NEWS FROM : ITALY  

Marco Tinessa is a young broker, at home in Milan. He is also an Irpinia native who set his career in Italy’s financial capital aside to pay tribute to the mountains near Naplesthat bred him. How? When you've spent your youth between Montesarchio and San Martino Vallecaudina, and you've played hide-and-seek amongst the vineyards of Aglianico, how e...

Piazza Navona: how beautiful it is. So beautiful one may even accept to pay an excruciatingly high price for a “granita al limone” and a coffee in one of its many cafés just to dwell in comfort for a few minutes in all its splendor.Born upon the vestiges of Domitian’s Stadium, of which it still holds the ancient shape, its visual fulcrum is, today,...

Salgono a 40mila gli agricoltori che nelle proprie aziende nel 2016 hanno salvato semi antichi e le piante rare del Made in Italy dal rischio di estinzione. È quanto emerge dall’analisi di Coldiretti/Ixè presentata insieme alla Sis, la Società Italiana Sementi sul ritorno delle antiche sementi della tradizione italiana che dopo aver rischiato di sp...

Sales of pasta in Italy have fallen by more than 10% in the last five years, with nearly a quarter of Italian consumers cutting back on the amount of pasta they eat. That’s according to new research from Mintel. Sales amounted to 908,000 tonnes in 2016 or 15.2kg per person – down from 17kg in 2011. Mintel suggested that Italy’s love of pasta had ‘g...

The “Marinella philosophy” originated in the year 1914, when the thirty-four-year-old Neapolitan Don Eugenio opened a small shop in the Riviera of Chiaia of Naples. After having completed the renovations, the young founder undertook his first trip to London to meet with prospective suppliers and recreate a small corner of England in Naples with exc...

Laura Biagiotti, an Italian fashion designer who conquered global markets with her soft, loose women's clothes and luxurious knits that won her the nickname "Queen of Cashmere," died Friday following a heart attack. She was 73. Biagiotti suffered the heart attack Wednesday evening at her estate outside of Rome. Doctors were able to resuscitate her...

A midmorning snack along the street, off the Rialto Bridge in Venice. Soft slices of crust-less white bread stuffed with a mountain of chopped seafood — shrimp, squid, other lovelies of the sea, probably pulled from the giant market just up the calle — in a dressing, probably maionese, generous with chile heat. Somehow managing not to slop it all o...

Italian brides are finding wedding dresses at an unusual spot hidden in the Umbrian hills, where they are able to pick out their special gown – all for the cost of a donation. Sister Maria Laura at the Augustinian monastery of St. Rita in Cascia, Italy began running the thrifty wedding dress service out of a surplus of donated wedding dresses. “It...

Gucci is now the highest ranked luxury brand on the Brand Finance 2017 report, coming at at no. 3. The value of the Gucci brand increased from $ 5 billion (2016) to $ 6.1 billion (2017). Gucci executives note a lot of their recent success in benefiting from dominating in the digital/social media market. In terms of growth, Gucci is among the best p...

An English TV adaptation of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel The Leopard is in works. The version comes 54 years after Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon and Burt Lancaster strutted down the Cannes red carpet for Luchino Visconti's film based on the novel, reported Variety. Italian shingle Indiana Production has acquired rights to the book in colla...

The transformation of "bringing a bottle" equating to "bring a prosecco" began about four years ago, for me. While my student days were reliant on cheap vodka and whatever mixer I had around the house, shamefully incorporating Ribena squash on more than one occasion, my mid-twenties have been replaced with prosecco. I head to the supermarket, selec...

The process of centralizing the film industry in Italy, begun by the proponents of the Risorgimento almost from the time of that industry’s creation and expedited by the Fascists, virtually snuffed out the embryonic film companies that had sprung up in places like Naples and Sicily. That and the advent of sound film (along with its vastly increased...