Heritage

It isn’t the first time: Italy and its history with epidemics

There is a lot to say about epidemics , because epidemics are as old as Man himself. While what we’ve been experiencing since last month is, without...

Happy birthday, Roma! And another two thousands of these years

On the 21st of April, Rome turned 2.773 years old, but this was a very strange birthday indeed. No one was around her streets celebrating, there were...

Pasqua – a season of hope

The vigorous celebrations of Pasqua and Pasquetta in Italy -- Easter and the Monday after Easter -- are as much a part of the season of renewal as...
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci (Milan 1495-1496) is one of the world's most famous paintings

A Visit to Leonardo’s Last Supper

T he Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci is undoubtedly one of the most iconic, most famous works of art of all times. As such, it has always attracted...

Travail and triumph: The tale of an Italian émigré

Life, we all know it, is truly unpredictable. There’s very little we can anticipate and we rarely think about how, at times, a cheerful, carefree...
The commedia dell'arte developed types, also called maschere, or masks, for different stock characters. Copyright: Il Ricetto - 123RF Stock Photo

The Masks of the Commedia dell’Arte

During a recent visit to the Museo Teatrale della Scala I admired many antique prints of commedia dell’arte situations. Commedia dell’arte was a...
The mystery about what makes a Stradivari so unique remains largely unsold

Stradivari and the magic of his instruments

You don’t need to be a music expert to know the name “Stradivari” (or Stradivarius, its latinized version). Along with his lesser known, but just as...

The waters of Rome, between history and magic

What would a trip to Rome be without a selfie in front of the Trevi Fountain and the traditional tossing of a coin in its light blue waters? Who hasn...

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...

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...

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”...
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

From the Romans to Murano: the colorful world of murina glass as you have never seen it

The purity and beauty of Venetian glass is known worldwide: a precious and ancient tradition that speaks of quality, beauty, elegance and creativity...