Just two fiddles in a case. That’s how an old friend described the rare Cremonese violins he had just seen on their way from one recital to another. Together, they are worth in the low 8 figures, so I can’t help wondering what their maker, Guarneri del Gesù, a solitary, ailing man who produced relatively few instruments, would have made of the mark...

Milan is seeing an exciting renaissance. Enlightened fashion players such as Miuccia Prada and Giorgio Armani have left their mark with projects that are developing into key art and culture destinations: the OMA-designed Fondazione Prada tower was one of Europe’s most anticipated openings this year, debuting with works by Carsten Höller and Jeff Ko...

La professoressa Alessandra Albertini, direttrice dal 2012 del dipartimento di Biologia e biotecnologie “Spallanzani” di Pavia, è andata in pensione il primo gennaio di quest’anno, donando all’università 250mila euro da utilizzare entro il 2023 per cofinanziare posizioni di ricercatori a tempo determinato junior e di assegnisti di ricerca del dipar...

Robots have traditionally been used as educational props in mathematics, science or technology. But one school in Italy is now taking a different approach. Teachers there have been using them to educate youngsters in non-technical subjects like drama or the Italian language. “The project was born out of a bit of madness, and also out of interest fo...

The Civic Temple of the Blessed Virgin Mary the Crowned was built in a “lost” corner of Lodi, a suburb where love was sold for money and violent fights regularly broke out in the streets. One day in 1487, a miracle happened: a small 14th-century effigy of Mary, inside the local brothel, shed a tear for the human desolation that surrounded it, expre...

We all know that Milanese women possess an old school glamour that (rightfully) cements the city's place as one of the most stylish in the world. How often, though, do we give the Milanese nonnas (that's 'grandmothers' in Italian) credit for their chic looks? Luckily, Instagram account Sciuraglamis seeking to do just that. Founded by Angelo, a dent...

The collective sound of millions of corks popping draws near, signaling that it must be New Year’s Eve once again. With sparkling wine becoming increasingly popular, the options are endless. Instead of reaching for the tried-and-tested Champagne, venture over to Italy and discover the delicious sparkling wines that this country has to offer. Though...

About 40 kilomtres south of Lake Garda in the flattest part of Lombardy, Mantova is a compact city hemmed in by artificial lakes on three sides; a fortification that has separated the town from the outside world for nearly a thousand years. Its water-bound location on the plains means it gets hot and humid in summer, and famously foggy in winter. S...

Air Italy will launch Milan-Chicago flights on May 14, a month after the carrier begins California service. The announcement comes amid protests from U.S. network airlines that accuse Air Italy of being a proxy for 49% owner Qatar Airways. Air Italy will fly three times per week between O'Hare and Milan. With the route's launch, the carrier will fl...

This village in the northern Italian province of Piacenza is tucked between the hills. The locality is celebrated primarily for its castle, a complex that represents an incredible synthesis between defensive medieval architecture and the elegant, ladylike mansions of the Renaissance. And the beautiful interior of the Castle of Agazzano is the perfe...