LIFE & PEOPLE

When Italy becomes Middle Earth: the strange mystery of Ravenna and how a map tells us it inspired Tolkien

I’m not a great fan of the fantasy genre — exception made for a recently discovered love for the Harry Potter saga: yes, I know. I come about 20...

Word of the Day: Fare il filo

Let ’ s face reality: true or not, Italians have a name for being great lovers and incredible charmers. Call it the Rudy Valentino effect, blame it...

Oscar Generale, the Italian producer of Hollywood Stars

“I always dreamed of working, one day, in the entertainment industry and, being an extremely ambitious person, I had high standards: I wanted to go...

Word of the Day: Andiamo

We are all familiar with the verb andare , which is nothing more than to go . Just like its English cousin, andare likes to get its way in...

Word of the Day: Forza

Forza! Italy’s own way to show support and invite to hold on when things get difficult, is one little powerful word. And powerful is, indeed, the...

Ortisei: The heavenly mountain peaks of Giorgio Moroder

Magical things happen on mountain peaks. Sometimes they can give birth to gods. The sublime, monumental and spectacular landscapes of Italy’s...

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...

Genius Loci, how two Italian artists capture the soul of historic sites through art

A unique project, called GENIUS LOCI, made its way to San Francisco and opened with an exhibition at the Museo Italo-Americano on February 7th. The...

Washington’s wines nurture strong ties to Italy

In the early 1980s, Wine & Spirits magazine named a Washington state Cabernet Sauvignon the best in the nation. It was a surprising announcement...

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...

I’ll give you my two cents. The diatribe over the Fontana di Trevi coins

Visiting the Fontana di Trevi, turning your back at it and throw a nickel into its waters, with the hope of coming back, one day, to Rome, the most...

Thinking of Driving in Italy? A few pointers for a great experience

Renting a car is easy enough. It’s all that comes afterwards that can create enough material for a good sit com! I still chuckle at the expression of...

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 (...

Italy and its top destinations shine at the 2019 New York Times’ Travel Show

Cooking for new destinations to visit or places to return to this year? The New York Times Travel Show has set the 2019 trends for globetrotters by...