Traditions

Passover in Italy: a beautiful blending of cultures

Jewish populations have called Italy home since Judas Maccabee sent a contingent to Rome in 161 B.C. Although their history is wrought with strife,...

The blossoming Easter in Sicily

The Easter celebrations of Sicily are as numerous as petals on daisy chains, with an endless procession of Holy Week festivities to choose from...

The beauty and art and Made in Italy ceramics...in the US

Italy is known all over the world for its ceramics. Indeed, handmade and hand painted pottery is common all over the country, from north to south:...

The new secret of Alba White Truffle

The Alba White Truffle is an old acquaintance of mine. Actually, is much more than that, is a real childhood friend. Born and bred on the luscious...

Madonelle, Madonnas of the Street

Crossroads and street corners have long been the haunt of peddlers, pickpockets and prostitutes. And as far back as ancient Roman times images of...

Preserving Papal hearts in Rome

The Catholic Church has a lengthy tradition of collecting relics from saints and clerics dating back almost to its beginnings. Bones, clothes or...

From Piemonte to Veneto, the odd tradition to get cheese “drunk”

My region, Piem The history of this cheese, formaggio ubriaco in Italian, which means “drunk cheese,” originates from the regions of Veneto and...

The passion of Italian markets

Many tourists rush through Italy, ticking off cities on an imaginary bucket list, zipping through museums and taking holiday snaps in front of iconic...

Strange foods from home: Il Biroldo

Its simple name evokes history, ancient history .... and we’re not mistaken thinking that . Biroldo is a Slow Food protected cold cut , a product of...

Pantelleria’s caper: the flower growing on lava

Pantelleria’s capers are unique in the world and are known for their intense aroma, caused by a protein present in the island’s volcanic soil . They...

East meets West in Italy’s 2018 Capital of Culture

For some reason, I like to compare cities to beautiful female figures: Turin, which I know very well, is an elegant and haughty princess with a knack...

Celebrating New Year on March 1st

Before the unification of Italy, the peninsula was a patchwork of independent states, republics and occupied territories each one with their own...

2018 food trends put Italian taste in the spotlight

The Extraordinary Italian Taste made its way to San Francisco kicking off a year that sees - once again - Italy as one of the leading countries in...

Montalcino: the land of honey

Montalcino may be best known for its splendid Brunello but buzzing across its rolling hills are amazing honeybees silently working their magic...

Following an old melody: music at the times of Ancient Rome

As usual, Cicero is illuminating: “a life without music is like a body without its soul.” There’s an undeniable truth in his words the people of his...