Traditions

The heart and soul of Naples: history and poetry of the Quartieri Spagnoli

“Napule è mille culure, Napule è mille paure, Napule è a voce d’ ‘e creature che saglie chiano chianu e tu saje ca nun si sulo:” Naples is a thousand...

Due Giugno: a time to remember our rights, but also our duties

Festa della Repubblica , the day when Italy celebrates its most important institution, is upon us: on the 2nd of June , our streets fill with the...

Legends of Italy: Piedmont, The Toro Rosso of Turin

Torino, first capital of Italy, and centuries old heart of the Savoia’s Kingdom, never quite relinquished her royal, aristocratic habits and looks...

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...

Choose Italy to show your love

On the 4th of May , the vast majority of Italy’s productive activities will open and almost three million workers will return to work. A first,...

La Cucina Italiana: Pecorino, Pesto, Zolfini

Pecorino Romano: the ancient cheese with the “cappa nera” While they praised the “vigor” of this cheese “made from sheep milk,” which was also part...

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 Piemontese palate: rich, traditional, and delicious

Ask the average non-Italian to give you a rundown on Italian cuisine and chances are it will sound like this: "Spaghetti…with meatballs, Fettuccini...

'NEW POPE' inspired by the tv series of Paolo Sorrrentino, drink by Simone Mina bar manager of Ch 18 87 in Roma

DRINK: NEW POPE (inspired by the TV series ‘The New Pope’, by Paolo Sorrentino, 2019) BARMAN : Simone Mina, bar manager of Ch 18 87 , the cocktail...

A Venetian Carnevale: the Marega family and the mascareri tradition

There are two words that truly define the essence of Italian Carnevale : the first is maschera , or mask; the second is — of course — Venezia. While...

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...
View of the promenade in the downtown of Alghero, Sardinia. Photo by AlKan32

Alghero, a small Barcelona in Italy

Barcellonetta, an Italian term meaning small and pretty Barcelona, is the nickname for the city of Alghero, on the Northern coast of Sardinia dating...

Alba, truffle pearl: a mother lode of enterprises

When in late October 1929 Wall Street collapsed, contributing to the Great Depression of the 1930s, a rural village of Piedmont started to thrive. In...
Cervia (Ra), Romagna, the old saline of etruscan origin and some of the tools for harvesting salt. Copyright : Mario Bonotto

Italy's White Gold: The "Sweet" Salt of Cervia

Cervia, the ancient city along Italy's Adriatic coastline was once called Ficolce, and as legend has it, the name derived from Ficol, the mighty...
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...