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We have been talking dialects, grammar rules, but for once let’s go back to the basics: the alphabet. How’s your ABCs? Well, you might want to review it quickly before going on with this article. You’ll see why.

In this season of holiday gift-giving and round-the-clock shopping, you might wonder about the origins of the madness: How did we become such ardent consumers? When did shopping become a social/leisure activity? Look no further than 15th and 16th century Renaissance Italy for answers.

The Alpe di Siusi is one of the largest plateaus in Europe, which extends for 184,000 square feet. With the lowest point at an altitude of 6,069 ft and the highest at 7,709 ft above sea level, it is the largest of the Italian pastures. Reachable by cable car and through a single road, is devoid of villages but there are tourist facilities and shelt...

There are things that apparently are said without intention, not really with distraction, but in an abstract way, without really thinking that they are achievable. Then suddenly you realize that you are really working on it. You almost don't know how you got there, to give voice and body to your dreams, but there they are, on stage, in a beam of li...

Every Italian in the world knows how strong and deep-rooted are the stereotypes regarding Italians. There are prejudices about many countries and peoples, but Italy has a particularity: we Italians are the first to have stereotypes about ourselves and to speak ill of our country. Very often we think, as our Latin ancestor Ovidio said, that "the gra...

According to Waste Management World, data from 2016 shows that an average household produces more than a tonne of waste every year; and it is during the Holiday season that we produce the most, creating 30% more waste than usual.

The region of Calabria is located in southern Italy at the tip of the boot. It's not a highly regarded region for winemaking and doesn't get much attention for the wines that it does produce. It's most popular wine hails from the Cirò DOC, which is required to be made of at least 95% of the gaglioppo grape with up to 5% of greco bianco and trebbian...

We had the honor of attending to the Conference of Italian Consuls in the World, held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There we were able to see and greet the Consuls General in New York (Francesco Genuardi), Chicago (Giuseppe Finocchiaro), San Francisco (Lorenzo Ortona) and Los Angeles (Antonio Verde), and meet the new ones we had not yet had t...

Rising up over the Island of Sicily, near the coast touching on the Messina Strait, Etna is the European Continent’s most active volcano, and one of the entire world’s biggest; now it has earned its stripes as an UNESCO World Heritage Site (June, 2013).

Fascinating and mysterious East, boundless and odalisque landscapes, suggestive ruins, faraway lands, wonders and exotic oddities. When the first translation of “Le Mille e una Notte” (“The Arabian Nights”) spread throughout Europe at the beginning of the eighteenth century, a new current of taste was born and soon became a real fashion for everyth...

The PDO extra virgin olive oil is the result of careful experimentation and assessment, requiring great commitment and technical precision to achieve its excellence. Its age-old tradition began in the 14th century AD, and olive growing began to spread starting from this era, both for religious (Catholic rituals and ceremonies) and nutritional re...

Glass production, though already present in Empoli in the fifteenth century, experienced a significant boost in the second half of the eighteenth century, when Domenico Lorenzo Levantini began producing majolica and glass near Porta Pisana.