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When tradition becomes art: the Figli d’Arte Cuticchio and the world of the Opera dei Pupi

Art has a thousand shapes, a thousand colors, a thousand scents. There is no work of art that doesn’t run through more than one of our senses,...

Sardinia, where mythology and archaeology meet Nuraghi

What comes to your mind when you think of Sardinia ? Azure sea, sandy beaches, VIP resorts. If you are a bit more knowledgeable, your thoughts may...

Parole da salvare: a new way to protect and love the Italian language

According to the peoddddple at the Istituto Treccani — one of Italy’s most prestigious cultural institutions — there are 270,000 words in the Italian...

Tell me how you speak and I'll tell you who you are: Italy and the true beauty of dialects

My relationship with Piedmontese, the dialect of my region, has always been ambivalent. Growing up in a small rural community, I learned it without...

Ferrara, “la città del silenzio:” stories and curiosities of the first truly European city

Ferrara, loderò le tue vie piane/grandi come fiumane,/che conducono all’infinito chi va solo col suo pensiero ardente: I shall praise your flat...

Myths and legends of Italy Campania – Parthenope and the foundation of Naples

Vedi Napoli e poi mori , once you’ve seen Naples, you are free to die. It may sound unsettling at first, but whoever visited the city can testify it...

Italian men’s suits – why are they so special?

A debate on whether a man in a suit generates appeal might last a minute or two. The same debate on a man in an Italian suit would be over before I...

A Renaissance tradition becomes popular again: Florence and its buchette del vino

Florence’s streets are filled with secrets and curiosities: some of them are known to those into history and local legends, others are so obscure...

Italy’s lighthouses – new lights for old treasures

There seems to be a shared fascination with lighthouses the world over. These austere pillars of hope and guidance, most often planted on precarious...

The neglected gem of Italy’s heel: Bari

Puglia needs no special introduction. Its sea, the baroque grandeur of Lecce, its olive oil and fresh cheeses: all in the region of Italy’s “heel”...

Which side are you on? The many rivalries of Italy

The very fact you’re reading this article right now means you are or feel connected in some way to Italy and that you, very likely, love this amazing...

Guess who’s coming for dinner: did the Romans really make it to America?

We all know when and how the American continent was discovered — let us not delve into the unnerving diatribe about “discovering” vs “conquering”...

Tracing the origins of pasta

There are great love affairs that permeate the ages: Anthony and Cleopatra, Rhett and Scarlet, Samson and Delilah…Everyone and Pasta. There’s...
San Francisco and Assisi honor their first 50 years as Sister Cities

San Francisco-Assisi, the first 50 years as Sister Cities

San Francisco-Assisi, first 50 years as Sister's Cities

Viva ‘a tazzulella: Naples and her love story with coffee and tradition

The relationship between caffé and the city of Naples can only be called love. La tazzulella di caffé is the way Neapolitans welcome the day,...

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