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When we think about the quintessential Renaissance artist, thoughts – quite rightly – go almost immediately to Leonardo or Michelangelo, and only those with a passion for and some knowledge of art history would mention Benvenuto Cellini. But the Florentine goldsmith is …

Venezia is a jewel the entire world envies us. And while there may be other cities that live on water, there isn’t a place on Earth quite like her. Venezia doesn’t only strike for her beauty and her history, but also …

Aceto Balsamico di Modena is one of the most popular Italian products around the world. When I used to live abroad, in Northern Europe, I’d find it as an ingredient in a bit of everything from salad to sandwiches, and in …

In truth, it isn’t really their birthday we celebrate this August, but the 50th anniversary of their discovery. Since that day – it was the 16th of August 1972 – the Bronzi di Riace, perhaps the most famous classical statues in Italy, …

The Italian-American community has been paying tribute to actor Ray Liotta after his sudden death at age 67. Liotta, who died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic on May 26, has been fondly remembered, among many others, by fellow actors such …


For decades Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua has collaborated with iconic fashion designers, such as Valentino, Dior and Dolce & Gabbana. A venerable Venetian institution, the small family-run business inspired interior designers and decorators, including legendary Iris Apfel, who had furnished her New York …

What’s the most infamous family in Italian history? Well, the Borgias, of course. Of Spanish origin, the Borgias were known for two things, their power, and their immorality, even though the latter has been largely constructed in the centuries after their …

Napoletana, Romana and al taglio. Margherita, capricciosa and quattro stagioni: of course, we are talking about pizza. But while these varieties are known across the globe, they are far from being the only ones, and I am not only speaking about toppings. If it’s true that pizza is …

Narni – Is this Umbrian town the real inspiration for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe?  Long before we’d ever heard about Harry what’s-his-name, lovers of fantasy adventure have been whisked away to magical lands through C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the …

Venezia è unica, there isn’t a place in the world like Venice. But some corners of Italy are blessed with similar allure, if not with the same grandeur and majesty: Comacchio is one of such corners. This town of about 23,000 is located …


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