La vita italiana

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...

The death of Venice: la Serenissima sinks in neglect

There’s something heart-wrenching in witnessing art, architecture, beauty, being damaged and defiled. T here’s that dull ache at the pit of the...

Pasta Grannies: Italian nonne take YouTube by Storm

If you are familiar with all that’s trending on YouTube , then you may know The Pasta Grannies, a channel with more than 400.000 subscribers where...

Italians speak mythology

“Parla come mangi!” (speak as you eat!) is a common way to invite someone to speak in a simple manner and without using too many words. But do...

Caesar’s Salad, a gift from Baveno, Lake Maggiore

Before pasta, there was Lady Salad. Today we can taste all kinds of spectacular insalatone or large salads, yet the first to prepare raw leafy...

Roma Caput Mundi… and cinema! The most iconic movie location of Italy’s capital

Roma, the head of the world: that’s what our ancestors used to say and that’s what our title is about. The city has been going through some difficult...

Caltagirone, a stairway to heaven

Brimming with cultural vigor, strength and resilience, Caltagirone is the heart of the authentic, wild southeastern Sicily. The scenic town is a...

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...

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...

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...

Getting paid to start a business? Yes, if you do it in Molise

How many of you are familiar with Molise? Probably not many, to be honest. And it’s a real pity, because this tiny region at the heart of the Bel...

76th Venice Film Festival: a red carpet for Venezia

It is the oldest cinema event in the world after the Oscars. Its 76 editions do not only show the way contemporary visual arts evolved, but also how...