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Pasquetta, an Italian tradition

Pasquetta, an Italian tradition for Easter Monday

The Pasquetta day has historical and religious significance: indeed, Italian Catholics call it Lunedì dell' Angelo which is meant to remember the...

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...

The delicious world of Valle d’Aosta

Valle d’Aosta: “heaven for men, purgatory for women, hell for mules,” but certainly delicious for our palates! Among mountains and castles, up there...

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...

Micam, the miraculous beauty of Italian shoes

Creative footwear is an essential part of designer collections in Milan. As a shoe obsessive, I attended Micam, Europe’s biggest footwear trade show...

The myth of Leonardo da Vinci: five hundred years of mystery and geniality

This, more than any other before, is the year of Leonardo da Vinci, as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of his death, which took place in Amboise (...

Is Italy ready to stop cooking?

When it comes to food, Italy remains traditional to its core. Don’t get me wrong: the country has long embraced international cuisine and has...

L’ultima Danza: Pasquino attends a ball

For ten days in December, a scirocco paralyzed Rome. Traders, oblivious to a rise in corn, moped around the Triton Fountain in Piazza Barberini...

AirBnB: can it repopulate the Italian countryside?

You’re young, smart and hold a prestigious degree: the world is at your feet! Or not, because employment opportunities are meagre and you’re still...

Three Tuscan “P” excursions not to miss

After all the fabulous exhibits one can see in the heart of Florence, it is possible that a little fresh air in the countryside might just be the...

Volterra and alabaster: More than 3,000 years of art in stone

The beautiful walled city of Volterra, an ancient Etruscan town some 45 miles southwest of Florence, is famous for its well-preserved medieval...

Italian inventions: the utilitarian table fork, once a “scandalous” innovation

In most western households, forks are a basic part of a table setting — unless you’re all eating is soup. The relationship Italians have with the...

It wasn’t always the Romans: Italians before Romulus and Remus

Rome, caput mundi and glorious mother of western civilization, wasn’t the first power to rule over the peninsula. Naturally enough, a lot happened...

Syracuse Duomo: a story of 4 faiths, 6 conquerors and over 2500 years of history

Nestled on a little island, off the southeastern tip of Sicily stands a gleaming white cathedral. As the hot Mediterranean sun hits its towering...

Knocking on Italy’s door: Spotlight on Basilicata’s local identity

A beautiful article appeared a while back on the renowned pages of the New York Times. It was an incredibly entertaining and informative account of...

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