LIFE & PEOPLE

In recent years, overtourism has become a significant concern for many iconic locations worldwide, with several Italian cities at the forefront of this challenge. Picturesque landscapes and rich cultural heritage draw millions to our shores each year, but the surge …

You’re taking a leisurely stroll in the city center of Milan, Italy’s capital of elegance and fashion, when you notice people spinning on a mosaic: what on earth is going on, you wonder.  The answer is simple: you’re seeing people …

Numerous pages have been written about the migrations of Sicilians to other countries in search of a better future, among which we remember Heart in the Abyss (published by Gastaldi in 1949) by Nino Di Maria, a native of Sommatino …

Although many Sicilians have left their homeland over the past century and a half in search of a better future, they certainly haven’t forgotten it. They’ve integrated well into new countries, cities, and communities, often achieving successful careers and earning …

April 1982 marked the beginning of theArtichoke Festival in an area of about 700 hectares dedicated to artichoke cultivation. Now, 42 years later, the festival remains a reflection of the dedication of the residents of Cerda (Palermo), who have a …


Green, yellow, brown—these colors embrace you as you stroll through the countryside of Puglia. The eye is drawn to vivid hues under a brilliant sun: if you look closely, you can see the furrowed brows of those kissed by hard …

I recently read an article by Georgia Konidari on the blog World Wide Schooling about the biggest culture shocks Americans face in Europe, and it got me thinking about how these cultural differences play out in Italy. Needless to say, …

As soon as you set foot in an Italian trattoria, there’s a good chance your gaze will lock with a showy, colorful, eye-catching rooster…just the way any rooster worth its salt would want. But this fellow is not looking for …

Nobel Laureate in Physics and father of long-distance radio transmission  Guglielmo Marconi, was born on April 25, 1874, in Bologna. Italy began celebrating his 150th birthday last week. There is no need to explain why Marconi is important for the …

Leonardo da Vinci’s map of Imola is a remarkable historical artifact as well as a symbol of the innovative developments in cartography during the Renaissance. Created for Cesare Borgia, this map represents a pivotal moment in the evolution of mapping …


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