Heritage

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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...

A day in the life of … A Renaissance chef

Being a chef in the Renaissance wasn’t as you would imagine: restaurants as we know them today didn’t exist and the only people who could afford to...

The Roots of the Soul: How You Can Obtain Italian Citizenship & Restore Your Heritage

H ome, family: there’s nothing quite like it, in the end. There’s nothing quite like going back and discovering where you truly come from. I...

New Orleans apologizes to lynched Italians

O n the 14th of March 1891, 11 people were accused of the murder of the chief of police. They were acquitted, but it ended up in a pogrom: the...

Michelangelo, his father’s son

It is often reported that kids today no longer go out to the streets to play with their friends and to engage in discovering novel adventures, as it...

Celebrating Italy: Italian design day brings the beauty of Italian cities around the world

This year, the 20th of March was not only the last day of Winter: it also celebrated the innovative beauty of Italian design around the world. The...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Faith, wars and books: the eventful story of the Monte Cassino Abbey

One of the great things about modern libraries that is sometimes taken for granted is the access to books of many cultures and ages they make...

A world without Venice: a nightmare more real than we think

Last month Venice suffered the fourth highest floods in its history. Water seeped up through the drains, over the canal sides and into the houses,...

Botteghiamo, Rome and the soul of Italian heritage

Today, I feel like to write about Rome and Italian heritage, but for once - our regular readers may be aware of my penchant for classical history - I...

It’s a matter of identity. Happy Italian Heritage Month

Identity is a serious matter, but not too much. Let’s explain it better. It’s something important for the consequences and the effects it may have...