All Around Italy

Beautiful Ustica, an isle that enriched New Orleans and San Francisco 

It was the eve of a fervent celebration planned for the Feast Day of Saint Joseph in 1906 when an earthquake struck the island of Ustica some 72...

Porto Empedocle: Andrea Camilleri sure to live on through Inspector Montalbano

I met Andrea Camilleri twice in Milan at the Hotel Manin in the late ’90s. The Sicilian literary phenomenon was not a kid at the time. He was already...

Two sites along the Adriatic shore visited by angels

The Adriatic coast of Italy is one with many secrets, among which two sites that have been visited by angels of all stripes: some of them have...

Isola delle Femmine, where the majesty of ‘Joltin’ Joe’ DiMaggio lives on

“ Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you,” Simon and Garfunkel sang in their 1960s song Mrs. Robinson. Baseball...
The magic atmosphere of Sovana © Ermess | Dreamstime.com

When Tuscany was called Etruria: Sovana and the Vie Cave trails

T he Etruscans are one of the most fascinating pre-Roman civilizations but, puzzlingly, also one of those we know the least about: the real Etruscan...

Ferrazzano: Giovanni Di Niro and the toiling Molisans who made America great

Though ancient, the aerie of Ferrazzano has survived unspoiled into the 21st century. The medieval village of Samnite origin also gave birth to actor...

Has getting a $1 house in Italy just become easier?

Our readers may remember we did tackle the subject before: there are homes for sale in Italy for just 1 euro. Mind, the news made it big in the US,...
Members of the Arciconfraternita del Carmine

Faith, tradition, identity: Easter as the symbol of Italy’s own heritage

For Christian Catholics, Holy Week is the most spiritually pregnant moment of the year, even more than Christmastime. But in Italy, this is a time...

Celebrating an unusual Italian Easter

Chocolate eggs are stacked high in supermercati, Colomba dove cakes decorate pasticcerie windows and lambs are being made ready for the dining table...

The story of lorighittas, the Sardinian pasta only women can make

Sardinia, cradle of history and special traditions, holds within also plenty of culinary secrets. Let’s ideally travel to the west of the island. We...

Gravina in Puglia, a nexus of antiquity, superstition and hopeful innovation

Deep-rooted cultural and religious rituals are resplendent in Gravina in Puglia , an ancient town sitting timelessly beside one of the many karst...

When Italy becomes Middle Earth: the strange mystery of Ravenna and how a map tells us it inspired Tolkien

I’m not a great fan of the fantasy genre — exception made for a recently discovered love for the Harry Potter saga: yes, I know. I come about 20...

Ortisei: The heavenly mountain peaks of Giorgio Moroder

Magical things happen on mountain peaks. Sometimes they can give birth to gods. The sublime, monumental and spectacular landscapes of Italy’s...

Carnevale can save us: a naughty elf, Venice and why a smile is the key of Italy’s traditions

A masked parade on the waters of Venice’s canals. The Doge’s ball. Thousands of masks walking around the city. From the party on the Rio del...

I’ll give you my two cents. The diatribe over the Fontana di Trevi coins

Visiting the Fontana di Trevi, turning your back at it and throw a nickel into its waters, with the hope of coming back, one day, to Rome, the most...