NEWS FROM : ITALY  

The package that Italian skier Federica Brignone anxiously awaited while in isolation wasn’t from Amazon or the local supermarket. Amid a worldwide suspension of sports events because of the coronavirus pandemic, the heavy trunk held something every bit as precious: trophies honoring a season full of racing and emotions. The special delivery late l...

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became an adult, I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11 They say there are no atheists in foxholes, and, though I am by no stretch of the imagination a religious person, this Bible verse has come back to me many times over the past month of...

THE CITY OF SIRMIONE IS located on a narrow strip of land extending more than two miles into the southernmost part of Lake Garda. At the end of the Middle Ages, during a period growing communes in Italy, Sirmione was governed by the powerful Della Scala family of Verona whose members were known as Scaligeri. During the second half of the 14th centu...

While the coronavirus pandemic has devastated all corners of the world, it has hit Italy particularly hard. On March 31, the country announced it had nearly 106,000 confirmed cases of the virus and 12,428 deaths—the highest in the world. Despite the grim statistics, Italians have managed to keep a bit of la dolce vita through it all. We've seen cou...

On March 30, 2020, foodweb.it hosted the awards ceremony for Best Food Product 2020, the most important award established by Food publishing group in Italy. This award highlights the new food & beverage launches that have distinguished themselves for their sales results receiving the highest approval by a qualified jury of experts, composed of repr...

THE CATTEDRALE DI PARMA SITS in one of Parma’s main squares. Construction on the massive cathedral began in 1059 at the behest of bishop Cadalo and was consecrated in 1106. With the passing of the centuries, it has been filled with Romanesque sculptures and other masterpieces from the Parma School of Painting. The entrance to the cathedral is guard...

On Easter Sunday, April 12, Italian tenor and global music icon Andrea Bocelli will give a solo performance at the historic Duomo, the cathedral of Milan, Italy.There will be no audience present, and strictly no access for the public (in compliance with government regulations on Covid-19), but the concert will be exclusively streamed live globally...

Isolated inside our homes and apartments, our worlds have suddenly shrunk. But a striking project just made public by artists and brothers Parker and Clayton Calvert is a reminder of the expansive beauty of empty cities such as New York, Rome, Florence, and Siena. What is especially notable about their quiet images of some of the world’s most famou...

On the northern coast of Sicily, looking out toward the magnificent Aeolian Islands, Milazzo is a small town home to Laboling, an Italian language school welcoming students from around the world.  Like all businesses in the tourism industry, language schools are suffering as well due to the coronavirus emergency, which caused Italy, the first count...

When Life Gives You Lemons, Paint Them: How Rome's artists are coping with quarantine during Italy's Coronavirus lockdown. Artists are unpredictable by nature and respond to sudden change in deeply personal ways. So after the Italian government introduced a nationwide lockdown in early March, due to the Covid-19 emergency, the forced confinement ha...

Certain secrets of the Colosseum are too unsettling to include in the average travel brochure. There are myths that even had its architects afraid. Not everything is dark about this ancient landmark though. It’s got quite the redemption arc that isn’t covered the same way that the gore and bloodshed are. The Colosseum has managed to stay relevant f...

Santa Maria delle Grazie is a church and Dominican convent in Milan. The refectory of the convent contains the world-famous mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, “whose work was to herald a new era in the history of art,” says Unesco. The refectory is an integral part of the architectural complex of Santa Maria delle Grazie, completed at t...