a memento memoriae, a monument, a vestige of the past, and  also a symbol to protest against and tear down. It all depends on the historical moment we live in, on the baggage we …

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 …

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 …

Some artists write history, define styles. True King Midas, they transform into gold everything they touch. They do leave a mark in life. Ennio Morricone only needed seven notes. Notes that, on the pentagram, would become poetry, vibration of the …

 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 – …

The late Anthony Bourdain notoriously said once that pasta cacio  e pepe “could be the greatest thing in the history of the world.” And how could you say he was wrong?  I still remember the first time I had a …

Gucci. Even if the name doesn’t immediately conjure up images of iconic green and red wide stripe motifs on everything from watches to leggings to luggage, unquestionably the name is instantly recognized by most anyone tuned into high end fashion.  …

When  he received the Oscar, Ennio Morricone said: “I consider this prize as a point of  departure, not of arrival.” Probably we should all embrace the spirit of this man, a true Italian  icon, a maestro  who “has been and …