NEWS FROM : ITALY  

The supercar universe is beginning to resemble Marvel’s, with so many awesome, avenging members that the road—or the big screen—can hardly contain them. With its signature green skin and bellowing V-10, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante is surely the automotive version of the Incredible Hulk. With apologies to the Audi R8 and its movie tie-ins, t...

Generally, the most visited tourist destinations in the world are famous for their magnificent and historically important cities. Instead, the sea coast is somewhat neglected as something purely recreational, but this prejudice is completely unjustified. Indeed, Italy is home to some of the most beautiful islands of the entire globe. Therefore, we...

Even though present-day hospitals all around the world are basically centers providing medical assistance and rehabilitation of the sick, the forerunners to these institutions were originally conceived in a broader sense as "places of hospitality:” hence the similarity between the two terms (both deriving from the Latin hospes, that is, guest). In...

Based on OAG data for the number of seats in the peak week (commencing 16-Jul-2018), the market between Italy and the United States has grown by 55% over the past five years. Within this market, services from Milan Malpensa have grown most rapidly, with capacity up by 140% since Jul-2013. Both Air Italy (Milan to New York JFK and Miami) and Norwegi...

The Italians go crazy for them – and it's easy to see why. Here, The Local's Patrick Browne gives you the lowdown on one of Italy's most treasured rituals: the aperitivo. They are long leisurely affairs to be undertaken with friends in early or late evening, the food is usually more than decent and they are affordable even on the most meagre of bud...

Born Joanne Stefani Germanotta, Lady Gaga was raised in Manhattan, but her melodramatic excess and sense of the theatrical baroque might spring from her Sicilian cultural matrix. Her grandfather came from Naso, a small, isolated, aristocratic town with 4,000 residents only an hour away from Messina. “If it is true that Lady Gaga has such a strong c...

The Leaning Tower of Pisa and its 5.5 degree lean have vexed engineers for centuries. Partially constructed on unexpectedly soft soil, the ancient bell tower began to lean before it was even finished, a historical goof that went on to become one of the world's historical oddities — and made the tower a UNESCO World Heritage site. How can something...

A 525-year-old copy of a letter by Christopher Columbus that was stolen from the Vatican was returned on Thursday after joint sleuthing by U.S. Homeland Security agents and Holy See antiquity experts. "We are returning it to its rightful owner," said U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Callista Gingrich at a handover ceremony in a frescoed room of the V...

Sarebbe un bel soggetto per un film la storia di Susan Johnson e Paul Henke, due turisti americani in visita ad Asti. Lei infermiera e membro del Consiglio cittadino, lui vigile del fuoco, entrambi dell’Oregon (USA), il cui viaggio in terra astigiana si è trasformato in qualcosa di indimenticabile. Domenica mattina, durante la visita al Battistero...

The mayor of the two southernmost villages, Riomaggiore and Manarola, has put out a call for local residents to take turns guarding Manarola's cemetery and ensure that "no one can use the site for picnics, selfies, panoramic photos or other inappropriate and disrespectful activities".  Mayor Fabrizia Pecunia has already ordered the graveyard to be...

Usually, in Italy, you’d sense electricity in the air before the soccer World Cup begins: the country’s passion for calcio is well known, and when it comes to the national team, you can bet even the least likely among us turn into a fervid supporter. It’s a matter of pride, some say, because Italy has such a glorious past in the sport, pity this ye...

In his 1865 book about the history of the local Grue family – which between the 17th and 19th centuries included many fine maiolica painters – expert Gabriello Cherubini wrote about the famous ceramics traditionally produced in Castelli, a beautiful medieval town in the province of Teramo: “It is a small town in the area of Teramo in Abruzzo, found...