NEWS FROM : ITALY  

December, the month of Christmas. But also of Saint Nicholas and Saint Lucia, of New Year’s Eve and of the Winter Solstice. It is a month pregnant with traditions and spirituality: in it, Christians all over the world celebrate the coming of Christ on this earth, but it is today common knowledge that, even before then, the last month of the year wa...

The Consortia for the protection of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO have signed a memorandum of understanding to share their strategies for the future. In recent years, the two Consortia have started a collaboration that has become increasingly intense identifying as common goals the protection of their...

Get into the holiday spirit when you visit these Italian villages where Christmas is celebrated with special events. Candelo (Piedmont) Located about 60 kilometers northeast of Turin, Candelo is a medieval village known for its ‘Ricetto’, a fortified storehouse made of a group of houses and streets surrounded by walls, which the local population us...

The church of Santa Maria dell’Isola is one of Tropea’s icons: it towers on a promontory facing the Calabria town’s beach, hiding its ancient origin in the new look it acquired when its was extensively renovated after being damaged by a terrible earthquake in 1905. Likely built between the 6th and the 9th century, at first it welcomed a community o...

Many countries have holiday fruit breads and cakes, and these typically end-of-year specialties filled with assorted combos of raisins, nuts and dried fruits, have been produced in Europe at least since the Middle Ages. Panettone, of course, is one of the best-known of the variants, and is now available throughout the world in November and December...

Every year, people from all over Europe and and North America travel to Northern Italy to enjoy its amazing mountains: the Alps. The Alps are home to some of the best ski resorts and most picturesque towns in the world. There are plenty of winter sports to practice and you can choose from a number of locations to enjoy skiing activities. If you wou...

Rome is home to one of the world's top ten most beautiful streets - Via dei Coronari - according to the influential US publication Architectural Digest. Located in the heart of Rome's historic centre near Piazza Navona, Via dei Coronari is a colourful 500-m long stretch of road flanked by buildings dating mainly from the 15th- and 16th centuries. A...

On Friday and Saturday Dec. 6-7, Soldiers, Airmen, military Families, and Civilians of the Vicenza Military Community participated in a two-day clean-up of Venice following widespread flooding during the annual 'acqua alta', or high water, that struck the iconic island city on Nov. 12. This is the second most devastating acqua alta in Venice histor...

I dreamed of Italy before I ever made it here. After the third visit, it became my home. That was 35 years ago. If I had to distill its appeal into one phrase, I would say that it’s a country that has figured out what’s important in life – family, friends, good food, beautiful things, some kind of connection with nature, human warmth and conviviali...

She totes an impractical, tiny leather backpack with a fleur de lis stamped on it, name drops the restaurant on Borgo Pinti she frequented while studying abroad in Florence, and has a lot to say about the correct espresso-to-milk ratio of a cortado. There's no questioning it: The friend who checks all these boxes is an Italophile. Luckily, this bre...

In Italy, literary fiction has long been considered a man’s game. Publishers, critics and prize committees have dismissed books by women as chick lit and beach reads. They scoffed at Elena Ferrante, the author of “My Brilliant Friend,” as the writer of mere page-turners. Then Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels became an international sensation, selling o...

Whether it’s brunch with friends, celebrating an engagement, toasting a new job, or simply just a bad hair day, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore is always the answer. Many wine lovers across the world have yet to learn that not all types of prosecco are the same. Prosecco is not a generic name meaning “Italian sparkling wine”, nor is it...