NEWS FROM : ITALY  

It’s breakfast somewhere in Southern Tuscany and my husband is rolling his eyes because I’m devouring a plate of pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. Italians can be insufferable when it comes to food and my own born-and-bred Toscano makes for the most annoying mealtime companion, complaining about everything from drinking soda with dinner to mixin...

When you think of pasta, do you see the market aisle filled with boxes of dried spaghetti and linguine? Or how about tender, delicate pillows of fresh pasta dough beautifully crafted into countless shapes and sizes? For years, fresh pasta has been significantly more superior in taste and texture than dried and processed boxed pasta. It’s easy to ma...

Perched high above the instep of the Boot in the eastern extreme of the region of Basilica is a city unlike any other in Italy. What makes Matera unique and marks it as a Southern Italian “must see” are its historic, or rather prehistoric, quarters: the sassi. Literally meaning “the rocks,” Matera’s sassi offer the best example of troglodyte (cave-...

Mysterious Italian author Elena Ferrante will soon release a new novel — her first since 2014, when she published the last instalment of the four Neapolitan novels that made her a global literary star. That quartet, which followed two girls growing up in a poor neighbourhood of Naples during the 20th century, was praised by critics for its striking...

Tuscany’s medieval Lucca holds you captivate until you fall in love with this gorgeous walled city near the Ligurian Sea. Using Pisa as a base to explore Tuscany, train travel to Lucca, Florence, and Siena couldn’t be easier. Lucca Lucca’s commanding medieval wall encircles the historic centre and confronts you at its imposing gates. Once within th...

An Italian court has ruled that Leonardo Da Vinci's iconic "Vitruvian Man" drawing can be loaned to France's Louvre Museum, solving an ongoing cultural dispute between Italy and France. The Venice court last week had suspended the loan of the world-famous drawing, which is part of a batch of works by Leonardo and Raphael that the Italian government...

Located in central Italy southeast of Florence, the town of Arezzo has a population of 99,199 as of 2019. The town is the center of agricultural trade in Italy. Its industries include clothing, gold, jewelry and machine. Arezzo has been called home by some very prominent people of history and today, such as the botanist Andrea Cesalpino, Guido of A...

Since the beginning of ATP ranking — dating back 1973 — only 41 Italian tennis players have made it to the top 100. But the good news is that ten of them are still playing at the present time. They proudly represent the new golden age of Italian tennis which began in 2006, under the sign of women players. That year, Italy won the first of its four...

During a recent visit to Sicily I had the occasion to visit the Sanctuary of Gibilmanna. Situated about 2,400 feet above sea level, it is believed to be the first shrine in Italy dedicated to the Blessed Mother. Just outside of the coastal town of Cefalù, in the province of Palermo, our bus driver drove us safely to the summit of the Pizzo Sant’Ang...

The Italian low Renaissance marks a pivotal time in art history when Italy shifted from the Gothic style of the Middle Ages to the Renaissance style that the world is now familiar with. The change in technique was well received by the new ruling class. As Italy began to recover from the economic chaos of the Middle Ages wealthy, independent, city-s...

Verrà presentato il prossimo 25 ottobre a Roma il Rapporto Italiani nel Mondo 2019 della Fondazione Migrantes. Appuntamento dalle 9.30 nell’Auditorium “V. Bachelet” del “The Church Palace - Domus Mariae” di via Aurelia 481. Dopo il saluto introduttivo di Monsignor Guerino Di Tora, Presidente della Fondazione Migrantes, e il Video sul Rapporto curat...

If Florence is your destination, it's more than likely that you will arrive at the station called Santa Maria Novella, or Firenze SMN for short. It is Florence's main station, built in the Modernist style in 1934, used by 59 million passengers per year, and named after the nearby enormous Dominican church begun in 1246. Normally areas near stations...