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“Lumi in aria,” lights in the air: expression of art and beauty

Since the beginning of time, light has been a recurrent symbol in Christianity and, from a liturgical point of view, it refers directly to God. Light...

Scirocco and Wind Rose markers in St Peter's Square

When Juno, Queen of Olympus, needed to vent her spleen, she visited Aeolus, god of the winds, on his draughty island off Sicily. Juno was outraged...

Venice locks up its gates to tourists: is this really the right solution?

A couple of weeks ago, we learnt about Florence, right on these pages, right off the pen - well, keyboard - or yours truly. Today, is Venice to...

Italian Heritage Month: Celebrating the History of our Roots

Every time the month of October rolls around, many people think about the change of the seasons, from summer to now true fall. The holidays are just...

60 years of Milanese style: the touch that drives an industry

Sometimes clothes tell me about humanity more than philosophers, scholars or gurus. I love fashion, and if you want to live and breathe fashion, you...

Sant’Eustachio: Pasquino hunts for coffee

Outside Caffé Sant’Eustachio students and cabbies, bankers and brokers, pundits and senators sip espresso and mock the news. Starbucks, the US coffee...

San Leo: soaring fortress, a soothsayer and a saint

Rimini has attracted a crowd in August since time immemorial. The internationally renowned summer holiday destination on la Riviera Romagnola is...

Cinema in Venice: why is the Festival del Cinema di Venezia so different?

When summer passes the torch of seasons to fall and people start getting back into their routines after weeks at the beach, Italy enjoys one last...

Marcello Mastroianni, La Dolce Vita and much more at Cinema Italia SF this September

When he entered the legendary gates of Cinecittà for the first time, Marcello Mastroianni was only 11. Nevertheless, his entire life as an actor was...

Finally… the fall: a trip through Italy, following autumnal traditions

It’s only the 2nd of September, today, yet the sounds and scents of summer seem far. The weather has been helping to get into the mood, treating us...

Mystical allure of scenic Scanno

A slice of paradise was created by a landslide at Mt. Rava a thousand years ago, forming Lake Scanno, a heart-shaped mountain lake 1,050 meters above...

A walk through the streets of a diverse Rome

More than sixty years ago the Italian writer and painter, Carlo Levi, wrote a series of essays about Rome that were published posthumously. These...

When life should mirror food: eating and living with Italian gusto

Saying that food, in Italy, is more than simple nutrition means stating the obvious: years and years of Sunday lunches and holiday feasts at nonna’s...

The legendary history of l’Isola Tiberina, the heart of Rome

Water: the locus where the world of the seen and the unseen meet, the origin of life, the strongest of protection against enemies, the most melodious...

Ferragosto, the traditional Italian mid-summer feast

The exodus begins in early August. Factories in the Tiburtina Valley grind to a halt. Executives abandon EUR’s corporate offices. Shops on Via del...

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